SNOW (BARELY) MELTS IN TIME FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL MCW ARBOR DAY PLANTING EVENT

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Volunteers bundled up to plant trees at the 13th annual Midtown Community Works Partnership Arbor Day event on Saturday, May 4.  After a historic snow storm two days earlier most of the snow melted by the time the volunteers arrived.  Neither snow nor rain fell despite the threatening skies and chilly temperatures. 

The planting site was located just west of the Hennepin Avenue bridge over the Midtown Greenway adjacent to the YWCA parking ramp. This site had long been home to weeds and other volunteer vegetation, which was removed by Tree Trust prior to the planting event.  Volunteers planted 374 trees and shrubs, bringing the total count planted by Arbor Day events to over 4,500. 

Commissioner Gail Dorfman spoke about the history of the MCW Partnership and its commitment to greening the Midtown Greenway.  Other speakers included Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Council Member Robert Lilligren, Leslie Foreman (aide to Council Member Meg Tuthill), Wells Fargo’s Carolyn Roby, and Norm Champ of Tree Trust. Karen Zumach from Tree Trust provided planting instructions to the volunteers and jokingly discouraged them from falling off the site’s steep hill. 

After the planting was complete, a number of volunteers commented on how beautiful it looked, with the eye-catching red-twigged dogwoods clumped together, green streaks of evergreens interspersed between deciduous shrubs and punctuated by small trees.

Arbor Day is consistently supported by a longstanding, successful partnership between the public sector, community organizations, and corporate partners. These successful Arbor Days would not be possible without terrific project partners: the Midtown Greenway Coalition, Tree Trust and Hennepin County.

Thanks to all of the Arbor Day contributors: Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority / Hennepin County, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Phillips Eye Institute, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Target Corporation, Wells Fargo, Midtown Greenway Coalition, Tree Trust, Peace Coffee and Birchwood Café.

Commissioner Dorfman welcomes everyone to Arbor Day.

Commissioner Dorfman welcomes everyone to Arbor Day.

Digging a hole to plant the first ceremonial tree.

Digging a hole to plant the first ceremonial tree.

Volunteers get a workout digging holes on the steep hill.

Volunteers get a workout digging holes on the steep hill.

The new Mozaic development in the background will have views of the planting site.

The new Mozaic development in the background will have views of the planting site.

Volunteers finishing up mulching.

Volunteers finishing up mulching.