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For Immediate Release: April 29, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager 941-954-2613




Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota will celebrate Arbor Day Friday, May 1 at approximately 10:40 a.m. at Alta Vista Elementary School, 1050 S. Euclid Avenue.  A gold tree (tabebuia chrysotricha) will be planted, with students placing the final shovels of dirt around it. 

Mayor Willie Shaw will present a proclamation declaring it Arbor Day within the City of Sarasota.  During the brief ceremony, school children also will sing a selection of songs about the important role of trees in the environment.


The City of Sarasota takes pride in its commitment to preserving and enhancing its urban canopy.  The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Sarasota for the past 29 years as a Tree City USA. 


Trees help reduce heating and cooling costs, prevent erosion, produce oxygen, purify rain water, and provide habitat for wildlife. 


Learn more about Arbor Day at:


For more information, contact Todd Kucharski, Public Works General Manager:  941-365-2200  ext. 6303.




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