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Here’s how to celebrate Tree City in Boca

Arbor Day’s officially in April. But Boca Raton also marks the occasion in October when school kids can plant trees in a city park.

This year is different. So, Boca will celebrate the 40th year as a “Tree City USA” by planting new trees in four city parks. Residents are invited to snap a photo with the new trees or submit tree-inspired art in any medium.

Photos and art should be emailed to through the month of October. Submissions can also be posted on social media using the hashtag #lovebocatrees. Submissions must be sent or posted before midnight Oct. 31. They are eligible to receive a commemorative Arbor Day sticker, while supplies last.

Here’s where to find the new trees and the species:

  • Boca Isles Park, 1430 SW Second Ave., Tree of Life or Lignum Vitae
  • Boca Tierra Park, 2601 NW 43rd, Royal Poinciana
  • Countess de Hoernle Park/Spanish River Athletic Facility. 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd., Bald Cypress
  • Meadows Park, 1300 NW Eighth St., Live Oak

“Arbor Day celebrates the importance of trees to life…,” the city’s horticulturist/arborist Dawn Sinka said in the announcement.

The “Tree City USA” program provides a framework for communities to manage and expand their public trees, Sinka explained. To achieve that designation, the city maintains a tree board or department. Some $2 per capita is spent annually on urban forestry. The city has a tree ordinance. Each year the city is required to celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony.

Here’s a link to the city’s Sustainable Tree Maintenance Program.

Except this year, Boca’s volunteer Beautification Committee has a Project Shade tree program in April.


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