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April 26, 2014

City celebrates Arborfest

ANDERSON — More than 100 people turned out at Shadyside Memorial Park for Anderson's Arborfest celebration Saturday.

Alan Henderson, with Anderson's Tree Commission, said they were pleased with the amount of people that came to enjoy the festivities.

"We started planning this day four months ago," he said. "And the two things we worried about were the weather and the people, and we've gotten both today."

Arborfest was a celebration of Earth Day and the city of Anderson receiving a Tree City USA designation.

Mayor Kevin Smith credited the hard work of the Tree Commission with the designation and an increased awareness of nature in the city. He was on hand Saturday to hand out an official proclamation for the Arborfest celebration and to help plant a tree.

"We are very proud of what they have accomplished," Smith said, while handing out the proclamation.

Henderson said it was nice to have the mayor's support as the commission continues to make strides in Anderson.

There were plenty of activities at the park as well. Many different environment friendly organizations were set up to give out information on their programs and what people can do to help.

Organizers were also giving out small trees for people to plant at their homes.

Tours of what the commission is doing down at the White River were also conducted. Henderson said the commission and parks department are trying to beautify the area of the river that runs under Madison Avenue.

Roman Carter, an Anderson resident, was one of the people that took the tour. He said it was nice to see what the commission was doing to make Anderson a nicer place.

"I like the way it's going," Carter said. "I'm the glad the city is starting to fund more money to go toward places where we can hike and mountain bike."

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

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