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Memorial Tree Ceremony held in George Lane Park

The first Memorial Tree Ceremony was held in 2011 when the plaque was first unveiled in George Lane Park by Mayor Emil Blokland
The first Memorial Tree Ceremony was held in 2011 when the plaque was first unveiled in George Lane Park by Mayor Emil Blokland

The Town of High River hosted a Memorial Tree ceremony in George Lane Park last night to recognize donors that purchased trees over the last two years. Plaques commemorating loved ones and the locations of trees were highlighted at the ceremony.

“We encourage anyone wishing to celebrate a milestone or special moment in their life to consider purchasing a Memorial Tree to be planted in one of our parks,” said Darlene Donovan, Arborist and Open Spaces Specialist for the Town. “Trees create a lasting legacy and help beautify the town.”

The event included trees from both 2013 and 2014, as last year’s ceremony was delayed due to the flood.

A variety of evergreen and deciduous trees can be purchased including Siberian Larch, Ponderosa Pine, Colorado Spruce, Northwestern Poplar, Bur Oak, American Elm and Ohio Buckeye.

Residents can provide their preference on which park the tree is planted in either George Lane Park or Riverside Park.

Memorial Trees cost $500 per tree and includes planting, plaque and maintenance.

For more information or to purchase a Memorial Tree please call the Town Office at 403-652-2110. To ensure trees are ready to be planted next spring, orders must be received by January 1, 2015.

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