Village celebrates Arbor Day in December
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> The Village of Ballston Spa applied for the designation as a Tree City USA from the Arbor Day Foundation and will be celebrating ‘Arbor Day in December’ to kick off the activities of its new Park and Tree Advisory Board.
The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 in front of O’Brien Pharmacy, located at 4 Front St., where a new tree will be planted this coming spring.
The Park and Tree Advisory Board will make recommendations on trees and other plantings along the Village’s parks and streets. The five-member Board has representatives from five community organizations: Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA), Rotary, Lions Club, House and Garden Club and Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE).
The appointed members are Stacy Simmons (BSBPA), Ray Otten (Rotary), Ed Hersh (Lions), Judy Esposito (Garden Club) and Kristopher Williams (CCE). The Board will be chaired by Village Trustee and Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Liz Kormos.
Each of these organizations has a long history of caring for and planting trees, shrubs and flowers in the Village and will now come together to beautify and maintain the parks and street trees.
Trees and shrubs provide long lasting benefits to the Village not only in environmental health, but also to reduce flooding, provide wildlife habitat, increase property values, provide shade for walkers and bicyclists of all ages, and improve the quality of life for all village residents, businesses and visitors.
According to Mayor Larry Woolbright “Trees add a lot to our streetscapes. Unfortunately, some of the species planted in the past have created problems with buckling sidewalks that detract from our ‘strolling village’. It is our hope that the new focus on trees will allow us both to beautify the Village and take care of many of our sidewalk problems.”
Information on trees will be provided by Cornell Cooperative. Additional educational opportunities on trees and shrubs and other plants will be scheduled throughout the coming year including a Tree Walk to provide information on identifying and caring for trees, tree selection, invasive species and threats to our trees such as the emerald ash borer and oak wilt fungus.
“I look forward to working with this dedicated group of volunteers and the members of the community to make Ballston Spa an even more attractive place to live, work and play,” said Kormos.
The Board will be chaired by Village Trustee and Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Liz Kormos.