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Councilman Owen joins Mayor Fischer for two special tree planting events on Friday, April 12th

Thursday April 11, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Councilman Tom Owen (D-8) and Mayor Greg Fischer will participate in two very special tree planting ceremonies on Friday, April 12th as the Mayor’s “Give – A – Day of Service” kicks off.

“Metro Government is focused on replacing our tree canopy as a way to renew our environment and maintain the beauty of our parks,” says Owen. “On Friday, these two ceremonies will be a reminder of how we must be good stewards of nature in Metro Louisville and at the same time serve our community.”

Owen and the Mayor will first visit Metro Park’s Arbor Day Festival in Cherokee Park. The day long festival brings various groups together to plant, restore and repair trees in the park. The Festival is near Hogan’s Fountain and both men plan to be on hand at around 12:30pm.

Then, at 1:30pm a, special ceremony will be held to dedicate 26 redbud trees which will serve as a memorial to the 26 shooting victim in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. The idea for the memorial came from 10 year old Henry Helmers. After attended a candlelight vigil for the victim, he believed the long life of trees would serve as a reminder about violence. The Tyler Park Neighborhood Association took Henry’s idea to Metro Parks.

“That idea is a good lesson to remember for all of us,” says Owen.

Both the Councilman and the Mayor will be joined by area school children, members of the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

The ceremony will get underway at the viaduct in Tyler Park near Baxter Avenue at the base of the Tyler Park Bridge.

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