Tree makeover at Rutland Lions Park

KELOWNA - Residents are asked to bring their shovels and garden gloves to dig in and help finish one of the City of Kelowna’s largest tree planting projects.

The last of 83 trees will be planted at Rutland Lions Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 and the City needs your help.

A variety of coniferous and deciduous trees are being planted to replace almost all of the Ponderosa pine trees that were destroyed by mountain pine beetle in recent years. Residents can help parks staff bring the urban forest back to life – with or without a shovel. Just meet at the cenotaph in the park to find out how.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Rutland and its residents,” says Laurel D’Andrea, Executive Director at the Uptown Rutland Business Association. “Our community is being revitalized in so many ways. By participating in the tree planting event at Rutland Lions Park, residents can directly contribute to restoring the historic park and enhancing our community.”

The Rutland Lions Park reforestation project is made possible because of a recent grant from Tree Canada’s TD Green Streets program. The tree planting event will coincide with a funding presentation at 10 a.m. when representatives from Tree Canada will present a cheque to the City of Kelowna.

Rutland Lions Park is located at 205 Gray Rd.

For more information about Kelowna’s parks visit the website.

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