Parsippany celebrates Arbor Day

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany celebrated the 43rd years a Tree-City USA on Monday, April 29. James Walsh, Superintendent Parks and Forestry Department welcomed the crowd of residents, teachers, students and township employees.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township was named a 2019 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. More information on the program is available by clicking here.

Parsippany has thirty one parks throughout the Township. The park system has preserved over 800 acres ranging from the .032 acre Lake Hiawatha Park to the 352-acre Knoll Park. The total surpasses the nationally recognized standard of having one acre of park land for every 100 residents. The goal has been to provide recreation within walking distance of every resident.

Senator Richard Codey presented James Walsh with the official “Tree City USA” banner during the event.

Mayor Soriano reading the Proclamation

James Walsh, Superintendent, Parks & Forestry
Mayor Michael Soriano
Eastlake Elementary School Second Grade Class recited the “Lullaby” poem
“Let it Grow” from the Lorax Song and Dance was sung by Intervale Elementary School Second Grade Class
Senator Richard J. Codey and Mayor Michael Soriano

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