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Annual Arbor Day Celebration Features Sidney Paul Wade Memorial Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting

Posted 04-18-18.

The annual City of Sevierville Arbor Day Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25. This year's event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sidney Paul Wade Memorial Rain Garden and presentation of the City's Tree City USA Award. The event will begin at 12PM at Sevierville City Hall at the Municipal Complex on Gary Wade Boulevard.

This will be the 34th consecutive year that Sevierville has been recognized as a Tree City USA. The ceremony will include speakers and presentations from the Sevierville Intermediate School Beta Club, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Dr. Dwight Wade and Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley. There will be a reading of the names of individuals with a tree memorial or honorary tree in the past year. A reception will follow at City Hall. Students from the Sevierville Intermediate School will help with speaker introductions.

 

A ribbon cutting for the recently completed Sidney Paul Wade Memorial Rain Garden will be held. The rain garden was designed and built by City of Sevierville employees. Rain gardens receive water from impervious surfaces such as rooftops, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and patios. Gardens are constructed to include a shallow depression that holds the run-off water that is then used by the plants. The process naturally removes pollutants before the water re-enters our groundwater supply.

The City of Sevierville Trees/Trails and Beautification Board continues to make efforts to improve urban tree care and benefits to the citizens of Sevierville. For additional information on the board and the Memorial Tree Program, please visit www.seviervilleparksandrec.com.

The Tree City USA program is a national program administered by the Arbor Day Foundation that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. Participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Together the more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities serve as home to more than 135 million Americans. For additional information on the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org.