In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the City of Brighton will be hosting a series of events starting on April 19 to promote environmental protection and sustainability and the planting and preservation of trees. The community is encouraged to participate in the mix of planned activities - See the lineup of events below.
Tuesday, April 19: Arbor Day Proclamation and Arbor Day Poster Contest Recognition at the City Council meeting (6 p.m. start). City Council will congratulate the winner of the City’s Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest Layla Korb. The City will also be celebrating Brighton’s 36 years as an officially designated Tree City U.S.A. by the Arbor Day Foundation. The public is invited to attend at City Hall Council Chambers (500 S. 4th Avenue) or watch online by clicking here.
Friday, April 22: A tree planting and dedication for the City’s first place winner of the Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Bromley East Charter School. Students from the winner's class will all be invited to participate in planting the tree. Mayor Gregory Mills will be present to show his appreciation.
Fri., April 22: Plant a tree this Earth Day with the City’s free saplings and seeds giveaway in the parking lot of City Hall (500 S. 4th Ave.) from 7:30 to 9:30 am. The saplings available include Bur Oak, Chokecherry and Sugar Maple. Seeds will include a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Brighton residents only. Maximum two saplings per household. First come, first-serve, (while supplies last). More info here.
Fri., April 29: This year's Annual High School Beautification Project will take place at Donelson Park (4500 Midland Street) at 9 a.m. The senior class from Brighton High School will help plant 40 new trees to celebrate Arbor Day.
Fri., April 29: Xeric gardens can beautify your landscape while also saving a considerable amount of water. Watch for a video posted to the City of Brighton’s Facebook page that’ll offer tips on how to xeriscape your lawn and in turn, save on your water bill.
Tree Program: Trees are still available for purchase through the 2022 Tree Program. Available tree species are selected based on Brighton’s water demand and soil conditions. Brighton residents only. Trees are $75 each, limit two per household (while supplies last). Order a tree here.
During the span of the Earth and Arbor Day events, the City of Brighton encourages residents to pick up trash in the community to help keep our planet clean and protect it for the future. Snap a photo and share it with the city on social media using the hashtag #wearebrighton and tagging the City of Brighton on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you have questions, please contact Kyle Sylvester, Assistant Director of Parks and Open Space, at email@example.com.