March 18th, 2017 Photo Gallery

120 Volunteers come to Community Tree Day in the Rain
Spring 2017 Community Tree Day produced lots of moisture for the planted trees, but left the volunteers undaunted. 110 trees were planted in two hours due to the fact we had more volunteers than trees to plant; that, was a nice problem to have!
Willie Ehling, Director of Campus Wellness and Recreation, spoke at the event. Registration took place at the Blount Pavilion at the intramural ECU fields, as this was one of the trail heads for the new section of the greenway. This provided us with shelter from the rain, restroom facilities and convenient parking.
Gary Fenton, Director of Recreation and Parks for the city, also addressed the crowd. His department will take over maintenance of the greenway after the ribbon cutting next week. Gary shared that the most popular recreational activity in America is walking, and that the trees planted today will offer a place for residents of the city to walk or ride bikes that seems more like North Carolina’s Piedmont than Down East.
Kevin Heffieron, with Public Works, instructed volunteers on the correct way to plant a tree and then everyone went to work. Kevin had developed the landscape plan for the plantings. He and his crews had holes dug and trees ready to plant in each.
Support for the Spring 2017 Community Tree Day was provided by a Rotary Grant in the amount of $750 and by a donation of more than half of the trees planted by Carolina Seasons Nursery, Co-owners Ken Stillwell and Andrea Pike provided 64 trees of various species to make the greenway even greener.
Thank you everyone for your help in making this the best Community Tree Day yet.
Hunt McKinnon
President Re Leaf