Oklahoma City celebrates Arbor Week; new features at Will Rogers Gardens arboretum almost complete

Oklahoma City is taking part in nationwide Arbor Week celebrations next week. The city is a Tree City USA community, a designation by the Arbor Day Foundation that helps it benefit from funding and planning help.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: March 24, 2012

Oklahoma City is recognizing the nationwide Arbor Week next week, and a good way to celebrate would be to check out the almost-complete improvements to the arboretum at Will Rogers Gardens.

Arbor Week, promoted by the Arbor Day Foundation, is a celebration of trees around the country. Oklahoma City is a Tree City USA community, a designation by the foundation that helps members get guidance and funding on the use of trees around the area.

The designation and connections it forges helped secure money to the city to recover from the punishing ice storm several years ago, city parks spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock said.

The city also is close to finishing an improvements project to the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum at the Will Rogers Gardens.

The half-million dollar project, funded by general obligation bonds and a donation from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, features improved access to the once-undeveloped arboretum.

“It gives you a sense of the diverse beauty that we have in Oklahoma,” McClintock said. “Trees are an important part of our park lands.”

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Will Rogers Gardens, located on NW 36 east of Portland Avenue, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of March and until 8 p.m. from April through September.

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