Prairie Village, Roeland Park prepping for Arbor Day celebrations

Prairie Village isn’t the only northeast Johnson County to earn a “Tree City USA” designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Roeland Park made the list again this year as well, the 20th time Roeland Park has earned the accolade.

Prairie Village residents planting a tree during the city’s annual Arbor Day celebration.

Roeland Park and Prairie Village earned the designation by meeting the Arbor Day Foundation’s four requirements: a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance of some kind.

“Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities,” said City Administrator, Aaron Otto. “Large established trees and green spaces are a few of the advantages communities such as Roeland Park offer to improve the quality of life of residents.”

Roeland Park will hold its Arbor Day celebration this Saturday, April 27 at Roeland Park, 5535 Juniper Drive. The event will feature contests, prizes, trees and food.

Prairie Village’s Arbor Day event will be at Franklin Park, 8700 Roe Avenue, where the city’s tree board will plant a Kousa Dogwood.