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Joliet receives grant from Canadian National EcoConnexions for tree planting

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 10:31 p.m. CDT

JOLIET – The city of Joliet will celebrate next weekend the initiation of a cooperative tree planting project focused on the Forest Park neighborhood made possible through a grant of $25,000 from the CN EcoConnexions “From The Ground Up” program in the United States.

Nearly 100 trees have been planted in the community in parkways and neighborhood parks, according to a news release from the city. Improvements at the park has been a focus of the Forest Park Neighborhood Council; and parkways along city streets, once devoid of trees, are being transformed. The changes are being made possible by a grant from the nonprofit beautification organization America in Bloom.

“The main goal of the project is to improve the quality of life in the Forest Park neighborhood and Joliet by making area parks and streets attractive, inviting, and environmentally beneficial, while also encouraging stewardship in the care of trees,” the city stated in the news release. “The CN Intermodal Facility is located in the Forest Park community.”

A news conference and tree planting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at Forest Park Community Park, 1220 Rosalind Ave. Representatives of America in Bloom, Canadian National, the city of Joliet, Joliet Park District and Forest Park Neighborhood Council are expected to be in attendance.

The event is open to the public and will include a tree care program, children’s craft table and refreshments. For information, call 815-724-4046.

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