Arbor Day downtown

Brent Finnegan -- April 27th, 2007

Apparently today is Arbor Day. To be honest, I’ve seen it on the calendar my whole life, but never really knew anything about it.

Arbor Day “is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.” Sound like a tree-hugger holiday? Well, I guess it is. It was one of the partial solutions suggested in An Inconvenient Truth. According to that film’s website, “A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%.”

Today at 1:00 Mayor Eagle will be planting trees at Liberty Park in observance of Arbor Day.

And speaking of the Inconvenient Truth site, another suggested way to cut down on carbon emissions is to:

Buy locally grown and produced foods. The average meal in the United States travels 1,200 miles from the farm to your plate. Buying locally will save fuel and keep money in your community… Seek out and support local farmers markets. They reduce the amount of energy required to grow and transport the food to you by one fifth.

Yesterday Rocktown had an article on the downtown farmers market, and the new pavilion for the market, to possibly be ready to use next year:

The proposed pavilion would be built in the municipal lot exactly where the farmers are located now. Eddie Bumbaugh, director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, says the project should cost around $294,000. The [anonymous] out-of-town donor has offered $100,000, he says, but the market’s newly formed fundraising committee will have to raise the additional $200,000.

A design by Blue Ridge Design Studio shows an open-air pavilion with a wood roof, stone columns and space for 40 vendors. “It will provide shelter, but also become a permanent location,” Bumbaugh says. “It is also a multipurpose structure. It could host arts and crafts shows or even private functions, like weddings.”

One Response to “Arbor Day downtown”

  1. Thanh says:

    I was at the Arbor Day Celebration. No trees were planted today (sorry finnegan for the misinformation earlier). The Celebration was originally scheduled to happen at the end of Clean Up Day, April 14, but got rained out. About 200 trees/shrubs were planted on Clean Up Day, and the one tree that was to go in Liberty Park had to be planted the other week (it couldn’t wait until today). About 15(?) or so of us made it out today to Liberty Park to celebrate Arbor Day today. The President of the Shenandoah Valley Builders Association, and this other guy who’s name I can’t remember, came out and awarded Andy Jackson of Friends of Blacks Run Greenway with a $500 check, which was pretty cool. Mayor Eagle followed by reading the City’s Arbor Day Proclamation (you can read it at and thanked everyone, particularly Jared Stoltzfus “the tree guy” for all of his hard work. Good times.

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