Hattiesburg Arbor Day celebration breaks from tradition

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg broke with tradition Friday for their annual Arbor Day celebration.

In past years, the city would plant trees at area schools to commemorate the day. This year they took their celebration to Jaycee Park on Hutchinson Avenue. The decision was made to go to this location because of the amount of damage that last years tornado caused in the area.

Friday they planted four-trees at park and then went out into the neighboring community to pass out more than 600 tree seedlings for the residents to plant.

"Since Jaycee Park is right in the neighborhood where the path of the tornado went through, this is a great place to start," said Andy Parker, Hattiesburg City Arborist. "We've already started planting trees in some areas where we have city green space and we hope to continue it for years to come."

Assistant to Mayor, Valerie Arnold, stepped in and read the Arbor Day Proclamation.

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