City of Tampa Celebrates Earth Day 2011 - Event includes tree planting and informational displays

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be joined by business and community leaders and Captain Green Eye to celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 21, 2011. The event, which begins at 11:45 a.m., will be held in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, located at 410 North Franklin Street in downtown Tampa. The celebration is free and open to the public.

The brief program will include musical performances by students from the Rampello Downtown Partnership School and the planting of a Chickasaw Plum tree. As part of the event, there will be informational displays throughout the lunch hours from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The tree selected for the planting is the native Prunus angustifolia, more commonly known as a Chickasaw Plum. Cultivated by the Chickasaw Indians before the arrival of Europeans, the tree's flowers provide a nectar source for butterflies. The tree, selected because it is suited for an urban setting, will help purify the air, provide food for wildlife, conserve soil and water, and help moderate temperature. Irrigation of the trees in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, along with many other City parks and facilities, uses an efficient, state-of-the-art, conservation-driven, irrigation system.

For more information, please contact Thom Snelling, City of Tampa Green Officer at
(813) 310-0301 or via e-mail at