Urbana Park District to plant new trees at King Park

URBANA, Ill. – The Urbana Park District has received a grant from American Water to plant trees at King Park later this year.

The total amount of money received by the Urbana Park District was $1920. The Illinois American Water Environmental Grant Program awarded the money. The grant is given out to projects that have a positive environmental impact in ways such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts and habitat restoration.

In the case of the grant given to the Urbana Park District, the grant will help fund the planting of eight new tress in King Park, which is located just a couple blocks off of the University of Illinois campus. The grant will also fund watering bags and placards designed to help the community learn more about the new trees’ species.

“This project promotes the planting of tree species providing extra benefits to pollinators such as butterflies and moths,” Kara Dudek, park planner for the Urbana Park District said in a press release. “Eight new trees such as River Birch, which supports over 400 species of butterflies and moths, will join other beneficial trees in the park such as Oaks, Maples, and Crabapples. The Urbana Park District is incredibly appreciative of Illinois American Water’s support.”

The planting of the trees is scheduled to occur in the fall. The Urbana park district is looking to invite students from King Elementary School to join in the planting, learning and environmental stewardship, however this has yet to be determined, depending on federal guidelines permitting gathering in groups at that time.

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