On the occasion of Arbor Day 2021, Lac-mont park will make a presentation at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 30 to announce a new educational component at the park.
“To help members of our community learn to identify common trees, we have placed identification plaques, with the botanical and common name, next to 44 tree species in the park. said Andrea Cohen, president of Lakemont Park.
“As you walk around the property, guests can take photos of the QR codes, which will take them to the Lakemont Park website.”
The website will contain information about the tree, typical height and spread, native habitat, and a description of the tree, including family, genus, and species.
There will be photos of the tree in summer and winter, as well as photos of the bark and leaves. There will also be a map to highlight the location of trees in the park.
Last fall, friends of the park with a background in trees and landscaping helped identify over 200 trees in the park and select species to highlight for this project.
This spring, the park worked with two science classes in the Altoona area school district to develop the information for the website.
“It was a unique project and we are delighted that so many people are helping us in this project” said Jade Giantini, community outreach supervisor at Lakemont Park.
In honor of Arbor Day, the Naturescapes Foundation of Lakemont Park will plant a new Acer griseum Paperbark maple in the Keystone Falls 18-hole miniature golf course.
“Arbor Day is a celebration to encourage people to plant trees, and we are proud to celebrate with a tree planting. We hope that local schools and nature lovers will visit the park to see all the species ”, Cohen said.
In 2019, Lakemont Park established the Naturescapes Foundation through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, a 501 (c) (3), to promote the beautification of the park. Since the county owns the land, this fund earmarks all contributions to landscaping efforts, including trees, shrubs, and benches.
The park’s new business concept has supported the return of green space and includes free entry and accessible recreation and play areas.
“Community members planted trees and dedicated benches for park visitors to enjoy” said Melanie Shildt, General Manager of Lakemont Park. This foundation helped with the tree identification project and funded some of the park’s landscaping efforts over the past two years.
“Lakemont Park has always been a centerpiece of the community, and we hope this foundation will continue to support new gardens and trees that can be enjoyed by our generation and future generations. “ Cohen said.
Please contact the Lakemont Park office at 814-949-7275 to learn more about the Naturescapes Foundation.