Volunteers and community leaders in Marshalltown are planting trees to provide more shade and save energy. The local project is part of the statewide Trees Forever and Alliant Energy Branching Out community tree-planting program. This is the 21st year that Marshalltown has participated in this program. This years project plans to plant 18 trees at Riverview Park, six trees at Assistance League Park and five trees at MEGA 10 Park. Many of these tree plantings will replace trees that were removed due to damage sustained during storms in recent years.
Since 1991, Marshalltown has received approximately $57,000 from Alliant Energy in its joint effort with the Trees Forever/Branching Out Program for planting of trees in numerous areas throughout the city. During this period of time more than 6,800 trees have been planted in numerous public areas, including parks, school grounds, bike paths, cultural center and athletic complexes. The program also receives matching donations from community members for the grants received.
Volunteers can help plant trees on April 27, by meeting at the Parks and Recreation maintenance barn in Riverview Park at 8 a.m. for a short orientation. Refreshments will be available and volunteers are asked to bring gloves, shovels and buckets if they are able. The volunteers will be assigned to one of the three areas where trees are to be planted on that date. Trees will be delivered to each of the planting sites.
If you would like to volunteer to help plant and care for the trees in Marshalltown, please call Gary Mason at 641-752-8447 or the Parks and Recreation office at 641-754-5715.