The year 2025 will be a big one for Washington. The city will be celebrating its bicentennial with a variety of activities and events. However, one project is starting now with the combined efforts of the Washington Park District, the Bicentennial Committee, and the Town and Country Gardeners. These groups will be promoting the planting of 200 new trees for 200 years to leave a lasting legacy and create a positive impact on our city’s environment.
The Washington Park District already has a memorial tree program, and the bicentennial tree project will work in much the same way. The Park District offers several specially-selected tree varieties from which sponsors can choose any number of trees to “adopt”for a $200 minimum donation per tree. The sponsored trees will be planted by the park district and planted on public spaces such as right of ways, the square, or park land. The Park District will also water and care for the trees. An 8” by 8” stone will mark the tree with the sponsor’s chosen name of a family member, business, or honoree. Sponsors will be contacted when their trees are planted so they can share the news and watch the progress of their special addition to their city. Trees will be planted in the spring or fall depending on when they are ordered.
Since Washington lost a great deal of trees in the 2013 tornado and in recent ice storms, this project will help replenish the city’s trees as well as commemorate the community’s 200 years. Future generations will be able to enjoy these trees. For more information on how to participate in “200 Trees for 200 Years,” visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com and click on the news & events tab. Or, call the Park District at 309-444-9413.