"Reforest The Bluegrass" Sets Sights On Hisle Park

Apr 5, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mayor Jim Gray and city arborist John Saylor held a press conference at one of Lexington’s newest parks to promote the 15th annual Reforest the Bluegrass Friday.

It’s an urban tree planting program meant to recreate pre-settlement, streamside forests that were once native to the inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Saylor says the event has even become a family tradition for some.

"Folks all the time will come up to me and show me pictures of their kids when they were little out at Reforest planting the trees and then eight, ten years later their kids are teenagers and [you] see how big the trees are when they're 25 feet tall. It makes a huge impact on kids," he says.

In the program’s 15 years, over 10,000 volunteers have restored more than 175 acres of floodplains and planted more than 100,000 tree seedlings. This year’s event will be held April 13th at Hisle Park from 9 am to 1 pm. More information is available at lexingtonky.gov.