The trees were planted by police officers and school children taking part in the City of Edmonton’s annual Arbor Day activities at Gold Bar Park on May 5, 2017.
This was the first time EPS and the City partnered for Arbor Day, which dates back to 1893 in Edmonton. The trees planted on Arbor Day will provide numerous environmental benefits and be enjoyed by Edmontonians for years to come.
“Planting a tree together is a symbol of hope for the future,” said Chief Rod Knecht. “We look back at the last 125 years with pride, and look forward to the next 125 years with promise, knowing that a strong and positive relationship with the community is at the heart of everything we do. Much like these trees, we hope this relationship will continue to flourish for generations.”
EPS also planted an Autumn Blaze Maple Tree with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion, as the tree is a symbol of promise for the future.
Over 600 grade one students from across the city planted tree seedlings with members of the EPS School Resource Officer Unit. For many it was their first time interacting with police officers, so to make the experience more memorable, the EPS Canine Unit did demonstrations and EPS Volunteers gave out colouring books and crayons.
Chief Knecht added, “I’m encouraged by these children, they’re aware of their community and the environment, and want to help out and do the right thing. If these are our future leaders and police officers, we’re in good hands.”
The commemorative tree planting is just one of the many public activities planned to celebrate the EPS’ 125th anniversary in 2017.