October 2, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact:   Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)
                FW Parks & Recreation Public Information Officer or
               Carol Cavell (704-4794)
   Trees Indiana                

Saturday, October 21, 10 am - noon

Fort Wayne, IN— On Saturday, October 21st, Friends of the Parks of Allen County invites citizens to partner with area parks departments, businesses, neighborhoods, and community volunteers to plant new trees in our parks and public spaces during the 16th annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback.

Volunteers of all ages are critical to the success of the event and are encouraged to sign up and help restore the tree canopy. More than 200 trees will be planted in the following parks this year: Memorial Park, Waynedale Park, Buckner Park, Payton County Park, Waynedale Gardens & Werling Park.

Volunteers are asked to register in advance by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or download the signup form at www.facebook.com/yeaparks and mail it to P.O. Box 10152. T-shirts will be handed out to volunteers who pre-register by October 7, while supply lasts. Also, volunteers who would like to plant a tree in their own yards may request a free tree from Trees Indiana when they register. Please bring gloves, shovels, rakes and a wheelbarrow (if you have one). Dress for the weather. Trees will be planted, rain or shine.

BACKGROUND: This event was established in 2001 to combat the critical loss of trees in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Over the last 50 years, our parks have lost over 50% of the tree canopy due to weather and disease. Friends of the Parks invite you to partner with area park departments, other businesses, neighborhoods and community volunteers to fund and/or plant new trees in our parks and public spaces.

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