October 4, 2018

Contact:    Rob Hines


                 Public Information Officer

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Great Tree Canopy Comeback: Volunteers Needed


Fort Wayne, IN— On Saturday, October 20, 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 parks and public spaces during the 17th 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: Franke, Vesey, and Justin Study parks in Fort Wayne, along with Klotz Park in New Haven and Fox Island.

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 given to volunteers who pre-register by October 7, while supplies last. Volunteers need to bring gloves, shovels, rakes and a wheelbarrow (if possible). Participants should also dress for the weather, as the work will be completed 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, area parks have lost over 50% of the tree canopy due to weather and disease. Friends of the Parks invite the community 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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