Gresham Celebrates Arbor Day with a New Arboretum

“Today, April 9, is Gresham’s Arbor Day,” Gresham City Officials declared last Saturday in Gradin Park.  The City of Gresham, community members, and GreenWorks gathered Saturday in a dedication and ribbon cutting for Gresham’s new Arboretum at Gradin Sports Park.

An idea that grew from an Urban Forestry Community forum in 2009 to Saturday’s dedication, the new Arboretum will hold vast recreational and educational opportunities for the City of Gresham.  Designed to showcase Gresham’s natural landscape and trees that thrive in winter, spring, summer, and fall, the Arboretum will be home to nearly 400 trees and 300 varieties upon completion.  Saturday’s dedication was followed by tree plantings with City Officials, tours of surrounding trees, and recertified Gresham’s membership in the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” program.

GreenWorks provided Master Plan development and design drawings for the Arboretum at Gradin Sports Park.  Construction for the arboretum will be done in phases as the sports park is developed.