Georgia's Arbor Day Celebration in Doraville
A few sprinkles didn’t keep almost 40 volunteers from gathering on Winters Chapel Road Saturday morning, Feb. 18, to help make Doraville a little bit greener. In celebration of Georgia’s annual Arbor Day celebration, the group took shovels and pick-axes in hand to plant a row of 40 trees along the street near single-family residences and the Jasmine and Winters Creek apartment complexes. Wildfire Blackgum trees were selected for the corridor due to their beautiful fall coloring.
The volunteer group, consisting of city staff and local residents, was participating in a joint effort between the City of Doraville and Trees Atlanta. A generous donation provided by QuikTrip also helped double the number of trees being planted from 20 to 40.
Trees Atlanta staff members were on hand to offer assistance and provide instructions on how to plant the trees properly. A special “thank you” goes to members from the Doraville Police Department who were on hand to direct traffic safely past the area where the volunteers were planting the trees.
This effort is the first step to evolving the streetscape along this stretch of Winters Chapel starting at the city’s new gateway signage, passing through MARTA bus stops, past multi-family residences, and single-family homes, and ending at the Oakcliff Road intersection. As announced recently, this entire stretch will undergo a major renovation this year making this portion of Winters Chapel more driver and pedestrian friendly.
Doraville received its official “Tree City USA” designation in 2009 and since that time has planted nearly 200 trees throughout the city around municipal buildings, bridges, parks and in various neighborhoods. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.