Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 14, 2014

Trees Forever to work on Levee pocket park

By Krystal Fowler Lifestyle Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Centerville is branching out with new trees thanks to a $1,440 grant from Alliant Energy.

Joyce E. Thomas, president of the local Trees Forever said the money will go toward planting more trees in Centerville and the group will begin in the Levee area in the next few weeks, although she didn’t have a specific date.

According to Thomas the group will first concentrate on planting trees on the former site of Centerville Tent and Awning to help complete a pocket park there. They will be bringing in some loads of dirt to help the trees since the site has a lot of underground rubble left from the building fire that destroyed Centerville Tent and Awning in November of 2011. Right now they are planning to plant five evergreens on the space.

After the pocket park, the group will be looking at the area around the VFW hall to see if tree planting is possible. They won’t know until some holes are dug to check the soil quality around the building.

Thomas said after the area around the VFW hall, the group may look at planting some trees at Lelah Bradley Park near the new ranger station or near where new cabins are going to be built. Everything will depend on how many trees the group can purchase and how many they plant around the Levee.

Thomas said she didn’t know how many trees will be purchased with the grant and it will depend on the cost of the tree varieties they decide to buy. The group is currently looking for volunteers to help plant and care for trees in Centerville. Anyone interested may call Thomas at (641) 856-5472.