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The City of Bismarck will be planting 150 trees along the southeast portion of New Generations Park on October 1, 2022. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Generations Park is in northwest Bismarck, southwest of Horizon Middle School, along Mustang Drive and Valley Drive. The trees will also serve as a form of living snow fence to help reduce the amount of snow entering the intersection between Valley Drive and Daytona Drive, on the park’s southeast corner.
“New Generations Park was an ideal place for the Sesquicentennial celebration to come together and serve a functional need moving forward,” said City of Bismarck Forester Doug Wiles. “The trees, to some extent, will serve as a living snow fence to help reduce the time Public Works and Parks and Recreation will need to work along the park to manage snow.”
Mark Zimmerman, President of the Farwest Rotary Club and an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 6, stated the Rotary Club is honored to be a part of this special tree planting as the Club has been a major sponsor of the New Generations Park since its inception—providing funding for a variety of improvements that include the community building, splash pad and memorial benches. “Farwest Rotary looks forward to additional tree plantings and other projects at New Generations Park to help establish this park as a favorite destination for residents and visitors alike,” Zimmerman stated.
Boy Scout Troop 6 will be assisting with the tree planting. As North Dakota’s oldest Boy Scout Troop, chartered in 1917, Troop 6 is excited to be part of the 150th anniversary event that celebrates the city’s history and future for generations to come.
The public is invited to attend the event, which will include the opportunity to plant trees and learn about tree planting best practices. “Forrest Von Flickentale,” the Forestry Division’s ground squirrel mascot is expected to make an appearance for photos. In addition, a plaque will be dedicated to the park. The event will be dependent on appropriate weather.
Individuals using the park in the days leading up to the tree planting are asked to be aware of the potential for pre-planting holes in the ground.
For more information about the City Forestry Division, and the more than 21,000 trees lining Bismarck’s public streets, visit https://www.bismarcknd.gov/101/Forestry.