The Perry Parks and Recreation Department brought the 2019 tree planting season to a close last week, with Perry Parks Supervisor Kevin Kanealy and Assistant Parks Supervisor Mike Peterson making the last of nearly 100 additions to the city’s parks and public spaces.
Among the sites for the young trees, all grown from seedlings and then plucked from the city’s nursery, included the Perry Soccer Complex, Perry Dog Park, Wiese Park, Pattee Park and other public spaces around town.
The city workers made good use of the new tree spade, unveiled in April at an Earth Day event.
Perry Parks and Recreation Director John Anderson said each 12-inch sapling bought three years ago and reared in the city nursery came much cheaper than a 20-foot tree bought at a garden store or nursery, which would cost the city $600 to $1,000 each. Anderson estimated the nursery has so far saved the city about $400,000.