Tree commission plants trees at Himebaugh Park and CES

| April 30, 2019

Pictured from left are: Tom Heading, Connie Miller, CJ Marcentile, Jim Marcentile, Tom Kistler, and Steve Fox. CJ works for James Plumbing, which donated the use of its backhoe for the project. The others pictured are all part of the Coshocton Tree Commission, which planted four trees at Himebaugh Park on April 27. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton Tree Commission continued its efforts to develop an arboretum at Himebaugh Park on April 27 when they planted four Imperial Thornless Common Honeylocust trees next to the basketball court.

“They will be good shade trees and in the fall turn a beautiful yellow color,” said Tom Heading, who is a member of the tree commission. “It also has a compound leaf so when they fall they are small and will blow away. They will be low maintenance for the folks taking care of the park.”

He added that in addition to the Himebaugh Park, the tree commission is working on creating arboretums at Hall Park and Bancroft Park. Their hope is to eventually create a recreation trail between the city parks and Clary Gardens.

Heading also hopes that someday a trail can be created along a former railroad bed in town that they could use to connect Kids America, the city schools and Lake Park.

On April 26, the tree commission also planted a Prairie Fire Crabapple tree at Coshocton Elementary School. It was raining when the tree was going to be planted in honor of the sixth graders at CES so the tree commission brought the tree inside to share information about it with the students. The Prairie Fire Crabapple will grow 15-20 feet tall. In the spring red buds open to pink flowers, in the summer the leaf color is a reddish green and in the fall the color turns red, orange and purple with glossy red fruit that birds will eat in the winter.

The Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District also took part in the event. At the end of the day each student was given a start of a Norway Spruce to plant with the help of a parent or guardian.

Mulch and top soil for the CES tree project was donated by The Garden Patch. They also helped with the purchase of the tree by selling it to the Tree Commission at cost.

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