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City to begin tree planting project

City to  begin tree planting project

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

As part of the Harker Heights Beautification Project, the Chamber of Commerce is encouraging citizens, resident and non-resident alike, to plant a Crape Myrtle tree. The planting of the tree could be to commemorate a special day, honor a loved one, or to celebrate any special event. The project was created by the Living Legacy Program, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation department, in 2011. More than 200 trees have been planted citywide at Carl Levin, Community, Goode-Connel, Kern, Purser and Skipcha parks.

“We’re doing things a little differently this year,” said Chamber of Commerce member, Mary Shabunia. “Normally our leadership class will delegate the entire project–but this year, a committee of past students banded together and decided to kickstart this project with Crape Myrtle trees in order to honor Dr. Jim Anderson, who founded the vision class and recently retired as chancellor of Central Texas College.”

Shabunia says the cost to plant the Crape Myrtle tree is $300. This fee also includes a brick, which can be inscribed with a saying to honor a loved one or to commemorate a special event. According to the city’s official website, the Living Legacy program is “designed to meet almost every need, from creating a tradition, to giving a meaningful gift, or even honoring a loved one through the perpetual growth of a tree”. The website also currently states that due to extreme temperatures, Living Legacy trees will not be planted from July through September. Orders will still be accepted, however, and planting will resume in October.

“We’re planning to plant the trees along FM 2410, down to the Neighborhood Walmart and back.” said Shabunia, who also expressed her excitement for the newly budding project. “What a legacy to the founder of our vision class. He’s been so involved in this program, so it’s really a one of a kind way to say thank you.”

Crape Myrtle trees can be grown all throughout the United States, and are most known for dense foliage and vibrant hues. They are the fastest growing flowering tree, though they vary in many different sizes. Some Crape Myrtles only grow four to seven feet tall, while others can reach heights of 30 feet or more. All the trees planted by the Living Legacy program are maintained by the City Parks Crew.

For more information, contact Mary Shabunia at 254 699 4999.


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