Parks Department Plants Trees for Arbor Day

Published 04/25 2014 04:30PM

Updated 04/25 2014 05:13PM

The City of Binghamton and the Ross Park Zoo celebrated Arbor Day today with the planting of three trees.

The Parks Department planted three Callery Pear trees, this one near the entrance to Ross Park.

The Callery Pear is known for being hearty enough to thrive in our climate and it's expected to flower each Spring and turn beautiful shades of red, pink, purple and bronze in the Fall.

Zoo Director Steve Contento says improving the landscaping at the park helps to provide a good first impression to visitors.

"In many ways, it goes hand-in-hand with our reZOOvenation process. And what we're trying to do is not just make the zoo better for the public, but that park setting too that could provide visitors with a wonderful relaxing and positive environmental place to spend the day," said Contento.

The Ross Park Zoo is holding a Party for the Planet tomorrow in conjunction with Earth Fest at SUNY Broome, the Roberson Museum and the Discovery Center.

If you pay full admission to the zoo, you'll receive $2 off your entrance to Roberson and the Discovery Center and free admission to Earth Fest.

Similar reciprocal discounts apply if you visit one of the other venues first.

Earth Fest runs from 10 to 4 tomorrow in the Baldwin and West Gyms at SUNY Broome.

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