Bringing beauty to the community is the goal of the Waxahachie Parks Department tree planting program.

In its third year, the program gives residents, through their purchase of a tree, an opportunity to put some green back into the landscape. Trees will be available to purchase beginning April 1.

“Over the last two years, we have planted about 30 trees total that are in our parks and rights of way. We look forward to having another successful year again this year,” said Amy Hollywood, community relations manager. “The reason that we came up with this is because we had experienced the loss of several trees at Getzendaner Park two years ago.

“We are fortunate to have these wonderful and beautiful parks that have been here for many years. Along with that comes losing some of the older and mature trees as time goes on, so there is a need to replace them as we lose trees,” she said.

The five tree varieties available for purchase this year are the pink crape myrtle, the white crape myrtle, pecan, live oak and Chinese pistachio. The trees are listed at $200 and can be purchased at cost by residents. The city makes no profit off the sale. While residents are able to pick which type of tree they want they will not be able to select the location of where it will be planted.

“Although we don’t have a marker on the tree we do have the dedication ceremony that takes place in October,” Hollywood said. “We invite the people that have purchased the tree and who they were purchased for and their families. They receive a very nice commemorative program as their keepsake that lists all of the dedications.”

The dedication ceremony is held at a different park each year to showcase the many parks that are located throughout the city. In previous years, the ceremony has been held at Freedman Memorial Plaza and Getzendaner Park.

Hollywood said the live oak tree is a popular memorial tree but they have not always been purchased for that reason. In previous years, some people have purchased trees as anniversary gifts or for baby gifts. These trees will be enjoyed for many years by not just person giving the gift but by the entire community, she said.

Trees are available for purchase through September or while supplies last. Order forms for the trees can be picked up at City Hall, which is located at 401 S. Rogers St.

Forms can be downloaded off of the city’s website at  www.waxahachie.com beginning Friday. There will be a link on the home page and the parks and recreation Web page. 

For additional information, contact Hollywood at 972-937-7330, ext. 284, or email her at ahollywood@waxahachie.com.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1458.