City of Peoria Press Release
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City and School Create Urban Forest
Ariz. (April 14, 2010) –Peoria is partnering with Santa Fe Elementary School to
create a “forest sanctuary” by planting 100 trees at 77th Avenue and Mountain
View Road on Earth Day, April 22. Thirteen students, from sixth- through eighth-
grades, designed the grove and will plant the trees.
certified arborist, Erik Wilson, taught the students about the different types
of trees that grow in the desert. Landscape architects Jeff Anderson and Marc
Beyer helped the students design the area. The layout of the urban forest will
be in the shape of a sun, which is in honor of the school’s Santa Fe Suns. The
sun will be broken into four quadrants called the “Four Corners of Paradise,” in
which the students will plant four families of trees: Elms and Oaks; Droopy Rain
Forest; Sonoran; and Conifer. By planting the trees, the students hope to enrich
the water retention basin and improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood and
firefighters will provide lunch following the tree planting.