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Hundreds of hartly souls showed up at the 9th annual ReForest Frankfort event at the upper section of Cove Spring Park on Saturday. The cool, dreary weather wasn’t enough to keep families, groups, and organizations from showing up to plant thousands of trees throughout the park and at Peaks Mill Elementary. Shuttles provided by Frankfort Transit, environmental learning stations under a large tent provided by Kentucky State University, free lunch provided by Frankfort Parks and Recreation, as well as entertainment and activities, kept many around for the duration of the 5 hour event.

During the ceremony this year, Frankfort was recognized as a Tree City USA Community in Kentucky, one of only 39 in the commonwealth.  Tree City USA are greening communities across the country. This program is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of an urban tree canopy and improve care of these vital city trees. The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.

ReForest Frankfort is sponsored by the City of Frankfort and a number of other local and State organizations. The event takes place in various locations each year. It is held on the first Saturday in April, which is designated Frankfort’s Arbor Day.

The event highlights a free tree give-away, information booths, local music, and other fun activities for kids and adults. The 5th Grade Poster Contest winners are announced; Soil Conservation’s Big Tree Contest Winners are presented. Door prizes, free food, t-shirts and other handouts are always a treat for the attendees.