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New Trees Will Take Root at Alpine Park, Thanks to Special Donation 


ROCKFORD, IL – Trees do more in Rockford Park District parks and facilities than provide places to seek shade.  Trees improve our communities’ health by providing many environmental benefits such as helping to conserve energy, filter storm water, store carbon, and improve air quality.  In addition, research shows that property values can be up to 20% higher if a home is located within 500 feet of a well maintained park. (Source: Dr. John Crompton, Texas A & M University) 

Over the years, the District has lost thousands of trees due to damage done by the Emerald Ash Borer. Thanks to financial support from Olson Funeral and Cremation Services in honor of 130 years in business, 130 oak trees will be begin to be planted at Alpine Park, 950 Alpine Road, Rockford, on Thursday, May 3, 2018 (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to   12 p.m.

“Olson Funeral and Cremation Services has been in business since 1888. We are a multi-generational firm that believes your healing experience begins with our lifetime of experiences.  Planting trees is our way of planting pride in the community we serve, that has supported us and given us strong roots.  Our logo includes a series of oak leaves and acorns, so planting oak trees is very fitting to celebrate this milestone,” says Scott Olson, Funeral Director at Olson Funeral and Cremation Services.

“We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will help our tree canopy that has been greatly impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer and storm damage over the years,” said Lori Berkes-Nelson, Rockford Park District Foundation Director.  In all, the Rockford Park District has 22,030 trees and 1,000 acres of forest.

About the Rockford Park District Foundation

For nearly 40 years the Rockford Park District Foundation has helped fundraise for people, projects, and places.  To secure philanthropic support to the Rockford Park District, the Foundation was founded in 1979, and at that time primarily worked to acquire needed land via donations or to sell donated land that was not needed for park space. Over the years, the Foundation’s focus changed to fit the needs of a rapidly growing Rockford Park District. The Foundation receives monetary, land, and various donations on behalf of the Park District, and administers the donations to ensure the donor’s intent is fulfilled.                                                 

Mike Costello