Arbor Day ribbon-cutting


On April 22, at Interurban Trail 40th Ave. West Mayor Nicola Smith, councilmember Shannon Sessions, councilmember Christine Frizzell and council president Benjamin Goodwin were among those in attendance at the Arbor Day ribbon-cutting.

City councilmembers and members of the parks department planted a Gala apple tree in recognition of both Earth Day and Arbor Day.

The event also celebrated the opening of Lynnwood City Center Plaza, a new area added to a point of the Interurban Trail. This center is to act as a hub for walkers and bicyclists and will include a bike-pump station, bike racks, a water fountain with an attachment to fill a water bottle, and some tables in case people want to stop on the trail for lunch.

Lynn Sordel, Director of Parks and Recreation and Sarah Olson, Deputy Director of Lynnwood Parks, were among those to speak on behalf of the opening of the plaza. They thanked all those who poured time into the project, including a Girl Scout troop that planted blueberries that now grow at the site.

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