The call for volunteers comes after the city was awarded a grant from CN, as part of their EcoConnexions from the Ground Up project, which aims at assisting communities in greening public areas such as parks, open spaces and recreation facilities.

Engaging the community in the process of planting trees is a major objective of this grant, in addition to the greening of public spaces itself.

“Part of being from Fort St. John is understanding the tremendous value our volunteers provide,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said. “Many hands make light work so come on out and lend a hand as together we green the city for our children and their children.”

Since the Rotary Skatepark opened in September, it’s been a popular location among youth to spend their time. Now the city wants to complete the remaining landscaping work of planting trees, which the city says will “enhance the beauty of the space and provide some shade.”

“With the help of the CN EcoConnexions grant, the city will purchase 20 ornamental trees suited to our northern climate to create attractive landscape and benefit the environment,” a press release from the city reads.

The city is hosting the tree planting day at the Rotary Skatepark on Sunday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Community Development Coordinator, Tara O’Donnell at 250 787 5791.

As a safety requirement, volunteers must bring steel-toe boots to wear on site at all times, and volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.