Groundbreaking work on a Children Arboretum by Marquand Park Foundation has started! The Children’s Arboretum is intended to be a place where children between the ages of 5 and 15 can learn through hands-on experiences how trees grow. Activities will include: the planting of saplings or small trees in raised planting beds in the spring; the caring for these trees during the summer; and transplanting the trees to other sites in the park or elsewhere in the fall. The arboretum will be open during regular park hours. Parents will be asked to supervise their children while visiting the arboretum.
The arboretum will have a 6 feet fence consisting of pressure-treated wooden posts with galvanized coated wiring supported by horizontal wood framing. The fence is intended to provide some protection from the deer. A decorative gate will be installed on the north side of the arboretum. The whole area inside the arboretum will be covered with a weed barrier ground cover and then covered with mulch. Raised planting beds would be framed with cedar edging. Walking path will consist of stepping stones of recycled rubber. Most of the work will be completed by April 2019 and in time for an Arbor Day opening.