Arbor Day

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The 63rd annual Arbor Day Celebration, promoting the value of trees to residents, will take place Friday at OJ Watson Park in south Wichita.

City Arborist Gary Farris says trees are a great way to promote air quality and help the environment. According to Farris, tree planting by the city varies each year depending on funding.

“We've planted as few as a couple of hundred, and we’ve planted this year, just over 1700,” he says.

Farris says the City of Wichita lost thousands of trees in the droughts of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Updated 8:30am

Whoa! Those trees went fast!

Associated Integrated Marketing says that it's given away all of its free maple trees already. The company and community volunteers gave away hundreds of trees Friday morning in just over an hour.

If you missed the free trees  but still want to celebrate Arbor Day, the city of Wichita will host its Arbor Day event and tree fair Friday from 10 am to noon.