Babylon Village is looking to become a Tree City.
To become one, the community must maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, and spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day.
Since last year, the Babylon Beautification Society has made a concerted effort to add more greenery in the downtown by planting almost a dozen trees south of the LIRR train station area, while replacing over a half dozen trees on Main Street and Deer Park Avenue.
“Part of what makes Babylon Village such a pretty place to live, work and visit is its tree-lined streets,” said Frank Petruzzo, president of the Babylon Beautification Society. “Recognizing this, we’ve been working on projects where we add and replace trees throughout the business district.”
And on Monday, Babylon Village announced it teamed up with the beautification society to host the area’s first-ever Arbor Day on April 27.
“Having an official Arbor Day in Babylon Village demonstrates our commitment to urban forestry and community improvement so we are very proud to sponsor the first annual Arbor Day Celebration,” said Petruzzo.
The celebration for the tree-planting holiday will be held at the Bayman Statue from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., where two newly planted trees will be dedicated.
There will also be educational materials about Arbor Day and Earth Day for all ages, as well as refreshments and special Arbor Day tree cookies will be served and fun activities.