Babylon Village is one step closer to become a Tree City.
On Saturday, the South Shore village hosted its first Arbor Day celebration, which is one of the requirements to earn the designation.
Residents gathered at the newly erected Bayman Statue from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., where two newly planted trees were dedicated, while refreshments and special Arbor Day tree cookies were served.
“We’re very pleased to sponsor this event and very proud to do it,” said Frank Petruzzo, president of the Babylon Beautification Society, at the event.
The newly planted trees were dedicated to honorees Isabel Gallagher, the founder of the Babylon Beautification Society, and Theresa Santmann, a longtime Babylon Village resident and benefactress of the BBS.
In addition to hosting a Arbor Day ceremony, Babylon Village must maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, and spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry.
According to Petruzzo, Babylon Village is in the process of fulfilling those requirements and will apply to become a Tree City later this year.
“Every day is Arbor Day in Babylon Village,” said Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino on Saturday. “Over the last 40 years, we put in our residential and buisness area approximately 2,400 trees.”
Most recently, the Babylon Beautification Society planted 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.
Scroll down to see photos from the Arbor Day celebration.