The village has 40 new trees ready for planting in Victor Municipal Park

VICTOR — The tree-killing emerald ash borer made its way into Victor Municipal Park, damaging numerous ash trees in the 47-acre park.

Now that crews with the town and village have removed those diseased trees, the ground is ready for planting.

On Saturday, April 29, volunteers will dig in for the annual Village of Victor Arbor Day celebration. As in previous events, everyone is invited to join in.

Forty trees will be ready to take root in the park on Paparone Drive. The mix of new trees will include: European larch, concolor fir, Norway spruce, London planetree, swamp oak, catalpa, river birch, dawn redwood, elm, Kentucky coffeetree and hackberry.

According to the Victor Village Tree Board, removal of the infected trees began at the beginning of the year. Now, the reward of seeing the new, healthy batch of trees replacing them will take place at the annual tree-planting celebration. Last year, more than 40 volunteers helped plant new trees along School Street in the village. Organizers said they are looking forward to at least that many people this year, with all ages welcome at this family event.

The Victor Village Tree Board works to maintain an inventory of all trees on village property, which includes their state of health. Projects promote the planting of tree species suitable for the village, and board members focus on planting and preserving a diverse population of trees. According to the organization’s Facebook page, the group strives to attain the National Arbor Day Foundation's status as Tree City USA for the village.

If you go

WHAT Village of Victor Arbor Day celebration

WHEN Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE Victor Municipal Park, 6680 Paparone Drive, Victor

DETAILS The community is invited to help plant 40 trees in the park to replenish diseased trees that were removed. For more information, contact Victor Village Clerk Pam Hogenes at 585-924-3100 or Tree Board Chairman Gene Pratt at 585-330-7203. Check out a video online of last year’s event at http://bit.ly/2pDk39x.