The national Arbor Day Foundation has named Mooresville a "Tree City USA" for its commitment to community forestry.
Tree City USA communities "go to great lengths to plant and care for the community forest," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.
Mooresville met such standards as having a tree board, a tree-care ordinance and a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita. Tree City USA communities also must have an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Mooresville's annual observance was on Friday. At the ceremony, officials planted a Norway spruce on the front lawn of the Town Hall, and a state forestry official presented the Tree City USA award.
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"This designation is a real image booster for Mooresville," Mooresville Planning Director Tim Brown said in announcing the award. "Being a Tree City USA helps present the kind of image that most citizens want to have for the place they live or conduct business."
The Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters establish the standards for Tree City USA status.
Mooresville joins 3,400 other communities that previously earned the designation. About 135million people live in Tree City USA cities, according to the foundation's Web site, www.arborday.org.
Hope Park work continues
MOORESVILLE Workers from Mooresville-based MAXlawn Artificial Landscape Turf have spent two weeks installing artificial turf throughout Hope Park, which about 900 volunteers helped build March 10-14 at Lowe's YMCA.
Hope Park is a 20,000-square-foot, motorsports-themed playground for all Lake Norman-area families. An official opening ceremony is planned April 17.
MAXlawn general manager Scott Marks has supervised a crew of eight workers on the turf installation. The company is donating its 800 to 1,000 hours of labor, with crews working 10-hour days, he said.
"We had an opportunity to get involved with this project. And what better way to give back to the community?" Marks said last week as his crew measured and laid turf.
The turf protects against falls up to 9 feet and complies with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Marks said. It's laid out so smoothly that wheelchair riders won't feel it, he said.
The project involved laying about 8,500 square feet of turf, on top of 225 tons of stone base to be infilled with 16,000 pounds of sand.
Drain holes in the turf lead rainwater down into the stone base, allowing kids to return to playing on the turf within an hour of a rain, Marks said.
MAXlawn is a subsidiary of Mooresville-based Medallion Athletic Products, which installed the artificial turf at Mooresville High School and plans to install the turf this summer for two soccer fields at the town's new Mazeppa Road Park.
The turf at Hope Park could last 15 to 20 years or much longer, Marks said. That's because it's not likely to have the same wear-and-tear that turf on a soccer or football field experiences, he said.