What: Arbor Day Celebration and Black Wall Street Plaza Dedication
Who: City of Durham Landscape Services and Urban Forestry Divisions in the General Services Department and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development as well as the Parrish Street Advocacy Group and Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc.
When: Friday, March 22, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Where: Black Wall Street Plaza at the intersections of Orange, Mangum and Parrish streets in downtown Durham (across from City Hall)
• A tree planting and seedling giveaway in the newly landscaped Black Wall Street Plaza will commemorate the City of Durham’s annual Arbor Day celebration, where Durham will be recognized as a “Tree City USA” for the 30th consecutive year. During this event, City officials will receive the 30th consecutive “Tree City USA” designation from a representative with the N.C. Forest Service at the newly built pergola, followed by a ceremonial tree planting in the plaza.
• The event also marks the grand opening and dedication of the newly landscaped Black Wall Street Plaza. The landscaping work in this plaza is the second phase of the Parrish Street Project and is being funded with $40,500 remaining from a grant received by the City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with assistance from U.S. Representative David E. Price. The first phase of the Parrish Street Project was completed in 2009 with the installation of six historical markers commemorating the rich history of Parrish Street. Part of the landscaping project in the Black Wall Street Plaza is also being supported by a $10,000 donation from BP and Family Fare.
• Event attendees will also be treated to a performance by the Morehead Montessori Children’s Choir and be able to visit event sponsor tables and receive a free tree seedling, where once planted, they can then take a photo of the newly planted tree and redeem it for free food and beverages at local sponsor businesses.
• For information about tomorrow’s Durham’s Arbor Day celebration and the Black Wall Street Plaza dedication contact Alex Johnson, manager of the Urban Forestry Division in the City’s General Services Department, at (919) 560-4197, ext. 21275 or by email at Alexander.Johnson@DurhamNC.gov.
About the General Services Department
The City of Durham’s General Services Department creates, manages and maintains city properties to provide best value to the Durham community. The core business functions include: Administration/Business Services, Facility Operations, Landscape Services, Urban Forestry, Real Estate, Construction Project Management, Cemeteries, Keep Durham Beautiful, and Deferred Maintenance. As guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, General Services serves as a steward of the City’s physical assets. Through annual and long-range facility planning activities, the department plans, provides, and maintains the City’s facilities infrastructure, which supports the community’s quality of life and serves as a foundation of a healthy economy. For more information, visit http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/op/gs/Pages/Home.aspx.
About the Office of Economic & Workforce Development
Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the Office of Economic & Workforce Development helps ensure that Durham has a strong and diverse economy by increasing the city’s tax base through several revitalization initiatives, including new development efforts in the central city area. The department also plans and promotes cultural awareness and events, identifies and recruits target industries as well as assesses and trains Durham residents to fill new jobs. For more information, visit http://www.DurhamEconomicDevelopment.org, “like” on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/DurhamOEWD, or “follow” on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/DurhamOEWD.
About Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham’s General Services Department and the County of Durham to encourage private businesses, residents, and community organizations to conserve and enhance the appearance and environment of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, and educational activities. For more information, visit http://www.KeepDurhamBeautiful.org, “like” on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/KeepDurhamBeautiful, or “follow” on http://www.Twitter.com/DurhamBeautiful.
About the Parrish Street Project
The Parrish Street Project is an initiative of the Durham City Council to commemorate the nationally significant history of Parrish Street, also known as “Black Wall Street,” and spur economic revitalization for this downtown Durham corridor. This initiative is being coordinated by the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Parrish Street Advocacy Group, and a group of Durham leaders, activists, businesses, and residents representing some of the most influential organizations and interests in the Bull City. Together they are engaged in a mission to attract new investment and pursue national heritage area status from the United States Congress. To learn more, visit http://www.ParrishStreet.org.