Overland Park’s throwing shade

April 26, 2018

Overland Park has been throwing shade for 39 years.

That’s how long students and staff have been planting trees to celebrate Arbor Day, and the tradition continues this year.

Several local students will join Mayor Carl Gerlach to plant a shade tree at City Hall Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m.

Staff and the Legacy of Greenery Committee members sponsor a poster contest each year with participants from local elementary schools. This year’s theme is “Good Things Grow on Trees.” The winners are invited to plant a tree with the mayor.

“Arbor Day is a celebration of trees,” said Bailey Patterson, city forester. “Trees support us every day by cleaning pollutants out of the air and providing us with oxygen, protecting us from sun and heat, and giving us a feeling of safety. Arbor Day is our opportunity to support our urban forest by planting a new, diverse shade tree.”

See the posters in the gallery below, or visit City Hall to see them on display April 23 through May 1.

Overland Park has been named Tree City USA 39 consecutive years. This Arbor Day Foundation award recognizes cities for their excellence in urban forestry management.


Bailey Patterson 913-327-6639