Ocean County Press Release
Hundreds of Seedlings to be Planted at Ocean County Park

LAKEWOOD – Several hundred seedlings will be planted at Ocean County Park, Route 88, here, on April 24 as Ocean County celebrates Arbor Day.

"More than 1,100 trees were lost at Ocean County Park as a result of Superstorm Sandy," said Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr., who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. "Reforestation is under way and this is a great event to celebrate the park and highlight the efforts to replant trees lost in the storm."

The Ocean County Arbor Day Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., April 24 at the Beach Complex at Ocean County Park.

Second graders from the Oak Street School in Lakewood will be attending to help plant the seedlings along with Ocean County and Lakewood officials, members of the Ocean County Shade Tree Commission and the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation.

"Ocean County Park is the flagship of the Ocean County Park system," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "From our children to our seniors, this park can be enjoyed by everyone."

The two species of trees to be planted for Arbor Day are White Pine and Norway Spruce in keeping with the history of the park.

"This park was originally part of financier John D. Rockefeller's vacation estate," Bartlett said. "The trees being planted are the same types of trees that made up the original landscape of the property."

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