AVOCA – Members of the Avoca-Marshall Township Recreation Park Board gathered together Thursday, May 5 in celebration of Arbor Day to plant four Metta Sequoia trees.
Marshall Township Trustee Suzi Evans and park board members Ed Franklin, Sam Bond, and Chris Noel, along with a special guest, Author Carroll Ritter, presented the trees to a few community members who braved the elements.
A close cousin to the towering redwood trees in Northern California, these trees will grow to be nearly 100 feet tall, a few 200 feet shorter than the ones found on the west coast.
Chris Noel has worked hard at improving the park and wanted to have a way to always be remembered, other than signing documents.
“The topic of legacy came about and I got to thinking about how I can leave a lasting image, other than hours of meetings and my name on hundreds of papers.’ said Noel. “And that got the ball rolling on this idea. I thought about something unique that can be a warm greeting to our park for generations to come.”