Jackson Park in the city’s Powerstown neighborhood was once the site of the Jackson Middle School. When the school was demolished in 2010, 7th Ward Council member John R. Swierz undertook to convert the approximately 2-acre area to a public park. He called on Treez Please to help with plantings in the park.
Over the past two years, Treez Please has planted five large trees and many smaller trees and understory shrubs (redbud, chokeberry, witchhazel, dogwood, red mulberry, and serviceberry, to name a few). To do all this, we’ve had the help of volunteers, neighbors, Brownie scouts, and Treez Please members.
Last year, with some help from neighborhood kids, we planted an 8′ sugar maple maple (Acer sacharum ‘Green Mountain’) for Maxine Ahrens as a tribute to her son Bill.
In April 2014, ten people helped out to plant two large chinkapin oaks (Quercus muehlenbergii) in memory of Lisa Socha, daughter of Carol and Henry Socha, who live across the street from the park.
Shortly after Treez Please was founded in the summer of 2007, our Founding Mother, Atty. Debra Weaver, contacted David Reese who said he would be glad to donate two vacant lots he owned to initiate our reforestation efforts.
The two adjacent properties on the corner of Broadway and Kensington Avenues on the city’s North Side were dubbed Common Ground, and in September, we planted our first trees – with the help of a dozen enthusiastic volunteers. We put in:
2 bur oak
2 red oak
2 black locust
3 dawn redwood
3 grey dogwood
To officially kick off the organization, Treez Please conducted a public tree-planting demonstration in Wick Park.
David Sturtz, the Youngstown City Arborist, showed attendees how to dig a proper tree hole, how to measure the critical depth for planting, how to backfill, water and mulch for optimum success for the tree.
Treez Please provided a container-grown red oak for the demonstration.