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Ceremony Marks Completion of 2-Year Azalea Park Upgrade Project

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A two-year agricultural project in Charlottesville's Azalea Park was brought to a close this Arbor Day.

The Charlottesville Tree Commission and Charlottesville’s Parks and Recreation Department held a ceremony Friday morning to show everyone the changes.

Dozens of new trees have been planted, along with many native plants. Members of the Tree Commission say the new plants will help keep dangerous runoff out of nearby streams. Moore's Creek, which flows into the Rivanna River, runs directly around the park.

Members say Friday's ceremony is one of many projects that have taken place around the city and county for Earth Week, including tree plantings at Quarry Park and Clark Elementary.

"That's the whole goal is to have people understand all that trees do for us, and what we need to do to make sure that we keep a healthy, as we call it, 'urban forest' in Charlottesville,” said Bitsy Waters, tree commission chairman.

The renovation is part of a parks master plan developed by the city two years ago.

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation members say they also plan to post a tree map in front of the park, so visitors can easily find all of the new additions.

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