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2010 All-Star Trees

Arlington Parks and Recreation teamed up with NBA Cares to plant 2,010 trees over the course of 100 days leading up to the 59th NBA All-Star Game on February 14, 2010. Trees were planted throughout the City in parks, rights-of-way, medians and elementary schools. They were also offered to city residents through Arlington Forestry's program, Let's Enhance Arlington's Forest. The first tree was planted in Caelum Moor, across the street from Cowboys Stadium, which is the home of the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. 
 
On December 3, Arlington Parks and Recreation, along with NBA Cares and the Dallas Mavericks, visited elementary schools in the Arlington Independent School District to celebrate the planting of over 180 trees on their campuses. The event was attended by Bob Lanier, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and NBA Cares Ambassador, Donnie Nelson, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager for the Dallas Mavericks, Rolando Blackman, Director of Basketball Development for the Dallas Mavericks, and Mayor Robert Cluck. 
 
Arlington Forestry also planted hundreds of trees on medians of SW and SE Green Oaks Blvd., Arkansas Lane, Ballpark Way and Pleasant Ridge Road. These added trees will greatly shrink heat islands along these roadways as well as beautify our City's streets. This partnership has furthered the cause of LEAF, which has now added 4,000 trees to Arlington's urban forest since its inception! 
 
The "2,010 All-Star Trees in 100 Days" campaign culminated at the final tree planting ceremony held on February 11 in Stovall Park. The final tree planted was a Live Oak that could grow up to 80 feet tall and live on for centuries! 
 
"Long after the NBA All-Star game has left the city, more trees will help beautify Arlington neighborhoods, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, and help control erosion," said Arlington Parks and Recreation Director Pete Jamieson.
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