Sloan’s Lake Park gets 26 new trees thanks to volunteer event

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Sloan’s Lake Park got a little greener this past September 18th. 26 new trees were planted at the park thanks to generous time donated by more than 20 volunteers from State Farm, funding support from the Arbor Day Foundation, and coordination by Denver’s nonprofit tree planting experts, The Park People.  

“We’re thrilled to have added so many trees to the urban forest at Sloan’s Lake Park, one of Denver’s hardest working parks with hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. These trees will grow to provide shade cover for park users, cool our broader community, protect our air quality, help mitigate and adapt to climate change, and provide valuable habitat for resident bald eagles and other wildlife that depend on the lake.”

Kim Yuan-Farrel, Executive Director, The Park People

Trees offer vast benefits for the community at large. Thriving urban forests bolster human health, from encouraging physical activity to reducing respiratory illnesses stemming from air pollution. In the United States, park trees alone remove about 75,000 tons ($500 million) of air pollution each year. And urban trees reduce runoff of sediment, pollutants, and organic matter into streams, improving our water quality. Trees have also been shown to reduce crime, lower stress levels, and develop community pride.

“Trees play a vital role in the stability of our communities and their resilience against disaster. Planting, in a strategic way, will help areas potentially better withstand future challenges.”

Jenny Greminger, Vice President of Administrative Services, State Farm (oversees the company’s environmental sustainability team)

“We are proud to encourage and support local efforts to plant trees. Cities and towns around the globe that line their streets and fill their parks with trees are building healthier, happier communities.”  

Dan Lambe, President, Arbor Day Foundation

About The Park People: The Park People is a 52-year-old nonprofit organization that works with Denver communities to plant trees and improve parks for a healthy, resilient future. The Park People has planted more than 60,000 trees in Denver, trained hundreds of Community Forester volunteers, and raised millions of dollars for park improvement projects. Learn more about The Park People’s programs as well as funding and partnership opportunities at TheParkPeople.org.  

The Park People and State Farm plant trees at Sloan's Lake Park

About the Arbor Day Foundation: Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 45 years, more than 350 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing, and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

About State Farm: The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its 19,300 agents and nearly 55,000 employees serve approximately 86 million policies and accounts – which includes auto, fire, life, health, commercial policies and financial services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 39 on the 2021 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com.

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