Kids get visit from Zootopia characters

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Arbor Week play featured characters from "Zootopia."

Arbor Week was celebrated in Lakewood in mid-March, with city recreation staff putting on a fun, educational program about the value of trees at 13 schools and parks.

Always picking a creative theme, recreation staff this year played animals from the movie “Zootopia” helping to save Lakewood’s “Woody the Talking Tree” and other trees from a villain. The annual play teaches children about one of the city’s most important and beautiful resources—its trees.

Lakewood has been selected once again as a Tree City USA—this time for the 33rd year—by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the city’s 27,000 trees and its tree care program.

Keeping Lakewood’s trees healthy is a big job. The city has a certified arborist on staff to oversee tree care, and the city responds quickly to emergency conditions and removes limbs and trees if they’re brought down by wind and rain. A contract with West Coast Arborists gets city trees along streets, parks and parkways trimmed on a regular schedule. Street trees are trimmed about every four years (sometimes more often, depending on growing conditions and tree species).