OGDEN — City of Vancouver Volunteer Programs and Urban Forestry recently added eight trees to the Volunteer Grove at Centerpointe Park (N.E. Fourth Plain Boulevard at Pacific Way). The Volunteer Grove recognizes civically minded community members and groups who donate their time to the city of Vancouver. Now in its sixth year, the Volunteer Grove tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony to celebrate the honorees on March 4.
“Each year, we plant trees to symbolize the commitment of our volunteers,” said Hailey Heath, volunteer coordinator for the city of Vancouver. “The Volunteer Grove reminds us of the legacy created by these residents who choose to donate their time to strengthen their community. Planting trees has never been more essential, and we are grateful for these volunteers whose dedication to our community has now inspired the planting of more trees that will be enjoyed for decades and beyond.”
The 2023 honorees and nominators are: Amanda McCallum, 50+ Recreation, Bella Vista Neighborhood Association Board — Naturespaces Program; Clif Barnes, Urban Forestry; Dan Lincoln, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services; Linda Gentry, Vancouver Police Department; Margi Russo, 50+ Recreation; Peter and Vera Marez, Litter Stewards, Public Works; and Stephen Wille, Parks, and Recreation and Cultural Services.
Nominations for the Volunteer Grove are accepted year-round and submitted on behalf of individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a significant and positive impact in the Vancouver community.