Friendship Tree Planting at City Hall Marks April Events


On Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m., city and community leaders are gathering to plant a friendship tree in commemoration of Elbe Day (April 25, 1945), in observance of Earth Day and Arbor Day. The planting commemorates the anniversary of the meeting of U.S. and Soviet armed forces at the Elbe River in central Germany, signaling an important advancement by the Allies to end World War II. 

A live oak was selected by the city’s Urban Forestry team for the event. Gainesville has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for 38 consecutive years, and earned the “Tree City of the World” designation in 2020. 

The planting is at the Sister Cities Pavilion in front of Gainesville City Hall, located at 200 E. University Ave. The event is open to public who are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

In October, 2019, Mayor Poe and Steve Kalishman joined officials in Novorossiisk, Russia, in planting a tree in this sister city. Sister Cities International was initiated in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to encourage greater friendship and understanding between the U.S. and other nations.