City of Rockport | "30 Trees Added to Tule Hike & Bike Trail" | Posted Nov 9, 2016

As part of its ongoing commitment to beautification and in honor of Arbor Day, the City’s Parks and Leisure Services Department has planted thirty 8- to10-foot crape myrtle trees along a half mile section of the Tule Hike & Bike Trail near the Community Aquatic and Skate Park. Earlier this year, the department planted ten crape myrtle trees.

According to Parks Director Rick Martinez, the trees were selected for their hardiness, quick growth and blossoms. “Not only will they provide a gorgeous vista as walkers and bicyclists traverse the one-mile trail, they will also add some much needed shade on this part of the route,” he noted.

Every November, the city observes Arbor Day with a major planting of trees. Rockport’s active efforts and participation in this national observance have also qualified it as a Tree City USA Community. There are over 3,400 national communities and 85 Texas communities recognized by this organization that meet standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Rockport, which has been recognized for 17 years, is the only community in the Coastal Bend to have achieved this award.

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