About 25 people attended a recent event the city of Arnold hosted to celebrate Earth Day by planting trees and to continue celebrating the city’s 50th anniversary, said Teresa Kohut, recreation supervisor for Arnold’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
The event was held on April 22 at the Arnold Recreation Center.
“It was a beautiful day,” said Kohut. “Park employees appreciate the mix of Earth Day and the opportunity to reflect on Arnold’s last 50 years and how far we’ve come.”
A marsh white oak is planted near a gazebo at the recreation center, 1695 Missouri State Road, with a sign placed nearby to commemorate Arnold becoming a town in 1972.
A poster contest for school-age children was held ahead of the event, and winners were announced during the ceremony.
Kohut said 19 posters were entered in the contest, which was divided into two age groups, one for fifth graders and under and another for sixth to 12th graders.
The posters depict either an environmental issue or something people might do to help Earth’s environment. The work is shown in the recording center.
In the category for younger students, Adelyin Frazier, a fourth grader at Rockport Height Fox C-6 Elementary School, won the $100 first place prize. Conner N. Ladd and Allisyn G. Brueggemann, who also attended Rockport Heights, collaborated on the poster and took second place and a $75 prize. Ashten Gibson-Dylhe, a fifth grader in Rockport Heights, won the $50 third-place prize.
In the category for sixth graders through high school, Judah Butler and Elaina Appelhans were the only entrants, and each collected the first place prize of $100.
“I was quite excited because it was our first time doing it,” Kohut said of the poster contest. “It was incredible. One of the posters has a QR code on it, which takes you to a website that provides more information about the poster. I think that’s pretty clever.”
The city will continue to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with various events, including the hunt for 10 water tower statues that have been decorated by various artists and placed throughout the city. Republic Services sponsors a hunting contest, and winners will receive cash prizes – $1,000 for first place, $750 for second and $500 for third.
The contest kicked off May 2 when the city began posting hints about the tower’s location on its Facebook page and on the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.
Kohut said participants needed to take their picture with the 10 water towers and post and tag the photos on social media to be entered in a random draw for three cash prizes. Information on how to enter the hunt and contest rules will be available on the city and parks department’s Facebook page.
The anniversary will also be celebrated at the city’s annual Independence Day Celebrations on July 2 and the Arnold Days festival set for September 16-19. Both events were held at Arnold City Park on Bradley Beach Road on Jeffco Boulevard.
Arnold sells merchandise celebrating his 50th anniversary at the recreation center and through the city’s website, arnoldmo.org. To order online, go to the rec center page of the website and an order form is available via the “register online” feature.