Gannon University’s TreeVitalize Project Back In Action On Saturday
Posted: October 8, 2015
This fall, there will be a few more leaves to rake in the City
of Erie, thanks to Gannon University's TreeVitalize project.
On Saturday, Oct. 10 approximately 100 Gannon students, faculty
and staff will be planting more than 125 trees at more than a dozen
sites in the city. These sites will include the boulevards in W.
10th St., Parade Street near the bayfront, the Pennsylvania
Soldiers and Sailors Home, Frontier Park, the Sara Reed Children's
Center, three community gardens and on W. 18th Street in the
Historic Little Italy neighborhood.
Many of the trees are headed for the neighborhood served by the
University's Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood
Sustainability) initiative. The neighborhood is comprised of about
200 city blocks bordered by Presque Isle Bay to the north, Parade
St. to the east, 11th St. to the south and the Bayfront Parkway to
The day will begin at 8 a.m. in Room 104 of the Zurn Science
Center, 143 W. Seventh St., as volunteers will combine a light
breakfast with training on proper tree-planting techniques. Trees
will be planted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at which time volunteers
will return to campus for a lunch at Gannon's Knight Club, 162 W.
Since 2012, the project has planted hundreds of trees in Erie as
part of a statewide initiative with the goal of restoring tree
In Erie, Gannon's TreeVitalize project is designed to promote
community engagement, beautify neighborhoods and increase the
number of trees in predominantly urban areas. In selecting
locations for new trees in the Erie-GAINS neighborhood, those
properties with few or no trees, as well as areas with trees that
have died, were given particular emphasis.
Gannon also hopes to use the trees to foster a greater
understanding, among children in the area, of the importance of
environmental stewardship and sustainability.