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Lafayette Park
Lafayette Park Living Legacy Grove dedication The 2010 Arbor Day celebration included the dedication of the Lafayette Park Living Legacy Grove. This is the City's second Living Legacy Grove. The dedication ceremony took place in the median of the traffic circle behind the Ernie Morgan Center. Living Legacy Groves use donations from residents and businesses to establish planned groupings of native trees and plants. The first grove was planted in Lakewood Park in March 2010 in partnership with the Elizabeth River Project and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The Arbor Day celebration featured a ceremonial tree planting, as well as:
  • A giveaway of native tree seedlings with planting instructions
  • Exhibitors on-site to provide tree-planting and environmental advice to include the Elizabeth River Project and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Nature activities for children
  • Free admission to the Virginia Zoo from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a wristband received for participating in the Arbor Day celebration

Norfolk holds the Arbor Day celebration in October to recognize the areas optimal planting season, October 15 to March 31. The weather conditions are cool during these months and allow for root establishment.

Environmental Benefits
Trees provide many benefits, including improving water quality, conserving energy, lowering city temperatures, reducing air pollution, enhancing property values, providing wildlife habitats, facilitating social and educational opportunities, and beautifying the city.

Dedication
The Lafayette Living Legacy Grove dedication was October 2, 2010.

Partnership
Partnership and collaboration of the City of Norfolk, Elizabeth River Project, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Virginia Zoo.

Location
Lafayette Park, located in the 3500 Block of Granby Street with entrances at Broadway (also entrance for the Virginia Zoo) and Lavallette Avenue. The Living Legacy Grove is located in the median of the traffic circle behind the Ernie Morgan Center.

View a map of the area.