About 60 people stood beneath the towering trees of Highland Park to celebrate Arbor Day and the groundbreaking of the new pavilion Sunday afternoon.
Hosted by Hastings Museum and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Adams County, the event included a tree planting, dedication of memorial trees sponsored by donors and children's activities. Members of the Hastings Kiwanis Club manned tables featuring educational activities for young children, which included bark and leaf tracing and a free white pine sapling for planting at home.
Boy Scout Troop 207 handled posting of arms duties, with music performed by Chorus of the Plains.
Museum director Becky Matticks said the pavilion project will make the arboretum an even more accessible asset to the community. Trails traversing park grounds will be incorporated into the project, which is expected to be completed in September.
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