Celebration of Highland Park Arboretum on tap for this weekend

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) The Highland Park Arboretum in Hastings has been affiliated with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum since 2008. The planning committee will be holding a celebration Sunday to commemorate.

The Arboretum, located along Burlington Avenue in Hastings is more than a random area of trees.

"Over 10 years we've planted over 365 trees, 125 different kinds," said committee member Ron Seymour. "We have blocked them in different areas so people can come and compare the different types of trees and say, 'Oh, I like that tree. I want it in my backyard'".

According to information provided by the planning committee, the anniversary celebration will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Five Points Bank Pavilion will provide the location for the initial program where conversations about the project will be featured. Presentations from Hastings Mayor Corey Stutte, Hastings Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Hassenstab, and Christina Hoyt, the director of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum will provide an appreciative background of the project. Ron Seymour, head of the Arboretum planning committee, and other guests will review the progress of the project and will recognize volunteers and donors that helped to create an improved venue for the community to enjoy the history and beauty of Hastings. The presentations will be followed by refreshments, tree planting demonstrations, and tours of the different tree and garden areas. Five Points Bank Pavilion is located in Highland Cemetery near 11th Street between Burlington and Hastings Avenues. Guests are encouraged to park in the Hastings Museum parking lot. Please plan to attend this celebration of a Hastings success story.