The Town of Oakland hosted a community event to celebrate a culmination of events: the grand opening of the the improved VanderyLey Park including the Town's 500,000 gallon water storage tank, Arbor Day (observed April 24), and National Public Works Week.
Participants of this event rode a miniature train, played in a bounce house, created crafts, posed for photos in front of an Orange County Fire Truck, stopped for refreshments at the food truck lineup, and took turns aiming soft balls at a dunk tank.
An arborist educated residents on tree health and the proper methods of tree trimming. He even demonstrated how to repel from the top of a tree! The Town celebrated Arbor Day by planting two Red Maple Trees, donated by the Bloom & Grow Garden Society.
Public Works found this event to be a great opportunity to educate residents on ways to conserve water. Low-flow shower heads were made available to residents, water-conservation brochures were distributed, and Water Clerk Terri Mastin educated residents on how they can access their water account online to track water consumption and program alerts to notify the homeowner if consumption surpasses assigned parameters.