There have been some new additions to the city of Steubenville's parks in the last year, and city officials are hoping for more in the coming months.
Nearly 50 trees were purchased by area residents and planted at Belleview and Jim Wood parks since the city parks were renovated.
The city project to bring more foliage to our parks was very successful in its inaugural year, and City Council's recreation committee once again is accepting a $215 donation to have a memorial tree planted at either park.
First Ward City Councilman Gerald DiLoreto has been instrumental in the project, even having a tree planted in memory of his father, who was deeply involved in Steubenville youth baseball.
That's been the case with several area residents who have purchased memorial trees honoring loved ones.
We'd like to see this trend continue.
Trees available this fall for planting include red maples, red oaks or flowering Cleveland pear trees - choices that were carefully thought out following the advice of the parks' architect. And the project's been given even more thought, as committee members have worked hard to find the best sites to plant at each park as well as the proper potting soil.
We commend DiLoreto, as well 2nd Ward Councilman Rick Perkins, a recreation committee member, and other members of City Council for overseeing this project that's helping to beautify our city parks. Each member has helped by placing a wooden post with a sign on each tree and designating the donor and honoree.
We also thank DiGregory Greenhouse Garden Center employees who have planted the trees, and will do so again this fall.
Steubenville's Belleview and Jim Wood parks are certainly beautiful sites filled with athletic attractions, a pool and splash pad and plenty of playground activities. Now their rolling landscapes can be even more picturesque with groupings of memorial trees.