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Arbor Day Celebration Event Flyer
Arbor Day Celebration Event Flyer
Dallas receives grant from Oregon Community Trees to boost Arbor Day celebration (Photo) - 04/05/24

DALLAS, Oregon (April 5, 2024)

Oregon Community Trees (OCT) helped boost six Oregon communities' Arbor Day celebrations this year thanks to grants the non-profit organization is giving out this spring. Holding a public celebration of Arbor Day is a condition for maintaining Tree City USA's status with the National Arbor Day Foundation.

This is the first year the City of Dallas is receiving a grant. Dallas was awarded $400 for the forest therapy sessions at this year’s Arbor Day celebration. The 2-hour fully grant-funded “forest therapy” sessions are free to the public and led by a Certified Forest Therapy Guide in Delbert Hunter Arboretum.

Jennifer Ward, the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Manager commented, "I'm really excited about this year's Arbor Day Celebration - there's something for everyone! Those who want to get involved can help pull ivy at City Park. Those who want to relax and connect with nature can join us for a forest therapy session. And there's the guided tree walk for kids!"

The Arbor Day celebration is on April 27, 2024. See the attached flyer for schedule for details. 

Registration information:  Free Forest Therapy sessions are being held at 10 am and 1 pm.  To register, call or email Jennifer Ward at 503-831-2830 or

Visit to view the event details on the City of Dallas website. 

John Barnard Park
John Barnard Park
Dallas' John C. Barnard Park Update (Photo) - 04/04/24

DALLAS, Oregon (April 4, 2024)

Planning has been underway for several years and John C. Barnard Park is scheduled to be constructed at the corner of Academy Street and Fir Villa Road. This park will include a basketball court, play areas, a pollinator garden, and walking paths. 

The city received a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant that covers a significant portion of the constriction cost for this project. An LCWF Grant is federally funded and carries many requirements for compliance and federal and state oversite. Currently, the city is awaiting final approval from the national park service. After approval, official paperwork will need to be filed. 

The city is completing bid documents with the expectation that bids will be solicited this winter. Current planning includes breaking ground in the spring of 2025 with completion in early fall of 2025. 

Attached Media Files: John Barnard Park , John Barnard Park