PHOTO: Tim Kovar from Tree Climbing Planet helps one of several children climb a tree during the Arbor Day celebration in Pinkerton Park Saturday. / Photos by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
Rain and cold temperatures kept attendance down at Saturday’s Arbor Day celebration in Pinkerton Park, but a few hearty youngsters didn’t let the weather get in their way of tree climbing.
Through Franklin’s Tim Kovar and his organization called Tree Climbing Planet, several kids had the opportunity to get strapped in with a safety harness and pull themselves up high among the branches of a large tree in Pinkerton just made for climbing.
Tree Climbing Planet offers a variety of tree climbing classes, workshops and adventures focusing on technical tree climbing techniques. Its distinctive courses provide participants with in-depth, hands-on learning skills that deliver the confidence needed to go out and climb wild trees on their own or with a group.
Unfortunately, persistent rain and temperatures in the 40s caused the Arbor Day celebration to end earlier than scheduled. Sponsored by the Franklin Tree Commission and the City of Franklin Parks Department, the day also included free tree saplings, a few vendors such as Friends of Franklin Parks and the Tennessee Department of Forestry, food and drinks, and the annual Arbor Day proclamation.
Brandy Blanton, Franklin alderman-at-large who sits on the Tree Commission, read the proclamation that spoke to the benefits of trees such as reducing erosion, cutting heating and cooling costs, providing habitat for wildlife, and increasing property values, among others.