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Volunteers Plant 30 Trees in Steele Indian School ParkVolunteers Plant 30 Trees in Steele Indian School Park<div class="ExternalClass7576B38ABF7E46AF84DB4FE5044484CE"><p>​The American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the non-profit Keep Phoenix Beautiful partnered with the city of Phoenix's Volunteer Phoenix program to plant 30 trees in Steele Indian School Park on Wednesday.</p><p>Volunteers from AMS and the city's Citizen Forester Program worked with staff from the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department to plant the trees, which were provided thanks to the financial support of AMS and Verizon Green, the sustainability branch of Verizon Wireless. </p><p>"This is an exciting day for the community as more trees are added to this important and popular park right in the heart of Phoenix," said Councilwoman Laura Pastor, who represents District 4 in which the park is located. "We're grateful to the American Meteorological Society and Verizon Green for their volunteer service and financial support. Planting trees and increasing shade is an important citywide initiative that we intend to aggressively pursue, creatively and collaboratively."</p><p>The trees were planted in the "Circle of Life" area, which is located in the middle of the 75-acre district park. The circular walkway rings three historic buildings and features 24 interpretive columns that share the history of the Phoenix Indian School that operated from 1891 to 1990 on what is now the current park site.</p><p>The addition of these trees helps to support the city's <a href="/parks/parks/urban-forest/tree-and-shade">Tree and Shade Master Plan</a> goal of creating a 25 percent citywide shade canopy by 2030.</p></div>1/9/2019 9:00:00 PMParks and Recreation Department602-262-6862