City celebrates earth, bicentennial together


By Sadie Hunter

On April 23, the City of Noblesville held its fourth annual Earth Day ArborFest celebration at Forest Park. Features of the event included a walkable watershed map, children’s educational and environmental activities and a free tree giveaway. At 11 a.m., Boy Scout Nick Svendsen, with Mayor John Ditslear, commemorated the day with a Tree of Hope Dedication Ceremony, celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial. The event was a result of the work of Svendsen’s Eagle Scout project. In total, Svendsen organized the planting of 10 Trees of Hope across Hamilton Co. The trees serve as a living commitment to environmental sustainability, paying tribute to Indiana’s establishment of the state parks system 100 years ago, which then was a part of the state’s centennial celebration.