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Northbrook Park District Promotes Oak Awareness During OAKtober

Oct. 7, 2020

Northbrook Park District is celebrating OAKtober, also known in Illinois as Oak Awareness Month! Connect with the District on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and watch for weekly OAKtober facts and trivia for a chance to win prizes.

Northbrook Park District takes pride in caring for oaks which help build healthier communities, improve the soil and provide homes and food for many animals. The District manages oak groves at several properties, including Meadow Road Tot Lot, Sportsman's Country Club, Meadowhill Park, Village Green Park and Wood Oaks Green Park. Nearly 800 oak trees populate the District's 500-plus acres, the most common being the white oak. Many of these trees are hundreds of years old.

"The oak trees in our parks and at the golf course are some of the largest and oldest trees in the park district," said Ed Dalton, Director of Parks and Properties. "Thousands of people enjoy the beauty and shade these magnificent trees provide."

Recent District landscape projects include the addition of oaks. Seven oaks were planted around the new Techny Prairie Activity Center in Techny Prairie Park and Fields. Oaks were also included among the 22 trees recently planted at Salceda Park through a partnership with the District and Go Green Northbrook, including chinkapin oak and shingle oak. These additional oaks promote tree diversity in Northbrook, providing beauty and an increased tree canopy in the community for years to come.

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