City of Merced, PG&E and volunteers to plant trees in two parks

The City of Merced and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) said they were partnering to improve the scenery at two local Merced parks.

Volunteers from PG&E and the city will plant 12 new cedar and red oak trees at Applegate and Merino parks. The volunteers will also clean up the two Merced parks and repaint Applegate State Park. The tree planting is made possible by a $10,000 grant from PG&E to the city of Merced.

The city will also present PG&E with a ceremonial plaque located at Merino Park’s newly planted tree grove in recognition of the gift.

Volunteers planting trees, removing trash and cleaning up two Merced Parks can meet Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at Merino Park (the corner of Pacific and El Redondo Drives).

Alexander Hall, city of Merced director of Parks and Recreation, Mike Wegley, city of Merced deputy director of Public Works, Diane Thurman, PG&E director and chief of staff for the Shared Services Unit, and Anna Balatti Brooks, PG&E Government Relations representative will be on hand.