Volunteer Lisa Wood and her daughter Kiera Shaw, 7, planted trees along 22nd St. on Saturday morning as part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games project to be environmentally sustainable. Robin Grant/Red Deer Express

WATCH: Canada Winter Games branches out with tree planting project

More than 2,000 trees will be planted throughout Red Deer

Red Deerians will be breathing a little easier going into 2019.

A Canada Winter Games project to reduce the City’s carbon footprint by planting more than 2,000 trees took place Saturday.

About 40 volunteers were out on the chilly morning planting 600 trees allotted for the stretch of grassy lawn along 22nd St. near Inglewood Dr.

Scott Robinson, chief executive officer with the 2019 Canada Winter Games, said the tree planting project is part of the sustainability plan for the upcoming Winter Games.

“We made a decision that we wanted to reduce our carbon footprint, so one of the ways we researched we could do that was trees,” he said. “We are planting 2,019 trees as part of the 2019 Canada Games sustainability initiative.”

In partnership with the City of Red Deer, Canada Winter Games volunteers will also plant trees on Edgar Industrial Dr, in Red Deer County, Piper Creek and the storm pond behind the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. The trees are Elderberry, Saskatoon and Alpine Currant trees.

Games sponsor Parkland Nursery and Landscape Services donated all the trees.

Volunteer Lisa Wood said the project is a great way to do some good and had her husband and two children join her.

“I love that my family is helping me out today and I also enjoy that as they grow up, the trees will grow with them.”

Just Posted

Team Alberta adds nine medals on day two of competition at Canada Winter Games

Team Alberta had a solid day at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer

PHOTOS: Canada Games action from the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Wheelchair basketball, short-track speedskating draw large crowds

Let the Games begin!

Team Alberta takes home gold and silver in speed skating on day one

‘Mitts don’t just warm hands. They warm hearts’: Mitts for Many Program launches

Donate new or lightly used mittens to bin in the Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Centre

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony welcomes athletes from across Canada

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Body found after apparent house explosion in Calgary, police investigating

Sgt. Dwayne Lepchuk declined to say whose remains were found

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Pope Francis has urged participants to meet with abuse victims before they came to Rome

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

Andrew McCabe said FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia

Most Read