Arboretum grand opening

Central Point, Ore. — An urban forest had its grand opening in Central Point on Wednesday. In 2010, Wallace “Wally” Skyrman –  a former teacher, donated 3.1 acres to Central Point, on the condition it would be used for ‘educational purposes.’

Today, that property will be used towards teaching children about horticulture. It’s a lesson Central Point Parks and Recreation hopes will carry on through generations.

“it’s very exciting because people can come here as kids and work on a project and maybe ten or 20 years down the road, they’re gonna have their kids or grandkids here that are gonna be working on those projects as well.”

Central Point Parks and Recreation said this is the first phase in constructing the arboretum. The next steps include converting the Skyrman family home into a classroom.

If you’re interested in donating some of your time to the park, you can contact Central Point Parks and Recreation.

The park is located at 4588 North Pacific Highway (Highway 99), near the Oregon State Police offices.

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