EVENT Centennial Grove Planted

Rice University and Hermann Park Conservancy planted the Rice Centennial Grove in Hermann Park today in recognition of the shared centennials of Rice (2012) and Hermann Park (2014).

Volunteers planted 100 oak, bald cypress and other native trees in a reforestation area close to the park’s boathouse and picnic areas on the east side of McGovern Lake.

Ceremony speakers include Rice President David Leebron and his wife, University Representative Y. Ping Sun, Harris County Judge and Rice alumnus Ed Emmett, City of Houston Parks and Recreation Director Joe Turner, Hermann Park Conservancy Board Chair Ann Kenned and Hermann Park Conservancy Executive Director Doreen Stoller.

Following an introductory ceremony at 11 a.m., the first planting took place, followed by a picnic lunch was served and, finally, a second planting session. 

The event and the planting project were coordinated Rice’s Community Involvement Center and Office of Public affairs.

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