STEUBENVILLE - Jim and Ed Looman wanted a tree planted near the Little League ballfield in Belleview Park in memory of their father Jim "Mr. Loo" Looman Sr. who spent countless hours at the baseball complex.
So did 1st Ward Councilman Gerald DiLoreto and the Fred Heatherington family for the same reasons.
Nearly 50 trees have been planted at the Belleview and Jim Wood parks since the parks were renovated, all in memory of someone.
NEW TREES PLANNED — Steubenville 2nd Ward Councilman Rick Perkins examined a tree donated by the Looman family in honor of their father Jim Looman Sr. at Belleview Park. Perkins said City Council’s recreation committee now is accepting applications for more memorial tree donations at Belleview and Jim Wood parks.
Perkins said City Council once again is accepting a $215 donation in order to have a memorial tree planted at either park.
"We are now accepting sponsorships for a fall planting of red maple, red oak or flowering Cleveland pear trees at either park.The DiGregory Greenhouse Garden Center employees plant the trees, and council members put in a wooden post with a plastic sign designating the donor and honoree.
Information about the tree program can be obtained by calling City Council Clerk Pam Orlando at (740) 283-6000, extension 2100.
"I talked to Lou DiGregory about the sites for the trees throughout the parks as well as the proper potting soil for the trees," noted Perkins.
"The architect who designed the park upgrades suggested strategic groupings of red oaks, red maples, flowering pear and pine trees," said Perkins.
"The parks are very beautiful and now we can add a few more trees to add to that beauty," added Perkins.
"The deadline to sponsor a tree for the fall planting season is Sept. 14. We lost a couple trees at Jim Wood Park because of the extreme drought this summer. But those trees will be replaced at no cost to the donors," said Perkins.
"The trees planted last year are doing quite well and are a welcome addition to our parks," he added.