Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park offers outdoor fun for all: community gems – Erie News Now


Families can enjoy free outdoor fun at Erie’s Frontier Park.
The park’s nonprofit partner is LEAF, Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park.

Vernon Peterson is the Executive Director of LEAF. He says, “We have an operating agreement with the city of Erie. We’ve made nearly $5 million in improvements to Frontier Park over our 21-year history.

All of this is supported by the community through fundraising efforts that have changed the landscape of the park.

Peterson says, “He (LEAF) kind of formed the idea of ​​bringing an arboretum to Frontier Park and making it our home,” Peterson said. “Afterwards, we were here, built an education center, an outdoor amphitheater.”

Leaf’s new recreational feature is for people of all ages, Griff Slides.

Erie’s Bob Himes says, “My grandkids came down so I decided to give it a try and went down for the first time too.” He went on to say, “They (the slides) were actually a lot of fun and weren’t so fast you had to worry about, but pretty fast.”

The bond with the community has grown and LEAF has a sister organization called Re-LEAF.

This is Leaf’s direct response to climate change.

Re-Leaf’s Director of Operations and Marketing, Erin Green, says, “This is an initiative we started in 2020 to plant 275,000 trees in Erie County and that’s one for every resident.

Green says Re-LEAF works to bring environmental education into the community, especially schools, teaching children the importance of planting trees and how they protect the environment.

Several school communities have already adopted this in Erie County.


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