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City hosts 25th Ontario Tree Climbing Championships

September 4, 2013 -

The City's Public Works Department is hosting the 25th  annual Tree Climbing Championships in Lake Ontario Park from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, sponsored by Stihl Canada.

"We are proud to be hosting this event at Lake Ontario Park which showcases the beauty of Kingston's trees and is the perfect backdrop for this celebration of the skills of the arborists, who maintain and grow our urban forest," says David Swinton, Supervisor Public Works. 

Ontario has more than 500 arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), which holds the Ontario Tree Climbing Championships in a different venue each September.

Who's tops in the trees?

Come cheer on local and visiting arborists as they face off in tree-top challenges requiring strength, speed, ability and arboreal know-how, including:

  • the work climb,
  • the belayed speed climb
  • the simulated aerial rescue,
  • the foot-lock style rope climb and
  • the throwline challenge.

The Master's Challenge will feature the event's top competitors and the crowned champions will go on to the 2014 International Tree Climbing Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Visitors to the event can also try the "Climb For All Ages" under the guidance of a professional arborist and check out displays on arboriculture courtesy of the ISA, dedicated to educating the public on the care and preservation of trees.

See the September 14 event listing at www.CityofKingston.ca/events for more information.

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462). Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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