More than 30 Wal-Mart associates and their families participated in the company's go green effort April 26 by planting 250 trees in Hilliard's Latham Park, 6400 Scioto Darby Creek Road.

More than 30 Wal-Mart associates and their families participated in the company's go green effort April 26 by planting 250 trees in Hilliard's Latham Park, 6400 Scioto Darby Creek Road.

"Wal-Mart is committed to community involvement and the environment," said Hilliard Wal-Mart SuperCenter manager Ken Brewer. "This is an excellent opportunity for us to support Hilliard in both ways. We are proud of our associates and their families for their involvement in this event and are excited to be a member of, and give back to, this great community."

Mayor Don Schonhardt praised the company and its employees for their participation in the project.

"The donation of these trees and the volunteer hours devoted to planting them is a tribute to a company that recognizes good companies are also good corporate citizens," Schonhardt said. "As these trees grow, so, too, will the respect and admiration of Hilliard residents for a company thoughtful enough to include our community in its bottom line."

Latham Park is a 19-acre park that includes a pond and walking path. The park was established in 2003, and will have special enhancements to accommodate persons with disabilities.

Eventually, Hilliard plans to continue development of the park to include additional walking paths with low-growing gardens, a forest section including hardwood trees, and a wetland area. The trees donated by Wal-Mart will be planted around the park to serve as a buffer to the commercial businesses lining the park.