In an effort to plant street trees in the approximately 4,000 vacant spots identified throughout the City, the Parks Department has initiated a new program known as “GreenStreets.” The program will use trees from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri to fill these spots.
This week, the first planting will be initiated as Parks staff will plant 24 street trees along Kansas Avenue through a partnership with the Dougherty Neighborhood Group. The trees are a variety of oaks, sycamores and redbuds and will be replacing trees lost in the 2003 tornado as well as other trees recently removed that had been determined as hazardous. The newly planted trees were previously obtained through Project CommuniTree and have been growing in the nursery at Stocksdale Park. Once planted, it will be the homeowner’s responsibility to water and nurture the tree to maturity.
The Parks Department is looking for other neighborhoods that may be interested in partnering through the GreenStreets Program to enhance the streetscapes of our community. For more information, contact Chris Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.