By Jennfer Chavez
Denver, CO (January 24, 2008)- The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program will be distributing trees for planting along Denver streets on April 19, 2008. Denver residents who have room to add a street tree at their property must submit a street tree request form by March 1st. “Planting a tree helps the environment while beautifying the city we love,” says Patrick Hayes, executive director of The Park People. “Annually, we distribute more than 1,000 street trees throughout Denver. We have enhanced the city’s urban forest by adding more than 30,000 street trees to Denver neighborhoods over nearly 20 years.”
Street trees for Denver residents are $20 each, or free for residents who live in one of the 21 targeted neighborhoods, which have the lowest tree canopy coverage citywide: Baker, Barnum, Barnum West, Chaffee Park, Clayton,Cole, Elyria/Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, NE Park Hill, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sunnyside, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, Westwood, and Whittier
“We are able to offer street trees in these neighborhoods completely free of charge, thanks to our sponsors,” says Hayes.”And, for those outside the target areas, we ask that they chip in $20 per tree,which is a fraction of retail prices and accounts for less than one-fifth of the cost to provide each tree.”
Tree request forms are available at www.theparkpeople.org, by calling 303-722-6262, or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available tree varieties include Legacy Sugar Maple, American Sentry Linden, Gingko Biloba, Ohio Buckeye, Spring Snow Crabapple, and White Oak, among others. All have been selected for their adaptability to Denver’s climate, and will be distributed at six convenient sites.A yard tree sale with additional varieties will also be held at each site for those wishing to plant trees on private property.
The Denver Digs Trees program is volunteer-driven and involves hundreds of dedicated community members who contribute thousands of hours to ensure the success of the program. Numerous volunteer opportunities are available from tree planting to neighborhood outreach.
“If you have space, plant a tree. If you have time, volunteer,” says Hayes. “By working together, we can ensure that Denver’s neighborhoods are green, beautiful and thriving.”
The Park People is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing and advocating for Denver’s parks, recreation resources, open space and urban forest.
The Denver Digs Trees program is a collaboration of The Park People and Denver Forestry Department. Program supporters include Denver Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Xcel Energy Foundation, Esurance, The Home Depot Foundation, Alliance for Community Trees, Colorado Garden and Home Show, Colorado Tree Coalition, and Plant-It 2020.
The Park People