By Patrick Hayes
Denver (February 22, 2007)- Last summer’s announcement from Mayor Hickenlooper, envisioning a million new trees for metro Denver, grabbed a lot of people’s attention. But the most popular follow-up question was “How?”
The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program adds more than 1,000 trees to city streets each spring. This volunteer-driven effort has added nearly 30,000 street trees to Denver since 1990.- Provided by: Patrick Hayes.
One of the easiest ways for Denver residents to get behind the Mayor’s vision is to add a tree to their curbside through The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program. The deadline for Denver residents to request a street tree through the program is March 9th. Trees are then distributed on Saturday, April 21st, at six different sites around town.
Since 1990, Denver Digs Trees has represented the city’s largest community tree-planting program. For 17 years, this volunteer-driven effort has made low-cost (and in many cases, free) trees available to Denver residents for planting along the street. Nearly 30,000 street trees have been added to Denver through the program.
This spring, The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program will play an important role in the official inauguration of Mayor Hickenlooper’s million tree initiative. From Earth Day to Arbor Day (April 21–28), dozens of community groups and municipal partners will collectively plant 7,000 trees in 7 days. Denver Digs Trees will account for more than one-third of that total through its street tree distribution, Earth Day tree sale, and several community tree-planting projects taking place that week.
“We’re especially proud to be part of such a broad, metro-wide effort this year,” said Patrick Hayes, executive director of The Park People. “The good work of many great organizations will be highlighted by the end of that week, with thousands of new trees beautifying every corner of the metro area.“
Thousands of new trees arrive each April, destined for Denver streets and yards.- Provided by: Patrick Hayes.
To assist neighborhoods where tree canopies are comparatively low, The Park People is providing free street trees in nineteen designated neighborhoods: Cole, Clayton, Elyria/Swansea, Globeville, Skyland, N.E. Park Hill, Five Points, Whittier, Sunnyside, West Colfax, Valverde, Villa Park, Westwood, Baker, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, Barnum, Barnum West, and Sun Valley. Trees for properties in other Denver neighborhoods are only $20 each. Residents unable to pay the program fee can also request a fee waiver, regardless of their neighborhood. Through this special effort, The Park People has added more than 1,300 new trees to Denver’s underserved communities in the past three years.
Denver residents who wish to add a tree to their street should contact The Park People at 303–722-6262, or visit their website (www.theparkpeople.org) to get an application. Ten different varieties of trees, all suitable for Denver’s climate, are available.
Program sponsors include Denver’s Housing & Neighborhood Development Services, Xcel Energy Foundation, Esurance, The Home Depot Foundation, Alliance for Community Trees, Denver Water, Colorado Tree Coalition, and Plant-It 2020. The Denver Digs Trees program is a joint effort between The Park People, a private non-profit organization, and the Denver Parks & Recreation Department.
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