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City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department to Receive 29th Consecutive Tree City USA Award During Arbor Day

Post Date:04/16/2018 3:40 PM

Arbor Day 2018 in Loveland, CO 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 4/16/2018

Contact:   Rob MacDonald, Forestry Specialist, City of Loveland Parks & Recreation 970.962.3441 rob.macdonald@cityofloveland.org

LOVELAND, CO  -  The Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Loveland will receive its 29th consecutive Tree City USA Award on April 20, 2018 as part of the 2018 Arbor Day Celebration. Tree City USA awards recognize the efforts of volunteers and staff to maintain and enhance the diversity, beauty and safety of Loveland’s community forest. A representative from the Fort Collins District of the Colorado State Forest Service will present the award at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at the Foote Lagoon at 500 E. Third St. in Loveland, followed by a commemorative tree planting. (In case of inclement weather, ceremony will move inside to City Council Chambers.) Click here for the full schedule.

This year, the City will celebrate Arbor Day at a variety of locations during the week. On April 21, Volunteers from the Loveland High School chapter of the National Honor Society will plant 12 trees at Mehaffey Park Disc Golf Course. 

On April 28, the Open Lands & Trails division of Parks & Recreation will plant native trees and shrubs at Sunset Vista Natural Area. Volunteers are needed to help plant. Those interested may register at offero.cityofloveland.org.

Did you know? In Loveland, the Parks and Recreation Commission acts as our Tree Board, and in the year 2017, Loveland invested over $1,200,000 on tree-related activities. The Department of Public Works, primarily the Streets Division, now oversees street tree and right-of-way tree maintenance. Parks and Recreation and other City departments also spend significant funds on trees. These figures include not only planting but pruning, code enforcement, sidewalk rehabilitation, recycling and other maintenance activities.

The Loveland, Thompson Valley and Mountain View Rotary Clubs have donated $2,700 for tree planting to support the Arbor Day volunteer planting. Since 2001, Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) has made an annual donation to purchase new trees for the City of Loveland.  In 2018, PRPA is contributing $1,750. This year, the Parks and Recreation Department is placing 10 Emerald Ash Borer traps throughout the community.

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For more information about the City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department, please visit cityofloveland.org/departments/parks-recreation

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