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City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department to Receive 30th Consecutive Tree City USA Award During Arbor Day

Post Date:03/28/2019 11:40 AM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 28, 2019
Contact:  
Jeff Caputo, Forestry Specialist, City of Loveland Parks & Recreation
970.962.3459 or jeff.caputo@cityofloveland.org

City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department to Receive 30th Consecutive Tree City USA Award During Arbor Day 

LOVELAND, CO  -  The Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Loveland will receive its 30th consecutive Tree City USA Award on April 12, 2019 as part of the 2019 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 11:10 a.m. on Friday, April 12 at Mehaffey Park (3285 W. 22nd St.) in Loveland, followed by a commemorative tree planting. Click here for the full schedule.

Volunteers from Loveland Classical Schools and the Northern Colorado Disc Golf Club will plant 29 trees at the Mehaffey Park disc golf course. The Arbor day planting activities will include 30 different tree species to promote diversity in the Mehaffey Park Arboretum.

Also on April 12, Sweetheart City Racing is hosting a two mile Run For the Trees event from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Mehaffey Park; proceeds benefit tree planting through the Parks & Recreation Foundation. Register at sweetheartcityracing.com

On April 13, the Open Lands & Trails division of Parks & Recreation will plant native trees and shrubs at River’s Edge Natural Area in conjunction with the Colorado Native Plant Society. 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 2018 they continued their strong support for tree-related activities. The Department of Public Works, primarily the Streets Division, now oversees street tree and right-of-way tree maintenance. Parks & Recreation and other City departments also spend significant funds on trees. This includes not only planting but pruning, code enforcement, sidewalk rehabilitation, recycling and other maintenance activities.

Since 2001, Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) has made an annual donation to purchase new trees for the City of Loveland.  In 2019, PRPA is contributing $1,750. This year, the Parks and Recreation Department is placing 20 Emerald Ash Borer traps throughout the community.

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