Arbor Day Celebration

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This event has been cancelled. Stay tuned for an alternate celebration date. Thank you.

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Tree City USA Arbor Day Celebration - 31 Years!

CANCELLED - A representative from the Fort Collins District of the Colorado State Forest Service will be present to award the City with its 31st consecutive Tree City USA Award.

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.

National Arbor Day is April 24, 2020. Like to color? Download Arbor Day coloring pages.

Arbor Day 2018 in Loveland, CO

CANCELLED - Arbor Day Activities

The Arbor Day ceremony taking place on Friday, April 24 just north of the Foote Lagoon at the Civic Center has been CANCELLED.

12:00 - 12:05P

Welcome and introduction of Arbor Day guests

12:05 - 12:10P

Reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation

12:10 - 12:15P

Presentation of the 31st Tree City USA award

12:15 - 12:20P

Recognition of staff and volunteer groups

12:20 - 12:30P

Tree planting

City Councilors, Mayor Jacki Marsh, City Manager Steve Adams, guests and staff will plant a tree just north of the Foote Lagoon.

Run for the Trees - Friday, April 17, 2020 

5:00 - 7:00P

Sweetheart City Racing will hold a two-mile Run For the Trees run/walk to benefit tree planting for the Parks & Recreation Foundation. For more information please visit


The celebration of Arbor Day is not limited to a single day. This year, the City will be planting trees at various sites in the community. All are welcome to participate. Contact the Parks’ Forestry Specialist, Jeff Caputo, at 970.962.3459 to volunteer.

CANCELLED - The primary Arbor Day planting will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 9:00A. Volunteers from Loveland High
School’s National Honor Society and staff will plant trees along Beech Ave. just north of the intersection of 29th St. at Benson Park.

In the event of inclement weather, the volunteer planting will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 2 also at 9:00A. For additional information, contact Jeff Caputo at 970.962.3459. 

Tree City USA Awards

What Do They Mean? Who Awards Them?

The National Arbor Day Foundation, with headquarters in Nebraska City, Nebraska, determines the criteria for awarding Tree City USA awards.  To qualify, a community must meet four standards demonstrating a continuing commitment to urban forestry.  Communities must enact a tree ordinance, must hold an officially designated Arbor Day celebration proclaimed by the City Council, must have a tree advisory board or a department responsible for trees and must spend $2.00 per capita annually on tree-related activities.  

In Loveland, the Parks & Recreation Commission acts as our Tree Board, and in 2019, 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. These figures include not only planting but pruning, code enforcement, sidewalk rehabilitation, recycling and other maintenance activities.

Did You Know...

  • The Arbor Day planting activities will replace ash trees removed in 2019 and will promote diversity for Loveland’s urban forest.
  • Since 2001, PRPA has made an annual donation to purchase new trees for the City of Loveland. In 2020, PRPA is contributing $3,500.00 toward Arbor Day planting, which funds all tree plantings for 2020 celebration events.
  • The Open Lands & Trails Division offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and projects throughout the year. Visit to view the calendar and sign up.
  • With the detection of Emerald Ash Borer in unincorporated Larimer County in late 2019, the City of Loveland Parks Department will continue to place traps, investigate suspicious trees, remove unhealthy or undersized trees and treat selected trees in 2020.

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