Arbor Day Celebration

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Tree City USA Arbor Day Celebration - 30 Years!

Friday, April 12, 2019 I 11:00 - 11:30A
Mehaffey Park
3285 W. 22nd St.

A representative from the Fort Collins District of the Colorado State Forest Service will be present to award the City with its 30th 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 26, 2019.


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.

The primary Arbor Day planting will take place on April 12, 2019 at 9:00A at the Mehaffey Park disc golf course; volunteers from Loveland Classical Schools and the Northern Colorado Disc Golf Club will help plant 29 trees.

Volunteers should meet at the Mehaffey lower shelters at 8:45A. Enter the park by turning north from 22nd St. Head to the two shelters for directions on planting locations. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear gloves, suitable footwear and layered outerwear. Also, bring a shovel for digging, marked with your name.

In the event of inclement weather, the volunteer planting will be rescheduled for Thursday, April 18 also at 9:00A. For additional information, contact Jeff Caputo at 970.962.3459.

Arbor Day 2018 in Loveland, CO


The Arbor Day ceremony will take place in between the lower shelters at Mehaffey Park accessed from 22nd St. entry.

11:00 - 11:05A

Welcome and introduction of Arbor Day guests

11:05 - 11:10A

Reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation

11:10 - 11:15A

Presentation of the 30th Tree City USA award

11:15 - 11:20A

Recognition of staff and volunteer groups

11:20 - 11:30A

Tree planting

City Councilors, Mayor Jacki Marsh, City Manager Steve Adams, guests and staff will plant our 30th tree near the lower shelters at Mehaffey Park.

5:00 - 7:00P

Run for the Trees

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

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 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. 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 include 30 different tree species to promote diversity in the Mehaffey Park Arboretum.
  • Since 2001, PRPA has made an annual donation to purchase new trees for the City of Loveland. In 2019, PRPA is contributing $1750.00 toward Arbor Day planting.
  • The Open Lands & Trails Division offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and projects throughout the year. Visit to view the calendar and sign up.
  • In 2019, the City of Loveland will place 10 Emerald Ash Borer traps throughout the community.

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