FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is inviting citizens to participate in the Citizen Match Tree Planting Program.
With a $50 contribution, a citizen can have a tree planted within the Right-of-Way in front of their house.
“Street trees can add interest, beauty, and value to a city's forestry landscape,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent of Forestry Operations Derek Veit. “There's nothing quite like driving down any city's oldest thoroughfare lined with large, historic street trees. If selected carefully, street trees will bring urban beauty for decades and maybe centuries to come.”
The City of Fort Wayne’s urban canopy is recognized as a key element of the city’s overall infrastructure and trees are one of the few components of infrastructure that do not depreciate over time.
The urban canopy is comprised of almost 50,000 street trees along nearly 1,300 miles of roadway, and 20,000 trees amongst Fort Wayne’s 87 parks.
Veit hopes that the improvement of Fort Wayne’s green spaces will coincide with the continued developments happening downtown.
“There is research that suggests people stay longer and spend more money when shopping in areas with trees,” Veit said. “We want to be a thriving city, but I think we also want to be a beautiful city.”
For more information about Fort Wayne Street Trees and the Citizen Match Program click here.