For the 33rd year in a row, the City of Parkville was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Parkville is one of only 15 communities in Missouri that has been named as Tree City USA for 33 years or more.
The City achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements:
- A tree board or department;
- A tree care ordinance;
- An annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and
- Arbor Day observance and proclamation
The City hosted a public Arbor Day celebration on Tuesday, April 25th at the Sullivan Nature Sanctuary with Deep Roots KC, Urban Tree Specialists and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Parkville Ward 3 Alderman Stephen Melton read an Arbor Day proclamation and helped staff and volunteers plant Swamp White Oaks, Witch Hazels and Ninebarks in place of the Bradford/Callery Pear trees that were removed.
Mayor Katerndahl stated, “It is an honor to serve for a community that places such high regard on the importance of trees and parks. We join the Arbor Day Foundation in celebrating this special day.”
For more information about the event, contact Parks & Recreation Director Brittanie Propes at (816) 741-7676.