Mayor’s Greening 2020

thanks to YOU, We were able to add 400 trees to Garfield Park
and the surrounding neighborhood in October 2020!

thank you for lending a hand!

if you received a new tree...

Thank you for allowing a new tree to be planted near your property! We will be connecting with you soon to share species information and basic tree care tips (but don’t worry – we’ll still take care of the watering!).

You will be able to find in-depth information about the tree species here shortly!

why plant trees?

Click here to learn about the benefits of urban trees. From cleaner air and cooler pavement to economic growth, trees can bring many benefits to our community.

Garfield Park neighborhood

2020 sponsors


AHC Hospitality  |  American Seating  |  BISSELL  |  Boxed Water  |  Cascade Engineering
Grand Rapids Community Foundation  |  Grand Valley State University 
Meijer  |  Michigan First Credit Union  |  OST  |  Pioneer Construction


history of the initiative

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative is a partnership with the Mayor’s office, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City’s Forestry Department as a way to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal.

from 2016 to 2019, we:

  • Planted over 1,800 trees in the city of Grand Rapids
  • Brought together 2,200 volunteers
  • Gave away 1,600 saplings to elementary school children to ignite their passion for nature

However, our work is not done. 

In 2017 we had to remove 1,500 dead, dying, or diseased trees that were a dangerous hazard to our community. You can find more information about this project here.  While removing these trees was a necessity for the safety of the community, it does leave a gap in our City’s tree canopy.

Through the Mayor’s Greening Initiative, the City’s tree planting efforts, and other Friends of Grand Rapids Parks tree plantings, we are steadily making strides towards the City’s tree canopy goal of 40%. We hope we can count on your partnership and support for the Mayor’s Greening Initiative as well as for future opportunities to help us reach our canopy goal.