Mayor’s Greening Initiative

We’re gearing up for

the 2021 mayor's greening initiative

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative was designed to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal. 

While we know that trees add to the quality of life for those who live, work and play in our city, this event is truly about welcoming neighbors to make a difference in their community.

In 2021, the initiative will focus on planting trees in the Burton Heights neighborhood and Plaster Creek Park.

2021 schedule of events

SPRING: Arbor Day Celebration Planting of 50 trees  + 50-Tree Giveaway for Neighbors 

October 8-9: Community Planting of 250 street trees (sign up to volunteer at one of three times!) + 50-Tree Giveaway (request a tree!)

burton heights neighborhood

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.

2021 sponsors

  Adventure Credit Union  |  AHC Hospitality  |  Acrisure  |  Applied Imaging  |  Bartlett Tree Experts  | BISSELL  |  Boxed Water  |  Consumer’s Energy  |  Dean Transportation  |  Farmers Insurance Fishbeck  |  Irwin Seating  |  Grand Rapids Community Foundation  |  Macatawa Bank  |  Meijer  |  OST  |  Pioneer Construction  |  Spectrum Health


Garfield Park neighborhood

If you received a tree in 2020

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 can find in-depth information about the tree species planted near your home here!

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

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.