Toledo Receives Funding and In-Kind Support to Improve Neighborhoods

The City of Toledo has received $50,000 from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for two projects to plant urban tree canopies to increase beauty and “green liveability” in the central city area. The grant was secured through Toledo’s Department of Public Utilities Division of Environmental Services.

The first project involves planting trees along Detroit Avenue where the tree canopy will visually weave together existing housing stock and empty parcels where former homes once stood. The trees will also add beauty to the area. Vacant land reuse funding made available through a Partners for Places grant from The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities received by the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission in partnership with the Toledo Community Foundation will be used to construct a rain garden at the corner of Detroit Avenue and Central Avenue to add to the green infrastructure of the area.

The second project will also focus on establishing a tree canopy, creating a neighborhood maintained Level 1 Arboretum of 30 different species of labeled trees at 2920 Cherry Street. This newly created green space will provide forage and habitat for pollinators and other animals while connecting people to an environmental community. Anticipated outcomes are to improve the quality of life and health of the neighboring residents and to decrease storm water runoff.

Through a fund at the Mercy Foundation, the Cherry Street Legacy Project has dedicated $11,000 to construct fencing along property boundaries once trees are established. The Bronson Place Association will provide in-kind service for maintenance and support of the arboretum after installation and also host public educational opportunities.

Urban tree canopy expansion can lessen stormwater management issues resulting from large areas of impervious surfaces such as paved roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. The U.S. Forest Service GLRI is a collaborative effort with the US Environmental Protection Agency to advance the restoration of the Great Lakes through a variety of forest conservation activities.

Posted by Stacy Weber on Friday, October 16, 2015.