Street Tree Planting

Volunteers from Central and the Fifth Church of God plant trees at St. John’s Square Reading Garden.

Trees possess many benefits for people and neighborhoods. They clean pollutants from the air, cool the streets and city during the hot summer, combat global warming, help households conserve energy, reduce violence, increase property values, and improve the overall appeal of  neighborhoods.

However, Ward 5 has the most sparse tree canopy and fewest number of trees of any area in Cuyahoga County. BBC and its partners aim to change that in 2014. Two initiatives will bring nearly three hundred new trees to Central beginning in the spring.

In early May 2014, BBC, Davey Tree, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and Keep Ohio Beautiful planted twenty street trees along E. 38th and E. 39th Streets between Cedar and Central Avenues in St. John’s Village West. Last November, the team and community installed four trees at the St. John’s Square Reading Garden at E. 40th Street and Central Avenue in celebration of Arbor Day.

Additionally, the City of Cleveland received a grant from the US Forest Service to install 1,000 street trees throughout Cleveland, 250 of which will be planted in Central in Fall 2014. BBC and its partners have been identifying prospective streets in which new trees may be planted. We will be reaching out to homeowners in these areas over the next few months.