Alicia Bemiss-Powell, Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement, No Phone Number Available
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.
Plans to add greenery to Spokane's neighborhoods started to take shape this fall, but freezing conditions have delayed some Greening Neighborhoods plantings until the spring.
Eleven neighborhoods applied over the summer for the Greening Neighborhoods Grants to plant trees, shrubs, perennials and more. The grants are part of the Forest Spokane initiative, an effort to plant 10,000 new trees by 2016. The neighborhoods had to submit their ideas for Greening projects along with plans to get those projects implemented through volunteer events.
In early November, a number of volunteers in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood planted mulch around new trees and planted donated spring bulbs on 35th Avenue between Freya and Ray Streets. Three other neighborhoods – Emerson-Garfield, Northwest, and Five Mile – had planned events this fall, too, but Mother Nature intervened before those neighborhoods could get their trees in the ground. Those plantings will be moved back to the spring.
Here are volunteer events scheduled for the next planting season:
If you're interested in helping out at one of more of these events, check back with SpokaneCity.org for more information on dates and times. You can also contact your neighborhood council. Planting season usually begins the last week in March when temperatures are more consistently above freezing.
The Greening Neighborhoods Grant Program is set up through the City's Neighborhood Services Department.