Alicia Bemiss-Powell, Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement, No Phone Number Available
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 2:15 p.m.
Now that spring is here, Greening Neighborhoods planting events have begun in Spokane's neighborhoods.
There were two events in the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood this month. Volunteers helped plant 20 new trees next to Garfield Elementary and also put in 54 yucca bushes and 10 horizontal juniper bushes on the Maple Street island. Both projects were identified through last year's Greening Grant process.
Here are other neighborhood planting events coming up:
Contact your neighborhood council if you want to volunteer at one of these events.
Through Greening Neighborhoods Grants, neighborhoods 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. Neighborhoods had to submit their ideas for Greening projects along with plans to get those projects implemented through volunteer events.
A neighborhood can receive a maximum of three grants of up to $5,000 each. Projects must include a design that involves planting trees, shrubs, grasses and other native perennials through a neighborhood volunteering event. This year, the City's Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is awarding points to projects that include more trees.
There is still plenty of time to apply for the next round of Greening grants. The application process runs through June 30.