Statement issued Tuesday:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Beginning April 1, residents can apply for a street tree which the City would plant this fall adjacent to their property, on the street right of way.
The citizen-match street tree program has been offered annually for more than 15 years on a first-come, first-served basis. This year the cost of trees has increased to $75 so that more residents can be accommodated due to the anticipated decline of ash trees infected by the emerald ash borer. The Parks & Recreation Department will match the $75 for each tree. Please note that City funding shortfalls may not allow approval of all applications, however, citizens have the option of providing the total cost of $150.
Those residents who meet the qualifications will receive a shade tree with a 2-inch diameter trunk, 8 – 14 feet tall, depending on the variety. Residents will be provided a list of trees and may choose the variety they think will grow best, look best and coordinate best with other trees on their street, or they can ask the Parks & Recreation Department for a recommendation.
For more information, or to download an application form, visit www.fortwayneparks.org or call 427-6400.