Sunday, May 1, 2011

Commerce City Earns 20th ‘ Tree City USA ’ Designation

Mayor pro tem Tracey Snyder
Marks milestone during annual arbor day event

COMMERCE CITY – City officials received the ‘ Tree City USA ’ designation for the 20th year, marking the occasion with an Arbor Day celebration at Veterans Memorial Park and tree-planting ceremony.

Mayor pro tem Tracey Snyder accepted the award from the Colorado State Forester and read City Council’s proclamation on the honor. The city received its award for its efforts to promote the planting of trees throughout residential areas, as well as in city parks, open spaces and along trails.

Arbor Day is observed annually throughout the United States ; Commerce City is one of 3,400 communities nationwide to be named a “ Tree City USA ” and one of nearly 100 communities in Colorado with that designation.

“Everyone recognizes the value of trees,” said Snyder. “They help create a healthy and attractive community and can increase property value. They also play a role in our city’s efforts to promote sustainable energy by providing shade, which helps lower energy use and cost.”

Earlier this month, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department planted three 16-foot Colorado Blue Spruce trees to serve as a backdrop to the Veterans Memorial, where Saturday’s event took place. Several residents attended to plan an Autumn Purple Ash tree following the ceremony.

For more information, visit the Arbor Day Foundation website at

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