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City Launches Pilot 50/50 Parkway Tree Program

In an effort to encourage the replacement of some of the parkway trees that have been cut down due to Emerald Ash Borer, the City of Aurora is pleased to introduce a pilot 50/50 Parkway Tree Program. The program will provide residents with a guaranteed replacement tree at half the cost and the option to choose from a variety of available selections.

“While the City has done its best to replace trees, the rising costs and sheer quantity of trees that have been removed, it would take years to balance” said Mayor Weisner.  “We all know the devastating effects that the Emerald Ash Borer has had on this area. By partnering with residents, this pilot program will allow us to replace more of those trees while giving the residents a greater choice of the types of trees that will beautify their homes.”

The discounted fee, which ranges from$125 to $225, includes planting and mulching.  Residents can choose from the following 8 trees in either 2” or 3” varieties:

TYPE OF TREE

DESCRIPTION

2”

Cost to Resident

3”

Cost to Resident

Accolade Elm

Golden-yellow fall foliage with a fast growth rate and reaches 40’-60’ high with a 35’-40’ spread.

 

$125

$175

Gingko

Yellow fall foliage with a slow growth rate and reaches 40’-70’ high with a 20’-40’ spread.”

$185

$225

Hackberry

Yellow fall foliage with a fast growth rate and reaches 40’-60’ high with a 25’-40’ spread.

 

$125

$175

Redmond Linden

Yellow fall foliage with a moderate growth rate and reaches 40’-60’ high with a 25’-30’ spread.

 

$125

$175

State Street Maple

Yellow fall foliage with a moderate growth rate and reaches 40’-50’ high with a 30’-35’ spread.

 

$125

$175

Sugar Maple

Yellow/orange/red fall foliage with a slow growth rate and reaches 60’-75’ high with a 40’-50’ spread

$125

$175

Triumph Elm

Yellow fall foliage with a fast growth rate and reaches 50’-60’ high with a 40’-50’ spread.

 

$125

$175

Tulip

Yellow fall foliage with a moderate growth rate and reaches 70’-90’ high with a 25’-30’ spread.

 

$125

$175

Tree orders must be placed no later than Monday, September 30 and trees will be planted during October and November. Due to budgetary constraints, tree supplies are limited to the first 250 orders. Residents are encouraged to apply early.

Three Easy Steps to Place an Order:

  1. To begin the Approval Process, call the City of Aurora’s Customer Service Center at 630-256-INFO to request a tree.  Customer Service Center hours are Monday-Friday 8a-5p.
  1. Once the request is received, a City staff member will conduct a parkway review to determine tree spacing, soil condition and existing utilities. All of these factors impact planting a new tree.
  1. After the parkway review, the resident will be contacted regarding approval status. If request has been approved, instructions will be given on how to complete the payment.  Payments must be received prior to October 11, 2013.

Planting Guidelines

All trees purchased through the 50/50 Parkway Tree Program are required to be planted within the area of the right-of-way in front of or on the sides of the purchaser's property. The right-of-way area available for planting the trees varies at each property.

The parkway review will assess the area to make sure that the following guidelines are adhered to:

  • Trees do not conflict with existing utilities
  • Trees are located at least 30 to 50 feet from any other tree.
  • Trees are at least 25 feet from an overhead light or fire hydrant
  • Trees are at least 50 feet from any intersection.

“Trees contribute to increased property values, help with beautifying the neighborhood, and provide a sense of a well-being in a community,” said Rosario Deleon, City of Aurora Chief Operations Officer. “Trees also have practical benefits such as shade, pollution control, reduction of water runoff, and soil erosion control.”

The City of Aurora will continue to plant free parkway trees where trees have been removed. However, City officials report that this process can take years because of the cost of trees and the quantity that need to be replaced.

For more information and to request a tree, please call 630-256-4636.

Location: Aurora, IL

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Release Date—September 19th, 2013