The City of Cañon City has been named Tree City, USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 41st consecutive year. Municipalities entering the nationwide program receive the designation on the recommendation of the state foresters. Communities must meet the following standards to qualify: they must have adopted a city tree ordinance; have a comprehensive urban forestry program; and annually observe Arbor Day. The City first received recognition in 1980 as a result of its tree maintenance and planting program and its Dutch Elm Disease Program.
The public is invited to participate in the City’s observance of Arbor Day on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Centennial Park, 221 Griffin Avenue. The ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. and will include the planting of two big trees and a proclamation read by Mayor Ashley Smith. There will be a guided tour identifying the different trees at Centennial Park. Children ages 12 and under will be able to take home a free seedling tree. Trees will be available to the first 120 children.
The City has a tree voucher program for residents who have lost a street tree or desire a first-time new street tree. You can call the Parks Department at (719) 269-9028 or visit our website at https://www.canoncity.org/466/Tree-Voucher-Program to find out more information on this program and how to request a tree voucher.