Xcel Energy, Colorado Tree Coalition award Fruita $5K tree grant
The City of Fruita Parks and Recreation held a tree planting ceremony Wednesday, May 2 at Heritage Park to celebrate the recent grant of $5,000 from Excel Energy and the Colorado Tree Coalition.
The grant will allows the City to plant a total of 24 trees in two local parks. The final five trees allotted by the grant were planted at Heritage, 210 I-70 Frontage Road during the ceremony.
A total of 17 trees planted at Heritage Park included 12 Austrian Pines, three Marshal Ash, and two Honey Locust. Seven Fremont Cottonwoods were planted at Snooks Bottom Open Space. The Austrian Pines at Heritage Park will provide a noise and visual barrier between the park and I-70 and the Ash and Locust trees will supply shade to newly planted grass. The trees planted at Snooks Bottom Open Space will provide shade on the southern edge of the lake where there are currently no trees.
Ture Nycum, Director of the City of Fruita Parks and Recreation department stated “trees improve air and water quality, increase property values, improve wildlife habitat and provide energy and cost savings to the community.”
Nycum also said “the City of Fruita would like to thank both the Excel Energy Foundation and the Colorado Tree Coalition for their support and the addition of the new trees in our community.” He then went on to say “the City takes pride in its 19 years as a Tree City USA and continues to invest in a healthier community.”
Fruita Mayor Lori Buck and City Manager Clint Kinney were on hand for the ceremony. Mayor Buck stated “she and the City Council applaud the efforts of the Parks and Recreation Department in making this happen.” She also thanked the Excel Energy Foundation and the Colorado Tree Coalition for their contribution. Fred Eggleston represented the Excel Energy Foundation and Kami Long represented the State Forest Service.
For information about the grant, contact Ture Nycum at Fruita Parks and Recreation, 970-858-0360.