City Forestry Program Receives Grant for Tree Planting at Aven’s Village
The City of Greeley Forestry Program has received a $6,000 grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) and the Xcel Energy Foundation for a tree planting project at Aven’s Village at Island Grove Regional Park.
Aven’s Village will replace a 22-year old playground structure with an enhanced play and outdoor experience which includes a universally accessible and inclusive playground design.
The planting project for Aven’s Village will take place in the Spring of 2016. Grant funding obtained through the Xcel Energy Foundation/Colorado Tree Coalition will help plant new trees surrounding the playground and nearby areas at Island Grove Park.
The Colorado Tree Coalition has awarded 484 grants totaling nearly $801,000 since 1991 due to the ongoing financial and administrative support from the USDA Forest Service and the Colorado State Forest Service, dues-paying members, and financial partners. These grants have been matched with over $7.7 million in community money and/or time. As a result of these grants, 73,750 trees have been planted throughout the state.
The Aven’s Village project was initiated by a local resident Pastor Arron Chambers and his family, who expressed interest during the summer of 2012 to build a playground within the community that could be used by children and adults with or without disabilities.
For more information about Aven’s Village, visit AvensVillage.com.
Feb 8, 2016
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Shiloh Hatcher, City of Greeley, Forestry Program
Culture, Parks and Recreation Department
Keith Wood, Colorado State Forest Service