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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


Release Date:
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

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