Published on April 25, 2023
The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Overland Park as a 2022 Tree City, recognizing the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management ahead of Arbor Day. The city also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvements and outstanding levels of tree care.
Overland Park has retained its Tree City USA designation for more than 40 years. Caring for the city’s environment helps our community thrive. Trees not only shade our streets and sidewalks, they filter pollutants from our air, capture rainwater, reduce erosion, cool the air and store carbon.
“During 2022, the Legacy of Green Committee and city employees completed several significant projects that have helped us maintain our Tree City designation,” said City Forester Bailey Patterson. “In 2023 we have even more projects to pursue, including the launch of a public education campaign focused on planting the right trees in the right place and in the right way.”
Each year, the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes cities across the country that meet the standards of sound urban forest management with the Tree City USA designation. Learn more about the programs and services the city offers to preserve our green spaces, waterways and air at opkansas.org