Greenway Planting

Welcome to the Greenway Planting!

This is a partnership between Great Rivers Greenway, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri and local residents that encompasses several tree planting projects during Fall 2021. The goal of this partnership is to enhance current and future greenways with trees that connect people to their environment.

Residents know their local spaces best! Therefore, our collective goal is to engage and activate neighbors who live or play near these parks, bringing them into the conversation, listening to their feedback and encouraging them to help guide the tree plantings. 

The role of Great Rivers Greenway and Forest ReLeaf is to provide expert-level advice in terms of planting locations, tree species selection and tree maintenance during the 1-2 year establishment period.

Trees provide so many benefits to the community. They provide shade, reducing energy costs. They capture stormwater, preventing basement flooding. They filter air pollutants, reducing asthma rates. They reduce stress levels, improving mental health. They provide beauty, increasing property values. And so much more!

As local area nonprofits, Forest ReLeaf and Great Rivers Greenway Foundation share a commitment to promoting healthy vibrant communities through creating healthy vibrant green spaces that connect, engage, and inspire people.

Click on the site name to learn more about each location.

Gwen B. Giles Park is situated at the start of the proposed Hodiamont Tracks Greenway project. The park primarily serves the residents of the West End Neighborhood. The park has a scant 12% tree canopy coverage, leaving the recently installed walking path in full sun.

Although the park boasts some beautiful, mature trees, after inspection by our staff forester, we noticed that there are several in the beginning stages of decline, mainly due to old age. This is normal for any park, and the reason why young trees are vital to a continued healthy urban forest system. 

Twelve (12) new shade trees will be interspersed with the existing canopy on the southwest side of the park in clusters of 3 per species, and planted to avoid blocking the beloved sledding hill or baseball field. An alleé of fourteen (14) oaks will line the walking path at a distance of 15 feet. This will allow further park renovations as needed in the future. Several redbuds will also be added for their spring beauty and at least one catalpa will be restored to the park. Gwen B. Giles Park was formerly known as Catalpa Park.

We invite you to learn more about the tree species selected by clicking on their names below. If you visit the park during the month of October, you will see signs placed for each of the proposed tree locations. We encourage you to leave any comment that you may have about their placement in the park by emailing hello@moreleaf.org.

The trees are being sponsored by MetLife and the Arbor Day Foundation. Employees from MetLife will dig the holes and plant the trees between 9-11am. 

Neighbors are invited out to celebrate the tree planting at the FALL TREE FESTIVAL, immediately following the planting on October 30th. From 11am-1pm, a tree scavenger hunt and other fall-themed activities will fill the park. Free food, drinks and prizes will be given away thanks to generous support from the Great Rivers Greenway Foundation.

The Gwen B. Giles Park planting list includes the following tree species:

Species Qty
American sycamore 3
Bur oak 3
Kentucky coffeetree 3
Osage orange 3
Chinkapin oak 2
Nuttall oak 5
Overcup oak 3
Shumard oak 4
Catalpa 1-3
Eastern redbud 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Riverfront Park serves as a regional park as well as a critical habitat for birds and pollinators. Once the site of a 10,000 tree planting on Earth Day in 1990, most of those young trees were washed away when the destructive 1993 flood scoured the site. Only small pockets of those original trees remain, leaving the area extremely vulnerable to erosion. As climate change continues to threaten our riparian systems, it is critical to replant with resilient, native species, bringing an increase in natural habitat. 

Along the current Mississippi Greenway, North Riverfront Park welcomes thousands of trail users a year. On Saturday, November 20, 2021, it will also welcome one hundred and thirty (130) new trees to be planted along its bike/walking corridor to create much needed shade, increase biodiversity, and natural beauty. 

Forty (40) of the trees are being sponsored by UPS and the Arbor Day Foundation. The remaining ninety (90) trees are part of Forest ReLeaf and the Great Rivers Greenway’s commitment to replanting vulnerable areas. Employees from UPS will work alongside nearby residents and other interested volunteers between 10am-12pm to plant trees.

We invite you to learn more about the tree species selected by clicking on their names below. If you visit the park during the month of November, you will see signs placed for each of the tree species as well as the proposed tree locations. We encourage you to leave any comment that you may have about their placement in the park by emailing hello@moreleaf.org.

Species Qty
American sycamore 30
Baldcypress 40
Black walnut 30
Bur oak 5
Hackberry 5
Osage orange 10
River birch 30
Swamp white oak 10
Tuliptree 10

 

The highly programmed DeSoto Park is along the proposed Brickline Greenway and actively used by residents, students, and visitors. The park is home to a long-running, adult, semi-pro soccer league, the IronMom Foundation fitness trail, and benches for spectating and resting. However, there is minimal mature tree canopy (less than 5%) to provide shade to park patrons. 

On December 10th, residents are welcome to come out between 1-3pm to help with the tree planting. Forty (40) new trees will be added to the park and neighboring school campus thanks to the generous support of SSM Health. The tree planting will continue a row of shade trees and add in some flowering trees as well. A tree planting here will connect people to the proposed greenway and build on the positive community momentum that is transforming this area into a destination for recreation and healthy lifestyles. 

We invite you to learn more about the tree species selected by clicking on their names below. If you visit the park during the month of November, you will see signs placed for each of the proposed tree locations. We encourage you to leave any comment that you may have about their placement in the park by emailing hello@moreleaf.org.

Species Qty
Bur oak 3
Nuttall oak 10
Shumard oak 8
Swamp white oak 8
Baldcypress 10
Eastern redbud 6
Hackberry 5
Tuliptree 10

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