Community Involvement and Tree Programs

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Community Clean Sweep Day

The Community Clean Sweep Day event brings volunteers together who collectively help to clean our City of debris. Twice each year, volunteers scatter throughout parks, trails, walkways and main street boulevards with recycling and garbage bags, collecting litter to enhance our city’s environment.

The next Community Clean Sweep event will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Volunteers are to meet at Mick & Angelo's Eatery and Bar parking lot to collect their cleaning supplies and instructions starting at 9:00am.  If you have a suggestion for us regarding a problematic garbage area, please let us know. We are encouraging volunteers to group together to concentrate on these problematic areas for the up-coming event. Please email Jeff Guarasci with your thoughts. Please complete our volunteer registration form to participate. 

Adopt A Street/Trail/Park/Walkway

The Adopt Program is a campaign to beautify and take pride in the City of Niagara Falls. Volunteer groups will be encouraged to either adopt a street, trail, park or walkway, thereby being responsible for litter pickup, weed pulling, etc. along the selected area. You can help keep your environment clean and beautiful. You can complete the application form online or  contact Jeff Guarasci for updated documents including Applications, Waivers, Checklists and Safety Guidelines.

Volunteer Opportunities

For volunteer and/or sponsorship opportunities, or for more information about Park in the City programs and events, please call 905-356-7521, extension 3330.

Environment Award

The City of Niagara Falls Environment Award, sponsored and endorsed by the Park in the City Committee, is presented to citizens, groups, businesses, industry or organizations residing or working in the City of Niagara Falls who have made a significant contribution toward the protection or enhancement of the City's environment.

Over the past 15 years, the City of Niagara Falls Park in the City Committee has recognized many groups and individuals who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the improvement and preservation of the environment. View the Past winners of the Environment Award for a full list of recipients of the award.

Nominations will be accepted year round. A complete, one page submission will be accepted, including a bio and accomplishments of the nominee and the nominator's and nominee full contact information. Complete the Environment Award Nomination Form.

Note: Only winning submissions will be contacted prior to the annual Volunteer Recognition Evening. Recipients will be given complimentary tickets to the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. 

Street Tree Program

For the past several years, the Park in the City has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with generous supports including Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc., Ontario Power Generation, Walker Environmental and Walker Industries to deliver a complimentary program to the community that enhances the urban forest canopy. The Street Tree Program each year enables the committee to plant roughly 40 to 50 complimentary trees on city boulevards, medians, trails and parks. The public is encouraged to request a free complimentary tree to be planted in the fall along their boulevard with the following requirements needed:

  • Your boulevard is currently without a tree.
  • You are the owner of the property requesting the tree.
  • You have not made pre-arrangements with the City of Niagara Falls regarding a previous or existing tree on your boulevard.
  • You have not participated before within the program.
  • You do not live in a subdivision that is less than 5 years old.

2017 requests for street trees are currently open.  To request a free street tree for 2017 (funding dependant), please ensure you meet the above requirements prior to making contact.  Once you've identified that your property will qualify, please contact Jeff Guarasci.  If you have a question relating to your existing street tree or want an update on replacement street trees, please call the City's Service Centre at 905-356-1355. For further information on the Park in the City Committee's Street Tree Program, please call 905-356-7521 ext. 3341.

Annual Tree Seedling Sale Day

The Park in the City Committee encourages local residents, businesses and schools to plant native trees to help restore health to our urban environment. As part of the promotion, the Committee sells native seedlings for only $5.00 each. Over the last seven years, more than 3,000 seedlings have been sold. The next tree seedling sale will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The sale will be held at the MacBain Community Centre, located at 7150 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls. Tree species for sale are the Eastern Hemlock, Tamarack, White Oak and Bur Oak.  Tree seedlings are sold on a first come – first serve basis. Residents can pre-order seedlings with pre-payment (cash, cheque, debit, money order) at either the MacBain Community Centre or Gale Centre starting April 3, 2017 and running to April 26, 2017. A maximum of 25 seedlings can be pre-ordered and a minimum of 5 seedlings is needed to pre-order. Individual seedlings can be purchased on the event day cash only. Quantities are limited through pre-order and on the sale day, so don’t wait!  For more information, please call 905 356 7521 extension 3341.

Arbour Day Tree Planting 

2017 Arbour Day will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017. Various students and volunteers will help plant native trees to celebrate the occasion.  The event will take place from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  The location of the tree planting will be Chippawa Lions Park.  The Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise and Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc sponsored the 2017 trees and were purchased at cost through Land Care Niagara.  For more information, please call 905-356-7521 ext. 3341 or email Jeff Guarasci for complete details. 

Park in the City Memorial Fund

A Living Legacy established since 2008. This donor program aims to help implement greening initiatives throughout the City of Niagara Falls. Plan a gift that helps to create a healthy environment.  The City will issue letters for income tax purposes for donations $10 and greater. Donor Cards are available at most Niagara Falls Funeral Homes.  Donations can also be made at Fairview Cemetery, MacBain Community Centre and the Gale Centre.  The City will accept cheque and cash donations.  For more information on how you can make a donation or on where funds are allocated to, please call recreation & Culture at 905-356-7521 extension 3330 or email.

Tree & Garden Planting Events

Each year, the Park in the City Committee partners with various local groups to conduct tree planting events to help replenish urban tree canopy.  Below is a listing of events that are planned for 2017.  Dates and times for these events can change without notice.  If you are interested in participating with any of these events below, please contact Jeff Guarasci by email or call 905-356-7521 ext.3341.  please note, that some of these events have reached volunteer capacity or are by invitation only. 



Picture of volunteers helping at the Clean Sweep event