Forestry Grant Plants Trees Near River Walk

Kristina RamseyNews

The 10th Street entrance to the River Walk will look a little greener thanks to a recent tree planting project! Using grant funds from the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Trees for Clean Water program (VTCW), the City planted 13 trees on the edge of the parking lot and entrance to the River Walk on the north side of 10th Street. As they mature, these trees will both shade the parking lot and improve stormwater absorption in this previously bare location. Additionally, the trees will greatly improve the appearance of this important entrance corridor.

The trees are a mix of black gum, river birch, sweet bay magnolia, flowering cherry, and dogwood. These were selected for hardiness, moisture tolerance, and beauty. VTCW funds were used in early 2019 to plant new street trees at Penny Park, by City Hall, and several other downtown locations. The City plans to pursue this funding again for future plantings.