Neighborhoods compete for $10K by planning to add trees

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 6:23 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The City of Spokane wanted to encourage neighbors to plant more trees in July. City officials were giving away up to $10,000 to the neighborhoods with the best plan to add more green to the city. Staff said the trees would have a long-term impact on keeping the Spokane River clean.

Huntington Park in Downtown Spokane was one spot that helped to show case Spokane’s beauty. City staff said they wanted neighbors to create a similar look around their homes.

"Anyone can volunteer for these projects, it's a great opportunity for not only the neighborhood council to be involved but also local residents,” said City of Spokane Project Coordinator Alicia Powell.

City officials were going to give $5,000 for the best plan to add more green into a neighborhood. The winning neighborhood could then apply for another $5,000 to make a change with another project.

The goal was to get more grass, shrubs and trees around Spokane. City officials said the goal was to have the greenery soak up the rain.

 "We want to decrease storm water so it’s not entering our river,” said Powell.

The project was the start of a long-term goal to get 10,000 trees planted in Spokane by 2016.

Applications for the grant to help add green to your neighborhood will be accepted until the end of August.

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