Borough President Richards is launching a new crowdsourcing campaign encouraging Queens residents to recommend locations in their neighborhoods where they think trees should be planted.
The campaign is supported by a $100,000 allocation by Borough President Richards in Fiscal Year 2023 for tree planting across Queens. The funding is part of the “Million More Trees” initiative, a joint effort announced by all five Borough Presidents earlier this year to have the City plant one million trees by 2030.
Through Tuesday, October 18, residents can submit their suggestions for tree planting sites by filling out this form.
Recommended sites must be locations of empty lots or other neighborhood spots that are not paved over and are amenable to planting. Locations within existing parks are not being accepted at this time.
Submissions will be reviewed by the Queens Borough President’s Office and by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Preference will be given to underserved areas that lack shade and suffer from severe heat zone effects.
The Queens Borough President’s Office is also interested in hearing from businesses and other organizations that would consider partnering with this initiative by contributing funds for the purchase and planting of trees. The office is also looking for landscapers and arborists who are willing to participate in the project.
Our parks are the anchors of our neighborhoods, where our families bond and our children both play and hone vital social skills. To ensure our parks can continue to be cornerstones of our communities for generations to come, the Queens Borough President’s Office has allocated more than $128 million over the past six years toward upgrades and improvements across dozens of Queens parks and playgrounds.