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City of Kalamazoo to Celebrate 26 Years as a Tree City on Arbor Day


To commemorate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 26, four trees will be planted in the median area of Crane Park, bounded by Westnedge Avenue, Park Street, and Maple Street. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and volunteers are welcome to join. Parking will be available along Maple Street.

Four species will be planted: American Beech, Red Maple, Black Gum, and Dogwood, all of which are native species of the region.

The location for this event was chosen after numerous requests, including many from the recently concluded tree planting survey on www.imaginekalamazoo.com. The location also has the space to support mature trees and is in need of canopy cover.

This event is organized by the City of Kalamazoo’s Forestry Division and Department of Parks & Recreation, as well as the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and Tree Committee.

This Arbor Day will make the 26th year that the City of Kalamazoo has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. To be recognized, a City must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a forestry program, and observe Arbor Day, among other requirements. 

In total, the City of Kalamazoo plans to plant 500 new trees in 2019, thanks to support from the Foundation for Excellence. 


Mow First Before May 1st! Tall Grass & Weed Ordinance Enforcement begins May 1


The warming temperatures and rain showers of spring also mark the beginning of mowing season. Residents and property owners are reminded of their responsibilities to maintain grass and prevent the spread of noxious weeds before enforcement of ordinances related to tall grass and weeds begins on Wednesday, May 1.

A new city ordinance, effective April 25, requires property owners to keep grass maintained below 8 inches (previously the requirement was 12 inches), and requires the eradication of noxious weeds, such as poison ivy, poison oak, or ragweed. This includes grass and weeds in the public curb lawn area in front of properties.

Properties in violation will be assessed a fine of $127 and provided 10 days to correct the violation. If the issue is not addressed within the 10-day period, the property will be mowed on the owner’s behalf. The owner will then be billed to recover the cost of the mowing.

The fine for each offense increases from $127 for the first offense, to $277 for the fourth and subsequent offenses. Each time grass exceeds 8 inches will be considered a new violation. Residents and property owners are strongly encouraged to monitor and maintain their properties proactively to avoid fines, prevent the spread of noxious weeds, and keep Kalamazoo’s neighborhoods well-maintained and inviting.

Residents may report properties that are in violation the city’s tall grass and weed ordinance by calling the 24-hour Weeds & Grass hotline at (269) 337-8847 after May 1. 


City of Kalamazoo

Home to the Kalamazoo Promise, three institutions of higher education, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, cutting-edge medical research, world-class brewing and dining, outstanding parks, and an extensive variety of music, art, theatre, and cultural attractions.


 (269) 337-8000
 (269) 337-8182
 241 West South Street
     Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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