The Arbor Day Foundation has one again recognized Riverside as a Tree City USA. This is the 16th consecutive year that Riverside has received the distinction. Residents should be proud to live in a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority.
As a National Historic Landmark District, Riverside is known for its 1869 landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Critical to sustaining this designation, and preserving Olmsted's vision, are the naturalistic plantings of trees and shrubs in the Village's green spaces.
In September 2015, the Village of Riverside was recognized as an arboretum for its unique tree plantings, and for its stewardship of the landscape. As explained in the Village's arboretum plan, Riverside is a unique arboretum in that:
- Its tree collection is part of a thriving, vital residential village
- The design of the public plantings reflect Olmstedian principles of naturalistic groupings and layers of under story and canopy trees
- The special emphasis of the collection is on native trees and shrubs
Learn more about the trees on your block and throughout the village here.
Watch for details regarding Arbor Day 2021 in Riverside.