Trees and Open Space
Tree City USA
The City of Glenwood Springs Parks Department has received recognition annually for the past 34 years by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA recipient. Recognition has been made for demonstrated professionalism, commitment and true passion for the growth of the tree canopy in Glenwood Springs. Click here to see the 2019 Tree City USA designation letter for the City of Glenwood Springs. For more information, visit the Arbor Day Foundation.
The Parks Department encourages all property owners adjacent to open space or City property to help keep our green space clean and thriving. For information on planting trees on both public and private property in Glenwood Springs please see the Glenwood Springs Municipal Code Title 090 - here.
It is against the law for any person to plant, remove, destroy or cause to be planted, removed, or destroyed any tree in or upon the public right-of-way or other public property within the City of Glenwood Springs without having first obtained a written permit to do so. To request permission to remove or install a tree on public property, please complete the Public Tree Removal Installation Permit application.
Roaring Fork Tree List
The following is a list of desirable trees to be planted in City street rights-of-way for general street shading. The list consists of trees that have desirable growth characteristics and are likely to survive in the local conditions.
Sunburst and Shademaster Honeylocust
American Sentry Linden
Greenspire and Littleleaf Linden
Trees without a lot of local planting history:
Kentucky Coffee Tree
Golden Rain Tree
Maples, unless well protected, are being discouraged due to bark sun scald.
Ash trees are not selected for planting due to the potential Ash borer invasion.
Please contact the Parks Superintendent with questions or to complete the permit process.