City of Trees

713789-250Have some fun. Meet some folks. Plant some trees. Jersey City Parks Coalition announces City of Trees initiative to plant 5,000 trees over the next five years. The City of Trees initiative is a city-wide stewardship program open to anyone interested in Jersey City’s trees. City of Trees plantings will be held throughout October celebrating “National Make A Difference Month”. We will have several days of service that engages volunteers to plant trees in various locations throughout the City.

The plantings will help restore the declining tree canopy throughout the City. The Parks Coalition will determine the planting locations based on a recent Tree Canopy Study commissioned by the Jersey City Environmental Commission that found Jersey City has only a 17% tree canopy when a city our size should have more like 44%.

We can’t plant trees without knowing exact locations where there are empty tree pits, sick or dead trees, the wrong species of tree that’s grown too big to be under power lines…and more. So, we have partnered with the City, New Jersey City University and others to start mapping our neighborhoods using GIS mapping technology provided by the Open Tree Map app. Anyone can download the app on their smart phones for free and start walking around town “dropping pins” and providing some basic information about each tree, or in some cases, no tree. Go HERE to sign up and then download the app. We will be setting up shop at local farmers markets this summer showing how to use the technology, but don’t wait on us to start mapping! It’s easy and a great family activity.

The City of Trees initiative promotes healthy trees by educating residents and increasing their role in the care of the City’s trees. Through training workshops, volunteers can become park of our citywide “Tree Lovers Crew” (TLC) and share the responsibility to plant and care for trees in their neighborhoods. Since 2005, the Parks Coalition has empowered residents and volunteers to get involved in greening projects, resulting in healthier and more sustainable communities throughout the City. Beginning with three member parks, the  Jersey City Parks Coalition has grown to more than 20 community and parks groups that maintain, beautify and organize programs and activities for their parks and surrounding neighborhoods. The coalition believes in protecting, increasing and caring for our precious open spaces. “There is no better tool to bring about change in your neighborhoods than through parks and green initiative. We’ve learned this time and time again. Our parks are at the center of change.” says Mory Thomas, Vice President of the JCPC.

  • Request a street tree from Jersey City’s Tree Planting City Wide Application. Download the application here and mail to DPW: APPLICATION

  •  Attend a volunteer planting event! When you attend a tree planting event with us, we will provide all tools, gloves, and trees. More info: CLICK HERE

  • Apply for one of 150 FREE trees provided through a 2016 Tree Giveaway Award from the Alliance for Community Tree.  Applicant must attend one of the tree care workshops: > October 1 (Saturday) at the Bethune Center > October 9 (Sunday) at Harsimus Cemetery > October 16 (Sunday) at the Riverview Farmer’s Market. All workshops are from 10 am – 11:30 am.  To receive a free tree, apply HERE.


Jersey City Parks Coalition City of Trees 2016 Tree Give Away

The Jersey City Parks Coalition (JCPC) intends to distribute 150 FREE trees to the residents of Jersey City from a 2016 Tree Giveaway Award from the Alliance for Community Trees. This opportunity is made possible through a partnership with CSX Transportation and the Arbor Day Foundation. The JCPC was one of 12 organizations chosen nationwide to accomplish one of the City of Trees goals, including residents planting and caring for trees on their own property.

In partnership with the City of Jersey City, New Jersey City University, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Tree Foundation and the most essential component; an army of passionate and trained residents called the Jersey City Tree Lovers Crew (JCTLC); the Jersey City Parks Coalition plans to plant 5,000 trees over the next five years leading up to the year 2020 as part of their City of Trees Program.

The free tree is provided to the applicant after participation in one of the tree care workshops scheduled for what the JCPC is dubbing Octreeber, a month long celebration of tree awareness and planting events. The workshops will be held on the following dates and locations: Saturday, October 1st at the Bethune Center, Sunday, October 9th at Harsimus Cemetery, Sunday, October 16th at the Riverview Farmer’s Market. All workshops are from 10 am – 11:30 am.  Admission is free and open to all residents wishing to know how to care for the trees that they already have.

Other Octreeber events include: An Open Tree Map pilot mentoring program with NJCU students and Innovation High School, mapping trees in one square block; Bayside Neighborhood Association in partnership with the NJ Tree Foundation and TD Bank will be planting 30 trees in and around Bayside Park and Goldman Sachs, our education and engagement sponsor, will be holding a reception at the end of the month for the unveiling of their Annual Student Art Project Exhibit: City of Trees, an artist-led creative program that engages young Jersey City artists in a wide variety of fun activities and artistic disciplines to help inspire their love of the arts. For full details on these events, the workshops and the FREE tree giveaway application visit


Press for City of Trees:

July 14, 2016 – ‘City of Trees’ Looks To Green Concrete Jungle

…[T]he realities of urban living often create the need for great public greenery. Be it in a house, an apartment, a condo or a loft, many city dwellers are putting emphasis on being near parks and green space, a trend one local group is hoping can help make Jersey City’s parks the best that they can be.

The latest effort, dubbed City of Trees, is the brainchild of the Jersey City Parks Coalition. Founded in 2004 and made up of twenty neighborhood and open space groups, the Coalition spearheaded the 2011 Big Dig Project, which was undertaken in October that year and continued through 2014. The effort saw the group distribute and plant over 238,000 daffodil and tulip bulbs, one of the largest local beautification projects ever in Jersey City.

More info: CLICK HERE

April 22, 2016 – Ambitious Jersey City Parks Coalition plan is tree-rific!

The Jersey City Parks Coalition announced plans today to plant 5,000 trees across the city over the next five years.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop joined the vice president of the coalition, Mory Thomas, in a press conference at City Hall to announce the “City of Trees” initiative. The city has committed $60,000 for each year of the five-year project. The first phase of the project, in October, will focus on planting in public parks and open spaces.

More info: CLICK HERE