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Parks and Recreation

Contact Information
Parks & Recreation Department
City Services Center (CSC)
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Phone: 319-286-5566
Fax: 319-540-8843


Mon - Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Department Contacts

Residential Tree Program
Trees planted on private property can help reduce a home’s cooling bill in the summer and increase property values.  By working as a team and planting trees on both public and private property, the City and residents can help Cedar Rapids become a greener community. The Residential Tree Program is a partnership between the City of Cedar Rapids Forestry division and the Iowa DNR - Bureau of Forestry.

Trees are available to purchase for $30 each. Advance purchase is required and is limited to two trees per household to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to participate.

Purchase Trees
Complete the order form below and return it with a check for $30 (one tree) or $60 (two trees), payable to City Treasurer. No credit card or cash orders are accepted.

Trees must be picked up on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. Any trees not picked up by 5:30 p.m. on distribution day will be considered donations to the City of Cedar Rapids. In the event additional trees are available on distribution day they will be released for purchase at 4:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis until all are sold.

Trees are non-refundable. Exchanges will not be accepted and plant material is under no warranty and/or guarantee.

2019 Residential Tree Program Order Form

Tree Species

The following tree species are available to purchase. Deciduous and ornamental trees are 5-10 feet tall and conifers are 3-6 feet tall. Please consider size at maturity when making your selection(s).
American Hornbeam
American Larch
Bald Cypress
Eastern Redbud
Edible Pear "Patten"
Kentucky Coffeetree
Norway Spruce
Oak-Swamp White
Pagoda Dogwood
River Birch (multi-stem)

Watch these useful videos for help choosing and planting your trees.

Tree Planting

Before planting your tree(s), Iowa law requires you to call 811 at least two business days before digging to make certain there are no utility lines or other equipment buried underground. For more information, visit www.call811.com or call 800-292-8989. This is a free service.
For maximum energy efficiency:
Plant shade trees within 30 feet of the east and west sides of your home
Plant conifers as windbreaks along the north and west sides of your home
If you are planning to place your tree within the City Right-of-Way, a permit is required and the tree must be an approved species.

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