Community Involvement and Tree Programs

Adopt A Street/Trail/Park/Walkway

You can help keep your environment clean and beautiful! The Adopt A Street Program is a campaign to beautify and take pride in the City of Niagara Falls. Volunteer groups are encouraged to adopt a street, trail, park or walkway, and take responsibility for litter pick-up, weed pulling, etc. along the selected area. Complete the application form online.

For updated documents including applications, waivers, checklists and safety guidelines, please contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator:

905-356-7521 ext 3341 or [email protected] 

Annual Tree Seedling Sale Day: April 27, 2019

The Park in the City Committee encourages local residents, businesses and schools to plant native trees to help restore health to our urban environment. As part of the promotion, the Committee sells native seedlings annually for only $5.00 each. Over the last eight years, more than 3,800 seedlings have been sold. The next tree seedling sale will take place in the Spring of 2020.  Check back closer to the season to find out what type of seedlings will be for sale.

Tree seedlings are sold on a first come – first serve basis. Residents can pre-order seedlings with pre-payment (cash, cheque, debit, money order) at either the MacBain Community Centre or Gale Centre.  A maximum of 25 seedlings can be pre-ordered and a minimum of 5 seedlings is needed to pre-order. Individual seedlings can be purchased on the event day cash only. Quantities are limited through pre-order and on the sale day, so don’t wait!  The Tree Seedling Sale event is reserved for residents of Niagara Falls only.  For more information, please call Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator: 905-356-7521 ext 3341 or [email protected]

Arbour Day Tree Planting: April 25, 2019

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, the Park in the City Committee celebrated Arbour Day with various students and local volunteers who helped to plant 60 native trees to celebrate the occasion.  The location of the tree planting was Chippawa Lions Park.  Thank you to the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise, Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc, and Niagara Casinos for contributing to purchase the trees.  The next Arbour Day event will take place in the Spring of 2020.  Please check back closer to the season for more details.

For more information, please call Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator: 905-356-7521 ext. 3341 or [email protected]

Community Clean Sweep Day: October 5, 2019

The Community Clean Sweep Day event brings volunteers together who collectively help to clean our City of debris. Twice each year, volunteers scatter throughout parks, trails, walkways and main street boulevards with recycling and garbage bags, collecting litter.

The next Community Clean Sweep event will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2020.  Volunteers will be able to register online once details are available.  The Clean Sweep event will start at the Firemen's Park parking lot, located at Dorchester Road and Mountain Road starting at 9:00 am.  Volunteers can collect their cleaning supplies and instructions at the start of the event.  The event will take place rain or shine, unless the conditions become dangerous.  In case of a rain out, this event will not be re-scheduled.  For more information, please call Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator: 905-356-7521 ext.3341 or [email protected]

Environment Award

Congratulations to our most recent winner, Hornblower Niagara Cruises. The City of Niagara Falls Environment Award, sponsored and endorsed by the Park in the City Committee, is presented to citizens, groups, businesses, industry or organizations residing or working in the City of Niagara Falls who have made a significant contribution toward the protection or enhancement of the City's environment.

Over the past 23 years, the City of Niagara Falls Park in the City Committee has recognized many groups and individuals who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the improvement and preservation of the environment. View the Past winners of the Environment Award for a full list of recipients of the award.

Nominations will be accepted year round. A complete, one page submission will be accepted, including a bio and accomplishments of the nominee and the nominator's and nominee full contact information. Complete the Environment Award Nomination Form.

Note: Only winning submissions will be contacted prior to the annual Volunteer Recognition Evening. Recipients will be given complimentary tickets to the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. 

Park in the City Memorial Fund

A Living Legacy established since 2008. This donor program aims to help implement greening initiatives throughout the City of Niagara Falls. Plan a gift that helps to create a healthy environment.  The City will issue letters for income tax purposes for donations $10 and greater. Donor Cards are available at most Niagara Falls Funeral Homes.  Donations can also be made at Fairview Cemetery, MacBain Community Centre and the Gale Centre.  The City will accept cheque and cash donations.  For more information on how you can make a donation or on where funds are allocated to, please call the Recreation & Culture Department:

905-356-7521 ext. 3330 or [email protected]

Street Tree Program

This program is funding dependant.  Applications from residents will start to be accepted in the Spring of 2019. Regretfully, we cannot guarantee all applications will be successful.

For the past several years, the Park in the City Committee has been fortunate to partner with generous supporters including Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. and Ontario Power Generation to enhance the urban forest canopy and deliver a great program to the community. The Street Tree Program enables the Committee to plant roughly 40 to 50 trees in city boulevards, medians, trails and parks. Residents of Niagara Falls are encouraged to apply for this program. Trees are free of charge and will be planted in the fall.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Your boulevard is currently without a tree.
  • You are the owner of the property requesting the tree.
  • You have not made pre-arrangements with the City of Niagara Falls regarding a previous or existing tree on your boulevard.
  • You have not previously participated in the program.
  • You do not live in a subdivision that is less than five (5) years old.

If your boulevard tree was recently cut down, you will not qualify for the program. Instead, please inquire about a replacement tree at the Municipal Service Centre:

905-356-1355 or [email protected]

To request a free street tree for 2020, please ensure you meet the above requirements, then contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator, for further information:  The program is now completed for 2019. 

905-356-7521 ext. 3341 or [email protected]

Volunteer Opportunities

For volunteer and/or sponsorship opportunities, or for more information about Park in the City programs and events, please call:

905-356-7521 ext. 3330 or visit our volunteers webpage