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. Phone: 905-356-7521 ext 3341.

Annual Tree Seedling Sale Day: May 29, 2021

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, in the past, the Committee would sell native seedlings annually at cost. Over the last eight years, more than 5,000 seedlings have been sold. The next tree seedling sale will take place during the Committee's inaugural Mother Earth Day event that is taking place at Firemen's Park on Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Local vendors will be onsite to sell native seedlings.  NOTE: species will be determined by what is available at the time of the event.  For more information, please contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator. Phone: 905-356-7521 ext 3341.

Community Clean Sweep Day: October 17, 2020

The Community Clean Sweep Day event enables volunteers to help 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. For the 2020 Fall version of the Community Clean Sweep Day event, changes are being made in order to ensure COVID-19 safe guards are in place for volunteers.

Changes to the October 17, 2020 Community Clean Sweep Day event:

  • All volunteers are to register online prior to participating in the event. Registration closes on October 16 at noon.
  • All volunteers are to complete the event waiver form prior to the event.  Waiver forms are to be submitted by email or hand delivered to the MacBain Community Centre, City Customer Service Centre during regular business hours prior to the start of the event.
  • Volunteers age of 13 or under must be accompanied by a guardian. Youth between ages 14 to 16 must have a guardian sign and submit a Youth Permission Form prior to October 17 (see above).
  • Registered volunteers may pick up protective gloves and garbage/recycling bags at the City's Recreation & Culture office (located at the MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Road) during regular business between Tuesday, October 13 to Friday, October 16.
    • Please keep any leftover supplies.
    • No other supplies will be provided (e.g. pickers, safety vests).
  • Volunteers can start to clean-up either a city park, trail or boulevard of their choice on Saturday, October 17 during daylight hours only.
  • Leave any filled garbage/recycling bags at either a street corner or park/trail entrance area and then email the location of where the filled bags are left for City Staff to collect.
  • In case of a rain out, this event will not be re-scheduled.
  • Share your pictures and videos using #cleansweep and #pitc. Tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, too!

Safety Instructions for all volunteers

  • Clean only during daylight hours.
  • Stop and take shelter in the event of heavy rain, fog, lightning, thunder, etc.
  • Dress for the elements and wear brightly coloured clothing or hi-vis safety vests.
    • Gloves and bags will be provided, but you may provide your own pickers.
    • Wear covered toe shoes (no sandals).
    • Cover your arms and legs for more protection.
    • Do not wear any jewelry.
  • Avoid hazardous plants, stinging insects, wildlife, etc.
  • DO NOT pick up possible contaminents (masks, gloves, etc.), large/heavy objects (tires, furniture, etc.), or sharps (broken glass, needles, etc.).
    • Notify City Staff of the location of these objects by emailing [email protected] as soon as possible after the event. City Staff will properly dispose of these objects.
    • DO NOT place these items in trash bags or trash cans.
  • DO NOT enter any construction areas or water hazards.
  • DO NOT travel across or clean private property.

For more information, please contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator. Phone: 905-356-7521 ext.3341.

Mother Earth Day: May 29, 2021

The Park in the City Committee will be launching their inaugural Mother Earth Day event on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Firemen's Park starting at 9:00 am with the Community Clean Sweep event.  Other events such as a tree planting and pollinator installation will take place at the park.  Environmental vendors, demonstrations, entertainment and local food fair will be available starting at 12:00 pm for the community to enjoy.  Partners of the event will also be hosting a wide variety of interactive youth and family stations to keep everyone busy during the day.  For a complete listing of activities and how you can get involved, please visit the Mother Earth Day page.

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, which takes places annually at the beginning of November. 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. Niagara Falls Funeral Homes will accept donations to the fund by request. 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 at 905-356-7521 ext. 3330 or send us an email.

Street Tree Program

This program is funding dependent.  Applications from residents will start to be accepted in the Spring of 2020. 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 if they are without a tree along their boulevard and that they meet the below eligibility requirement. Trees are free of charge and will be planted in the late fall of 2020.

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 never had a street tree and are not calling for a replacement tree.
  • 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 by calling 905-356-1355.

To request a free street tree for 2020, please ensure you meet the above requirements, then contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator.   

Phone: 905-356-7521 ext. 3341.

Fall Tree Planting and Pollinator Garden installation

Limited volunteer opportunities are now available to participate in a community fall tree planting and a pollinator garden installation.  Volunteer opportunities will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To register for either event, please email or call Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator, City of Niagara Falls at 905-356-7521 ext. 3341 during regular business hours (Mon to Fri - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). VOLUNTEER SPOTS ARE FULL FOR BOTH EVENTS 

  • Fall Tree Planting - Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Firemen's Park from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or until all of the trees are planted.  Partners from the Park in the City Committee, SCVFA and Land Care Niagara will be planting 45 native tree species to enhance the the park's tree canopy.  NOTE: Refreshments or snacks will not be provided.  Please bring your own refillable water bottle full.  Participants are to also bring their own shovel, gloves and mask.  Contact tracing will be attained during the event registration.
  • Pollinator Garden Installation - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or until all of the wild flower plugs are installed.  Partners from the Park in the City Committee and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority will be installing over 1,000 wild flower pollinating plugs along the back fence line at Fairview Cemetery. NOTE:  Refreshments or snacks will not be provided.  Please bring your own refillable water bottle full.  Participants are to also bring their own gloves and mask.  Contact tracing will be attained during the event registration.

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