Trees, greenery, parks and open space relieve the urban landscape, provide recreational opportunities, help control stormwater runoff, improve the environment and provide shade and relief from summer heat.
CCD is always working on improving the health and vitality of its street tree collection. Through TreeVitalize grant funding, we are currently studying the effects of different soil types within our tree trenches in order to determine a Best Management Practice for maintenance of existing trees as well as future plantings. Learn More »
Trees and Plantings
The CCD has planted and maintained about 850 street trees in Center City. In addition, CCD plants and maintains 130 planters through seasonal plantings, maintains 33 planting beds as parking screens at nine locations and maintains 156 decorative hanging baskets.
Every spring, CCD works with its contractors to systematically inspect and replace any of its trees or shrubs that were damaged during the winter. Throughout the year, CCD's landscape contractors water, prune, fertilize and groom all CCD trees, parking lot screens and container plantings.
Trees planted and maintained by CCD are mostly concentrated on and around Sansom, Walnut and Locust streets from 7th to 20th, Market Street from 6th to City Hall and Chestnut from 6th to 21st and are typically located in rectangular, brick tree pits. If there is a problem with a street tree near your property, report it here.
As part of its ongoing work on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, CCD has made improvements to several public open spaces on the Parkway, including Aviator Park, with more planned. Learn More »