It began with William Penn’s founding vision of Philadelphia as a “greene countrie towne” with streets named after trees. More than 300 years later, we still take pride in his original plan with civic squares and intimate, walkable tree-lined streets.
Street trees not only beautify Center City, they encourage walking, offset harmful auto emissions, lower summer temperatures and reduce the urban “heat island” effect. Studies have shown they can also increase property values and even reduce stress and blood pressure levels.
But trees and landscaping in cities need our care and support. That’s why the Center City District Foundation created the Plant Center City program to green the streets of the commercial area of downtown. There are approximately 2,300 street trees within the Center City District’s boundary and, for two decades, we have maintained 700 of them that we added in the 1990s. With your help, we would like to add 200 more trees bringing Center City’s total to 2,500.
Your support will allow the Center City District Foundation to expand the downtown’s canopy of healthy street trees. Within the boundaries of the Center City District, we can plant new trees, replace damaged ones and expand a routine schedule of pruning, watering, pest management and fertilization to sustain William Penn’s vision for coming generations.
The Center City District plants mature, hardy 2.5 inch caliper trees that initially stand a 12-14 feet tall and are proven to withstand harsh urban environments. We plant a variety of trees, many of which are native to the region. These include oak, cypress, sycamore, linden and hornbeam. Your investment in Philadelphia’s tree canopy will add to the attractiveness of the downtown for years to come.
Donate now to contribute to the continued beautification and greening of downtown Philadelphia.