Awards & Recognitions

Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society - Excellence in Programming Award
2013 Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch Event

Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society - Excellence in Programming Award
2014 Radnor's Great American Backyard Campout
PRPS Award Winner

 Tree City USA - 22 Years!

What is Arbor Day? 
In 1872, J. Sterling Morton from Nebraska City proposed a tree planting holiday to be called "Arbor Day" at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture.  Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the largest number of trees on that day.  It was estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.  During the 1870s, other states passed legislation to observe Arbor Day and the tradition began in schools in 1882.  By 1894 Arbor Day was celebrated in every state and has now spread to other countries.

What is Tree City USA?
Tree City
The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.

The benefits of being a Tree City USA community include:
Reduce costs for energy, storm water management, and erosion control.  Trees yield up to three times their cost in overall benefits to the city, averaging $273 per tree.
Cut energy consumption by up to 25%. Studies indicate that as few as three additional trees planted around each building in the United States could save our country $2 billion, annually, in energy costs.
Boost property values across your community. Properly placed trees can increase property values from 7-21% and buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly and tenants stay longer.
Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community.  Trees and green spaces directly correlate to greater connections to the neighborhood and neighbors.
Honor your community and demonstrate your commitment to a healthier environment through Arbor Day celebrations and Tree City USA recognition.

Tree City USA Qualifications
In order to qualify as a Tree City USA community, a Township must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.  These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program.  It is important to note that they were also designed so that no community would be excluded because of size.
A Tree Board or Department
A Tree Care Ordinance
A Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita
An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation
In 2014, Radnor Township celebrated its 22nd year being named a Tree City USA!

Annual Arbor Day Celebration
Each year the Recreation & Community Programming Department plans an Arbor Celebration in recognition of the holiday.  Radnor Township joins forces with various community groups to plant trees around the Township and celebrate the origins of Arbor Day. 

2014 Arbor Day Celebration - Event Recap
Arbor Day Celebration