The City of Coral Springs has been awarded the annual Naturescape Emerald Award under the Government/School/Municipality category by Broward County. This award recognizes Coral Springs for its Street Tree Subsidy Program, which was established in 2006 to reach a 30 percent average tree canopy coverage citywide. The program allowed eligible property owners to plant appropriate, code required shade trees as street trees and receive up to $200 in subsidy per required tree. This program was later expanded to include multi-family and commercial properties and it resulted in over 4,000 street trees being planted citywide in 2012. Throughout this program, the City also developed a “Homeowners Tree Care and Ownership” guide to educate homeowners on tree quality, proper planting and long term proper care of trees.
The award was presented to the City of Coral Springs on Saturday, March 9 at Tree Tops Park in Davie as part of the Broward County Water Matters Day.