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Planting, maintenance, and removal of trees on city property, in the public right of way, and along city streets is provided by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department's Urban Forestry Program.


Bicentennial Bond Tree Planting Project


Arbor Day 2023

Bloomington Parks and Recreation invites you to a special Arbor Day Ceremony at the north end (Grimes Lane entrance) of Switchyard Park, 1601 S. Rogers St., on Friday, April 28 beginning at 9 a.m. Hear from Deputy Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael and other special guests, and help plant trees at Switchyard Park.


Recent News

Arbor Day Poster Contest Commemorates 40 Years of Tree Stewardship in Bloomington

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City of Bloomington's Switchyard Park Recognized for Outstanding Urban Forestry, Native Landscaping


Indiana's First Tree City USA

Bloomington was recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 1984 as Indiana's first Tree City USA. Bloomington has each year since 1984 successfully met all the criteria necessary to keep its Tree City USA designation: a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

2024 Arbor Day Poster Contest Call for Entries

Parks and Recreation celebrates four decades of environmental stewardship in 2024 with the city's designation as a Tree City USA for the 40th consecutive year.

To commemorate Bloomington's status as Indiana's first Tree City USA, the city's 40th anniversary of being named a Tree City USA, and in recognition of Arbor Day, Parks and Recreation is hosting a poster contest for community members to showcase the profound impact trees have had on the city over the years.

The theme of the poster contest is "A Legacy of Leaves: 40 Years of Putting Down Roots."

Submissions for the poster contest will be accepted March 1 through April 1.

There are three entry categories:

  1. Youth (12 years and younger)
  2. Student (13 to 18 years)
  3. Adult

A winner in each category will be selected by a panel of judges to include members of the Bloomington Tree Commission. The winners will be announced at the Arbor Day ceremony April 26 at 9 a.m. at Crestmont Park. The grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the Fall/Winter 2024 Parks and Recreation Program Guide, and will be displayed at City Hall and at Parks and Recreation facilities.

Arbor Day Poster Contest Rules:

  1. The theme of the poster contest is "A Legacy of Leaves: 40 Years of Putting Down Roots."
  2. Poster contest entries are accepted from March 1 through April 1, 2024. All entries must be delivered to:
    1. City Hall, 401 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN 47404 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) OR
    2. Rose Hill Cemetery Office, 1100 W. 4th St., Bloomington, IN  47403 (M-F, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
      by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1.
  3. One entry per artist or group of artists.
  4. Entries must be reproducible as a magazine cover (oriented vertically), and suitable for all audiences (no nudity, profanity, or depictions of drug or alcohol paraphernalia or use).
  5. Entries may be no larger than 22” x 28”.
  6. All entries must be original art, entirely created by the submitting artist/s. No compensation, financial or otherwise, is provided to any submitting artist, and the rights to use the winning artwork in each entry category by Parks and Recreation for promotions and marketing are granted in perpetuity.
  7. All entries must be printed, created, painted, drawn, applied, sketched, carved, etc. and securely mounted on stiff backing (coroplast, foam core, artist’s canvas, art mat board, etc.).
  8. Each entry must be clearly marked on the back with the artist’s or artist group’s name, entry category, and title of the piece and must be accompanied by an official Arbor Day Poster Contest Entry Form.

All entries become property of Bloomington Parks and Recreation. Non-winning entries may be returned to the submitting artist if the submitting artist requests its return in writing by April 30, 2024. No artwork will be mailed or otherwise shipped; artwork must be picked up in person at City Hall.

For more information about Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s Arbor Day poster contest, contact:
Julie Ramey, Community Relations Manager
Bloomington Parks and Recreation

For more information about purchasing a Memorial or Honorary Tree or for more information about making a donation to the Bloomington Tree Fund, contact Haskell Smith, Urban Forester, Parks and Recreation at or 812-349-3716.

For technical information about Bloomington's urban forest, or to report a hazardous tree or tree problem in a city park, contact Bloomington Parks and Recreation Urban Forester Haskell Smith at (812) 349-3716.