Maplewood is thrilled to share the news that our school has received a $27,251 Urban Forest Grant from the City of Austin for the project Planting Maplewood’s Future Great Trees. The grant will help us make great strides toward the creation of a green schoolyard and our goal of certification as a Green Flag Eco-School by the National Wildlife Federation.
The grant supports community members working to promote the safety and well-being of Austin’s urban forest, and is administered by the Development Services Department. The project includes plans to plant 12 shade and ornamental trees along the perimeter roads of Maplewood and Ashwood to be future replacements for our mature trees and add shade now; install an irrigation system for the new trees and the campus orchard planted last spring; seating along Maplewood Ave.; educational signage identifying the trees and seating at the orchard to enhance opportunities for outdoor learning; and training with Project Learning Tree for all Maplewood teachers.
ABC Home and Commercial has been contracted to plant, mulch and stake the new trees, and the work is scheduled for February 16. Cougar Irrigation will install a new system later in the month, and Chris Levack, of Levack Sculpture and Construction (and the parent of two Maplewood alums) will be installing cedar benches. Durable metal signage will be installed later this spring, and the teacher training will take place in the fall. Maplewood Green Team leader and environmental educator Dianne Folkerth will lead the PLT training on campus next fall.
A green schoolyard includes dynamic, multi-use, nature-filled public spaces on campus, improving both the well-being of children and the environment. We are so grateful for the support of the City of Austin, which will help us make this goal a reality!