Coon Rapids gets trees grant

The city of Coon Rapids has received a forestry grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The $11,000 grant is through the DNR’s community forest bonding grant program.

According to City Forester Tom Schibilla, this grant is financed using state general obligation bond dollars authorized by the 2008 Minnesota Legislature.

The use of the money is restricted to capital projects on publicly-owned land, Schibilla said.

As part of its community forest management plan, the city will be using the funds to plant a diversity of 16 large shade tress in Sunrise Pond Park, he said.

“Currently, there are many planting spaces available in this newly constructed park,” Schibilla said.

“The planting of these trees will improve the quality of this park and ensure we have a healthy urban forest for years to come.”

Sunrise Pond Park is located south of Main Street and west of University Avenue in a new housing development.