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Deadline nears for Denver shade tree program

Tuesday is the deadline for Denver residents to apply for free or reduced-price street trees from The Park People.

The Denver Digs Trees program — now in its 20th season — makes it possible for homeowners to grace the space between sidewalk and curb with anything from an English oak to a Hot Wings Tatarian maple.

The trees normally cost about $125, but through sponsorships, Denver Digs Trees chops the price to $25 or free if you live in one of 24 target neighborhoods.

These include Athmar Park, Baker, Barnum, Barnum West, Chafee Park, Clayton, Cole, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Green Valley Ranch, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sunyside, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, Westwood and Whittier.

Trees aren’t distributed until April 16 so site inspectors will have time to inspect proposed locations and see that they meet spacing and other requirements. Applicants will then get a letter saying they qualify and telling them when and where to pick up their tree.

For more information and an application, which must be received by Feb. 15, visit www.theparkpeople.org or call 303-722-6262.

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