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The Parks & Forestry Division oversees and maintains the City’s 21 parks. Covering approximately 186 acres, park facilities include playgrounds, sports fields, shelters and picnic areas, walking paths, fitness trails and wooded areas.

The division’s Forestry Unit manages and maintains an extensive inventory of street trees (approximately 17,000) in the public right-of-way, and thousands of trees in the parks and at various public facilities. With the support and guidance of the volunteer members of the City Tree Commission, Upper Arlington has been designated as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1990, hosting an Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony each April at a community school.

Beautification efforts are overseen by the Horticulture Staff. This includes landscaping, limestone walls and boulders at community gateways, “bright spots”, and gardens in parks and public spaces. The success of this program is the result of partnerships and funding support through the Upper Arlington Community Foundation.

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PARKS & REC NEWS
19Aug '19

Lane Road Library Parking Lot Work

A heads up that the Lane Road Library parking lot will be closed the weekend of Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, weather permitting, for re-sealing and re-striping work.…

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PARKS & REC EVENTS
25Jun '18

Concourse Gallery

“Our Experience” Creative Women of Color On view July 1-August 16 Reception July 21, 3-5 pm Creative Women of Color is a collective of African American women artists whose mission…

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27Apr '19

Community Center Feasibility Task Force

Community Center Feasibility Task Force meeting schedule is being finalized, and is subject to change. Please check prior to attending a meeting to be sure it has not been cancelled or…

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28Apr '19

UA Farmers Market

Upper Arlington (April 12, 2018)- The Upper Arlington Farmers Market is set to open its 2019 season on Wednesday, June 5 with new hours, new management and a fresh look!…

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STREET TREES

Street trees enhance our quality of life by shading pavement, slowing traffic, increasing property values, reducing storm water runoff, and generally improving the local environment. In addition to our proactive Street Tree Program, the City encourages residents to plant trees within the public right-of-way, in accordance with our guidelines.

Residents are encouraged to provide routine care for recently planted street trees. Regular watering of newly planted trees—a deep soaking once per week (one inch of water) for at least the first two summers and falls—is recommended. Keep a two-three foot wide circle of mulch, no more than three inches deep, over the root zone and avoid damaging bark with mowers and trimmers. Other tree maintenance, including pruning on a six-year cycle, is provided by the City. The City will also remove dying or unsafe trees as needed and plant replacements.

Residents, contractors, or any other person wishing to plant, prune, remove or otherwise work on a tree within the City’s right-of-way must by law obtain a permit from Parks & Forestry. A permit is also required prior to any excavation within 10′ of a street tree. These rules are to protect street trees AND the public, since trees damaged by improper work can injure or kill people later.

The right-of-way includes the tree lawn between the curb and sidewalk, and typically extends beyond the sidewalk. Public right-of-way available for tree planting is also present on streets without sidewalks or curbs. Neighborhoods are encouraged to collaborate on group planting projects.

Trees should be planted at least 10 feet from fire hydrants and street lights, seven feet from driveways and street signs, six feet from underground utility line valves, and 35 feet from the corner curb of street intersections. The following spacing guidelines apply:

  • Small species: at least 24 inches from the edge of curb or walk and 10 feet from the nearest tree
  • Medium species: at least 30 inches from the edge of curb or walk and 20 feet from the nearest tree
  • Large species: at least 30 inches from the edge of curb or walk and 30 feet from the nearest tree

Permits—which are free of charge—can be obtained from Parks & Forestry. Staff may need to review plans or perform a site inspection prior to issuing a permit.

Residents can purchase street trees and have them planted by the City through the Cost Share Street Tree Program—taking advantage of the City’s wholesale purchasing power. The cost is $200 for a 1.5” caliper tree, and $250 for a 2” caliper tree. Orders are accepted year-round, with plantings each spring and fall. All trees are guaranteed by the City and will be replaced if necessary at no further cost to you. Staff will make species recommendations, based on site conditions and your preference.

Contact the Parks & Forestry Division for additional details and to request an order form.

It’s important to select tree species that will thrive in the proposed site, and fits your objectives for shade, size and maintenance requirements. The City’s Street Tree Recommendations brochure (found in Resources list below) lists species by mature size and offers general selection guidelines. Species listed as undesirable as a street tree may be fine on private property if site conditions are appropriate. The City’s Tree Treks in several of our parks provide the opportunity to see most of the species that grow well in Central Ohio. Many tree species are also sold as cultivars—with unique or predictable traits such as a weeping crown or unusual foliage—which are usually are given a tradename. Be sure you know what you are buying, as there can be dramatic differences between cultivars of the same species. For example, the City permits some cultivars of crabapple and cherry along streets, but not weeping or heavily fruiting varieties.

The City replaces all trees that it removes. Normally, 1.5″ caliper trees are replanted at no cost to adjacent residents. For $50, residents can upgrade to a 2″ caliper replacement tree. Orders must be received prior to ordering deadlines planting seasons in spring and fall, and are subject to availability. Contact Parks & Forestry for details.

PARK TREES

Our parks are home to thousands of trees, representing dozens of species. Unique groupings of trees are featured in several parks, including the crabapple grove in Fancyburg Park, the oak and magnolia groves in Thompson Park, and the Tree Commission Grove in Thompson Park.

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TREE TREKS

Self-guided Tree Treks can be found in Thompson, Fancyburg, Northam and Miller parks. A Tree Trek brochure—which includes a map of tree locations—describes the features of each tree on the Trek. Numbered signs helps visitors identify the corresponding trees.

Several parks—including Cardiff Woods, Miller, Smith, Charing, Thompson and Northwest Kiwanis—contain natural wooded areas or ravines. Thompson Park features a forested seasonal wetland area. A Smith Nature Park brochure leads visitors on a self-guided nature walk to learn about trees, forests, geology and other natural features found in the woods.

COMMEMORATIVE TREE PROGRAM

Because trees serve as a living link to our past, as a wonderful asset in the present, and a wise investment in our future, the Division offers the opportunity to participate in the Commemorative Tree Program. Commemorative trees may be planted in parks, or on other public property and can be used to celebrate a variety of occasions, or to honor or memorialize special people. The cost to plant a Commemorative Tree is $350. Click on the Commemorative Tree Brochure link for additional information. Order forms can be requested from Parks & Forestry.

TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
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Privately owned trees are the responsibility of the property owner. The City inspects private trees only if a complaint about safety is received, or if Staff becomes aware of a tree that threatens public safety. Private trees that threaten the safety of others can be condemned as a public nuisance.

Property owners are responsible for the proper disposal of tree debris. The City does not perform utility line clearance pruning, nor do we have any authority or influence over this process, unless the trees are on City property. That work is performed by utility companies (most often AEP or its contractors).

EMERGENCY TREE WORK / STORM DAMAGE
Trees Broken from Storm Damage

If you believe a tree is an immediate threat to public safety, or if trees damaged by severe weather are obstructing the street or sidewalk, call the Parks & Forestry Division, 614-583-5340 during office hours. After hours situations can be reported by calling the dispatching center at 614-459-2800. For immediate emergencies call 9-1-1.

The City is responsible for clearing debris from City street trees (trees in the public right-of-way). Debris from private trees is the responsibility of the property owner. However, the City may clear private debris from streets or sidewalks when expedient, or take action to abate immediate hazards even if privately owned trees are involved. Emergency and storm cleanup is prioritized using several criteria, and your patience is appreciated.

Do not approach downed or damaged power lines. Call your utility company or the Fire Division non-emergency line, at 614-583-5124, for assistance.

SIDEWALK SPOT REPAIR PROGRAM
Sidewalk Damage

Consistent with most communities, the maintenance and repair for sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The City will make repairs when damage has been caused by the roots of City-owned trees in the public right-of-way, defects caused by utility manholes or valves, and any curb ramps. Sidewalk inspections can be requested at any time by contacting Parks & Forestry.

 

HORTICULTURE
Beautification Program

Upper Arlington has always been distinguished by the beauty of its landscape, neighborhood parks and majestic tree-lined streets. The City contributes to community aesthetics by installing and maintaining colorful gardens at community gateways, high profile intersections, public facilities and City parks.  This program is made possible in large part through a sponsorship-based beautification partnership with the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, with support from the Four Seasons Garden Club.

There are many opportunities for beautification throughout the City.  Funding for installation and future maintenance must be provided through sponsorship/donation. Contact Parks & Forestry for additional details.

FAQs

Mayor's Court (10)

The Magistrate will not consider affidavits or other written statements in place of the appearance of a witness at trial. If you want the Magistrate to consider the evidence of a witness, he or she must be present at trial.

Category: Mayor's Court

You may have an attorney represent you at trial if you wish, but you do not have to have one present.

If you think the prosecutor has certain information in its possession that you will need to use at trial, you must make a discovery request for that information at least seven days prior to trial. Your discovery request must be presented to the Clerk of Court.

Category: Mayor's Court

You have 10 days to file an appeal. This is done through the Clerk of Court’s office. Your case will then be heard in the Franklin County Municipal Court.

Category: Mayor's Court

If you want a witness to come to court and they refuse to come voluntarily, you must request the Clerk of Court to issue a subpoena requiring that person to come to court to testify. This request should be made at least 10 days prior to trial.

Category: Mayor's Court

Your subpoena should have contact information and the case number. You are required to appear pursuant to the subpoena.

For all City of Upper Arlington public record requests for Police or Mayor’s Court records, please visit Records Request – Police & Mayor’s Court on City Council – City Clerk web page. For Franklin County record requests you may visit www.fcmcclerk.com or www.fccourts.org.

The prosecutor will be able to discuss your case with you in court. If you need to contact the prosecutor, call 614-583-5020. Have your case number available.

If you cannot appear on your trial day, you must file a motion for continuance prior to trial.

Category: Mayor's Court

If your ticket was originally a payable violation, you may still pay the ticket in lieu of going to trial. Contact the Clerk of Court’s office for your fine amount.

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The City’s website is designed to provide 24/7 access to useful information about City departments, services, public meetings, special projects, events, legislation and more. If you are unable to find what you are looking for on this page or in our FAQ section, please complete the webform below. It will be directed straight to staff in the department listed above.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an emergency reporting system. Requests are addressed during regular work hours of 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday. If you need to report an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1.

Purpose for inquiry: (check all that apply - required)
Damaged Street TreeCost Share ProgramSidewalk InspectionTree PermitUpgrade Replacement TreeTree InspectionEmerald Ash Borer QuestionsCity BeautificationCommemorative TreeOther (Describe Below)

Please use this form to report a damaged street tree or for general inquiries about trees in Upper Arlington. Your information will help us to make timely repairs to trees that need the Parks & Forestry Division's attention. However, if you believe a tree is an immediate threat to public safety, or if trees damaged by severe weather are obstructing the street or sidewalk, after hours situations can be reported by calling the dispatching center at 614-459-2800 or 9-1-1 for emergencies. A staff member will contact you with an update after the tree has been evaluated.

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