Warmer weather initiates beautification season in Overland Park

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- If you are planning on doing some spring planting, it's about time to start. Crews in Overland Park have started putting trees in the ground as part of an initiative to promote forestry in the city. About 200 trees will be planted in the city, and crews are working hard to have them planted before it gets too warm to plant.

“We moved here and we thought we moved to Camelot. It's a beautiful place to live, Overland Park,” said resident Linda Pantelleria.

Pantelleria's world, or at least her front yard, just got a little more beautiful on Monday.

“We removed a Linden tree that died at this address. We are replacing it with a Pacific Sunset Maple,” said Sarah Crowder with Overland Park’s Forestry Division.

It's part of a program to promote urban forestry.

“Trees along the street provide a number of environmental benefits. They shade the street, they cool the sidewalks, soil erosion, they increase property values,” Crowder said.

“I’m glad my tax money goes to, not just this tree, but everybody else`s trees,” said Pantelleria.

It costs about $300 for each tree planted. Multiply that by 200 trees and you get a total bill of $60,000, which comes out of the city's general fund.

“This is a difference that maybe we won't see in our lifetime, but we are planning for the future and for the other generations to come,” said Crowder.

The next step for the city happens on May 1st when it is time to start planting flowers. That will round out what Pantelleria calls her ‘Camelot.’

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