Honor a loved one or special event with a memorial tree
A positive way to expand the community’s involvement in planting trees is through the creation of a Memorial Tree Program. Trees promote healing for grieving families and friends who have suffered a loss, and these trees serve as a living tribute to friends both living and passed on. The new trees resulting from this program provide a place of quiet reflection and a sense of comfort to those in need.
The Round Rock Forestry Division and the non-profit organization For the Love of Christy sponsor a program of planting trees at Old Settlers Park. Memorial trees are a moving and beneficial way to honor or remember a loved one. The city provides the trees at a cost of $150 each and will install, water and maintain them. Memorial trees may be planted at special ceremonies periodically arranged by the City or donors can arrange a dedication ceremony. The City assigns a number for each tree and issues a certificate for the planting. If you are interested in obtaining a memorial tree, contact the Forestry Division at 341-3350.
Why plant a memorial tree?
A memorial tree can be a living remembrance of a loved one or a celebration of a happy event. It provides a sense of belonging and community. The tree groves we are trying to develop will provide a pleasant place of contemplation for our citizens. They improve the quality of life here in Round Rock, providing a benefit and enjoyment to people who use our parks. In addition, trees are a growing and living symbol or the individuals they represent, a symbol of rebirth.
A memorial tree are a wonderful honor for individuals or organizations to make in someone's name. It is a gift that keeps on growing.
Who does the planting?
The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry Division and the non-profit organization For the Love of Christy planted the first grove of trees at Old Settlers Park. The City, along with volunteers, plants the trees. After planting, the City takes care of watering, pruning and other maintenance.
Why does Round Rock have this program?
Round Rock's Urban Forester Emsud Horozovic received several requests from Round Rock residents who were familiar with memorial tree planting programs in other communities. The non-profit organization For the Love of Christy has had a similar program with the city of Austin for several years and was happy to extend the program to Round Rock. Memorial trees serve the dual purpose of preserving and planting trees in the Round Rock area and satisfying a community need for a way to honor loved ones in such a positive and beneficial manner. The gift of a tree keeps growing and giving to the community for a lifetime.
Why Meadow Lake Park?
The City evaluates planting sites according to several criteria:
- Need for trees
- Available space for trees
- Future development plan
- Soil type - Accessibility for watering
When are trees planted?
Tree will be planted during the planting season from October through March.
What do I get for $150?
A memorial tree costs $150. The trees are 30-gallon size, 8 feet tall and 2 inch caliper. The City's Urban Forester will help individuals select an appropriate species and an appropriate location for the tree. The species selected must be suitable for Round Rock's climate and soil to increase the tree's chances of survival. The City purchases, plants and maintains the trees. The purchaser receives a certificate of planting for the tree planted. The City will not install any memorial plaques, but plaques are permitted at the individual's expense. However, the City is not responsible for replacement of stolen or damaged plaques.
How do I get involved?
Anyone interested in purchasing a memorial tree should contact the Forestry Division at 341-3350. Those interested in supporting the program can attend the City's tree planting ceremonies as they occur. To find out when a ceremony is planned, check out the City's News page or subscribe to the City's e-newsletter Round Rock News for e-mail updates.