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Edgewater Residents Win Grant To Bring Oaks To Lakewood Balmoral

By Josh McGhee | August 23, 2017 9:06am | Updated on August 24, 2017 8:41am
 Grand Boulevard residents planting trees in spring 2017.
Grand Boulevard residents planting trees in spring 2017.
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Courtesy of Openlands

EDGEWATER — A group of Edgewater residents will be adding some shade to their neighborhood this fall.

Conservation nonprofit Openlands has announced the Lakewood Balmoral Residents Council has received its TreePlanters Grant.

The grant "is a way for neighborhood residents, schools, community groups ... to get trees planted at little to no cost," said Openlands Tree Planting Manager Michael Dugan, adding it will allow neighbors to plant more than 20 trees — mostly oak.

The tree planting will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 16, he said.

While the locations are still being finalized, trees will be planted alongside parkways inside the Lakewood Balmoral area, roughly encompassed by Bryn Mawr, Glenwood, Magnolia and Foster avenues.

The grant "is completely community driven," he said. Residents had to collect names, addresses and signatures of neighbors willing to take care of the tree for the first three years, Dugan explained.

Openlands has planted more than 4,000 trees in Chicago over the last four years, said Dugan.