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Award Winner2021
Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society - Excellence in Programming Award

The Spooktactular Park & Trail Scavenger Hunt


Award Winner2020
Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society - Excellence in Programming Award

Night at the Ball Park & Wiffle Ball Classic


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Delaware County Planning Commission - William H. Bates Award

Clem Macrone Park
The William H. Bates Memorial Award for Outstanding Land Development honors excellence in site planning, development practices, and innovative land use techniques.


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DCNR Green Park Award

Clem Macrone Park
View the press release from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


Award Winner2014
Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society - Excellence in Programming Award

Radnor's Great American Backyard Campout


Award Winner2013
Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society - Excellence in Programming Award

Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch


Tree City USA

What is Arbor Day?

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In 1872, J. Sterling Morton from Nebraska City proposed a tree planting holiday to be called "Arbor Day" at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture.  Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the largest number of trees on that day.  It was estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.  During the 1870s, other states passed legislation to observe Arbor Day and the tradition began in schools in 1882.  By 1894 Arbor Day was celebrated in every state and has now spread to other countries.

About Tree City USA

Tree CityThe Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.

The benefits of being a Tree City USA community include the following:

  • Trees help reduce costs for energy, storm water management, and erosion control. Trees yield up to 3 times their cost in overall benefits to the city, averaging $273 per tree.
  • Trees help cut energy consumption by up to 25%. Studies indicate that as few as 3 additional trees planted around each building in the United States could save our country $2 billion, annually, in energy costs.
  • Having trees boosts property values across your community. Properly placed trees can increase property values from 7-21%, and buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly and tenants stay longer.
  • Trees facilitate building stronger ties to your neighborhood and community. Trees and green spaces directly correlate to greater connections to the neighborhood and neighbors.

Honor your community and demonstrate your commitment to a healthier environment through Arbor Day celebrations and Tree City USA recognition.

Tree City USA Qualifications

In order to qualify as a Tree City USA community, a township must meet 4 standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program. It is important to note that they were also designed so that no community would be excluded because of size.

To qualify, the city must have:

  • A tree board or department
  • A tree care ordinance
  • A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation

Visit the Arbor Day event page for more about Radnor Township's Tree City USA Awards.