City of Ottawa Receives Urban and Community Forestry Grant

City of Ottawa Receives Urban and Community Forestry Grant

City of Ottawa is among 20 Illinois communities awarded grants administered by The Morton Arboretum in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, to help improve Illinois urban forestry.
The $22,500.00 Urban and Community Forestry Grant will enable the City of Ottawa to replace our urban tree canopy devastated by the emerald ash borer and the 2017 tornado that ripped through the south side.

“We are excited to continue the replacement of the trees lost throughout the last several years. Preserving and protecting our green infrastructure is a priority for the City of Ottawa. Tree planting keeps the City vibrant and beautiful for the residents and visitors” stated Marla Rodriguez, Commissioner of Public Improvements.

Starting Tuesday, June 9th Gardens Gate Center and Landscaping will be planting 45 trees within the right-of-way mainly focusing on Adams Street and the 500 blocks of Marcy, Guthrie, Cornell, Chambers and Christie. In addition, there will be a few other areas. These areas continue the replanting efforts from previous tree grants received from The Morton Arboretum/IDNR and Trees Forever.

The 2019 / 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Grant program is made possible by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the USDA Forest Service to meet urban and community forestry goals throughout Illinois. The matching grants provide opportunities for public entities (municipalities, park districts, forest preserves etc.) to support any combination of tree planting, developing a management plan, completing a tree inventory, or developing a tree preservation / protection ordinance. Grantees are required to update their ordinances or pass new ones to meet required standards. The Morton Arboretum provides free assistance to ensure that communities are able to meet the requirements.

The grants were awarded through a competitive process, with over $217,000 in available funds distributed evenly north and south of highway I-80, and communities competing in their own geographic areas. City of Ottawa is required to match the grant funding, either financially or in-kind.

The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, the Arboretum is committed to scientifically-informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. On 1,700 acres are 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,650 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden,16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, welcoming 1.2 million visitors annually and serving 54,000 member households. Learn more at

For questions please contact Tami Koppen, City of Ottawa by email: or leave a message at 815-433-0161 ext. 240.

Ottawa Playground And Recreation Board Meeting Agenda June 11, 2020

Ottawa Playground And Recreation Board
Meeting Agenda
June 11, 2020 7:10 pm

*Note: This meeting will be held by phone conference beginning at 7:10.

MEETING MODIFICATION DUE TO COVID-19 Pursuant to Governor Priztker Executive Order 2020-07 which suspends the requirement of the Illinois Open Meetings Act requiring in-person attendance by members of a public body during the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. The public may attend this meeting will be via teleconference. Anyone wishing to participate in this teleconference meeting should follow the Participant Instructions shown below.

Participants’ Instructions
Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6394
Access code: 444221#

I. May meeting minutes.
II. Accept May Recreation Financial Report and May Pool Financial Report.


III. Commissioner’s Report
IV. Rec Board President’s Report

V. Director’s Report
A. Summer Program
i. Craft giveaways
ii. Summer Activities
B. Summer Softball

VI. Old Business –
A. Outstanding committed money
B. Other

VII. Long Range Planning and Board Goals
A. Construction in Progress
i. Pip Park Status
ii. East Side Playground progress
B. Park Inspection
C. Long Range Plans & Review (Kevin and Maribeth)
D. Bike Paths – What is planned for the summer? Will there be new projects proposed?
E. New Subdivisions or City Acquisitions
VIII. Committee Reports
A. By-laws – Maribeth
B. Financial/Budget – Ryan – 2020-21 Rec Budget from the city.
C. Parks – John — Flagpoles – lighting and installation of new poles
D. Programs – Phil
i. Ollom Field electrical upgrade
ii. Maintenance Money for Leagues
E. Pool – John – Summer Pool Maintenance.

IX. New Business –

Downtown street and/or parking closures

Downtown street and/or parking closures

City of Ottawa Officials have determined that certain street and/or parking closures will be made beginning Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. to accommodate outdoor dining during Phase 3 of re-opening in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Main Street- North parking and traffic lane from Court Street to Columbus Street (Traffic will be one-way East)

Madison Street- Complete closure from Clinton Street to LaSalle Street

Jackson Street- Complete closure from LaSalle Street east to the Alley

Walker Street – Complete closure from the Alley north to Madison Street

Jefferson Street- Parking closure along the south side from LaSalle Street west to the Alley

Jefferson Street- 200 Block Alley closure from Madison Street to Jefferson Street

Hours of operation are as provided in current City ordinances

Non-amplified music allowed until 10:00 PM weekdays and 11:00 PM on weekends

Outdoor Dining Street Closure Map