Keeping Strongsville Green
The City of Strongsville strives to promote a greater awareness of our urban environment and how residents can make a difference in their own backyards.
Our hope is to provide guidance to residents and business owners so that together we can keep Strongsville green!
Trees are an integral component of Strongsville’s urban environment. Their shade and beauty contribute to the community’s quality of life and soften the hard appearance of concrete structures and streets.
Did you know that well-placed trees . . .
- help stabilize the soil by controlling wind and water erosion
- help reduce noise levels and cleanse pollutants
- produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide
- decrease residential energy consumption
- provide habitat to wildlife
The Mayor and City Council have recognized these benefits and realize the need to protect their investment with a comprehensive urban forest management program. The City Service Department Division of Forestry is responsible for all city-owned trees. It monitors the planting, pruning and removal of trees on public property, which includes trees within the right of way (including on tree lawns), parks and around municipal buildings.
In Strongsville, more than 112,000 trees provide beauty and shade in our community. For more information on the street tree planting or pruning programs, please click here.
Emerald Ash Borers
The city is actively battling the Emerald Ash Borer, a destructive beetle responsible for killing thousands of ash trees in Ohio and surrounding states.
Strongsville is removing and replacing ash trees throughout the community. For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer, follow this link.
Strongsville’s Freedom Trail, one of the largest veteran memorials in Ohio, is a mile-long trail featuring gardens that represent the wars in which Americans have fought. This paved path connects the City Commons (town center) with the Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center and acts as a timeline through history.
The Strongsville Historical Society worked diligently to assemble the names of men and women from Strongsville who have served our country. A directory of Strongsville’s war veterans is located in the Freedom Tail Gazebo. The gazebo is accessed via the “Walk of Valor,” a brick pathway that is engraved with the names of veterans from Strongsville, the branch of service and the period of time or conflict they served. Bricks can be purchased for $60, with all proceeds going toward upkeep of the trail.
These gardens are living reminders that our freedoms were secured through the sacrifices of others and are symbols of what our veterans fought for: peace.
Nestled behind the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, Strongsville’s Backyard Preserve is an oasis of quiet beauty.
Here you will find beautiful plants and flowers, all maintained by volunteers; a scenic walking trail; plenty of wildlife and an outdoor amphitheater.
Foresters Visit Strongsville September 2014
Foresters from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and a number of area communities performed a soil survey in two neighborhoods -- Waterford Crossing and The Woods of Strongsville -- to determine how to keep the city's shade trees thriving, especially after ash trees fall victim to the emerald ash borer.
Jennifer Milbrandt, coordinator of natural resources, said the findings will help her plan Strongsville's ongoing reforestation.