Mesa’s Skyline Park Is Now Home to 20 New Trees

~ Yesterday, the City of Mesa and several community partners participated in a tree planting event at Skyline Park. The event was part of the Trees Are Cool initiative, which aims to plant one million trees in Mesa by 2050.

Mayor John Giles said, "The Trees Are Cool initiative is about collaboration and community engagement--the only way we'll be successful in reaching our goal of one million trees by 2050 is if everyone gets involved. The Skyline tree planting event is a great example of how residents, community organizations, public and private institutions can all play a role in adding to Mesa's tree canopy and keeping our community cool."

Members of Mesa City Council joined more than 35 volunteers from The Boeing Company and Shutterfly, the title sponsors who donated the trees, as well as Skyline High School, West Coast Arborists and Arizona Sustainability Alliance to plant 20 trees. Before planting began, Skyline High School students were also treated to career presentations from the participating organizations.

Councilmember Goforth said, "With the support from our community partners on this Skyline Park tree planting project, the City of Mesa can carry out our commitment to proactively and responsibly protect and conserve Mesa's environment and natural resources."

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Kierstan Thomann, Shutterfly's Corporate Sustainability Manager said that sustainability is one of their top priorities. She added that participating in the Skyline Tree Event gives them "the chance to make a positive impact and extend our focus on sustainability beyond our doors into our communities."

Christina Upah, Vice President of Boeing Attack Helicopter Programs and Senior Mesa Site Executive said that The Boeing Company remains committed to supporting efforts that have a positive impact on their planet, the Mesa community and future generations. She added that "Mesa's Trees are Cool initiative aligns perfectly with our company's environmental sustainability efforts and we are proud to be here and ready to work."

The 20 new trees planted at Skyline Park will be counted in Mesa's Trees Are Cool initiative with the goal of increasing shade across Mesa and cooling neighborhoods. The timing of the event was particularly fitting since Arbor Day is Friday April 28th.

Mesa City Council's strategic priorities include Sustainable Environment & Neighborhoods & Placemaking which aligns with Arbor Day & Trees Are Cool Initiative. For more information visit

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