DECATUR — Decatur has once again been named a Tree City USA by the
Arbor Day Foundation.
The city achieved the recognition by meeting
the program’s four requirements of having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The Decatur City Council has set aside funds in the 2021 budget to plant more than 100 trees. Additional trees could also be planted in the Johns Hill neighborhood through the city's partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
The town of Normal, recognized again as a Tree City USA community, is celebrating Arbor Day with two events this week. See the details.
“The trees being planted and cared for by Decatur are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation.
A tour of Decatur murals in 14 photos
Jerry Johnson, executive director of the Decatur Area Arts Council, stands in front of the mural he painted on the west side of the Central Illinois Title Co. building in downtown Decatur. The work was completed in 2012 and marked the beginning of the Decatur Mural Project.
Tronnie Goss works on a mural featuring Bob Marley on the eastern-facing wall of G-B’s CDs DVDs Records at 702 E. Eldorado St. in this August file photo.
Artist Ron English works on his mural on the wall of Ken's Aquarium & Pet Supply at 730 E. Cerro Gordo St. in 2017.
Main St. Mural
Artist Nick Beery, top, with assistance from artist Tronnie Goss nears the completion of the new mural on the 200 block of West Main Street Thursday afternoon. It is the third of three public art projects created this year for the Decatur Mural Project.
Artist Nick Beery begins painting his mural on a wall that previously displayed an image of bamboo and pottery on the 200 block of West Main Street Tuesday afternoon. Beery said the artwork is based on the Fibonacci golden spiral. It will be the third mural created this year as part of the Decatur Mural Project.
A mural depicting the Decatur Staleys football team in downtown Decatur is shown. The team later became the Chicago Bears.
Artist Eric Weatherford nears the completion of his mural on the wall of Garcia’s Pizza in a Pan facing Oakland Avenue.
Artist Collin Salazar works on the Decatur Area Arts Council mural project at the 200 block of East William Street in July 2018.
Artist Collin Salazar begins work on a mural at the 200 block of East William Street. The artwork is part of the Decatur Area Arts Council mural project.
Eric Weatherford works on a mural at Wood and Maffit Street in Decatur. Weatherford has a new buisness named Oddwall Painting.
The Bob Marley mural, painted by Shani and Tronnie Goss, is seen at 702 E. Eldorado St.
Decatur resident Chris Brodnicki views the "Unstoppable train" mural on Wood Street. The mural is completed on Thursday in downtown Decatur. The mural was designed after the Monticello steam engine, and can be seen on the east side of the Millikin University Wrestling building.
Local artist Eric Weatherford works on a mural at Water and Eldorado streets in Decatur. Weatherford started on the mural last week and said he hopes to be done next week, depending on the weather.
Local artist Eric Weatherford works on the second of the murals commissioned by the Decatur Area Arts Council this year.
Jerry Johnson, executive director of Decatur Area Arts Council, stands in front of his new mural in progress on East William Street. Johnson previously painted murals depicting Stephen Decatur and the origin of the Chicago Bears in downtown Decatur.