One of the simplest ways to reduce the
Dallas’ Urban Heat Island is
to plant trees in street medians. These grassy islands line
many parts of our city, and offer convenient locations that
can host the trees that shade the asphalt and improve
beautify our neighborhoods.
To encourage more street
median tree plantings, UFAC and the Dallas Streets
Department have established the Adopt-A-Median program that
helps neighborhood groups and businesses plant trees in
Dallas street medians. The program is similar to
Adopt-A-Highway program, whereby groups will adopt medians
and take responsibility for its tree planting and
maintenance. Groups can either self-fund these tree
plantings, or by complying with city regulations, access
public funding through the city’s Reforestation Fund.
Empowering neighborhood groups and businesses to
tree-line these concrete areas will quicken efforts to
reduce the Urban Heat island effect and improve the air
quality in our urban areas.
Recently, the Committee kicked off its Adopt-A-Median
program by adopting two wide medians along
Skillman Street and University Blvd.
Today, this area is lined with beautiful trees that will
grow and shade this section of Dallas.
If your neighborhood group or business would like to
Adopt-A-Median, please contact
the committee chair
for more information.