Eureka Springs: Trees At Root Of City's Conservation Initiatives (Green Initiatives | Winner Under 5,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 12:00 am  

Eureka Springs is all about being green.

From its parks to recycling efforts, the city of about 2,200 prides itself on its green and conservation initiatives. Its efforts have earned Eureka Springs a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction Award for Green/Conservation Initiatives.

“Eureka Springs is a community dedicated to preserving the built and natural features which make it such a special place,” said Glenna Booth, the city’s economic development coordinator and preservation officer.

The Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission oversees about 1,800 acres of parks, “making Eureka Springs’ park system one of the largest in the U.S.,” Booth said.

Trees are also a treasured asset for the city. Since 1997, individuals have to obtain a city permit before removing a tree more than 4 inches in diameter.

But the city has been protecting trees for decades. It is the oldest continuous city in Arkansas that has participated in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program, which assists cities with their tree programs.

Eureka Springs touts walking as the best way to see the sights of the city. Construction of sidewalks along U.S. Highway 62 is underway. If residents and visitors aren’t walking, the city promotes public transportation.

“Motorized trolleys and trams transport visitors and residents throughout the entire city limits year-round,” Booth said.

The Eureka Springs Farmers Market’s green efforts are successful on several levels. The food sold is locally produced, Booth said.

The market also has a solar powered generator that supplies electricity to the market. The generator makes it a perfect tool for teaching people about solar energy.

Recycling efforts are supported as well. Around the downtown area, recycling containers for cans and bottles are available.

“Eureka Springs was the first town in Arkansas to have curbside recycling,” Booth said.



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