This is part of our Voices series with City of Greenville Mayor Knox White, where he breaks down his thoughts about what’s going on in the City – in just one minute. Want to join the conversation? We invite you to write for us. Learn how to share your voice here.
Greenville is known for its natural beauty, and for 39 years, has been named a Tree City USA. But just like people, trees have a lifespan. Many of Greenville’s trees were planted in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, making them close to 90-years-old. As the old trees age out, we’re doing everything we can to preserve + grow our tree canopy.
#PlantGVL began as an education and awareness campaign and has since taken root. You may have seen our signs and social media posts. Perhaps you’ve attended 1 of our 3 tree giveaways where we handed out a total of 600 bare root saplings.
In addition to encouraging residents to plant trees on private property, the city has also committed to planting 1,000 trees on public property. So far this year, we’ve planted nearly 500 trees in our parks and medians.
City of Greenville crews working to plant 51 trees in a median along Verdae Blvd. | Photo via the City of Greenville
We’re also preserving the trees we have. We purchased tree plotter software that allows us to keep track of our existing trees, including their species, age, and condition. Additionally, in January, we updated our tree ordinance to better address the removal and replacement of protected heritage trees.
And now, today, on this Arbor Day, we’re partnering with TreesUpstate and celebrating by giving away 200+ trees at Conestee State Park between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. TreesUpstate has also helped us create planting and tree growth guides.
A recent study by the Green Infrastructure Center found that only 36% of our city is currently under a tree canopy. We’d like to get to 40% by 2040. We’d also like to be a Tree City USA for 40 years in a row, but we can’t do it alone. Join us in growing a greener tomorrow by planting native species on your property or donating to the Greenville Tree Fund to support ongoing tree plantings throughout the city.
To grow our tree canopy to 40% by 2040, how many trees does the city need to plant each year?
Answer located at the bottom of today’s newsletter.
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Dish ○ Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. for Food Network star, TV personality, and author Alton Brown’s live culinary variety show coming to the Peace Center March 1, 2022. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchasedhere. 🍽️
WaterCooler ○ Trevor Lawrence made history last night when he became the first Clemson Tiger to ever be selected first overall in the NFL draft. Trevor will be suiting up for the Jacksonville Jaguars come this fall. 🏈 (WYFF 4)
NowOpen ○ Harringtons. The new boutique offering men’s + women’s apparel owned + operated by local influencer Jenny Hall opens tomorrow Sat., May 1. You can check out their one-of-a-kind shopping experience for yourself at 6. W. Lewis Plaza(in the shopping center with Harris Teeter on Augusta Road).
Active ○ The Greenville Track Club + United Community Bank have announced that the 43rd edition of the iconic Reedy River Run is returning to Greenville and scheduled for Mon., Sept. 6. Registration re-opens tomorrow. 👟
State ○ South Carolina is getting a new state park,which will be the first new addition in ~15 years. The Black River Water Trail & Park Network will be located along the Black River in Williamsburg + Georgetown counties. Planning should be concluded in Dec. 2021, and construction is expected to take a few years.Follow the progresshere.
Inbox ○ Next week, GVLtoday is switching over to a new mailing platform that will allow us to serve you better. Due to this transition, you might see us in your inbox a little later than usual on Mon., May 3 — but we’ll be back bright and early at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Want to spread the love? Now’s a great time to remind your friends to subscribe to our daily newsletter. 📥
Giveaway ○ ICYMI, we’re hosting a mom-umentalMother’s Day Giveaway in partnership with Biltmore Park Town Square, featuring a 2-night stay at Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park + more. Click here to enter now through May 6. 🎉
Shop ○ What if we told you you can get non-toxic cleaning supplies *and* oat milk delivered to your front door? Thrive Market shoppers can find all their favorite brandsand have them delivered — plus,an extra25% off their first order + free joining gift. 📦 Ⓟ
Travel ○ Itching for a weekend getaway? Dollar Flight Club has your back. This smart platform analyzes flight data for you, finding the best deals for your trip. Think: Hawaii from $109 or Austin from $68 roundtrip. Try it for $1 if you sign up in the next 48 hours. 🛫Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○ Pendleton Place is hiring an HR Coordinator. If you have experience with benefits, onboarding, and other general HR functions, consider making a difference with them by joining their team. Ⓟ
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To get to Roper Mountain Science Center of course. Something dino-mite is #ComingSoon to Greenville.
While we’re not sure of any of the details just yet (so stay tuned), we are getting some major Jurassic Park vibes. And with this guy running security, anything is bound to happen.
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TryThis ○ Pizza, Blues & Jazz Festival and Arts Market | Fri., Apr. 30, 6-9 p.m. + Sat., May 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater, 101 E. Butler Rd., Mauldin | Free entry | Chow down on a slice from your fav pizza joint with live blues and jazz at this inaugural festival. 🎷
Cause ○ March of Dimes Parade for Preemies| Fri., Apr. 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland St. | Free | Drive-thru style celebration of families + community with giveaways and free food.
Saturday ○ TD Saturday Market | Sat., May 1 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Main Street + McBee Avenue | Free entry | Stock up on fresh fruits + veggies at opening day of the TD Saturday Market. 🥕 ○ Greenville Triumph Home Opener| Sat., May 1 | 7 p.m. | Triumph Stadium at Legacy Early College | $10+ | The USL League One champions are back for their first home game of the 2021 season. ⚽ ○ Travelers Rest Farmers Market| Sat., May 1 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest | Free entry | The TR Farmers Market is back for the season through September. 🍓 ○ Make + Sip Class| Sat., May 1 | 2-5 p.m. | Make Made Jewelry, 241 N. Main St., Ste. C | $75+ | Learn how to make your own monstera leaf earrings.
Sunday ○ Tacos ‘n Tequila Fiesta| Sun., May 2 | Times vary | The Old Cigar Warehouse | $50 | All the tacos you can eat + all the cocktails you can (responsibly) drink. 🌮 ○ Small Business Sunday | Sun., May 2 | 1-6 p.m. | 13 Stripes Brewery, 250 Mill St., Ste. PW3101, Taylors | Free entry | Enjoy this special Mother’s Day event celebrating all things mom. ○ Glow Tales| Through Sun., May 2 | Times vary | South Carolina Children’s Theatre or virtual | $20 for in-person tickets + $40 for virtual experience | Three short tales for children told through black light puppetry. 🎭
PlanAhead ○MAC’s First Fridays Gallery Crawl | Fri., May 7 | 6–9 p.m. | Free | Navigate Greenville’s visual arts scene each month as galleries and venues are open to the public — explore the map of participating galleries here. 🖼️
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.