For the first year ever, we had enough space for a full-size Christmas tree. In the past, space allowed only for the (fabulous) 3 ft. tall pinecone tree made by my grandfather. While this is still my favorite (and doesn't require cutting down, purchase or recycling), a live tree provided a new, festive experience -- and possibly a new tradition. Searching for where to recycle it in Chicago, we found 20 participating parks. Scoping out our local Warren Park yesterday, a few piles of trees were ready for mulching; you can simply drop yours off and add to the pile:
Click through to the City of Chicago for information and call the Department of Environment at (312) 744-7606 with questions. Also, bagged mulch is available at the locations on a limited basis.
* Bessemer Park; 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
* Clark Park; 3400 N. Rockwell
* Forestry Site; 900 E. 103rd St.
* Garfield Park;100 N. Central Park Ave.
* Grant Park; 900 S. Columbus
* Humboldt Park Boathouse; 1369 N. Sacramento
* Jackson Park; 6300 S. Cornell
* Kennedy Park; 11320 S. Western
* Kelvyn Park; 4438 W. Wrightwood
* Lake Meadows Park; 3117 S. Rhodes
* Lincoln Park; Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave.(Parking lot east of Cannon Dr.)
* Margate Park; 4921 N. Marine Dr.
* Marquette Park; 6700 S. Kedzie
* McKinley Park; 2210 W. Pershing Rd.
* Mt. Greenwood Park; 3721 W. 111th St.
* North Park Village; 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
* Norwood Park; 5801 N. Natoma
* Portage Park; 4100 N. Long
* Riis Park; 6100 W. Fullerton
* Rowan Park; 11546 S. Avenue L
* Sheridan Park; 910 S. Aberdeen St.
* Warren Park; 6601 N. Western Ave.
* Wentworth Park; 5625 S. Mobile
(Image via City of Yuma, AZ website)