Tree and Shade Master Plan
The Master Plan is the product of the Tree and Shade Task Force, a multi-department committee led by the Parks and Recreation Department. The task force met for a year and half to evaluate the causes of Phoenix's declining urban forest. The task force also looked at regulatory hurdles that prevent the construction of shade structures over public sidewalks. The Master Plan was adopted by the City Council on January 5, 2010.
The Tree and Shade Master Plan strives to create a healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through the strategic investment in care and maintenance of the urban forest and engineered shade. Trees and shade structures are critical components of the infrastructure and over the long-term can save the city millions of dollars. The Master Plan provides a detailed roadmap to achieve an average 25% shade canopy coverage for the entire city.