City of Crystal Lake Public Works Department
Larry Zurek, Street Division Superintendent
Office: (815) 356-3700 ext. 4019
Fax: (815) 356-3677
Street Division, Parkway Trees
The City of Crystal Lake owns and maintains all trees on parkways within the City limits of Crystal Lake. The parkway is the area of grass that is located between a City sidewalk and the roadway. The City employs two (2) certified arborists who are trained to properly care for the City's urban forest. The City has developed a proactive approach to the treatment of diseased or infested trees, such as Dutch Elm Disease and infestations of the Emerald Ash Borer.
The City has incorporated a semiannual tree planting program in which over 130 trees are planted. Upon request, a City arborist will assess the ability for a parkway to sustain additional foliage or to replace an existing tree. Factors that are taken into consideration when making this decision include the type of soil, proximity to power lines and how many of a certain type of tree are already present in the area. Because the Streets Division maintains the parkways, no vegetation or other items are allowed on the parkway without the express written consent of the City. For information regarding tree planting, please contact the Street Division at (815) 356-3700 ext. 4019.
It is the City’s responsibility to trim all parkway trees. If a resident feels a parkway tree needs to be trimmed, please call the Streets Division. The City is also responsible for removing dead and/or diseased trees from the parkway area. If a resident feels that a parkway tree is in need of removal, they should contact the City to speak with a City arborist or the Streets Division Superintendent. Upon request, a City arborist will examine questionable trees. Per the Tree Preservation Ordinance #5554, a tree cannot be removed unless it is deemed to be 75% dead. For information regarding tree trimming or removal, please contact the Streets Division at (815) 356-3700 ext. 4019.