Irving boasts more than 80 parks with over 2,000 acres of land maintained by the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department. Activities available throughout the city include picnicking, hiking/biking trails, sports of all kinds, fishing, swimming, recreation centers, canoeing and boating.
The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.
Nationwide, more than 3,000 cities participated in the Tree City USA program. Through strategic initiatives the City of Irving was officially named a Tree City USA designation in 2009. Annual observances, community forestry education programs, and other initiatives that promote environmental sustainability are ongoing in Irving. The achievement of this designation demonstrates that Irving is a community that really cares about its environment.
Presented by the Irving Parks and Recreation Department through the Irving Tree Board, this colorful tree guide publication (PDF) serves as a guide for residents that may have questions regarding how to plant a tree, proper pruning, maintenance, disease, and other issues that trees face in northern Texas. Included is a list, along with photos with the top 25 recommend trees for Irving.