Incorporated in 1924, the Village of Flossmoor has long been recognized for its architecture, diversity, and tree-lined avenues. Recently, the Hidden Gem Half Marathon has leveraged this reputation to draw runners and spectators from across the Chicago region as the course winds its way through Flossmoor's streets. The revenue from this popular event is returned to the Village and organizing committee to fund additional programming for residents.
However, recent severe weather events- like the August 20, 2020 derecho and the severe thunderstorms that occurred on August 24, 2021- have resulted in the loss of approximately 300 of Flossmoor's trees. Not only does this loss affect quality of life for Flossmoor's residents- it creates and exacerbates heat islands that can pose hazards for the runners of the Hidden Gem Half Marathon.
The Village of Flossmoor is organized around the need for trees and restoring its hometown urban forest. Village leadership and community residents are engaged and searching for opportunities to meet their goal of planting new trees to enhance quality of life for current and future generations of Flossmoor residents.
With financial support from Oak Street Health and help from volunteers like you, we will be planting an additional 24 trees in Flossmoor's parkways to reduce heat islands and create much-needed shade. We will meet at 1811 Hanover Lane.
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