The City of Mansfield has earned many awards and recognition over the years and this is a reflection of how quickly our community is mobilizing as one unit. In June of 1996, we won the City Livability Award by highlighting the Richland Carrousel District. The award is sponsored by the United States Mayor's Conference, and by Waste Management, Inc., North America's leading solid waste management and recycling services company. The City Livability Award honors mayors for developing effective urban programs that enhance livability and for exemplary leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in American cities.
In August 1996, we were listed in the book, 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family. In April, The Ohio Department of Natural Resources named us a 1996 Tree City, U.S.A.. This program recognizes communities that are effectively managing public tree resources and encourages the implementation of community tree management. In December, The National Association of Home Builders rated Mansfield in the nation's top 25 for most affordable U.S. housing.
Tree City USA Award
The City of Mansfield was honored with the Tree City USA Award in April for the 14th consecutive year. This award is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and the National Arbor Day Foundation. Mansfield was selected for this national recognition for effectively managing its public tree resources and maintaining community tree management in the City. According to John Rosenow, the National Arbor Day Foundation President, a community's tree planting program is a living memorial to the citizens' concern for the quality of life in their city. The trees planted and cared for today will increase property values, cool and beautify our cities, fight pollution, conserve energy and give wildlife a home for years to come.