Per the IBJ: City officials said Monday that park gates are once again open to Christmas trees for mulching.

The decision reverses an unpopular new policy that required residents to recycle their trees curbside.

“In response to feedback from residents across Marion County, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that it will restore its live Christmas tree collection program at Indy Parks,” the department announced in a news release.

Trees can be dropped off immediately at eight parks until Jan. 31, but residents can continue to recycle curbside, as well.

It was the first time in more than a decade that the city didn’t accept trees in parks for recycling, and it proved confusing to residents. At Broad Ripple Park, for example, residents have discarded about 30 trees in a heap despite a sign explaining that it was not a drop-off site anymore.

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The city tried the new program because officials thought it would be more convenient for residents to drag their trees to the curb rather than truck them to the park. But the curbside program also required people to cut trees into portions less than 4 feet long and wrap them with twine or rope.

The change left Indianapolis as the only one of six major cities in the region not providing a public tree recycling program this year.

The eight parks for recycling trees are:

•Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave.

•Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St.

•Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive.

•Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road.

•Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road.

•Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive.

•Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St.

•Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd St.