GLASSELL PARK — Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, along with city officials and local residents, completed a beautification project Jan. 14 by finishing off the planting of 68 new trees along San Fernando Road.
In addition to a larger streetscape improvement plan, the tree planting is part of a citywide ‘What a ReLeaf Program’ which is a federal grant that aims to add trees along main corridors across Los Angeles.
O’Farrell worked with the Bureau of Sanitation to identify a road in need in the 13th District and funding for tree purchase, installation and labor, and future maintenance.
“This is one significant step in greening this community and making it more livable and more walkable,” O’Farrell said. “This project will increase the vibrancy of the area and improve the pedestrian experience for constituents in Glassell Park.”
Crews planted Eastern Redbud, Fern Pine, Australian Willow, Ginkgo, Sweetshade, Golden Rain, and Brisbane Box trees. The scope of the work includes the stretch of San Fernando Road from the FGlendale (2) Freeway to Glendale Avenue.
“We’re trying to do our part to make this part of the city even greener,” said Aaron Thomas of North East Trees, the organization that was contracted by the city to plant the trees. “This project will improve the quality of life and improve the environment.”
“The trees are a benefit to the community,” said Molly Taylor of the Glassell Park Improvement Association. “Adding the trees instills a sense of pride in the area, and shows that not only the council member but also the city cares about our neighborhood.”