City Councilman Jose Huizar joined with the Bureau of Sanitation and Eagle Rock and Highland Park residents and organizations Saturday morning to celebrate the planting of 272 trees, which for Eagle Rock represents the largest street tree planting effort in 50 years.
Through a grant, the Bureau of Sanitation secured funding to carve out sidewalk trees wells and plant 200 trees. Another 72 trees were funded by individual donors.
Huizar worked with Northeast organizations to map out one by one where the 272 trees would be planted alongColorado and Eagle Rock boulevards in Eagle Rock andFigueroa Street and York Boulevard in Highland Park.
Since the Bureau of Sanitation’s grant only funded the planting of trees, Huizar partnered with neighborhood organizations to fund Northeast Trees maintaining, caring and watering the trees for more than two years to ensure they stay healthy and robust.
“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to plant 272 trees in Eagle Rock and Highland Park,” Huizar said. “But young trees without water and regular maintenance will not survive, so I’m proud to team up with our Eagle Rock and Highland Park community organizations and environmental partners to ensure that these trees will not only survive, but thrive for years to come.”
Participating organizations in the collaborative effort were the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Take Back the Boulevard Initiative, the Eagle Rock Association (TERA), Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, North East Trees and TreePeople. The city’s Bureau of Street Services, Urban Forestry Division, planted the trees.
Besides planting the last of the 272 trees, participants at Saturday’s Tree Festival received free fruit trees from Northeast Trees and worked with crews from TreePeople to help care for the new trees on Colorado Boulevard. Children also enjoyed a free kids’ concert with music from the Hollow Trees.
Huizar also announced Saturday that through his Clean Communities Initiative and a partnership with the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and the Bureau of Sanitation, starting this week 43 automated litter bins will be installed across Eagle Rock.
The 39 trash and four recycling hard plastic bins are more durable and will replace the inferior wire basket bins. The new bins also will be added to locations that currently do not have trash bins.
“I want to thank the Bureau of Sanitation and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council for collaborating with us on this effort,” Huizar said. “Through our Clean Communities Initiative, we are rejuvenating neighborhoods throughout the district with sidewalk reconstruction, tree trimming, enhanced street maintenance and bulky item pickups.
“Providing more trash and recycling bins along the main corridors is part of that effort and I fully expect to see well over 200 new bins in locations throughout [the district] very soon.”