GLASSELL PARK -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, along with city officials and local residents, completed a beautification project on Thursday by finishing off the planting of 70 new trees along San Fernando Road.
In addition to a larger streetscape improvement plan for Glassell Park. the tree planting is part of the city-wide ‘What a ReLeaf Program’ which is a federal grant that aims to green our main corridors across Los Angeles. The Councilmember 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,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “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 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.”
This is the second phase of a beautification project, where a total of 140 trees have been planted along San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive, the latter of which will see a new streetscape project break ground in the coming months,
“The trees are a benefit to the community,” said Molly Taylor, Glassell Park Improvement Association. “Adding the trees instills a sense of pride in the area, and shows that not only the Councilmember but also the City cares about our neighborhood.”
This project is a collaboration between Councilmember O’Farrell, Department of Water and Power, Bureau of Sanitation, Bureau of Street Services, City Plants, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Central City Action Committee, and North East Trees.