In February 2021 the effort to install canopy trees on Florida Ave. in the Rosemary District, between Blvd of the Arts and 5th , was completed. In all ten canopy trees were planted, including seven Pink Tabebuia’s which are known for their spectacular display of pink blossoms in the Spring. The work included several city departments to ensure the project is a long-term success. The project included the installation of root barrier systems to protect water lines and the installation of a new, reclaimed irrigation line and timer.
Particular thanks go’s to City Manager Brown and the Parks & Recreation Department with a special shout outs to Candie Pedersen and Mark Miller. Also, acknowledgement is extended to the Rosemary District Associations Open Space Committee who worked with city staff on this project for over a two-year period.
The Before and After images show what a dramatic transformation of a pretty nondescript street into something quite special. The Rosemary District Association and DSCA Greenspace Committee will be seeking out other opportunities to work with the City on streetscape projects that will add canopy trees to an increasing number of our downtown streets. Additionally, and exciting, planning is currently underway for Blvd of the Arts and 10th Street Streetscape efforts from Orange to Route 41. Money is in this year’s budget for initial design work and it is hoped money will be available next year to begin to implement construction. DSCA strongly supports these efforts.