Over the winter, Parks and Recreation continued beautification efforts for its Green the Oaks initiative with the planting of 82 trees from Kelly Elliott to Overridge Dr., along a 1.2 mile section of Green Oaks Blvd., in southwest Arlington. An additional 76 trees were planted from New York Ave to Collins Street in SE Arlington.
Green the Oaks was created in 2009 to increase tree coverage within the medians along the entire route of Green Oaks Blvd., as this 20+ mile stretch was virtually tree free. Since the start of this project, an estimated 1185 trees have been planted. This first phase of the tree planting efforts began in southwest Arlington between Old Mansfield Highway and Bowen Rd.
The Green the Oaks project aligns with City Council's goal to improve the aesthetics of major thoroughfares.
The most recent tree plantings was accomplished with the help of volunteers from Mission Continues. Mission Continues is a national organization that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.
The next phase of planting is planned from Palos Verdes Blvd., eastward to Matlock Rd., which has been identified as a priority due to its low tree coverage.
Stay tuned as these areas mature over the next few years. If you have any questions, please contact the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at 817-459-5474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Mission Continues, visit missioncontinues.org.