Eastside's Tree-Planting Project Blossoming with Help from Fort Worth

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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 8:25 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Newly-planted Texas redbud trees will be blossoming early this spring along a new trailhead being completed at the southeast corner of Oakland Boulevard and East First Street. The trees are part of a long-planned effort to beautify east Fort Worth by planting as many as 2,000 flowering trees along roadways, parkways and in parks.

The project includes planting significant portions of frontage along Randol Mill Road, Beach Street, Oakland Boulevard and areas around Gateway Park, said Jerry Barton, chairman of the Eastside Blossoms organizing committee, which dreams of carrying the theme throughout Fort Worth.

Redbuds are reliable performs in North Texas landscapers and are known for their showy flowers that appear before the leaves each spring.

Eastside Blossoms is a project of East Fort Worth Inc., a nonprofit economic development corporation committed to improving and marketing the quality of life in east Fort Worth. The redbuds were selected to coordinate with similar trees to be planted by Nolan Catholic School along Oakland Boulevard from near I-30 to the East First Street-Randol Mill intersection.

City Forester Melinda Adams is helping the project get off the ground, as is Richard Zavala, director of the city's Park and Recreation Department.

"We want to reiterate the fact that the City of Fort Worth full intends to assist in processing the necessary approvals and agreements that will enable East Fort Worth Inc. to accomplish its vision and goals for the Eastside Blossoms project," said Zavala.

Mayor Betsy Price is another fan.

"I'm so excited for the progress that East Fort Worth is making on Eastside Blossoms," said Mayor Price. "I believe this tree planting project will go a long way toward enhancing the beauty of east Fort Worth and increasing the quality of life. This will indeed benefit our entire city."

SOURCE: City of Fort Worth

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