Street trees are slated to be planted in the sidewalks in front of Humboldt Bay Inn, Dick Taylor Chocolates, the Co-op and Love Lights on 4th and 5th Streets this year as part of Keep Eureka Beautiful’s efforts to make Eureka a city of tree-lined streets.
Traditionally, the organization has concentrated on planting in residential areas but has expanded its program after receiving requests from businesses. Sidewalks have already been planted on A between 3rd and 4th Streets, in front of the Discovery Shop in Henderson Center and on 3rd Street behind the Red Lion. But only recently has Caltrans agreed to allow KEB to plant on 4th and 5th.
“The experience of other cities is that trees and landscaping slow traffic and draw people into commercial areas,” says Keep Eureka Beautiful volunteer Michele McKeegan, who heads up the tree planting campaign.
Although there is no charge for the trees or poles and KEB volunteers do the planting, there is a $100 charge to reimburse the City of Eureka for cutting each sidewalk hole. It is up the individual property owners to do ongoing maintenance.
Keep Eureka Beautiful is an all-volunteer organization committed to civic beautification. “Other cities have found that attractive cities are more economically vibrant and experience less crime,” notes McKeegan.
For more information, call Bev Post at 707-444-8147.
Call us now for a street tree.
No charge for trees and poles and our volunteers will help with the planting.
Only charge is $75 if cutting a sidewalk hole is necessary.
For more information, call 444-8147.
Street trees do a lot of good things:
- Slow street traffic
- Raise property values
- Clean our air and water
We have a grant for sidewalk and front yard trees!
We buy the trees and help with planting. We ask you to take responsibility for watering and caring for your tree.
If sidewalk cuts are necessary, we’ll arrange for them. We charge $75 to help offset the cost if sidewalk cuts.
Get in touch with us now!
Free street trees will be available this fall from Keep Eureka Beautiful, with tree plantings scheduled for October 25 and November 15. According to board president, Jean Gladstone-Clark the plantings are part of the organization’s Tree-Lined Streets campaign.
“Trees, poles and planting materials will be available at no cost and volunteers from the Henderson Center Kiwanis, the Eureka Rescue Mission and California Conservation Corps will help with the planting.” said Gladstone-Clark. “The only charge will be $75 to partially underwrite the cost of cutting sidewalk holes.”
Eurekans who want a tree may call 444-8147 to sign up. “The sooner the better,” said Gladstone-Clark, “if residents want to get their trees this fall and winter.”
Call 444-8147 to sign up
Photo: Keep Eureka Beautiful volunteers Stan Wong and Jesse Douglas sort tree stock for fall tree plantings
Keep Eureka Beautiful has developed an award to encourage residents to build fences that are attractive and that keep homes visible.
Keep Eureka Beautiful’s 1st Friendly Fence Award was awarded at the Eureka City Council meeting March 4, 2014 to Todd and Tanya Hudy, who have done a splendid job on their 258 Hillsdale residence fence.