Louisville Downtown Partnership, MSD, Metro Government, and Glenview Garden Club partner to help make downtown more environmentally sustainable
The Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) today announced the launch of the second phase of an aggressive tree replacement project that will complete the filling of the more than 330 empty tree wells in Louisville's Central Business District (boundaries are the Ohio River to the north, Hancock Street to the east, York and Jacob Streets to the south, and 9th Street to the west) in the coming weeks.
The first phase of the project was to fill 166 empty tree wells in the CBD and was completed earlier this year. The second phase will also fill 166 empty tree wells and will be completed by the end of January 2014.
The project has been made possible by a $40,000 MSD grant, a $23,400 grant from the Glenview Garden Club and a $10,000 grant for tree stump and root removal from an anonymous donor. Funds from the Glenview Garden Club will be used for watering maintenance. The grant from MSD, which is part of their storm water mitigation project, will cover the cost of the new trees. Metro Public works has also provided staff time to widen 11 tree wells as an experiment to ensure longer life and better tree health, which will be explored for further application in 2014.
"Usually the Glenview Garden Club gives money for local planting projects or educational projects that involve horticulture," says Jana Dowds, President of the Glenview Garden Club. "This year we are so pleased to give the proceeds of our biennial tour to help the city start to improve the tree canopy and reduce the heat islands downtown. While planting is always the fun part of the project, we hope our gift of $24,000 to purchase tree watering bags and for watering the newly planted trees will highlight the importance of tree maintenance."
City Arborist Mark White has determined what tree species will be planted. The Bob Ray Co., has been working to remove stumps and drill the holes for new trees to be planted, and Action Landscape will plant the trees. As part of the grant requirements from MSD, LDP has committed to maintain the trees for the next seven years, which includes providing watering and pruning services."The trees that we are replacing downtown -- the front doorstep of our community -- are symbolic of the fact that we are serious about Louisville being a true Tree City," said Mayor Greg Fischer.
In addition to initiating and maintaining the tree replacement program, LDP's Clean Team scours the Central Business District six days a week, fifteen hours a day to ensure that downtown remains clean and attractive. Additional beautification services include maintaining 200 flower pots along the sidewalks, power-washing, gum-busting, sweeping sidewalks and alleys, and graffiti and weed removal. For more information, call (502) 584-6000.
The Louisville Downtown Development Corporation and the Louisville Downtown Management District formed the Louisville Downtown Partnership in the Spring of 2013. The Partnership's focus is to promote the economic development, and residential and cultural vitality, of downtown and to create a safer, cleaner and more enjoyable environment. The office is located at 556 South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville's SOFO District. For more information, call (502) 584-6000.
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