According to City of Tacoma staff, the “Hilltop Diversitree” project, collaboration made possible through an anonymous donation of $100,000 to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and a partnership between the City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Department and Community and Economic Development Department, aims to plant more than 200 trees throughout an area that centers on South 11th Street and ranges from South 9th Street to South Earnest S. Brazill Street (north to south), and South J Street to South Sheridan Avenue (east to west).
In addition to planting trees such as Triumph elm, Katsura, willow oak, and evergreens, the City of Tacoma plans to build four medians on South 11th Street between South J Street and South Sheridan Avenue in an effort to provide additional locations to grow trees without reducing the amount of available parking, offering more rooting volume than traditional street tree pits, eliminating conflicts between street trees, buildings and signs, and providing traffic calming effects. Elsewhere, trees are proposed to be planted in turf planting strips, as well as existing asphalt planting strips meeting a minimum width of five feet. Dead, damaged or inappropriate trees in the wrong places will be removed and replaced.
According to City of Tacoma staff,
the anonymous donor the Donald R. and Mary E. Williams Horticulture Fund has contributed $30,000 for the first three years of maintenance, which includes watering, stake removal (if used) and structural pruning. The City of Tacoma will cover additional costs during that time period. After the first three years, the maintenance of trees not located in medians will be the responsibility of the abutting property owner. Trees located in the medians will be maintained by the City of Tacoma.
“Every effort is being taken in this project to ensure that appropriate trees are planted in the right place and properly cared for during the first three years after planting, and that the continued maintenance for the abutting property owners is minimally burdensome,” noted City of Tacoma Community and Economic Development Department Director Ricardo Noguera in a memo to Tacoma City Manager T. C. Broadnax.
City of Tacoma staff met with members of the Hilltop Business District Association earlier this summer to discuss the project, according to Noguera. City staff plans to meet with area property owners, business owners and other stakeholder group beginning later this month. The City of Tacoma is expected to formally accept the grant and begin the design and bidding process in September. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held in October.
UPDATE: The City of Tacoma has created a Web site for the project. It is online here. Also: the anonymous donation totals $100,000; the additional $30,000 donation comes from the Donald R. and Mary E. Williams Horticulture Fund.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of Tacoma’s street trees, urban forest program, and other arbor-related activities, click on the following links:
- Tacoma’s Swan Creek Park focus of urban forestry restoration project (Tacoma Daily Index, August 13, 2013)
- Work begins soon to preserve Schuster Slope’s urban forest (Tacoma Daily Index, July 30, 2012)
- Tree pruning planned along Ruston Way (Tacoma Daily Index, March 27, 2012)
- Tacoma Urban Forest messenger bags on sale (Tacoma Daily Index, October 6, 2011)
- New UW tree canopy study shows Tacoma closer to goal (Tacoma Daily Index, July 28, 2011)
- Tacoma Urban Forest Project “upcycled” bags on sale June 15 (Tacoma Daily Index, June 13, 2011)
- Time running out to see Urban Forest Project banners on Pacific Avenue (Tacoma Daily Index, May 20, 2011)
- Tacoma moves closer to creating its heritage tree register (Tacoma Daily Index, April 21, 2011)
- Celebrate Arbor Day, Tacoma’s urban forest April 2 (Tacoma Daily Index, March 23, 2011)
- Tacoma’s Urban Forest Project deadline extended (Tacoma Daily Index, February 9, 2011)
- A lush vision for historic Spanish Steps (Tacoma Daily Index, January 21, 2011)
- Artists sought for downtown Tacoma urban forest project (Tacoma Daily Index, January 11, 2011)
- Metro Parks: 24 trees to be replaced in Jane Clark, Titlow Parks (Tacoma Daily Index, December 1, 2010)
- Wright Park Tree Festival Oct. 16 (Tacoma Daily Index, October 6, 2010)
- 6 new signs mark Tacoma’s Tree City USA anniversary (Tacoma Daily Index, January 5, 2010)
- Revised urban forestry plan could protect Tacoma’s heritage trees (Tacoma Daily Index, June 9, 2009)
- Celebrate Tacoma’s sustainability efforts with tree planting April 23 (Tacoma Daily Index, April 20, 2009)
- Tacoma plants record 803 free street trees (Tacoma Daily Index, December 17, 2008)
- Street tree planting in Tacoma Nov. 22 (Tacoma Daily Index, November 19, 2008)
- Letter To The Editor: Heritage Trees (Tacoma Daily Index, August 29, 2008)
- Preserving Tacoma’s Heritage Trees: An interview with Marshall McClintock (Tacoma Daily Index, August 27, 2008)
- Saving Tacoma’s Urban Arbor: Will the city create a register of heritage trees? (Tacoma Daily Index, August 26, 2008)