Drought-Tolerant Native Plants Added to Beautify Major Thoroughfares

Articles Parks Beautification 07-26-16

Another project has been completed this summer to enhance the visual aesthetics within the city. Over the last few months, drought-tolerant Texas landscapes were installed on Northeast Green Oaks Blvd and East Sublett Road corridors.

In 2015, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation provided a $250,000 grant to conduct the pilot project in accordance with a City Council goal to improve the aesthetics of major thoroughfares. The grant provided funding for the purchase and installation of plant material, irrigation, and ongoing maintenance for three years. A mixture of trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses have been placed to soften the appearance of privacy fences, utility boxes, and other street infrastructure.

This project adds to an ongoing initiative called “Green the Oaks.” Green the Oaks was started in 2008 to increase the number of street trees along the 22 mile Green Oaks Blvd corridor. Most recent planting was SW Green Oaks Blvd from Bowen Road to Kelly Elliott Road.

Stay tuned to these areas as the landscapes mature over the next few years. If you have any questions, comments or ideas please contact the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at 817-459-5474 or email parksdepartment@arlingtontx.gov.


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The new trees are a wonderful addition to our City. Thank you for enhancing our neighborhoods in such a tangible way that will make this a more inviting place to live. Good job!

Kim Feil

“…to soften the appearance of privacy fences, utility boxes, and other street infrastructure.” And so how to beautify those ugly gas well padsites? How to clean that air pollution mess?