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City to plant 200 trees in several parks

Posted at 3:02 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 16:02:14-04

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Joe McComb and City Council Members approved, on first reading, a contract to plant 230 trees at six park locations: Labonte Park, West Guth Park, Los Encinos Park, Lincoln Park, Lions Park, and Mike Zepeda Park.

The trees in this project will provide much-needed shade for residents enjoying our Park’s System.

The trees are all native to South Texas. The types of trees to be planted include Live Oak, Bur Oak, Mexican Sycamore, Monterrey Oak, Montezuma Cypress, Cedar Elm, and Anacaua.

The Parks & Recreation Department will maintain the new trees by watering weekly using a mobile water tank.

There are numerous benefits that trees bring to the urban environment that enhance our park system.

The benefits of planting trees include natural shade; purifying the air; supporting wildlife (such as birds, butterflies, etc.); and reducing soil erosion.