Trees which are planned for installation along Lundeen Road at Azalea Park are scheduled for delivery next week, Parks and Planning Manager Tony Baron said today.
The tree planting is a part of a plan to restore and improve the area along Lundeen Road following the removal of 37 large Douglas fir trees by Coos Curry Electric Cooperative in 2016.
The restoration and improvement plan approved by the City Council in July 2016 calls for replanting the area with deciduous trees and shrubs which offer a variety of color, some of which will echo the character of the trees on the north side of Lundeen Road.
“This is not just a tree-replanting project,” Baron noted. The replanting of trees along Lundeen Road is a part of a multi-use trail extension project, funded in part by a $10,000 Oregon Parks and Recreation grant. Funding for the trail project was approved in June 2016 and the work must be completed by October 31, 2018.
“We received money from the removal of the fir trees and combined that with State grant money to fund the project,” Baron said, noting that the overall project has been delayed due to other park improvement projects with tighter deadlines including Kidtown repairs and swing replacement, Chetco Point Park improvements, and Azalea Park ball field projects.
The overall project includes replanting the area with trees that are limited in height due to concerns with nearby electric transmission lines. Selected trees include thundercloud flowering plum, similar to existing trees already planted on the north side of Lundeen road. Additional trees and shrubs to be planted in this area include red maple and encore azaleas.
“We have ordered a total of 30 trees, 16 of which will be planted in this area. The remaining 14 trees will be planted in other areas of the park. This is the first of several tree orders we intend to place over the next couple of years” Baron said.
The City received $14,567.92 from South Coast Lumber Company for the 37 trees removed in 2016.