The Department of Public Works announced Friday that its Bureau of Streets Services was awarded a $713,804 grant from the California Natural Resources Agency to plant 250 shade trees in the Broadway-Manchester area of South Los Angeles.
The grant was provided for the Broadway-Manchester Active Transportation Equity Project, which has already received a $24.9 million grant through the state’s Active Transportation Program. The 2.8-mile project area consists of underutilized medians on Manchester Avenue from Vermont Avenue to Broadway and on Broadway from Manchester Avenue to Imperial Highway, according to the bureau, also known as StreetsLA.
During the project, which is currently in the design phase, the area’s medians will be made into pedestrian paths featuring cultural and recreational amenities, and trees will be planted to provide shade, improve the quality of water and air and help reduce the urban island effect, which creates higher temperatures in the area.
“Restoring the South L.A. Tree canopy is key to addressing long standing health issues in our community,” said Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who represents the area.
“The Broadway-Manchester project represents what can happen when cities work collaboratively with residents to reimagine their neighborhoods with equity at the forefront. These additional 250 trees will punctuate the investments happening along the Broadway-Manchester corridor and contribute to creating a living lung alongside projects like Isla Intersections.”
StreetsLA Executive Director and General Manager Adel Hagekhalil said that providing shade and urban cooking to the South Los Angeles area is part of the bureau’s “commitment to equity and to increase tree canopy in the areas of the city that need it most.”
The California National Resources Agency has provided more than $28 million to 25 projects throughout the state.