Melrose Arts District
Maintain-A-Tree Program

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Program Overview

In 2015, the Melrose BID & CD5 applied for an MTA grant to enhance pedestrian safety and comfort in the first and last mile of public transit routes.

An MTA grant was received for administration through StreetsLA, providing much needed improvements to the pedestrian and transit spaces on Melrose Ave. between Highland and Fairfax. The awarded grant included funding for lighting and access improvements at bus stops, sidewalk widening, and shade trees.

As part of the MTA Grant, more than a hundred (100) new shade trees were planted in June, 2023. The types of trees that were planted included Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis), Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus), and London Plane Tree (a hybrid of Platanus orientalis –oriental plane—and Platanus occidentalis – American sycamore).

The Benefits of Trees

Part of the MTA Grant was allocated to planting shade trees along the Melrose Avenue business corridor. Much of that stretch had few to no trees at all. Planting trees provides many benefits:

Trees on Melrose

As part of the MTA Grant, more than a hundred (100) new shade trees were planted in June, 2023. The types of trees that were planted included Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis), Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus), and London Plane Tree (a hybrid of Platanus orientalis –oriental plane—and Platanus occidentalis – American sycamore).

Maintaining the Trees

Now, those trees need to be maintained and the Melrose Business Improvement Association needs help raising funds to ensure that the trees are watered, mulched, pruned and otherwise cared for professionally.

It is estimated that it will cost around $300/year to maintain each new tree on Melrose Avenue. The BID is not budgeted for these expenses and is seeking help from the community to ensure each tree survives and thrives.