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Port Kicks Off Tree Planting Project

April 28, 2006

The Port of Long Beach kicked off its six-year, $2.5 million tree planting project Friday, April 28 at a special assembly at Hudson Elementary School and Saturday, April 29 at a community celebration at Coolidge Park.

The “Harbor Arbor” projects will provide trees, shrubs and other sustainable landscaping features to enhance air quality, reduce noise, decrease summer temperatures and beautify communities surrounding the 710 Freeway, one of the primary transportation corridors for goods movement at the Port of Long Beach. Hudson school and Coolidge Park were the first two sites elected for the six-year program.

“Two key elements of our Green Port Policy are community outreach and environmental sustainability,” said Harbor Commission President Doris Topsy-Elvord. “This program brings both of those elements together.”

In a short ceremony following a Friday morning assembly, Hudson students helped Topsy-Elvord, Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero and Long Beach Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga plant the first tree for the Hudson school project. 

On Saturday , April 29, the Port hosted a second kick-off celebration at Coolidge Park, where hundreds of residents gathered to enjoy entertainment and activities. The Port will select two tree-planting sites a year during the next six years, for a total of 12 project locations, at a cost of about $200,000 each.

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