Balboa Park to get 500 new trees

July 16, 2017 by  

Hundreds of Balboa Park’s trees have died in the drought in California, and San Diego has decided to plant replacements.

At present, the park has a preponderance of blue gum eucalyptus and palm trees, but the new additions will increase the diversity of trees in the park, and make it healthier as well.

Kevin Faulconer, San Diego’s mayor, said that Tree Balboa Park will start by planting 500 trees to replace those that have died. A state-of-the-art irrigation system will also be installed.

Funding for Tree Balboa Park comes from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in the form of a grant for $378,300, as well as a matching grant from the city. The grant application was filed by the Balboa Park Conservancy, which plans to partner with Tree San Diego to create a program to teach volunteers how to monitor and maintain the greenery.

The new trees, in general, have been chosen because they need less water than those they are replacing, and because they absorb a great deal of carbon dioxide and provide more shade for pedestrians and picnickers. Among the species picked are old favorites like Torrey pines and jacarandas, along with newcomers such as a New Zealand Christmas tree.

Efforts like this can benefit if officials create illustrated brochures to pique residents’ interest in the trees and their ongoing care.