The City of Bakersfield is pleased to announce a $1.5 million replanting project throughout the City, replacing more than 35,000 plants that were removed during the drought.
More than 3,500 24” box trees, along with 32,100 shrubs will be replanted throughout the City over the coming months.
Contractors and City Recreation and Parks crews will plant 10 different species of trees planted in streetscapes and parks across the City from October 2019 through May 2020. The species were selected for their low-water use and to best fit the aesthetic of where they are being planted. There will also be 15 different species of shrubs planted in streetscapes and development entryways during the same period.
“This is a massive project that we are excited is finally getting underway,” said Recreation and Parks Department Director Dianne Hoover. “The return of these trees and plants will help beautify the City. Another benefit is that they will help clean the air as natural air purifiers, making a difference in our air quality.”
The project is funded by the Public Safety and Vital Services Measure (Measure N) and addresses a use of the funds that residents requested when the measure was passed by voters.
Among the purposes for the PSVS Measure funds is the enhancement of neighborhoods and parks, improving quality of life for residents of the City.