City and County Leaders, Huning Highland Historic District NA, Parks and Recreation Plant Trees
The Lead and Coal Avenue Streetscape Improvements east of I-25 have been complete for some time now, and the streetscapes from I-25 to Broadway are getting some attention as well. The completed project reflects a cooperative effort by City Councilor Isaac Benton, the Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program, the Huning Highland Historic District Neighborhood Association, and the City of Albuquerque’s Parks & Recreation Department. Funding for pedestrian improvements for this portion of Lead & Coal was included in the 2011 GO Bond program. The project, managed by the City’s Department of Municipal Development, included streetscape and irrigation infrastructure improvements to support new planting and replacement of 57 trees along both avenues from I-25 to Broadway. The Parks and Recreation Department conducted a study of existing vegetation and prepared a plan to remove old, damaged vegetation and to improve the streetscapes with more drought resistant plants and trees.
The Huning Highland Historic District Neighborhood association secured a grant through the County’s Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program to plant street trees in their neighborhood and offered to contribute to the project. Councilor Benton contributed additional funding for landscaping and additional trees using district set-aside funds.
Councilor Benton is thrilled with the outcome. “We know how important our streetscapes and a safe, pleasant pedestrian environment are to the community, and restoring our urban tree canopy is an urgent need. It was great to see this group effort and cooperation between the neighborhood, City and County. Huning Highland Historic District Neighborhood Association played a vital role, and the importance of community involvement cannot be emphasized enough!” To celebrate the completion of the project, Councilor Benton, County leaders, the Neighborhood Association, and the Parks and Recreation Department held a tree planting ceremony on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Lead and Arno. The Neighborhood Association presented certificates of appreciation to City and County leaders.