Saying downtown is the first impression of San Antonio, Mayor Julian Castro and City Council members went on a digging spree along Alamo Street and planted the first of 1,000 Chinquapin oaks that are resistant to the familiar droughts of South Texas.
The effort is part of a campaign called Plant Trees San Antonio: Great Communities are Rooted in Trees, which was launched in the summer of 2010 when 6,000 trees were planted along highways, streets, parks and other public places.
“We’ve begun planting 1,000 trees in downtown San Antonio to beautify, to make it vibrant, to make it a place that has the right balance between the commercial development and our appreciation of nature,” said Castro, after digging with a gold-painted shovel along Alamo Street, under the Hemisfair arch. “We want downtown to be lush and relaxing.”
Castro was joined on Thursday, Jan. 20 by City Council members and officials from Parks and Recreation and Downtown Operations. The project aims to plant 9,000 trees across San Antonio.
“This is one part of San Antonio being more green,” said Castro.
(Photo by Sarah Garrahan)