Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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NORCROSS -- The city of Norcross is planning to make its newest parking lot less of an eyesore and more green than gray.
The city has received a $6,000 grant from the Chestatee-Chattahoochee Resources Conservation and Development Council to create a canopy of foliage for the utilitarian space that will be adjacent to city hall using native trees such as nuttal oaks and willow oaks. Several islands with plantings will be interspersed to soften and enhance the space.
"Creating a parking lot that has a park-like setting ties this new area in with the surrounding green spaces," said Norcross' mayor, Bucky Johnson. "The nearby downtown area got a facelift with new healthy trees incorporated. "Wherever you go in our city, there is a generous canvas of green trees and beautiful landscaping. And most of it has a practical use, too, whether it's a place to play with your kids, or offer more parking for events and shopping."
Funding for the tree-planting project was provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and disbursed as part of Georgia's Growing Green Grant from the Georgia Forestry Commission. The CCRCD was in turn tasked with sub-granting funds to communities within its district.
According to the grant requirements, Norcross must plant the trees selected from a list of indigenous species, purchased locally if possible, on public property.
For more information about this grant and other plans for green space redevelopment within the Norcross city limits e-mail Jeff Mueller, Norcross' city engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.