on December 09, 2013
The underserved Houston neighborhood in Visalia had no public gathering places or recreational facilities. The new Houston Neighborhood Park, planted by Urban Tree Foundation in partnership with California ReLeaf, represents the hard work of numerous volunteers from the community coming together to create positive change in their neighborhood. More than 280 volunteers were on hand to make the park opening a success. Children were given an educational presentation about urban forests and the benefits of trees. Over 90 children in attendance were surveyed on their knowledge and opinions of trees. The Houston Neighborhood Park planting event planted 43 trees and marked the grand opening of this community park. The park was created through a partnership of Neighborhood Church, a school parent group, and Visalia Unified School District who agreed to open a portion of the Houston School campus to the public as a neighborhood park. Urban Tree Foundation joined this partnership to bring trees to the new park. Thank you to all who were involved. Together, we've made a great place to grow your community.