After a long planning process, the Munger Boulevard beautification project is about to become reality, thanks to efforts by the Dallas Parks Foundation and the Swiss Avenue and Munger Historic District homeowners association.

Nearly 70 bald cypress and live oak trees, surrounded by beds of bark mulch and watered by a specially designed irrigation system, will be planted in the center median from Bryan Parkway to Columbia Avenue this month.

These trees, well-suited to the Dallas environment, should complement the area’s early-1900s architecture well into its second century, says Phil Schwoler, forester for the Dallas Parks Foundation.

Munger Boulevard is just one of the foundation projects in East Dallas this year. Others include:

• The Hollywood/Santa Monica neighborhood’s second consecutive tree-planting, which includes 80 trees for yards and street easements.
• Samuell Grand Park’s tennis center planting, with about 40 trees donated by the Parks Foundation and planted by the Mt. Auburn Neighborhood Association.
• Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, where students, faculty and friends are planting 10 trees obtained through the foundation.

These projects join several completed last year in East Dallas, including:

• The planting of about 110 trees on properties in the East Garrett Park neighborhood, where houses for low-income families are being built and rehabilitated with volunteer labor by Habitat for Humanity.
• About 90 trees donated for neighborhood plantings by Clean East Dallas.

Neighborhood associations, civic organizations, schools and other groups interested in beautification projects that include trees are eligible for technical assistance from the foundation, which will send representatives to help with landscape design and tree selection. For information call 977-6653.

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