Thanks to the efforts of Carthay Circle residents and the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Forestry Division, two new Italian Stone Pines have taken up residence in the landscaped median on McCathy Vista Blvd., just south of Wilshire Blvd.
The trees are an investment in the future of the neighborhood, explained Ann Rubin, chair of the Carthay Circle Neighborhood Association Beautification Committee. Rubin, along with residents Marika Sung and Erich Andersen, started working with City officials almost a year ago to add more trees to the neighborhood and to maintain Miner Park, the community’s small triangular green space at the busy intersections of San Vicente and McCarthy Vista, which was renovated several ago but needs better ongoing maintenance.
Later, Rubin wrote a note to city officials, which she shared with the Buzz:
“Thank you for meeting with us personally yesterday to site the trees and discuss Miner Park maintenance and the fate of the legacy Italian Stone Pine. We are grateful for all your hard work and caring for the green spaces in Los Angeles — we truly are appreciative and know that you sincerely care about our environment. In addition to our immediate gratitude — yes, the future is definitely going to be grateful for our gift.”
Rubin and her neighbors know it will be a long time before the new trees reach the scale of the magnificent tree they have in Miner Park, but they are planting for future generations since the legacy tree is nearing the end of its natural life span. With help from the City parks department, the new trees will mature in the McCarthy Vista median and Miner Park , while the old tree shades will get some much needed attention. It’s a lovely gift to future residents and to all of us who pass through this historic neighborhood.