Most of the Roseway Neighborhood Association’s board of directors and several neighbors living on Northeast 72nd Avenue between Sandy Boulevard and Prescott Street listened as Portland City staff briefed them on replacement trees to be planted in park blocks that form the .5-mile 72nd Avenue median. The trees will replace newer varieties of trees and the older plum trees that have died.
The Parkway was replanted ten years ago. Of the 80 trees planted at that time, 19 have died and will be replaced. The objective is to keep trees close to the street, leaving the middle of the green space open for recreational activities. Beech, oak and chestnut trees have been selected for planting under the plan approved by the city. Many of the old plum trees planted decades ago have lived past their best years and are falling over and will be removed
After discussion, the Roseway Board approved the plan and said it would notify the city as to the exact planting day. There was discussion as to whether St. Valentine’s Day (February 14) might be a good day. The 19 trees should take about three hours to plant on a Saturday morning.
Not an official city park, the land is owned and maintained by Portland’s Bureau of Transportation. P-Bot mows the parkway four times annually, and neighbors mow it four times a year.