We want a park!
– 2nd Grade Class, Cheremoya E.S.

Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team and Friends of the Hollywood Central Park Partner to Green Hollywood
Hollywood Central Park
5 June 2014

UPDATE: June 5, 2014
As of June 1st 2014, Hollywood Beautification Team has planted 180 of the 540 trees with 70 more coming in the next couple of weeks. The remaining 290 are being searched for at all state and city nurseries. All planted trees are currently being watered with the exception of two blocks that are being watered by Friends of the Hollywood Central Park Board Member Ed V. Hunt.

In 2011, then Council Member Eric Garcetti initiated Los Angeles Neighborhood Dreams (LAND).  Neighborhood steering committees were charged with creating small projects that would address issues of concern and would provide a healing effect on their respective neighborhoods.  Along with other prominent community leaders, FHCP Board Members Laurie Goldman and Alfredo Hernandez were appointed to the Hollywood LAND steering committee.   After several weeks of work and deliberation the Hollywood committee identified 10 community projects that most benefited the community and were the most attainable in terms of time and funding possibilities.   One of those projects was the Hollywood Central Park’s Ten Street Strategy designed to create an urban forest by planting 540 trees along ten streets adjacent to the proposed Hollywood Central Park.  As a result, FHCP and H/LABT joined forces to pursue this beautification project.

This past June, through the relentless determination and commitment of Sharyn Romano, Hollywood Los Angeles Beautification team (HLABT), an environmental enhancement grant to plant the 540 trees was secured from Caltrans.  Friends of the Hollywood Central Park are proud to partner with HLABT on this exciting endeavor to green our City and to beautify Hollywood with a lush urban forest.  Planting will commence early in the Fall of 2013.