- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A community group in Council Bluffs plans to use an array of grants to plant trees along a three-mile stretch of a busy street.

The North Broadway Alliance said it received $55,000 from various organizations to complete the project, the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported (https://bit.ly/1gufrqJ ). Work will be done on the west side of the street known as North Broadway.

The grants, which came from a county community group and other local entities, require that alliance members volunteer on the project. Plantings will take place when the weather improves.

The trees will be planted three-deep, with 130 smaller-sized ornamentals nearest the street and 25 larger ones behind.

“The majority are going to be flowering trees because that is what was there originally,” said Nate Watson, executive director of the Neighborhood Center, another group involved in the project.

The plantings will bring residents together and reduce crime, Watson said.

“When people know their neighbors, they look out for one another,” he said.

The North Broadway Alliance is a grassroots group comprised of neighborhood associations. The Neighborhood Center works with the group and other local associations.

“We are pleased to be an active helper of the North Broadway Alliance’s successful efforts regarding their Greenway Initiative,” he said. “We encourage residents to contact us to find out more on how they, too, can make a positive impact upon their neighborhoods and the community.”

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com


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