The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA) has provided a generous gift of 45 new trees that are being planted at Alamo Square this week. ASNA is also funding the planting of approximately 30 additional trees that will be installed in 2017 alongside the Recreation and Park Department’s new drought-tolerant tree, shrub, and groundcover plantings. The tree species represented in this week’s planting are Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), New Zealand Christmas Trees (Metrosideros excelsa), and Holly Oaks (Quercus ilex). These species are well-adapted to limited water availability, fog, and wind, and are expected to thrive at this location. Planting these trees is also an important step in ensuring that the park’s tree canopy continues to grow as many of its mature trees approach the end of their natural lifespan over the next several decades. Please stay tuned as we approach additional project milestones, including the installation of the new lawn!