The office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) announced last week that the Parks Department will plant 151 new trees in Community Board 9’s area.
The location of the trees will be decided based on community input as to where to plant, according to Kate Mooney, a representative from Crowley’s office who announced the plan at CB 9’s meeting on March 12.
CB 9’s jurisdiction includes Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Woodhaven, neighborhoods that have lost a number of trees due to bad storms in recent years, most recently Hurricane Sandy.
There is no timeline as to when the trees will be planted, but Mooney said officials will reach out to CB 9 and civic leaders to identify where they are needed and wanted.
Eric Yun, a spokesman for Crowley, said her office looked into the possibility of planting trees along Jamaica Avenue, but the elevated J train makes that impossible. Instead, he said, the Parks Department will look at planting trees along side streets.