East 86th Street Trees and Tree Guards, 1998-2004

In the spring of 2004, CIVITAS completed installation of 55 tree guards on East 86th Street between First and Lexington Avenues. This comprehensive project involved surveying the sidewalk, creating new enlarged tree sites and enlarging old tree beds, replacing old and planting new trees, arranging for soil covering, and the installation of Belgian blocks. Most important, sturdy but handsome iron tree guards have been set around the tree beds wherever possible to protect them from the elements, road vehicles, and dogs. The Parks Department contracted the work for $76,000. CIVITAS obtained a grant of $59,000 from the Manhattan Borough President’s Office and raised more than $15,000 in addition to complete the work.