Eastpointe community beautifies neighborhood by planting trees

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 8, 2017

 Residents and volunteers planted 33 trees throughout medians on Kelly Road Oct. 28 to beautify Eastpointe. The city partnered with ReLeaf Michigan — a nonprofit tree organization — and the Green Macomb Urban Forest Partnership to plant the trees.

Residents and volunteers planted 33 trees throughout medians on Kelly Road Oct. 28 to beautify Eastpointe. The city partnered with ReLeaf Michigan — a nonprofit tree organization — and the Green Macomb Urban Forest Partnership to plant the trees.

Photo provided by Bill Driskell

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe community came together to beautify the city by planting 33 trees on Kelly Road from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28. 

ReLeaf Michigan, a nonprofit tree organization, partnered with Eastpointe and the Green Macomb Urban Forest Partnership to plant the trees on the median along Kelly Road and in other locations in Eastpointe. 

“Funding for the program is provided through a U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded to the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development to strategically increase tree canopy in the county’s most impacted sub-watersheds through long-term tree planting and urban forest management,” states an Oct. 18 press release from the city. 

Acting City Manager Joe Merucci said high schoolers were at the event, and some fulfilled their volunteer hours. Merucci added that the project is important to the city. 

“Our tree coverage is really sparse. We have a lot of gaps where trees should’ve been, so hopefully we can get people encouraged for the next time we do it or have them plant trees on their own, on their own property,” said Merucci. 

Merucci said there have been talks about doing the project again next year, but he wants to make sure there’s money for the trees next year. Eastpointe may use grant money through Greening Macomb in order to purchase trees. 

Mary Demsich, of JJ Mich, said the company provided lunch for volunteers at the parks garage.

“We did it in conjunction with the tree planting. We had both groups of people share lunch together,” said Demsich. 

“The lunch consisted of chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, two different kinds of soup, pop, water, cookies and cupcakes,” she said. 

The Beautification Commission also honored its Adopt-A-Flowerbed participants Oct. 28. Girl Scout Troops 30110, 70399 and 30561 won first place for their flower bed at the Memorial Park Building. 

Love Life Family Christian Center and Croft Choice Family were acknowledged for their flower beds on Kelly, south of Toepfer, and received second-place honors.

Betty Bishop and Cardi DeMonaco Jr. were awarded third place for their flower beds on Kelly, north of Toepfer.