Neighbors in the Windward Traffic Circle district have just about completed an ambitious beautification project around the Venice Post Office.
|Mike Castillo and Mark Ryavec completing the first planter box.|
|55 planter boxes were installed around the Post Office.|
The project, which cost about $40,000, involved new signage on the fences surrounding the Post Office, power washing of all the sidewalks for a month, construction of 55 planter boxes with lining, importation of over 50 tons of dirt and potting soil, and the installation of hundreds of cacti. An add-on project involved the removal of concrete tree well covers that were strangling the Italian Stone Pines that ring the Post Office and their replacement with decomposed granite. The neighbors also funded the replacement of one dead pine tree, an expensive proposition. This was directed by landscape contractor Peter Eberhard, shown below. (Yes, the tree makes one think of Christmas, but the expert advises not to trim the tree until cooler weather arrives in the fall.)
|Digging out the roots of the dead Italian Stone Pine|
|Replacment Italian Stone Pine and landscaper Peter Eberhard|
The spark plug for this effort was artist and musician John Vester, who lives on Grand Blvd. Joining him in leading the effort were Paul and Stacey Foxson, also residents on Grand.
|Mike Castillo, Paul Foxson, Ken Newfield, Captain James Roberts and John Vester|
|John Vester with Post Mistress Brittani Cephas and Eugene Cephas.|
The heavy lifting was done by contractor and Grand Blvd. resident Mike Castillo who lent his crew - at cost - to construct the 55 4'x8' planter boxes and import the tons of dirt and potting soil to fill the boxes. (Local business owner Ralph Ziman graciously granted us access to a large pile of dirt on his nearby construction site.)
|Russ Cletta and crew lining boxes.|
Several residents made extremely generous contributions to the VSA to support the effort, including Grant van Every, Jack Kindberg and Hama Sushi owner Esther Chiang (who also hosted a lovely party to celebrate completion of the installation).
|Captain Roberts at the "after party."|
|John Vester and Hama Sushi Owner Esther Chiang at "after party."|
|Cleaning up Windward after planter box installation.|
|Cacti in bloom.|
We have a few more projects planned for the PO triangle, so contributions (tax deductible, of course) are welcome on this website.