More than a hundred people volunteered at an event to beautify a Glassell Park neighborhood by trimming trees, picking up bulky items, and sprucing up the Drew Street Garden.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell hosted the Drew Street Tree Trimming Block Party and posted a picture from the event on his Instagram on Saturday morning. The event focused on the area along Drew Street near Estara.
Residents of the neighborhood, including Drew Street, Estara Avenue, and beyond were on hand, as well as Aztecs Rising, Hollywood Beautification Team, Northeast Trees, and the Bureau of Sanitation played a role in making today happen. The Padres Activos Jovenes con Forturo from Children's Hospital also helped in the community garden.
“We’re bringing the full complement of city resources to a neighborhood that needs attention,” said O’Farrell. “The best part is that the event was a real neighborhood building experience. It’s very uplifting.”
Captain Jeff Bert and the Los Angeles Police Department were on hand with their cadets to help with traffic control while crews trimmed the limbs off trees that are close to 50 feet tall.
“The volunteers were cleaning flower beds and picking up trash,” said Maggie Darett-Quiroz, who represents the Glassell Park Improvement Association. “The neighbors see this and think people do care. The event provided a sense of community.”
O’Farrell says the event was a huge success and that he plans on hosting similar events in other communities across the district.