RAMPART VILLAGE -- Residents along Occidental Boulevard can now admire dozens of blooming white roses and Birds of Paradise after Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and a team of volunteers finished the second phase of a beautification project last weekend.
PHOTO: Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and dozens of volunteers help beautify the median of Occidental Blvd in Rampart Village.
More than 60 people from the community turned out for the event, which included the Councilmember’s Clean Team, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council, The Bresee Foundation, Aztecs Rising, and the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division Cadet Program. Volunteers were also joined by the Councilmember’s surprise guest, Mayor Eric Garcetti, who helped plant one of the rounders.
“The area has a lot of potential and just needed some TLC to help it shine,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “What were once barren mounds and magnets for illegal dumping have been changed into attractive gardens for the entire community. The work here over the last several months has improved the look and feel of this neighborhood, and created an even more pleasurable pedestrian experience in this part of the district”
The Councilmember and the volunteers landscaped three rounders on Occidental Blvd between Beverly Blvd and Third Street. Volunteers finished the first phase of the project last year.