Planting plan growing for Alpine’s main street
By the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
A new effort is underway to beautify the commercial heart of Alpine.
Two town hall meetings have been scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Alpine Library to talk about the proposed planting of drought-tolerant native plants along Alpine Boulevard.
The Back Country Land Trust (BCLT), the Alpine Community Wildlife Habitat Program and the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce have been developing the project.
BCLT is donating plants and support for one year for the “Adopt a Plot” project, the Chamber will help get county permits for it and the Alpine Community Wildlife Habitat Program will assist with planting and watering, said Jon Green, BCLT program and outreach director.
“But we really need people to get involved,” Green said. “We really need volunteers to help with this project. We’re asking people to plant and then water the plants for one year. After that, it will fall to the property owner.”
He said the plants from Tavern Road into the 2500 block of Alpine Boulevard will need about two gallons of water a week until they’re established.
“After that, they will need no more watering,” said Green. “Your taxes aren’t going up one penny with this project. You’re also helping the (Alpine Union) school district with a future planting project.”
Chamber Chairman Joseph Perricone, a school board member and owner of The Canvas Makers, said the “beautification process for our town only enhances the property values for everyone.”
“It’s a positive thing for everyone,” said Perricone.
The town hall meetings are scheduled from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. at the library at 1752 Alpine Blvd.
“We want as many Alpine Boulevard property owners as possible to sign up that day for the program,” Green said. ”The more property owners interested in participating, the more the County of San Diego will see the whole community is behind us.”
That’s critical, he explained, because each boulevard property needs to be approved by the county on a case-by-case basis in order for the water-wise landscaping project to proceed.
“It’s going to be a door-to-door effort,” Green said. “We’re hoping all the business owners are going to come to the meetings and anybody who wants to replant the boulevard.”
Director Carlette Anderson of the Alpine Community Wildlife Habitat Program said the idea for the beautification happened while she and Green were talking about invasive plants.
“There are so many places where we could plant on Alpine Boulevard,” Anderson said. “I said we could have different organizations and families adopt one business (plot).”
She pointed out that the proposed project is similar to the “Gardens on the Boulevard” project by Maureen Austin and the CHIRP (Center to Help Instill Respect and Preservation for Garden Wildlife, Inc., after the Sunrise Powerlink construction on Alpine Boulevard.
“We’re going to turn weeds into green,” Anderson said. “’I Love a Green Alpine’ ---- that’s going to be the thing.’”
Green said the first planting is already scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 1 at The Alpine Sun, 2144 Alpine Blvd. It will be a native plant planting and a trash pickup before the big Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival on Dec. 7, Green said.
“We’re really cleaning up the town before the parade,” he said. “The initial plants will be protected during the parade.”