The City of Bishop and LADWP Celebrate Sustainable Landscaping Partnership

Pink tree in the foreground with flower-filled planters in the background along South Main Street in the City of Bishop.

New Trees and Planters Help Beautify Bishop’s Main Street Corridor

BISHOP, CA (October 4, 2019) – The City of Bishop and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today, held a block party at the corner of South Main and Line Streets to celebrate the South Main Street Beautification Project which planted several trees and installed new planters along portions of South Main Street. The event was attended by local business owners, several Bishop City leaders, and LADWP staff. LADWP supported the City of Bishop with $20,000 to purchase trees, plants, and materials associated with planting and ensuring the trees and plants become established, while the City of Bishop contributed labor to plant the trees. All the trees selected as part of the program are drought tolerant, appropriate for the unique Bishop climate, and cause minimal damage to sidewalks over their lifespan.

In 2016, the City of Bishop formed a partnership with LADWP to beautify Owens Valley communities by providing shade trees around businesses located in downtown Bishop. The program, made possible through a donation from the LADWP, sought to enhance the community and make downtown an attractive destination for businesses, residents and visitors

In addition to beautification goals, the successful partnership will provide numerous benefits to Bishop, including increasing the pedestrian friendliness of downtown; providing shade for parking; providing traffic calming benefits along Highway 395; reducing stormwater runoff; replenishing groundwater aquifers; and reducing energy use associated with cooling by shading businesses during summer months.

“The City is pleased to be able to work collaboratively with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to the benefit of the community, and is looking forward to identifying future partnership opportunities,” said City Administrator Robin Picken.

“LADWP is proud of this collaboration and the success the project brought to downtown Bishop,” said Anselmo Collins, LADWP Director of Water Operations. “Finding ways our department can directly support a need of the community is a big positive. We are excited to keep the momentum going, and enter into another partnership with Bishop to further enhance greenways and trails.”

The South Main Street Block Party served as an opportunity for the community to celebrate and learn more about the successful completion of the first project in this partnership between Bishop and LADWP, and provide input on where they would like to see future enhancements downtown.

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