It is no small task to get just one small project off the ground. In
some cases, we must get permission from property owners or various agencies
such as the state and the City of San Diego. We also consult with the
Urban Forester, neighboring businesses and residents. For each new project
there must be a source of water and irrigation - this is usually our
greatest obstacle. Once the site is prepared, sturdy and hearty low maintenance
plants are selected; then, a work party armed with planting mix, fertilizer,
shovels, and smiles installs our plants. A recent example is the area
at the top of the concrete wall on Nimitz Boulevard. Several families
- children too - arrived at 9:00 on a Saturday morning and in two hours
60 plants were installed. It is our hope that we will soon see morning
glories, trumpet vines, and acacia cascading down that unsightly concrete
takes money and sweat equity to create and maintain our projects. Money
comes from member dues and from the Annual Dinner and Silent Auction.
The Beautification Committee’s 2007-2008 budget is over $30,000,
mostly allocated to tree trimming, fertilizing and irrigation. Sweat
equity comes from the “Mean Green Team.” These hardy folks
charge out the door every Friday to plant and weed and mulch and prune.
You might want to give them a hand.
The Mean Green Team welcomes reinforcements. Many members of the Beautification
Committee along with various service clubs, individuals, families, or
businesses have accepted the responsibility to “oversee” one
of the PLA projects. They tend the plants, do cleanup, and give the necessary
TLC to keep each planting area in tip-top condition. This is a long-term
commitment and an example of true community spirit! More
Mean Green Team December 2007 removing graffiti from
a utility box scheduled for artist decoration
are a couple of examples of this kind of cooperation. On a sunny morning
in August, 2004, more than 60 students donated youthful energy to a joint
PLA-PLNU community service project at the Nimitz Triangle site. Members
of PLA’s Mean Green Team provided guidance as student repaired
irrigation basins around palm trees and spread mountains of mulch. The
crew was part of the Point Loma Nazarene University “Lead Week” with
nearly 300 university staff, faculty and students volunteering throughout
San Diego County.
People for Trees provided big time support to the Nimitz Triangle project
by lending us 25 shovels, 22 rakes, 3 hoes, a wheelbarrow, orange safety
cones and a water cooler so that our volunteers could be optimally functional.
We thank them for saving us the expense of renting or purchasing those
If you want to lend a hand to our Beatification team, please sign up
through our Volunteer page. The more help we have, the more we can do.
to Karen Davis, Beautification Committee chairperson, for her dedication.
Kudos to all who work together to make Point Loma beautiful: David Brown,
Jodie Bruhn, Karen Davis, Angela Ecker, Robert Jackson, Dee Kettenburg,
Klonie Kunzel, Jean Leighton, Bob Sherman, Ann Silliman, Bob Simpson,
Ardetta Steiner, Hugh Story, Ed Streicher, Celeste Trepte, and Jess Walker.
What a team!
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BUS BENCHES FOR THE VILLAGE
Loma Association has a new project in the works. Beginning in 2003, we
announced our goal to replace all of the bus benches in the Village.
The brown plastic benches, installed citywide several years ago, provoked
many complaints to PLA. We are raising money to replace them with a distinctive
design to complement future landscaping improvements along Rosecrans
and Scott streets. After looking at numerous designs, the PLA Board selected
an attractive wooden and metal bench, made by the Plainwell Company in
PLA has completed Phase One of the Bus Bench (and matching trashcan)
Project in the village, thanks to generous donations from: Robert and
Ginger Wallace, Peter Peckham Family, Bruce Cook, Martha Phillips, San
Diego National Bank, Mack and Donis Lovett/Mike Sherwin, Wayne Raffesberger
Family, and Con Pane. We extend special thanks to the County of San Diego,
Supervisor Greg Cox, for designated grants totaling $26,000. Thanks also
to The Corky McMillin Companies for helping to support the cost of installation.
We have installed 17 benches and 11 trashcans on Rosecrans between Nimitz
and Talbot. Total cost of the project was $30,059.
For the first time, Point Loma has its own signature benches. PLA also
contacted The Corky McMillin Companies, and they agreed to install the
same bench along Rosecrans fronting Liberty Station. Now, from Lytton/Barnett
all the way to Talbot, every bench is the same style, a bench unique
in the city. In Phase Two, we plan to install the same bench along Canon
and Scott streets, creating a pedestrian-friendly ambience.
continue to offer PLA members an opportunity to beautify the Village
by sponsoring a bus bench or trash receptacle. Each will have a custom
brass plaque indicating the donor’s name. You may also consider
honoring someone else, perhaps a friend or family member. The cost is
$1,500 for the bench and $750 for the trash receptacle. To donate a bus
bench, or to request information, please call Wayne Raffesberger, 222-7369.
The benches are just the initial step in the PLA’s overall plan
to enhance the Village, announced at the annual dinner meeting in 2001.
Urban Planner and Landscape Architect Steve Estrada, of Estrada Land
Planning, is advising the Association on the plan, which proposes new
landscaped medians, new decorative pavers and tiles in medians, crosswalks
and sidewalks, and “pop-out” curbs for a friendlier pedestrian
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FLOWERS IN THE VILLAGE
basins filled with flowers brighten Rosecrans and Canon streets
in front of Shelter Island Drug Store and San Diego National
Bank. This project, planned by the Beautification Committee,
was funded jointly by PLA, Celeste Trepte, San Diego National
Bank, and Mike Martin. Mike's Occidental Landscaping constructed
the basins and planted the flowers. Three original tree basins
were installed in February, as a pilot project. The results had
such eye-catching appeal that the project has been expanded.
flower basin concept originated with our vision person, Hugh
Story. Celeste promoted the idea and moved it toward reality.
Our thanks to Hugh, Celeste, Mike and Raymond Simas for contributions
toward a more colorful Village. Additional flower basins will
be created as funding permits. To sponsor a basin or to make
a donation, please contact Karen Davis at 222-3055.
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In each season of the year, the PLA Beautification Committee honors
our Point Loma neighbors for attractive landscaping. Homeowner and businesses
alike are congratulated for extra effort to keep our community looking
good. The Committee welcomes your recommendations and we will gladly
visit a site that you suggest. Give your nominations to Ron Brooks,619-224-9912
the Nomination Form
Some past Beautification awards are below: