Desmare Playground Planting

Thanks to our partnership with Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association and Dana Brown and Associates, and funding from Wiley & Tommy Lewis, SOUL and its incredible volunteers planted eleven 30-gallon water-loving native trees at the Desmare Playground on Esplanade (next to Cabrini). These beautiful trees will absorb approximately 7,700 gallons of stormwater per day during rain events once they reach maturity. They will also provide shade and lower air temperatures for those enjoying the playground and park, as well as cleaning the air, soil and water. We are very grateful to partner on this exciting project, and so thankful to the volunteers for donating their time on a hot Saturday in May.

Many thanks to Benton Tree Service for donating mulch and John Benton of Bayou Tree Service for advising.