City officials have announced that major work has begun on an additional landscaping project in downtown New Port Richey, dubbed the “downtown Landscaping Improvement Project.” The work began on May 15th and is expected to be completed by September 12, 2017.
This project includes the removal of existing Drake Elm trees on Main Street and replacing them with Chinese Fan Palm Trees.
The existing Drake Elms will be replanted along Grand Boulevard’s “Railroad Right of Way” to be used as shade for the newly constructed Multi-Use Path/Sidewalk area and also around the stormwater retention pond located at Main Street and Old Main Street.
Additional plans for the retention pond area also include replacing the existing galvanized fencing with black decorative railing. Several types of fruit trees are also being considered for planting on the existing “island” plot located northeast of the intersection. Landscaping will also be added in all of the center islands on Main Street from the bridge to US Highway 19 in between the existing lavender Crape Myrtles, as well as the City owned parking lots in the downtown area.