Houston Mayor Wants To Replace Trees Lost To Drought

HOUSTON (April 11, 2013)--Houston Mayor Annise Parker is asking the city council to back her plan to replace more than 10,000 trees lost in the city's Memorial Park during the persistent drought.

The plan announced Thursday would also provide money for a mass transit corridor in the normally traffic-clogged Houston Galleria area.

Houston Parks and Recreation Department Director Joe Turner said the park project includes erosion control, removal of invasive non-native species and re-establishing native grasslands and trees.

The cost of the project is $556 million over 25 years, which would come from taxes generated by increased property values in the area.

A public hearing on the plan is set before the city council later this month.


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