Tree Planting: Eagle Scout project will complete the tree-scape in Bixby Knolls

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Eagle scout tree planting projectThe greening of Atlantic Avenue in the Bixby Knolls – California Heights area continues. Saturday, January 30 will mark the final stretch of Atlantic Avenue between the 405 freeway and San Antonio to be planted since the community partnership between Cal Heights ReLeaf and the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association set out to beautify this important commercial corridor.

“Trees soften our urban landscape, provide shade, improve air quality and offer a more inviting shopping and business environment,” explained John Royce, president of the California Heights Neighborhood Association.

In addition to beautifying the neighborhood, local Boy Scout Gregory Reilly will achieve Eagle Scout ranking for his efforts to plan and see the tree-planting project through to fruition. Reilly visited Tree People to learn the ropes and earn his Citizen Forester training to prepare for the event.

“Our amazing partners, Tree People, offer their seasoned expertise, providing tools, instruction and supervision as our community of volunteers work together to beautify and create a healthier Long Beach,” Royce said. Royce, also a Citizen Forester with Tree People who is trained to organize tree planting and care events, helped to mentor Reilly during this project.

Thirty five crepe myrtle ‘Muskogee’ trees will be planted in cuts along the sidewalks that were donated by the RJ Noble Company as a gesture of good will while they worked to complete the Atlantic Avenue street rehabilitation project in the Bixby Knolls pedestrian zone over the summer.

The tree-planting takes place this Saturday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should gather at the lot just north of Baja Sonora at 35th and Atlantic. Trees will be planted from East 35th Street to Bixby Road.

Everyone in the community is invited to plant trees, meet new friends and contribute to an effort that will last for generations. Student volunteers can earn community service hours. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and dress to get dirty! Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to volunteer contact Gregory Reilly by email at

If your or your business would like to contribute a tax-deductible donation, please make checks Payable to Troop 29 and enter “Gregory Reilly’s Eagle Scout Project” in the memo line. Bring checks to the tree-planting event or mail to: Gregory Reilly, 3337 Centralia Street, Lakewood, CA 90712.


One Response to “Tree Planting: Eagle Scout project will complete the tree-scape in Bixby Knolls”
  1. Bill Orton says:

    How absolutely wonderful! Thanks to Gregory Reilly for dedicating himself to a project that will have a lasting, positive impact on the community~ hurrah~!