City & Community Team Up To Improve Neighborhood
El Cid Neighborhood Gets Major Makeover
April 23, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – One of West Palm Beach’s oldest neighborhoods is getting a makeover thanks to a partnership between residents and the City.
The streets of El Cid, the neighborhood located east of Dixie Highway near Belvedere Road, have received dozens of new trees in an effort to recapture the look and feel of the trees that historically had lined the roadways in the neighborhood.
What makes this project special is the fact that the tree planting effort is the result of a partnership between the city and the neighbors. The neighborhood association raised approximately $20,000 among its residents to purchase the trees. The City, for its part, contributed $7,800 towards the purchase of the trees. The City also supplied all the manpower needed to plant them throughout the neighborhood.
“It does make each groups money go farther when you can make a partnership with the City to do that,” said Nancy Pullum, President of the El Cid Neighborhood Association.
“This is a great example of what can be accomplished when residents and the city work together,” said Christine Thrower, City of West Palm Beach Director of Parks and Recreation. “We talk about the partnership between government and the public all the time. Here is a beautiful success story that illustrates what can be accomplished.”
Pullum said the nice thing about projects such as the tree planting is that it eventually raises properly values in the area which she says benefits everyone.