New Landscaping to Enhance Revitalization of Downtown
Downtown Melbourne’s streetscape is getting a makeover. City parks staff have begun work on a project overhaul the existing landscaping in the parking lane planters that line New Haven Avenue.
“The new landscape design will follow a tropical Florida theme and will be at a pedestrian scale fitting for the downtown environment,” said Kevin Briski, Director of Parks, Recreation & Golf. “We selected plants for the new theme that will be low-maintenance yet have a high aesthetic quality.”
Crews are removing the old plant material and planting new ground cover, flowering annuals and ornamental trees, including crepe myrtle, little gem magnolias and loblolly bay trees. The bay trees produce flowers similar to camellias and are in the Tea family.
“The colorful flowers and plants being put in add to the ambiance of Downtown Melbourne and help create an inviting atmosphere for members of our community to eat, shop, and play,” said Jarin Eisenberg, Executive Director of Melbourne Main Street. “This is another example of how the City of Melbourne is putting their time, energy, and resources to help revitalize an area of Melbourne that is an economic driver for the whole county.”
Work on the new landscaping should be completed by mid-February.