Oaks Civic Association
for Boulevard Oaks
Boulevard Oaks is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in America. In 1987, the New York Times described South Boulevard as the "most magnificent residential street in America." The most important factor in this beauty, as the Times article suggests, is the neighborhood's most prized possession, its street trees. The very fabric of this urban neighborhood results from the street trees which form geometric architectural patterns, yielding a feeling which is always urban, but giving a mood of calm, civility, grace and quietness.
"Street trees" are the trees of a coordinated species which line the streets in the "parkway" or "tree lawn" area between the sidewalk and the street. In 1983, the project Trees for Boulevard Oaks began when residents mapped existing street trees and identified the locations where additional street trees were needed. It was determined that a total of 2,300 street trees were required to create a perfect pattern, of which 1,200 were in place and 1,100 -needed to be planted. By 2003, all of these trees had been planted. The program now focuses on planting where older trees have been lost due to public works, construction projects, and extreme weather including hurricanes and droughts.
Boulevard Oaks is proud to be the steward of the most outstanding arboretum of street trees on the North American continent. The plan is as follows:
Boulevard Oaks residents can help the project in several ways:
Make your donation on the Trees for Houston website. Select "Boulevard Oaks" as your beneficiary neighborhood.