News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

New Trees for a New Year! Street Tree Replacement Project Construction to begin on California Avenue
Contact : Elizabeth Ames, Senior Engineer, Public Works    650-444-4388
Palo Alto, CA – Site preparation and tree replanting of the California Avenue Streetscape Improvements project will begin on Monday, January 4, 2010, and is expected to be completed by late February, depending on weather. The City will replant over 60 deciduous and evergreen trees along California Avenue from El Camino Real to the fountain area near the CalTrain station by project completion. Additionally, dozens of street trees within sidewalk areas will be planted during a volunteer planting event with the non-profit organization CANOPY scheduled for January 30.

The phase one California Avenue Streetscape Improvements includes the following elements:

  • Preparation of the street tree wells in the sidewalk and in open planting areas
  • Saw cutting, excavation of existing soil and installation of structural soil within sidewalk areas
  • Relocating the large exposed aggregate planters off-site
  • Installing new 4-foot square tree grates and frames
  • Replanting approximately 65 street and sidewalk trees

In order to minimize construction impacts to residents, businesses and visitors in the area, the contractor will work on one side of the street at localized construction areas before moving to the opposite side of the street. Noisy construction work will be minimized during lunch time near restaurants, as much as possible. There will be temporary periods of reduced street parking available; however, plenty of parking will be available in lots and on side streets. Drivers should expect some delays on California Avenue between El Camino Real and Park Boulevard starting January 4, during construction hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Phase one of the project went through an expedited public design review process to replant street trees on California Avenue from El Camino Real to Park Boulevard. In November, the City Council approved a street tree plan  that includes a mixture of over 60 new evergreen and deciduous trees. The second phase of the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement project is currently under design and includes new benches, kiosks, bike racks, news racks, a new fountain, trees and furniture in the plaza area near the Caltrain Station, street resurfacing, possible potted plants, and possible lane reconfiguration.  This work is expected to begin as early as fall 2010.

For more information, visit the project website at or email the Public Works Department at