Parks and Rec announces Fall Beautification Awards

LA GRANDE – (Information provided by La Grande Parks and Rec)The home of Zane and Quinn Hanna, 1430 Monroe Avenue, received the City of La Grande fall beautification award for a residential property. The property at the corner of Monroe Avenue and Greenwood St. has benefited from an extensive landscaping work since the Hannas bought their home three years ago. “We spent a lot of time in selecting the plants and designing the irrigation system,” said Zane Hanna “It’s been hard work but we have really enjoyed the transformation.” The new landscaping features a colorful border of shrubs and perennials along the sidewalk and new shade trees in the yard. The Hannas also replaced a weedy lawn in the park way with low maintenance decorative rock while providing large mulched beds for the existing street trees. Sited in an area of mixed residential and commercial properties the Hannas work has been a positive change to the neighborhood. “We’ve had a lot of compliments from the neighbors and people just passing by, and we are looking forward to making more improvements,” said Hanna.

The commercial award went to Grande Ronde Apartments at 1902 3rd St. Built in 1928 this classic brick building is owned and operated by Sharon Carpenter. The front entry is framed by a diverse mix of shrubs and perennials and the porch is lined with colorful containers of annuals. The sunny south side of the building provides more space for flowers, fruits and vegetables. The alley behind the building features a brick wall that provides a back drop for more plants. Once a repository for brush and debris the alley now provides an inviting place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. Carpenter gives all the credit to one of her tenants. “Halina does all the landscaping,” said Carpenter. “She loves to garden and wanted the building to be welcoming and pleasant and look like home.”

The Beautification Awards Program, sponsored by the La Grande Landscape and Community Forestry Commission, recognizes and honors residential and commercial properties that add to the beauty and diversity of La Grande’s environment.