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Dayton to expand tree project on HWY 90

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You cannot help but notice the beautiful crepe myrtle trees that adorn Hwy 90 on the eastside of Dayton, as part of the effort to help beautify the town. Now those same efforts are once again kicking off as the City of Dayton alongside the Dayton Enhancement Committee, has plans to bring that same lovely appeal to Dayton’s westside.

The original project was named the Memorial Mile, as residents bought the tree’s in memory of a loved one, or in honor of someone they felt deserved the distinction. Now the new efforts will be known as the Memorial Mile Phase II, and once totally completed would reach the city’s farthest western border along HWY 90.

The crepe myrtle’s will truly reflect Dayton as they will be purple and white, they will be planted in a line pattern down the middle of Hwy 90 in multiple sections, until eventually extending to the city limits, but the first phase will extend to the new Grand Parkway intersection.

The cost to purchase one of the crepe myrtles is $100, and they will begin the planting sometime in the Fall of this year. All of the donors will be honored at the Dayton Community Center, along with those that made the original project possible.

“Thank you in advance for purchasing a crepe myrtle as we work together to enrich the experience of travelers, visitors, and Dayton residents alike,” Susan Simmons said in a statement.

To purchase one a tree and help out in this endeavor there are forms available at the City of Dayton website, or at the city hall, you can contact Susan Simmons at 713-628-1510 for more information.