Friday, April 1, 2011
In-N-Out Burger Sponsors Chatsworth St. Tree Planting
Photo Courtesy Pat Walsh
In-N-Out Burger, the family-owned, California-based restaurant chain has funded the planting of several of its signature palm trees along the center median of Chatsworth Street.
Company spokesman Ennis Hout explained to GigaGranadaHills that the trees are just one of a string of civic beautification projects the chain plans to undertake in Southern California, in order to "give back to local communities while simultaneously promoting our brand."
The chain has planted the trees at no cost to the city.
Response to the project has overwhelmingly positive. Initially, Neighborhood Council members balked at the choice of tree, as Palm trees provide no shade whatsoever and could be seen as disharmonious with the existing landscape. At a pubic hearing on the matter, one resident suggested that Deodar trees, like those along White Oak Avenue that are now a historic landmark, would have been a more appropriate choice, not only because of their historic significance to the area but also because of the "global cooling" effects their shade would contribute. Another suggested the company go with a California native, such as Coast Live Oak, which also would provide shade. But In-N-Out officials won over naysayers, not only with a promise of picking up the tab for the planting of the decorative trees, but also by assuring locals that Palm trees would add sophistication to the area by making Granada Hills more closely resemble Hollywood.