The Pepper Tree Foundation
The Pepper Tree Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by the City and dedicated to enriching the quality of life for Rolling Hills Estates residents. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance improvements in city parks, trails and open space through community donations. Contributions to the Foundation over the years have helped make life in Rolling Hills Estates what it is, a pastoral community preserving open space and promoting the equestrian lifestyle.
Through beloved community events such as the Tracy Austin Tennis Tournament (held each July), the Hills Are Alive 5k/10k (held each August), the City Celebration (September 15, 2018), and the Annual Parade of Lights (December 1, 2018), the Foundation has been able to encourage donations from local businesses, service clubs, school classes, churches, and individuals who want to connect with their community while also contributing to its care and improvement. But you don’t need to wait for fundraising events to begin beautifying your neighborhood. Individuals and families often make direct donations of trees, park benches, picnic tables, as a way of leaving their mark on the community.
The Pepper Tree Foundation also specializes in larger-scale projects. Since its inception more than three decades ago, the nonprofit has been a part of major improvements to City parks and recreation areas. Thanks to the Foundation’s efforts, coupled with the generous donations of our residents, RHE has seen improvement such as new bleachers and a new irrigation system in Ernie Howlett Park; a new softball diamond backstop and foul ball fencing at Highridge Park; Tennis Club court resurfacing, painting, and stripping (twice); and updates to the Nature Center, including purchasing the Center’s first computer. Most recently, the Foundation has helped fund mural painting and upcoming Wifi improvements at Ernie Howlett Park, as well as purchased special event traffic safety equipment and much-needed storage space. And there are no plans to slow down.
In fact, the Pepper Tree Foundation is currently working on the design and development of a new small pocket park being developed on the east side of the City expected to be open to the public by the end of 2018, and is also in the midst of planning improvement projects enhancing accessibility at other City parks - an important undertaking that will provide enjoyment of our parks for everyone.
“The Pepper Tree Foundation is about giving back to the residents that make Rolling Hills Estates so wonderful,” says Andy Clark, Community Services Director. “From improving the horse trails to planting more pepper trees, to creating brand new green spaces, we truly care about making our community a picturesque and enjoyable place for all our residents.”
If you’d like to be more involved with the Pepper Tree Foundation, consider making a donation or talking to your company about sponsoring one of Rolling Hills Estates’ community events. For more information, visit the city website or call (310) 377-1577.