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Current Projects

2019 Recipients

United States

Connecticut, Hartford

Through this project, the City of Hartford, in partnership with nonprofit organization KNOX, Inc., will plant and maintain seven shade trees and eight flowering trees in Sigourney Square Park, as well as 30 fruit trees in KNOX’s community garden in Pope Park. The trees will serve the Hartford community by filtering air pollution, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, collecting stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat island effect, providing wildlife habitat, improving water quality, and enhancing property values. Planting fruit trees in KNOX’s community garden in Pope Park will provide a free source of healthy food for residents. KNOX’s Children’s Environmental Education Coordinator will lead lessons for the children who attend the community engagement event. As they create greener, more beautiful parks in their community, these children will gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the environment.

Florida, Hallandale Beach

The Hallandale Beach Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project consists of the creation of a Rockland Hammock Bioswale. Rockland hammocks are tropical hardwood forests. The extent of this ecosystem has been greatly reduced in Florida over the past 50 years. Hammocks are ideal for urban areas because they can be created almost anywhere in the built environment, from residential yards, to small spaces between condominium buildings, to roadside swales. The City has partnered with Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture to develop the conceptual design and procurement of appropriate plant species. Once completed, FAU will continue to monitor the project as part of their research of low-impact development (LID) in Broward County.

Florida, Jacksonville

This grant will be used for the S-Line Trail Biodiversity Corridor, a rails-to-trails project by the City of Jacksonville and Groundwork Jacksonville that converts old railways to a multiuse trail running through numerous urban neighborhoods. The S-Line Trail Biodiversity Corridor will be the new location for a rain garden, pollinator garden, spice garden, fruiting trees, and expansion of the current 40-ft. bioswale and educational material/signage describing the project. The model segment for the area’s new Emerald Trail will be an excellent example of how the City of Jacksonville is working with various organizations to beautify a historically underserved community.

New Jersey, Morristown

The Town of Morristown and Morris Habitat for Humanity will be implementing a collective tree planting initiative within Pocahontas Park. The project will focus on the reuse of dead, removed trees through wood chipping. Once the dead trees are made into woodchips, they will be spread throughout forest areas within the project site. More than 20 new trees will be planted to vastly change a recreational landscape that has been fatigued by dead trees and invasive species, resulting in a dramatic and positive change for the park and the neighborhood it serves. Through an educational video produced as part of this project, the community will be informed about the benefits of healthy trees in recreational spaces and beyond. Rather than provide educational materials in hard copy, the video will be digitally circulated within the Town’s community groups and schools, eliminating unnecessary use of paper.

New York, Bronx

The Bronx River Alliance will install a green infrastructure rain garden feature, remove 0.87 acres of invasive plants, and plant 188 native shrubs and 160 native herbaceous plants to restore and stabilize the banks of the Bronx River. The rain garden will be constructed at the only remaining natural meander in a park with a steep gradient where the river often floods and stormwater flows off roadways and sidewalks directly into the Bronx River. The removal of invasive plants and restoration of native mid- and understory-shrubs and herbaceous plants will help alleviate localized bank erosion and create additional habitat for wildlife species.

New York, Watervliet

This project will see the City of Watervliet come together with Capital Roots and local stakeholders to bring 50 trees to the City’s parks and streets, adding to existing green space and creating green corridors, linking parks and other green spaces around the city. In doing so, the program will begin the creation of a green network that allows community members to access green spaces more frequently and easily.

Pennsylvania, Easton

The City of Easton will plant 26 trees in an open meadow for an “Alphabetic” tree planting. The 26 trees — one of each tree species/name starting with a letter A to Z — will all be planted along a new path that will be put into the park. Tree identification tags will serve as an educational aspect in an outdoor venue where school-age children can learn about these types of trees. Additional native trees will be planted along the Bushkill Creek to replace dead ash trees being removed.

Rhode Island, Providence

Groundwork Rhode Island (GWRI) will install five street tree pits with curb cuts to serve as a model green stormwater infrastructure feature at Roger Williams Park, the 435-acre flagship park located in a low-income/underserved community on Providence’s Southside. These new green infrastructure features will be part of a larger initiative happening under the direction of the Providence Parks Department. In addition, GWRI will work closely with the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program to organize a street tree planting of 25 trees in a residential area near Roger Williams Park in order to build awareness for the project’s overall goals.

South Carolina, Clinton

Martha Dendy Park is a location with strong historical relevance and the potential for even stronger future community and economic development. The City’s vision for the Martha Dendy Project site is one that includes multiple programs and services for a diverse population of Clintonians and surrounding residents. Funding from this grant will allow the City of Clinton to work in conjunction with the Clinton Canopy, neighborhood residents, local high school and college service groups, and skill classes — as well as local churches to utilize green infrastructure-based park development and redevelopment efforts. This project will provide an ideal opportunity to utilize green infrastructure to address the stormwater drainage issues at this park and reduce and slow stormwater by intercepting precipitation in leaves and branches.

South Carolina, Rock Hill

The City of Rock Hill, in joint partnership with Finley Road Elementary School, will create an on-campus arboretum to provide hands-on educational opportunities for students at all grade levels. As a result of this project, students from Finley Road Elementary will have the chance to expand their science knowledge without ever leaving their school’s campus. Spartanburg Community College horticulture students have been invited to design the onsite arboretum for Finley Road Elementary School. This opportunity will increase SCC student technical expertise because they will have the unique opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a real-world, hands-on experience that translates directly to their profession in a meaningful way.

Canada

British Columbia, Lake Country

During the extreme freshet in 2017, a significant amount of sediment was delivered to a 500-m stretch of Upper Vernon Creek above Ellison (Duck) Lake, which caused flooding and damage to the creek and its surrounding areas. Revegetation is strongly recommended to re-establish vegetation cover, prevent invasive species, and restore the habitat and ecological functions affected by vegetation removal. This grant will support part of a five-year planting project at Upper Vernon Creek by the Okanagan Indian Band, in which native planting and seeding in a 6300 m2 area will be accompanied by irrigation, monitoring, and adaptive plant management.

Nova Scotia, Trenton

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq will plant trees along the Pictou Landing First Nation school trail system and distribute trees to members of the Glooscap First Nation community. By focusing on planting species of cultural significance to the Mi’kmaw, unique educational opportunities will be generated. This project will allow local students and community members alike to play an active role in transforming their immediate landscape and will afford them the opportunity to learn about the growth habits and habitat preferences of plants significant to their culture. This provides a continual cultural education experience for the whole community, as well as creating an innovative park-based green infrastructure for this learning to take place.

Ontario, Mississauga

The City of Mississauga will engage local community members through a variety of targeted events and activities around the theme of “Pollinators in the City” during National Forest Week in September. Projects will include tree planting events, nature hikes, workshops, interactive display booths, and stewardship activities. The desired experiential aim is for members of the community to become more aware of the importance of pollinators in our urban environment, more familiarized with the natural environment within their community, and to feel more connected and responsible for the green spaces around them.

Ontario, Niagara Falls

Over the past few years, the City of Niagara Falls has made it a priority to replace playground equipment at parks, where the equipment has drastically deteriorated. As playgrounds have been replaced, families have begun to enjoy the park space again, but it was noticeable that areas where families were playing are now in need of shade and protection from the elements. The objective through this grant is to plant 8– 10 trees at six parks with new playgrounds in the most “at-need” areas in the community. Additionally, the City, in partnership with the Park in the City Committee, Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and various local interest groups and schools, will come together to help reforest Firemen’s Park with the planting of 50 trees (50mm caliper) and 1,500 pollinator flowers in response to those lost due to emerald ash borer.

Ontario, Petawawa

With a lack of tree canopy and any man-made shade structures, community members are subject to the vast and intense sun, heat, and lengthened exposure to UV rays during the warm summer days. This lack of strategic tree and shelter-type canopy make the site unusable at times. The Town of Petawawa will be investing in the strategic planting of native trees throughout the property as well as sturdy sun shade structures, which will provide beach users and program participants with viable cover when the sun is at its peak. The trees will provide not only much-needed shade and carbon dioxide conversion, but will also preserve beach erosion. The addition of solar lights will allow for late-evening use of the beach for programs such as yoga, SUP yoga, and other participatory activities. There are currently no lights in the area in the evening. Harnessing the energy of sun and repurposing that energy through solar lights is also an economical and environmentally responsible means of obtaining extended light and prolonging programming options.

Ontario, Toronto

Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) will engage communities in the planting and stewardship of native trees on Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) properties. TCHC staff and residents will plant 75 native trees at up to four sites in 2019. Many trees on TCHC properties were affected by the ice storm of 2013 and thousands of trees have been removed and/or infested by emerald ash borer. Additionally, most remaining trees on these properties are limited to a handful of species, many of which are non-native. This project will also act as a pilot for future TCHC planting and stewardship efforts where tenant training and community engagement are an integral part of the greening process, helping to ensure the success of newly planted trees. TCHC landscapes present a huge opportunity within the City of Toronto to increase canopy cover through this scalable partnership model.

Ontario, Whitby

The redevelopment of Rosedale Park will take an underutilized property that is sandwiched between industrial lands and create a diverse green space for the community to enjoy. Rosedale Park will undergo three phased renovations in the next five years to decrease mown lawn areas, increase canopy cover, create a biodiverse wetland habitat, and filter stormwater. The project team will design a wetland, remove invasive species, and add extensive naturalized plantings that will mitigate flooding and drastically increase biodiversity for the community. An asphalt walkway will be added to access the wetland interpretive viewing area. A fully accessible play space with a new playground structure, accessible engineered wood fibre surface and a ramp into the playground area will be added as well.

Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

The project will involve the remediation of a swale in J. Frank Macaulay Park that was part of the stormwater management system in that area. The swale is nonfunctional as it is congested with silt and plants that impede water flow (creating a flooding situation in the park), collects trash so it becomes unsightly, has low plant biodiversity, and has invasive plant species growing along its borders. The City of Charlottetown will create a green stormwater management feature in the form of a bioswale that runs through the park and slows the flow of stormwater to allow infiltration but does not cause flooding, has diverse plants and water features to encourage the presence of wildlife, does not have any invasive plants present, and improves the aesthetics of the area.

Quebec, Montreal

At Mount Royal Park, nearly 4,000 ash trees have been felled or will be in the coming months. Major plantings of nearly 35,000 trees and shrubs are planned to replace the felled ash trees over the next few years. For 10 years, Les amis de la montagne has been inviting the Montreal community to take part in the Mount Royal stewardship program by taking green actions such as controlling invasive plants and planting trees and shrubs to support forest biodiversity. An additional pool of 350 volunteers will be mobilized in the fall of 2019 for buckthorn cutting and tree and shrub planting activities. This is an opportunity to raise awareness among a larger public by inviting families and newcomers from neighbourhoods near the mountain to join the efforts.

Saskatchewan, Kisbey

Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation’s vision for the future is to build a park that invites the community and brings people together, connecting them to nature while regenerating the environment from harmful emissions. The park will be filled with walking/snowshoe and bicycle paths to encourage physical activity, the park’s forested canopy will provide relief from the hot summers, and a shelterbelt will provide protection from the wind. It will also incorporate an edible forest garden (a combination of wild forest and orchard) to provide a healthy, local, and organic food source.

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