Congratulations to these communities selected to participate in 2018 TD Green Streets.
- Boston, MA
- Clifton, NJ
- Clinton, SC
- Delray Beach, FL
- Myrtle Beach, SC
- New York, NY
- Oakland Park, FL
- Philadelphia, PA
- Plainfield, NJ
- Providence, RI
The City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) plans to use their TD Green Streets grant to increase tree canopy in dense urban neighborhoods while also increasing resident access to natural spaces.
Through this project, BPRD will work with the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the Charles River and its watershed, and the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWBCDC), which hires a seasonal Green Team youth conservation corps, to host community events and increase access to Sherrin Woods Urban Wild, a large 24-acre natural area located in a diverse, inner-city Environmental Justice community of Hyde Park, Boston.
This project includes planting 10 new street trees along Hyde Park Avenue to increase connectivity to this unique urban wild for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods while helping the City work toward their goal of reaching 35 percent tree canopy coverage by 2030. An additional 83 trees will be planted within Sherrin Woods Urban Wild itself to restore native species and increase tree biodiversity.
The target community surrounding the Urban Wild is comprised of more than 70 percent minority residents and is categorized as an Environmental Justice community by the state. The City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department hopes to introduce community members to the Sherrin Woods Urban Wild, a unique pocket of woodland in their backyard, through environmental stewardship opportunities and new trailhead access.
Stretching across 11 square miles, the City of Clifton spans five zip codes and is home to approximately 90,000 residents, making it New Jersey’s 11th largest municipality. With such an expansive land area comes a vast urban forest — a natural resource the City has made a top priority over the last two decades.
Through the TD Green Streets program, the City of Clifton will partner with the New Jersey Tree Foundation to support and enhance the tree stocking efforts within Nash Park, Randolph Park, and Hird Park by planting approximately 50 trees between the parks. These three parks are within low- to moderate-income tracts and have been identified by City officials as open spaces in need of increased canopy coverage.
Additionally, Clifton will provide technical training and education to a professional arborist to assist in developing a planting plan for the parks and the creation of identification tags for each new tree in order to highlight each unique species and serve as an informative aid for students and residents. This aspect will encourage the Clifton School District to host field trips and environmental programming at the parks to educate youth on the power of trees and their impact on the health of a community.
This project will allow the city — in collaboration with the Clinton Canopy and the Clinton High School FFA and agriculture classes — to assess the current tree canopy of the historic Pine Haven Park, review park layout and structure, remove large and older hazard/compromised trees, and replace them with both large and understory canopy, fresh shrubbery, and natural play spaces. As part of their classroom learning, and with direction from Clinton Canopy, CHS agriculture teachers will lead their students in learning about how to select the right tree for the right place. Additionally, Clinton Canopy stands prepared to assist with the education component by researching and installing signage with interactive QR codes to identify tree species in the park.
Finally, a community celebration of the park's revitalization will be hosted and will include educating attendees on how the city's tree canopy contributes to energy conservation and economic development as well as providing an opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors. Community groups will be invited to set up in a festival atmosphere to celebrate the uplift of Clinton's tree canopy and natural play areas at Pine Haven Park. In addition, since this park hosts the site of the former American Legion Hut and is located perpendicular to Veterans Lane, veterans will be celebrated at the community event.
Delray Beach, FL
For their 2018 TD Green Streets project, the nonprofit Community Greening and the city of Delray Beach, Florida, are coming together to plant 100 trees on a 2-acre lot in front of an elementary school in the Northwest Neighborhood. It is an ideal location to increase the tree canopy, engage residents and children, beautify a school, improve a biofiltration basin, and strengthen a pedestrian-friendly greenway.
The planting event will follow the format similar to other tree plantings hosted by Community Greening: a celebration of trees. For this school planting, Community Greening will coordinate the planting with the city and engage city staff, residents, and schoolchildren. Carolyn Pendleton-Parker, a Harvard-educated landscape architect and Community Greening board member, will design the site plan free of charge. Native trees selected include bald/pond cypress, dahoon holly, redbay, and sweetbay magnolia. The trees will be maintained by Community Greening for two years. On the day of the event, there will be public remarks from city officials, press coverage, videographer and photographer, planting demonstrations, food, and music. The planted trees will be tracked in Open Tree Map, a database used by Community Greening to track tree species, location, sponsor, survival rate, and ecosystem services.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle's Market is a city-owned farmer's market located in the heart of the city at the intersections of Mr. Joe White Avenue, Oak Street, and 10th Avenue North. This is one of the busiest intersections in the city and only a short walk from the lowest-income neighborhoods in Myrtle Beach. The closest grocery store to these neighborhoods is more than half a mile away, creating a food desert in these areas. The market provides fresh, affordable, and locally grown produce for those on limited incomes as well as those concerned about eating healthier.
However, the market is over 10 years old and is in need of upgrades and a facelift. Currently, mulch covers most of the property with no safe walkways around the vendor stalls. The landscaping is old and trees have been destroyed recently by hurricanes Matthew and Irma.
This project will improve visibility by providing attractive signage for the market and removing landscaping and fencing that blocks the view of the corridor. Customer accessibility will be improved by creating better landscape beds, walkways, and parking amenities designed with safety in mind. Shade trees, benches, and fragrant landscaping will beautify the area and also create a sense of place for those shopping and wanting to enjoy the outdoors. Raised garden beds will be added to serve not only as planting demonstration sites for the master gardeners but also for children from the after-school program at the Historic MB Colored School Museum and Education Center. The children will tend flowers, herbs, and vegetables that can be sold at the market or grown for their own use. The work will be performed by staff and volunteers such as TD Bank volunteers, residents, master gardeners, South Carolina Forestry Commission and the after-school programs.
New York, NY
Trees New York’s Tree Stewardship & Pruning Program is designed to train and mobilize New Yorkers so they can play an active role in supporting the health of the community’s urban forest. Trees New York’s Environmental Educators teach lessons on the value of a healthy urban forest and the importance of volunteer efforts. Following each lesson, volunteers steward street trees. Trees New York’s Environmental Educators work alongside volunteers to guide their stewardship efforts and answer questions. Trees New York’s “learning-while-doing” approach provides volunteers with the awareness knowledge and skills to ensure that street trees survive and thrive.
For this project, Trees New York will implement a minimum of 20 tree stewardship and pruning workshops in the low- and middle-income neighborhoods of East Harlem and West Harlem. Trees New York will train a minimum of 100 volunteers (50 adults and 50 youth) and steward a minimum of 250 trees during the project year. Volunteer stewardship activities will include tree bed cleanup and soil cultivation, watering, mulching, tree bed gardening, and pruning.
Oakland Park, FL
The Oakland Park project is a partnership among the City of Oakland Park, Lloyd Estates Elementary, and Oakland Park Volunteer Corps to complete a community forestry project in the Prospect Gardens Neighborhood. The project will purchase and install 20 trees along NW 5th Avenue, providing a mixture of native trees including Silver Buttonwood, Wild Tamarind, Live Oak, and Pigeon Plum.
This project will allow the City to increase awareness of the importance of the urban tree canopy and demonstrate proper tree selection and installation techniques to a traditionally underserved area. Through partnerships with the Volunteer Corps, the adjacent elementary school and TD Bank, both school children and residents of the low-income area will experience a long-term impact.
The tree planting will not only serve as a visible example of the benefits of an urban forest but also expand the size of the tree population within a low-income neighborhood. In addition, it will further the goal of increasing the City’s tree canopy by at least 20 percent by 2020.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) will partner with the Tree Tenders program of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and Esperanza to undertake community education and training as well as community-led street tree planting and stewardship projects in the Hunting Park and Feltonville neighborhoods of Philadelphia, with some of the lowest tree canopy coverage citywide.
Esperanza has successfully partnered with the PPR TreePhilly program to give away small yard trees, but at present, these neighborhoods are not part of the PHS Tree Tenders program that empowers local communities to plant and care for street trees. This project will create a new partnership between PHS and Esperanza, with support from PPR, to provide training to the residents of Hunting Park and Feltonville to start a community-led tree planting and stewardship program.
Most importantly, funding will be used to translate Tree Tenders materials and resources into Spanish and offer a neighborhood-based Tree Tenders workshops in Spanish. A total of 45 street trees, and the project will significantly increase the capacity of residents — with support from Esperanza and PHS — to plant, maintain, and monitor trees into the future through the PHS Tree Tenders program, supported in part by Pennsylvania’s TreeVitalize program.
The City of Plainfield is just over six square miles and is fully developed with a population of approximately 50,000 people. There is great disparity in the tree canopy in Plainfield. Parts of the city, especially along the northeast border, have streets lined with towering, mature trees. Other areas in the city, mostly the low- to moderate-income areas, have sparse tree canopy coverage. Some streets have no trees at all. Plainfield residents in lower-income areas should not miss out on the benefits provided by tree-lined neighborhoods simply because of where they live. This project — a partnership of the City of Plainfield, Plainfield Shade Tree Commission, Plainfield Public Schools District, and NJ Tree Foundation — will help to reforest Plainfield’s low-income areas in need of trees.
Three Plainfield schools have been identified as potential sites for the project. Each of these schools sits within a low-income census tract with 93 percent minority populations according to 2017 data on the FFIEC website. All of these schools lack tree canopy coverage, with playgrounds, basketball courts, and play areas devoid of shade. The student body is almost completely minority, with high percentages of African American and Hispanic students at all three schools. The City of Plainfield plans to plant 35 new trees to benefit today’s students and future generations.
The City of Providence and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, in collaboration with a diverse group of community partners and stakeholders, will work to plan, prepare for, and plant 133 trees. In addition to planting trees, they will also steward a mix of shade trees and native shrubs along one end of Huntington Avenue on Providence’s south side as a seed and impetus for continued greening and transformation of this significantly located, but often neglected, stretch of road.
The primary goals of this project are to increase tree canopy and usable green space along a parkway that narrowly separates dense residential blocks from railroad tracks, large commercial/industrial tracts and highway; to bring together a coalition of partners and participants who might not otherwise intersect around a specific site/shared goal in order to make a tangible impact through tree planting and stewardship as well as to collectively envision how it might continue to be transformed, and to build momentum around community-driven engagement in environmental stewardship.