Congrats to these communities selected to participate in 2017 TD Green Streets.
- Baltimore, MD
- Bristol, RI
- Brooklyn, NY
- Delray Beach, FL
- Hartford, CT
- Morristown, NJ
- Philadelphia, PA
- Rock Hill, SC
- Tampa, FL
- Wilmington, NC
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Friends of Druid Hill Park, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will partner to create a nature play space for children in Druid Hill Park. Though the children live close to the park, the daily experience for most of them involves moving along flat, hard surfaces and playing on uniform, metal playground equipment. Connecting these children to a nature play space will allow them to climb, explore and otherwise navigate the variable surfaces and textures of nature. Tree and log hugging will be encouraged!
The space will be approximately 5000 square feet and comprised of natural materials collected from the storage and processing yard managed by the Forestry division. Logs, stumps, branches and mulch processed from downed city trees will be delivered to the site and the space will conform to playground safety and liability guidelines. Plantings will include 5 shade trees and 30 native willow shrubs formed into a tunnel. In addition, interpretive signage will educate the public about the value of trees, the benefits of play and the importance of children connecting to nature.
The Wood Street Arbor Day project will encompass the combined efforts of the Town of Bristol, the non-profit Mosaico Community Development Corporation, the Bristol Warren School District, Blithewold Gardens & Arboretum, Roger Williams University, and local businesses. Four main areas of focus will include the following:
- An educational component including a lesson plan on trees and their benefits for third graders
- The planting of 25 to 30 native species of trees with help from students, their families, neighbors, and local businesses
- A culminating educational neighborhood celebration featuring interactive stations where attendees will have opportunities to create terrariums, see soil testing demonstrations, learn how to ID trees, among other things
- Follow-up maintenance and evaluation conducted by the conservation commission and neighborhood residents and businesses
This project will bring together several representative groups to enhance a low-income neighborhood, while educating its youngest residents and their families about the importance of trees, their impact on the environment, and how to maintain the trees so that they continue to provide beauty and health to the neighborhood.
The New York Tree Trust, a program of NYC Parks, and El Puente plan to engage approximately ninety residents to improve tree cover and health through tree planting and stewardship activities in the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, specifically in and around the area of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
A low-income community of primarily Latino residents, “The Southside,” or “Los Sures,” has endured a long struggle with its open spaces. Working within the area bordered by Borinquen Place to the north, Keap Street to the east, Broadway to the south, and Havemeyer Street to the west, existing NYC Parks Department funding will be leveraged to plant approximately 30 new trees with steel tree guards (a value of over $80,000), and use funds available through the TD Green Street Grant program to host six stewardship days in which community members will learn about tree care, plant perennials, add mulch, and conduct general maintenance of tree pits. This exciting event will provide volunteers with an entry point to learn about and participate in caring for neighborhood trees while building community pride.
Delray Beach, FL
The Southwest neighborhood in Delray Beach is made up of more than 70% minorities, primarily African Americans and islanders of Bahamian and Haitian descent. Fruit trees have played an integral role in their land use and culture but were lost when Interstate 95 was constructed. To say this area is low-income, is an understatement. 78% of children in the area are growing up in households that are living 200% below the poverty level.
As a way to revitalize the lost fruit trees and address the food desserts in the area, Community Greening will partner with the Parks and Recreation Department among others to develop a new, two-acre Community Grove of fruit trees and native trees next to Interstate 95 on the property of Catherine Strong Park.
Students will help to prepare the land and plant and maintain the trees while participating in workshops about biodiversity, pollinators and the food web. Additionally, teens will work with a local videographer to create short educational/testimonial videos that will be shared via social media. The main goal of the educational material dissemination is to engage young people in sharing that being green is cool and fun and motivating residents to rally around an improvement effort that multiple generations are excited about.
The City of Hartford, in partnership with nonprofit organization KNOX, Inc., and in coordination with the City Forester and Hartford Tree Commission, will plant trees at Simpson-Waverly elementary school in the Northeast Neighborhood of Hartford. Based on the success of previous tree plantings at schools in the neighborhood, KNOX will be able to engage residents and volunteers in the plantings, keeping the community at the forefront of the project. Priority placement for the new trees will be along the high-trafficked ball fields where almost no trees remain and heat becomes a limiting factor for fans and young athletes. As it stands, there is only one set of bleachers with any shade. New trees at the school will encourage more outdoor play and achieve the City's and KNOX's goal of growing our tree canopy. As the plantings will be at the elementary school, KNOX and the City will reach out to partner with students to engage them in the tree planting process and to provide them parallel environmental education through our Gaia's Guides curriculum.
Together with the City Arborist, the Morris School District and additional community partners, the Morristown Shade Tree Commission (STC) will plant and maintain 20 trees in Morristown. Trees will be planted in two locations: The Lafayette Learning Center Preschool and the Morristown High School. This project area lies both within and adjacent to the Second Ward of Morristown, which is largely isolated from the popular downtown area. The Second Ward has a population of 3,672, of which 22.7% of residents live below the poverty level and 37.6% of families live below the median family income level making this a "low" income area. The tree planting will take place during Arbor Day events at both sites where residents and students will be invited to participate in the tree planting celebration.
In addition, this initiative will include a community-wide education component. Teachers at the Morris School District will incorporate appropriate grade level curriculum for students to learn about the lifecycle of trees and their importance to the community. Training for STC members will be provided in order to assist with the tree maintenance and to ensure the survival rate of the newly planted trees. Events for education, maintenance, and outreach focused on the importance of community forestry will also be hosted.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation will partner with the Tree Tenders program of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and their affiliated Tree Tenders group, Philly Tree People (PTP), to undertake a large scale street tree planting and stewardship project in the Kensington and East Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
These neighborhoods suffer from critically low tree canopy, currently under 5%. PTP was organized in 2007 to increase their neighborhood’s tree canopy by promoting and leading local volunteer tree plantings and has been very successful at generating interest in tree planting; indeed, demand for new trees is now exceeding available local resources for planting. This grant will allow PTP to plant an additional 130 trees within their service area, addressing the backlog of tree applications and positioning them to meet future demand. In addition, this project will significantly increase PTP’s capacity to plant, maintain, and monitor trees in the future through strengthened partnerships and customized training and support, including necessary tools and supplies.
Rock Hill, SC
The Confederate Park Reforestation Project aims to increase the canopy at one of the City of Rock Hill’s neighborhood parks by planting a swath of urban forest to shade play areas at the park. Project plans include an inventory and assessment of trees at the park, planting a diversity of large canopy and smaller understory trees, and involving the community through education and engagement in the project. The City is excited to expand Confederate Park’s urban forest, as it is an important part of the active and vibrant Rock Hill community.
The Great American Cleanup is an opportunity to bring the Youth Ambassador Program and Environmental Education Program of Tampa, FL, together for the first time. A Youth Ambassador Beautification Committee will be established that will attend classes on tree care and plantings at our Florida Learning Garden. This committee will be given the tools and support to lead beautification projects and assist volunteers throughout other Great American Cleanup activities. With this grant, a tree planting project will take place at a local county park.
Prior to the event, students will be educated on the importance of the environment and why they are responsible for keeping their community litter-free. Students will be invited to the Florida Learning Garden where they will receive education and hands on learning from a certified staff member as well as a tree care class. The Florida Learning Garden is an educational facility utilized for education presentations, community workshops, volunteer service projects, school field trips and a summer camp. The students will get a first-hand experience at what it is like to be a forester by practicing at the Florida Learning Garden and then planting trees in the community park next to their school. This project will focus on educating youth about the benefits of trees, taking care of our environment and agriculture in our community. The Great American Cleanup is a wonderful opportunity to tie together this hands-on educational experience to connect with youth.
Partnering with the Wilmington Housing Authority and other organizations, the City of Wilmington proposes to plant 50 trees along streets in Hillcrest and Houston Moore neighborhoods. The project proposes to blend the educational aspects and planting of trees with fun and food to encourage residents to learn to appreciate the benefits of trees. Because of summer heat, it is critical that the project also include plans for watering the new trees. The City will provide recycled wood chip mulch, and a water trailer will be purchased that can be used for watering the trees.
Training for volunteers will begin in March with a planting being held the first Saturday in April. At the end of April, the Celebration of Trees for Arbor Day will be held at Houston Moore. A major focus will be placed on children’s activities: Dr. Seuss’ Lorax books for 6-9 year olds; coloring books on trees for younger children; and Art of Nature hands-on workshop conducted by a local children’s art program. A second event at Hillcrest, the Summer Shade Celebration, will feature either “WALL-E” or “Over the Hedge”. Both emphasize the importance of trees.
UNCW interns will work to monitor the trees, analyze the results of the events with attendance numbers, and meet with community leaders to ascertain their satisfaction with scales designed by the class. The project results will be summarized on a flyer as yet another way to educate and engage the community.