Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest (FPUF) is kicking off their tree planting season today. More than 100 local residents, Home Depot volunteers, and FPUF members will gather to plant 30 trees along Memory Lane and Ammon Park. The event is sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest.
For the second consecutive year, FPUF is one of 11 organizations nationwide to receive a $10,000 National NeighborWoods Grant—a tree planting initiative—from the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation, which is helping to fund this campaign.
Executive Director Danielle Crumrine says this event will help make the Hill District a greener, cleaner and healthier community. “The idea is to partner with affordable housing providers to add green space and ultimately impact the quality of life in the neighborhood.”
Crumrine says there will be activities for all ages. She says the Legacy Arts Initiative will host a drum circle and workshop where kids can plant flower bulbs, collect leaves and have story time. The event will conclude with refreshments.
She says this is a great way for people to get involved and better their community and environment. “Trees help to make our neighborhoods better places to live. They help clean the air and reduce storm water runoff. They make our neighborhoods beautiful, impact our property values and leave a great legacy for future generations.”
The event will be held from 3-6 pm at Ammon Park and Memory Lane, near 2217 Bedford Ave.