On November 17, 2018, Esperanza hosted its largest tree planting event as part of an ongoing initiative with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and TreePhilly, part of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Thanks to roughly 50 volunteers and a grant by TD Green Streets, 39 new trees were planted in Hunting Park during the event. The trees will help create a greener and healthier neighborhood.
Community members of all ages volunteered to help plant the trees. The volunteers made 11 groups and were able to form new relationships while helping beautify the neighborhood. Representatives from PHS, TreePhilly and TD Bank also attended.
“PHS brings expert knowledge and many years of experience to the partnership with Esperanza as we work towards creating a neighborhood that is sustainable to current residents and businesses while including the community in all phases of the project,” stated David Ortiz, Senior VP of Esperanza Housing and Economic Development.
After the 39 trees were planted, lunch was provided for all of the people who attended. During that time, TD presented a plaque to Lori Hayes, TreePhilly’s Director of Urban Forestry, to honor the work they’re doing to create greener communities.
“I’m extremely excited to share in the motivation of the grassroots environmental efforts to provide resources to the community,” said Hayes, “and helping neighbors to reestablish green streets and stewardship.”