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Miami-Dade is getting shadier thanks to Neat Streets Miami matching grants

First of 400 street trees planted today

MIAMI (July 28, 2016)

Miami-Dade County residents can look forward to cooler sidewalks, streets and public spaces thanks to a new grant program announced by Neat Streets Miami this year.  As a part of Million Trees Miami goal to plant one million trees and increase the tree canopy to 30% by the year 2020, Neat Streets Miami awarded $100,000 in grant matching funds to plant more canopy trees on transportation corridors and gateways.  

“With this program, we can not only get more trees in the ground, we can also create a cooler, more sustainable community for everyone to enjoy,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

This innovative grant program allowed the County to double their impact by encouraging investments on county or local streets. Grants were awarded to those communities who demonstrated the greatest benefits for residents, employers and visitors and were able to provide a stewardship plan for our joint investment. Furthermore, consideration was given to those communities who showed a comprehensive approach to tree planting; including a maintenance plan, outreach and education.  Finally, preference was given to areas where the tree canopy coverage is at or below the County’s average of 20 percent. The pent up demand was demonstrated by the more than $463,000 in grant funding requests from 26 communities.  

“We know that by leveraging resources with our partners, planting 1 million trees by 2020 becomes a much more achievable goal,” said Neat Streets Miami Chairman, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9. “Cities awarded funds this first year should be very proud of their efforts to green their communities.” 

The following ten communities won a Neat Streets Miami Street Tree Matching Grant:

•City of Doral 

•Village of El Portal 

•City of Hialeah 

•Town of Medley

•City of Miami Beach

•City of Miami Gardens

•Town of Miami Lakes

•City of North Miami

•City of Sweetwater

•City of West Miami

The first of over 400 trees was installed today in the City of Miami Lakes on Miami Lakes Drive between Palmetto Palm Avenue and Mahogany Court.  Planting alongside roadways throughout the County, these trees will increase Miami-Dade County’s tree canopy, provide roadway beautification and shade for pedestrians and bikers, storm water retention, noise pollution reduction, and air pollution absorption. 

About Million Trees Miami and Neat Streets Miami 

Launched by Neat Streets Miami, the Million Trees Miami Campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional county board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation corridors, gateways and connections.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.