Friday, March 15, 2013

Collaborative Project Designed to Green Federal Hill!

A new greening initiative is underway in Federal Hill. The project, dubbed Federal Hill Thinking Green, is a cooperative effort of the business community, the residents, and the city to keep the neighborhood looking its best.

The Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, the Federal Hill Business Association, the Federal Hill Hospitality Association, and Federal Hill Main Street are funding the effort which will result in planting of scores of new trees throughout the community.

Federal Hill Thinking Green broke ground on February 18 with an official tree planting ceremony (see photo) at the new Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center (former South Baltimore Rec Center). The tree map, designed by Richard Polan of Richard Polan Associate Architects, who initiated the project, can be viewed here and includes everything from spots requested for tree planting to sites of previous efforts.

The expansive project includes grinding out existing tree stumps; planting replacement trees; creating new pits in designated sidewalk areas; installing gator bags; regular maintenance including cleaning, aerating, and watering; and education through emails and a hotline for questions.

More information about Federal Hill Thinking Green can be found on the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association web site here.

Elizabeth Nelson, intern

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