Community Volunteers Team Up With NFL Green for Super Bowl Project To Revitalize the Nature Preserve at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park
Focus on Clean Up and Replacing Trees Lost to Hurricane Irma
Oct 26, 2019
MIAMI – On Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, more than 100 community volunteers are expected to join representatives from NFL Green, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Verizon, and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to revitalize the nature preserve at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park as part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 initiative. In honor of the league’s 100th season, Huddle for 100 is an effort to inspire 1 million people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities. This Super Bowl community impact project will focus on removing invasive plants and debris and planting native plants and trees to replace those lost during Hurricane Irma.
Volunteers from Miami-Dade County Park Conservation Corps, the Miami Dolphins Special Teams, the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, Verizon, Terra Environmental Research Institute and the community will take part.
Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, located at 11395 SW 79th Street, Miami, is home to a tropical hardwood hammock forest – an area of hardwood trees that shelters a diversity of native plants. The park’s nature preserve is designated as a Native Forest Community (NFC) and is one of urban Miami’s last natural forests. It features 1.5 miles of trails. To help preserve this precious habitat, invasive plants will be removed, and hundreds of native hammock shrubs, plants and trees will be added to the landscape.
The park restoration project will begin at 9 a.m. with a brief ceremony celebrating the importance of park conservation and environmental stewardship. It will include representatives from NFL Green, Miami-Dade Parks, Verizon and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee.
NFL Green, in partnership with Verizon, Miami-Dade Parks and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee is implementing a series of Super Bowl community greening projects in the months leading up to Super Bowl LIV, with the goal of leaving a positive “green” legacy in the greater Miami area.
Projects to date include a beach cleanup, sand dune restoration, tree planting and pollinator garden planting at Crandon Park, and the creation of community gardens and planting of fruit trees at Glenwood Park. In June, 100 staghorn corals were planted near Rainbow Reef in honor of the NFL’s 100th season. The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Reef was initiated by the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee’s Oceans to Everglades (O2E) environmental program. The coral restoration was conducted in partnership with Force Blue retired Navy Seals, NFL, University of Miami, Florida DEP, the Frost Science Museum and Verizon.
About NFL Green
The National Football League has incorporated environmental projects into the management of Super Bowl for more than 25 years. NFL Green is part of the NFL’s sustainability platform. Carried out in partnership with Verizon and the local Super Bowl Host Committee, the program aims to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave a positive, “green” legacy in host communities. These efforts include food recovery and distribution, recycling and solid waste management, recovery and donation of event and building materials, urban forestry projects, the use of “green energy” to power events, a public E-Waste Recycling Rally and Super Kids-Super Sharing, a Super Bowl community initiative that works to put books, sports equipment and school supplies into the hands of local children.
These environmental projects are part of a large number of community events and initiatives implemented each year by the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee to leave a positive benefit in each Super Bowl host community.
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