City of Orlando Awarded Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program
Last updated on March 16, 2021
The City of Orlando Awarded Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program to Plant Trees in Emery Hamilton Sports Complex
March 16, 2021– ORLANDO, FL – The City of Orlando received an Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program award from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to plant more trees in the 25.5 acre Emery Hamilton Sports Complex. The $20,000 matching grant was awarded and approved at the March 30, 2020 City Council meeting and funded the planting of 60 native trees in the park.
Through this grant program, these trees will provide needed shade along the western, eastern and northern boundaries of the complex and protect the fields from severe weather by serving as windbreaks, reducing stormwater run-off, and controlling erosion. To ensure the success of the trees, the city provided irrigation, ground cover and shrubs.
“This grant allows us to leverage grant funds to continue our efforts, to better serve our residents and visitors to the complex, with such amenities,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I want to thank the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for their partnership and investment in our city.”
For more than 35 years, the Emery Hamilton Sports Complex has been home to a variety of youth sports leagues, including football, lacrosse and soccer, serving about 1,000 children of Orlando.