About 72 trees to be planted for shade in Little Ha­vana

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Johnny Diaz Staff writer

Some shady char­ac­ters are head­ing to Little Ha­vana.

About 72 trees will be planted at tran­sit stops and cor­ri­dors through­out the his­toric Mi­ami neigh­bor­hood to­day, thanks to the S.H.A.D.E. Project, which stands for Shap­ing Healthy, Ac­tive, Deep-rooted, En­vi­ron­ments.

“Little Ha­vana is part of an area that is con­sid­ered a heat zone, with a lack of shaded trees,” said Michael Ro­man, community part­ner­ships man­ager for Live Healthy Little Ha­vana, a city of Mi­ami ini­tia­tive that pro­motes healthy life­styles. “We are try­ing to cre­ate more shade.”

Ro­man said the plant­ing, which will in­clude pi­geon plum, white geiger and pink tabebuia trees, will be fo­cused at bus ar­eas be­cause “we want to pro­mote trans­porta­tion and make it a more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for those who are walk­ing to bus stops and wait­ing at the tran­sit stops.”

This isn’t the first time Little Ha­vana has par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram. It re­ceived 100 trees in 2015.

About 70 trees were planted in Mi­ami Gar­dens by 55 vol­un­teers on Wed­nes­day.

“It was well-at­tended, and the community had a great time,” said Ro­man.

The tree plant­ings are part of a col­lec­tive project of part­ners that in­cludes the Health Foun­da­tion of South Florida’s Live Healthy Community Part­ner­ship pro­gram, Mi­amiDade County, Neat Streets Mi­ami, Mil­lion Trees Mi­ami and Cit­i­zens for a Bet­ter South Florida.

Vol­un­teers will meet at 8:30 a.m. to­day at North­west Fifth Street, be­tween North­west 12th and 13th av­enues.

“We would love to have ad­di­tional vol­un­teers at the event,” said Ro­man. “We are al­ways en­gag­ing the community to be more ac­tive.”

To vol­un­teer, visit live healthylit­tle­ha­vana.com /vol­un­teer.html or call 305-416-1618.

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