Fairmount Park Conservancy, the non-profit organization that brings parks to life, has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation and PHLY to host a volunteer tree planting event along the Trolley Trail in West Fairmount Park. PHLY volunteers will plant 100 trees, remove invasive vines, mulch, and collect trash and litter at the site as part of the company’s PHLY80K Trees initiative. An additional 50 trees will be donated to the Conservancy and planted at various parks throughout Philadelphia.
PHLY80K Trees is a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 80,000 trees each year in forests and communities damaged by natural disasters like fires and hurricanes. The Company has funded the planting of 500,000 trees in 15 states since 2015; many were planted by hundreds of PHLY employees. The mission is to support forests and communities in need by planting trees to help purify our air and restore the environment.
Trees offer vast benefits for the community at large. Thriving urban forests bolster human health, from encouraging physical activity to reducing respiratory illnesses stemming from air pollution. In the United States, park trees alone remove about 75,000 tons ($500 million) of air pollution each year. And urban trees reduce runoff of sediment, pollutants, and organic matter into streams, improving our water quality. Trees have also been shown to reduce crime, lower stress levels, and develop community pride.
This tree planting will contribute to the ongoing development of the Trolley Trail, a 4.5-mile soft surface, multi-purpose loop trail that reimagines the former Fairmount Trolley line as a scenic interpretive trail. The Trolley Trail is designed as a multi-use trail open to walkers, runners, equestrians and bikes. The Trolley Trail project is led by Fairmount Park Conservancy in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance. Construction is ongoing and is expected to be completed in spring 2022.