B of A Supports Florida Greenprinting
Miami, Florida — A $50,000 grant to TPL’s Florida program from Bank of America’s Florida Foundation will support the development of a pilot project for greenprinting – developing a plan for parks, open space and greenways in the communities where the bank plans community redevelopment projects.
The pilot project will complement the Miami River Greenway, supporting TPL’s plan for the Overtown neighborhood’s greenway that ultimately will connect the river to Biscayne Bay. If the Miami pilot is successful, the foundation has indicated it will consider an additional $25,000 grant to Florida for implementation.
Comprised of new streetscape improvements, trees, native landscaping, lighting, seating, comprehensive signage/historic markers, trash receptacles and other features, the new greenway segments are part of the economic revitalization planned for the neighborhoods, generating new recreational opportunities for residents and serving as alternative transportation routes. Greenway development also will help attract economic reinvestment along the river corridor and in both communities.
The Bank of America’s national foundation also awarded TPL a $100,000 grant for greenprinting, $25,000 of which will come to Florida. This brings the total support this year from Bank of America to $160,000 nationally, and to $75,000 in Florida.
Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land specializes in conservation real estate, applying its expertise in negotiations, public finance, and law to protect land for public use and enjoyment. Operating in Florida since 1975, TPL has partnered with private landowners, communities, and government agencies to protect more than 200 special places throughout state. The Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money magazine recently named TPL the nation’s most efficient large conservation charity, based on the percentage of funds dedicated to programs. TPL is on the web at www.tpl.org.