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SHADE PROJECT, Phase I

In 2015, the SHADE Project (Shaping Healthy, Active, Deep-Rooted Environments) aimed to cultivate tree-shaded spaces to promote physical activity in two underserved communities that are part of Health Foundation of South Florida’s Live Healthy Community Partnerships initiative: Little Havana and Miami Gardens. The project was successful in strategically planting 132 trees in Miami Gardens and 100 trees in Little Havana to incentivize residents to engage in physical recreation and/or exercise.

The project was funded by “Partners for Places” – an initiative of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and Health Foundation of South Florida’s Live Healthy Community Partnerships initiative. Other partners included Neat Streets Miami, Million Trees Miami; Miami-Dade County; City of Miami, City of Miami Garden, and Citizens for a Better South Florida.

SHADE PROJECT, Phase II

Building upon the project’s initial success, SHADE II engaged multiple partners in improving access to transit stops, and increasing the number of accommodations in the transit areas. The goal was to make active transportation a more viable alternative for all residents in two tree-deprived communities; Little Havana and Miami Gardens.

Based on walking audits, locations were selected to plant 70 trees in Miami Gardens and 71 trees in Little Havana. The project was funded by the same supporters of SHADE Phase I: “Partners for Places” – an initiative of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities – and Health Foundation of South Florida’s Live Healthy Community Partnerships initiative. Project partners included Neat Streets Miami, Miami-Dade County, City of Miami Gardens and Live Healthy Miami Gardens, City of Miami and Live Healthy Little Havana, Citizens for a Better South Florida, Urban Health Partnerships, St. Thomas University, and Miami-Dade College.

For more information on the SHADE Project, please contact Lindsay Corrales at: lcorrales@hfsf.org or (305) 374-7200

TREE TAGS

Attached to each new tree will be a tag reading "I'M YOUR NEW TREE”, which includes the tree species and a list of the benefits of the trees. The QR code on the front of the tag directs you to this page providing an overview of the SHADE project and its partners, as well as event photos. The back of the tree tag has a QR Code that allows Miami-Dade County to track contractor maintenance.

Project Partners