Grant to Improve Clinton’s Pine Haven Park

TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation this week announced that the City of Clinton will receive a $20,000 grant from ‘TD Green Streets’ to support innovative urban greening and tree-planting projects in low-to-moderate income areas of town. Clinton is one of ten United States cities selected this year for grants of up to $20,000 from ‘TD Green Streets.’

This grant will be used for Pine Haven Park, located along one of the “entry points” into Clinton. An announcement about the grant stated that Pine Haven Park boasts a very thick, albeit overgrown and compromised tree canopy that could use some T.L.C. The park is also home to Clinton’s historic American Legion Hut, which was once the original YMCA facility for Clinton. This ‘TD Green Streets’ money will allow Clinton to assess the current tree canopy of the park; review park layout and structure; remove large and/or older hazard/compromised tree and replace them with both large and understory canopy, fresh shrubbery, and natural play spaces. The city will collaborate with the group ‘Clinton Canopy’ along with the Clinton High FFA and Clinton High School agriculture classes to complete this project.

New Clinton City Manager Bill Ed Cannon said, “Having quality parks and green space is an important service we provide for our citizens and we appreciate the support from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation.” Cannon added, “This funding will enhance our ability to improve the urban footprint of Pine Haven Park along a critical entry corridor into Clinton.

TD Bank’s Head of Environmental Affairs, Joseph Doolan, said “TD Bank is committed to enhancing urban free canopies and green space as part of our vision to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and nurture sustainability in the communities we serve.” He added, “Through our longstanding partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we are supporting innovative community programs in cities including Clinton that do more than beautify underserved urban neighborhoods,” He said, “Trees improve air quality, capture carbon emissions, and enhance the quality of life.”

Myrtle Beach was a 2nd city from South Carolina receiving the award. Other states with two winning cities were Florida and New Jersey. Larger cities receiving the grant this year are Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York.