By Sharon Aron Baron
When the holidays are long gone, but the Christmas tree isn’t, it’s time to chip in and donate it to Broward County’s annual Chip-a-Tree initiative.
Last year Broward County Parks recycled nearly 4,000 trees, which probably would otherwise have gone to landfills.
The free program requires Broward County residents to remove all decorations from their holiday trees — no decorated trees will be accepted, then bringing the trees to a participating park.
The trees are then chipped and used for landscaping throughout the county park system.
Broward County’s recently appointed Vice Mayor, Michael Udine, encourage everyone to use this service.
“You can dispose of your tree in a safe, eco-friendly way knowing that even this small act is helping our park system and the environment,” said Udine, who added, “In a year when we all tried to give and help others, this is a nice way to continue.”
This season’s program runs daily through Monday, January 18, 2021, giving residents plenty of time before hauling their tree to a park.
Regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee are not in effect for recyclers, so there’s no excuse not to do the right thing. There is a limit of two trees per vehicle, artificial trees are not accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed.
Hours vary; call the park of your choice for details.
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek 33063; 954-357-5198
Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073; 954-357-8870
Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City 33024; 954-357-5150
C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines 33028; 954-357-5170
Easterlin Park, 1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park 33309; 954-357-5190
Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise 33326; 954-357-8868
Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317; 954-357-5135
Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-357-8801
Snake Warrior’s Island Natural Area, 3600 S.W. 62nd Ave., Miramar 33023; 954-357-8776
Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie 33328; 954-357-5130
T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood 33021; 954-357-8811
Vista View Park, 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie 33330; 954-357-8898
West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood 33019; 954-357-5161
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