When the holidays are long gone but your tree isn't, it's time to chip in and donate your used evergreen to our annual Chip-a-Tree initiative. Last year Broward County Parks recycled more than 5,100 trees, or the equivalent of 357.72 metric tonnes, which probably would otherwise have gone to landfills. That amount accounted for 15 percent of Broward Parks' greenhouse gas reduction efforts for all of 2017. This year your tree can join those recyclable thousands.
The free program requires Broward County residents to remove all decorations from their holiday trees (no decorated trees will be accepted), then bring the trees to a participating park, where they are chipped and used for landscaping throughout the county park system. There is a limit of two trees per vehicle, artificial trees are not accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed.
This season's program runs daily from Wednesday, December 26, 2018, through Monday, January 14, 2019,giving you plenty of time to take advantage of those after-the-holidays sales before hauling your tree to a park. And remember, the regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will NOT be in effect for recyclers, so there's no excuse not to do the right thing. Hours vary; call the park of your choice for details.
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
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek 33063; 954-357-5198
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, FL 33023; 954-357-8776
Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073; 954-357-8870
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