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Posted November 17, 2020 | 3:30 PM

Northlakes Sports Complex to Get a Lot Greener

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2020) - Northlakes Sports Complex is getting a major landscaping upgrade, courtesy of the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors and Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, volunteers from the Realtors association will beautify the park at 2640 N. Lakeview Drive in Tampa by planting about 40 live oaks, robellini palms, purple tabebuias, crepe myrtles, bald cypress and red maple trees, along with 20 blueberry flax lilies. Volunteers also will deep-clean the park's concession stand and do other landscaping.

A portion of the project is funded through a Community Rebuilding Grant from the National Association of Realtors; funds for the trees come through Hillsborough County's Tree Fund.

The benefits of trees are more than just aesthetic. Trees improve air quality, lessen stormwater runoff, harbor wildlife, and reduce the heat island effect in cities. Green spaces also can help lower the level of crime within urban environments.

Hillsborough County's popular Northlakes Sports Complex includes baseball, soccer, and lacrosse fields, basketball, pickleball, tennis, and racquetball courts, along with playgrounds and walking trails. It is owned and operated by Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation.

WHAT: Tree-planting project
WHEN: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18
WHERE: Northlakes Sports Complex, 2640 N. Lakeview Drive, Tampa

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