Pro Bowl planting

             The NFL teamed with Friends of Hawaii’s Urban Forest and numerous community partners for a Pro Bowl greening project onJanuary 25, 2012, at the Waianae Boys & Girls Club.  The work included irrigation, landscaping, the installation of tables and benches, and the planting of native plants, shrubs, and trees to turn a hard packed dirt area into a landscaped green space with three cozy seating areas where children can meet, do homework and crafts, and enjoy the outdoors.  NFL players Eric Dickerson, Calvin Johnson, and John Randle joined children from the Boys & Girls Club, volunteers, and soldiers from the USAR Theater Support Group,FortShafter, to transform the 4,000 SF space.  See below for photos of the event courtesy Jackie Ralya.

             In addition to the Friends of Hawaii’s Urban Forest and the U.S. Army, other community groups that supported the project were the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s Kaulunani Urban & Community Forestry Programs, Covanta Energy, First Insurance Company, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, Dana Anne Yee Landscape Architect, LLC, Waianae Boys & Girls Club, Diamond Head Sprinkler, Green Thumb Inc., Hawaiian Electric Company, Waiahole Botanicals, Pearl City Urban Garden Center, Native Plant Source, Exacta Sales, Hawaiian Earth Products, and Lyon Arboretum.  Mainland-based Green Mountain Energy, the renewable energy provider for Pro Bowl 2012 and Super Bowl XLVI supported the project as well.  This project was part of the NFL’s broader effort to reduce the climate impact of Pro Bowl events.

Pro Bowl planters pause for a group shot. Left to right: Shad Kane, Lana Keamo, Eric Dickerson (Football Hall of Fame), Calvin Johnson, and John Randle (Football Hall of Fame)

John Randle works with children to remove ‘ae‘ae, a native groundcover, from a tray










This article has been submitted to Western Arborist and Landscape Hawaii for publication.