There were 500 baseball fans at the May 21 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs baseball game that left Coca-Cola Park in Allentown with a different kind of souvenir — a tree from PPL Electric Utilities’ Community Roots program.

While Community Roots is normally reserved for fourth-grade students, environmentally focused organizations and local/county governments, we’re taking it on the road to three ball parks this spring and summer to share the green.

Fans exiting the park were able to pick from various species of trees, including River Birch and Red Bud.

“Giving back to the community in an environmentally conscious way is part of what Community Roots is all about,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, the regional affairs director for PPL Electric Utilities in an area that includes the Lehigh Valley. “Fans who picked up trees were thrilled to have the chance to beautify their property and benefit the environment. Of course, it’s always important to plant the right tree in the right place so they don’t interfere with power lines as they grow.”

In addition to planting the right tree in the right place, we always remind the public to call 811 at least three business days before digging so any underground utilities in the project area can be marked.

We have two other Community Roots ballpark tree giveaways within our service area this year.

  • On June 7, we’ll be at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton RailRiders game at PNC field in Moosic.
  • On July 18, we’ll be at the Williamsport Crosscutters game at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport.

Hope to see you there!

Community Roots was launched in 2017 and counting orders for trees for 2020, more than 70,000 trees have been or will be delivered to the community. That’s a great, green boost for the communities we serve. Community Roots ordering is currently closed but ordering for 2021 delivery will open in April 2020.

Click here for more information on all of PPL’s environmental efforts.