Each year, a symbolic Super Bowl “Golden Shovel” is passed from one Super Bowl host community to the next. The National Football League (NFL), Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee, Arizona Super Bowl LVII Host Committee, the City of Henderson, Verizon, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Las Vegas Raiders joined forces for this iconic moment Tuesday, which was the kickoff for numerous Super Bowl LVIII community greening projects throughout Clark County.
The event took place at the Arroyo Grande Sports Complex in Henderson. Following the ceremonial passing of the Golden Shovel from Arizona and Super Bowl LVII, volunteers from Verizon and the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee joined Henderson parks staff and community volunteers to plant 58 trees at the Arroyo Grande Sports Complex in honor of Super Bowl LVIII.
Low water usage desert trees including Chinese Pistache and Mondell Pine trees were planted and will provide shade, beauty, and cooling at the sports complex. These trees will also increase the city’s tree canopy and help to reduce the urban heat island effect and carbon in the environment. Irrigation has been updated to low-flow emitters, reducing water usage, and contributing to Henderson’s overall conservation efforts.
Additional Super Bowl LVIII greening projects are scheduled in the months leading up to Super Bowl and include:
The NFL has implemented a comprehensive community greening program around all of its tentpole events for more than 20 years. Impactful community projects create greenspace, enhance the natural environment, build community gardens and create shade, cooling and beautification in traditionally under resourced neighborhoods.
We are on the ground planting trees to increase shade and help cool down neighborhoods. With your help, we can do even more. Click below to make a contribution.