by Hometown Source
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins and Minnesota State Parks and Trails today (Tuesday, April 6) announced a new partnership to promote outdoor recreation and continue the Twins commitment to environmental responsibility called Break a Bat, Plant a Tree.
Every time a Minnesota Twins pitcher breaks the bat of an opposing player during the 2010 season, Minnesota State Parks and Trails will plant 100 trees in one of the 73 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas or along one of the 21 Minnesota state trails.
“We hope to see more people than ever getting outdoors this season, at the beautiful new Twins ballpark and at the many scenic state parks and trails throughout Minnesota,” said Courtland Nelson, director of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Twins to raise awareness about forest restoration projects underway at Minnesota state parks and trails through the new Break a Bat, Plant a Tree program.”
“Minnesota state parks and trails are a treasure for residents of Twins Territory. This program is a unique chance for the Twins to reaffirm our commitment to environmental stewardship and help ensure our Minnesota state parks and trails remain healthy and vibrant. We’re thrilled to partner with Minnesota State Parks and Trails to repopulate our forests each time a Twins pitcher ‘saws off’ an opponent’s bat,” said Minnesota Twins Vice President of Marketing Patrick Klinger.
On average, a team breaks one bat every game. That would result in 16,200 new trees planted on Minnesota state parks and trails as a result of Break a Bat, Plant a Tree.
Additionally, Sunday, May 23, will be “I Can Camp!” day at Target Field highlighting new I Can Camp! workshops offered at Minnesota state parks.
At I Can Camp! workshops, participants receive hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills to help them get started camping. Before, during and after the game, Minnesota State Parks rangers will interact with fans on the concourse and distribute a Minnesota State Parks and Trails promotional item. Representatives from Minnesota State Parks and Trails will raise the Twins Territory flag prior to the game, throw out a ceremonial first pitch and lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.
Twins Sustainability Statement
The Minnesota Twins organization believes our future success—both on and off the field—is built on a business model that embraces operational efficiency, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The Twins honor the power of sport by leading through example, and will continue to use sport to inspire, build the best fan experience and cause no unnecessary harm, working with their fans, community, suppliers, partners and employees to have a positive influence in the world.
About Target Field
Target Field, one of America’s most urban ballparks, is located in the historic Warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis. Designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport) with Mortenson Construction serving as construction manager, the 39,504 seat ballpark cost $440 million. For more information on Target Field visit http://www.twinsbaseball.com/newballpark.