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Keep Akron Beautiful teamed up with Lowe's in Fairlawn, Ohio, under the leadership of Store Manager Gary Sutor, to install a pollinator garden on busy Cuyahoga Falls Avenue in Akron, Ohio, at the Carovillese Club. Additions to the project included additional seating with picnic tables and patio furniture, as well as adding a shed to store all of the new patio furniture! Irrigation was installed so that the pollinator garden can become an "Adopted Site" in the Keep Akron Beautiful program. All of the pollinators will soon be coming to this garden, once the seasons change! Until then, Keep Akron Beautiful and Lowe's, along with the Carovillese volunteers, added spring bulbs, which will bloom in March and April. Volunteers also just added winter pots to add something extra this December, January and February. Even though Akron experiences cold weather, beautifying our city can take place year-round! Keep Akron Beautiful is so proud to partner with so many great organizations to make this happen! We are thrilled to make North Akron a better place -- and have heard so many great responses already! Thank you Lowe's and Keep America Beautiful for the Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partners Grant, and thanks to our local Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers for making this happen! You are amazing.

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

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It was a beautiful morning to mulch! Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful completed the volunteer piece of our $10,000 native tree planting project with the Lowe's Heroes from the Royal Palm Beach and West Palm Beach stores on Nov. 30, 2016. We mulched the area around the 38 trees (Bald Cypress, Live Oak, Dahoon Holly and Silver Buttonwood) that were planted by a tree contractor a week earlier. These 10- to 11-foot trees will continue growing and provide shade for a future playground at County Pines Recreational Complex in Loxahatchee, Florida. We are very grateful to Lowe's and Keep America Beautiful for this Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partners Grant opportunity! We would also like to extend a thank you to our partner on this project -- Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.

Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL

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Keep Simpson County Beautiful (KSCB) recently assisted the City of Mendenhall, Mississippi, with construction of a 30 x 40 covered pavilion for the new recreational/playground area at the local Sports Complex. The Sports Complex itself, recently refurbished through generous donations from local business sponsors, has become increasingly important to the local economy because of the revenue generated from soccer, baseball, and softball tournaments, as well as other community events held throughout the year. In collaboration with City of Mendenhall, volunteers, as well as the local Boy Scouts, the pavilion, complete with picnic tables and landscaping, was completed on Nov. 26, 2016. The pavilion will provide shelter for families to grill and picnic during the long tournament weekends and will provide much needed shade during the hot Mississippi summers. One of the greatest successes of the project was that KSCB was able to assist the City of Mendenhall with its already restricted budget by completing "Phase 2" of the playground plan months, if not years, ahead of schedule. In doing so, KSCB was able to take part of the burden of the overall playground project off the shoulders of a City that has limited funding for such projects, and has provided a much-needed structure that will add to the appeal of the Sports Complex as a tournament and event destination. Through the Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant program, KSCB was able to obtain a $20,000 grant to make this project a reality. As a result, the revenue generated from events held at the Sports Complex can be used for the day-to-day needs of Mendenhall citizens (e.g., street repairs, water service upgrades/improvements, law enforcement). KSCB would like to thank Keep America Beautiful, Lowe’s, Mendenhall Mayor Todd Booth and the City of Mendenhall, the local Boy Scouts, and all of the volunteers who donated their time and energy to this fantastic project.

Keep Simpson County Beautiful, Braxton, MS

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The Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partner Grant gave Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) the opportunity to successfully host its annual Santa Ana River & City Waterways Cleanup. This cleanup is a community event that provides hands-on environmental stewardship with the cleanup and beautification of local waterways in Riverside, California. KRCB continues to raise community awareness and addresses the need to protect the river as a natural habitat by preventing litter, debris and illegal dumping from flowing into the Pacific Ocean from our tributary in Riverside. Nearly 500 volunteers participated in this year’s Santa Ana River Cleanup. They collected over 33,000 pounds of litter, used 70 gallons of paint to remove over 500 tags, and planted 100 bougainvilleas and daylilies. KRCB’s mission is to instill a sense of community pride by creating partnerships that wok towards the beautification of the city -which is demonstrated though the Santa Ana River and City Waterways Cleanup. The project brings together entities throughout the region for a large scale collaborative event and engages scores of community volunteers each year. A water restoration project of this size also brings vitality and sustainability to a region where it is most needed.

Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful, Riverside, CA

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Keep Akron Beautiful loves its volunteers. Pictured is what this volunteer group creates each year (taken in 2016) for the Adopt-A-Site beautification of the Overwood Triangles. Here is an explanation, in the words of Renee Pinsky, organizer of the Overwood Triangles Neighborhood Adopt-A-Site Group: "In the early 2000’s, a small group of neighbors walking in the neighborhood remarked on the weeds growing in the newly improved triangles created with the installation of curbs. Having lots of perennials in our own gardens, we decided we could improve the situation and contacted Keep Akron Beautiful. Fast forward to today. Our Overwood Triangle Group has become the catalyst for neighborhood beautification participation and togetherness! We first reached out to those living within the two blocks of Overwood Street, but participation has grown to include neighbors of Wheaton and Sand Run streets as well as the a nearby Fairlawn Country Club that has been donating mulch to edge our larger bed. In 2016, a total of 17 families volunteered to be in charge of one week of weeding and watering! And more families, including children, helped during our marathon planting day or donated to the purchase of our plants. Each year, at the end of the summer, we have a pot luck party on a lawn facing one of the triangles so we can enjoy the fruits of our labor and the company of friends. Any remaining funds are donated to Keep Akron Beautiful! It is always heartwarming when people stop to compliment our efforts and thank us when we are working in the garden. I personally love to see the other sites around the city and am so happy to be part of the beautification of our city."

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

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