Keep Big Spring Beautiful – Big Spring, TX

Keep Big Spring Beautiful worked with nearly 200 Big Spring Junior High students to clean up Birdwell Park, located directly behind their school.

In addition to collecting 2,060 pounds of trash and debris, students came across a lost dog during the cleanup. The dog was brought to Big Spring Animal Control.

Student chose to adopt the park as their project for their Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. The life-skills program is offered to all seventh graders and taught by a local police officer.

Keep Big Spring Beautiful provided trash bags and gloves for students, and the City of Big Spring donated mosquito-repelling wristbands for the project, which was covered by the local newspaper.

“We hope that it inspires others to take the same pride with the community,” said Teresa Darden of Keep Big Spring Beautiful.

Not only is the park cleaner thanks to the students, but it will also become a safer place, as city officials will use the cleanup as a springboard to clear out more brush, reducing the concealed areas within the park.

Keep Allen Beautiful, Allen Texas

There’s a new greenhouse in Allen courtesy of a $5,000 Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant. Keep Allen Beautiful and the City of Allen’s Urban Forestry Division teamed up with the local Lowe’s Heroes to purchase and install a much-needed and greatly anticipated greenhouse. The City of Allen is a growing suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex that takes great pride in providing high-quality public amenities for its 88,600+ residents. Allen’s Urban Forestry Division maintains the City’s urban forest as well as all public park and open space landscape beds consisting of 63 public sites that total 876 maintained public acres, with an additional 225 undeveloped acres to be landscaped and maintained in the future.

The new greenhouse will give failing plants a place to recoup when the ever-changing Texas weather puts them under too much stress, as well as providing a place to grow new plants and nurture plants that have been removed for road expansions. Of course, getting a jump-start on spring plants during the winter instead of purchasing plants is also a rationale for the new structure. Putting the greenhouse to work stretches public tax dollars in sustaining the City’s public landscapes. The Urban Forestry Division is currently working on the final plans for an educational component, hoping to open the greenhouse for educational purposes in the coming months.

Thanks to Lowe’s corporate funding and local Lowe’s Heroes’ installation assistance, the City of Allen Urban Forestry Division and Keep Allen Beautiful have a much-needed greenhouse purchased, installed, and fully operational!