Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Keep Southlake Beautiful Hosts 2022 Great American Cleanup Beautification Event

Are you a civic-minded go-getter looking for a unique volunteer opportunity to preserve your community’s natural beauty? Then look no further than the Great American Cleanup event hosted by Keep Southlake Beautiful.

Keep Southlake Beautiful is committed to enhancing the community environment of Southlake! Join us as we take part in the 2022 Great American Cleanup. Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup (GAC) is part of a nationwide effort that takes place in more than 20,000 communities year-round. Keep Texas Beautiful encourages participation in the event from March-May and helps mobilize thousands of Texans to improve the beauty and health of their community. Approved activities range from beautifying public green areas, cleaning waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, to conducting educational programs and events.

When: Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Southlake Parks. Specific location TBD.

Who: Families and individuals of all ages. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

What: Beautification activity will be determined by registration numbers to ensure a customized experience

What can I expect: Enrolled participants will receive an email a week before the event with the cleanup location and beautification activity. Keep Southlake Beautiful staff members will be on-site to provide materials and tools, including an exclusive Keep Southlake Beautiful swag bag! Volunteers can start arriving by 9:30 AM to pick up their goody bags. The cleanup lasts two hours. After that, participants can return their litter bags to staff and enjoy some complimentary light refreshments!

Are you interested in participating in the 2022 Great American Cleanup? Register here!

Volunteers contribute service for Southlake’s Great American Clean Up

On Friday, March 18, the City of Southlake partnered with Hurst Texas Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the annual Great American Clean Up. 168 volunteers, most of them between the ages of 14-18, dedicated an afternoon during their spring break to help with multiple park projects.

There was a lot to be done and our volunteers worked hard all afternoon and were able to accomplish a significant amount. Volunteers spent time at Bob Jones Park painting the restrooms and moving the horse pens at the northern equestrian parking lot. The Walnut Grove trails have been greatly impacted by all of the rain in the past year, and the volunteers used flex base to fill in eroded and washed out areas. The team worked a section of the trails that led from the Bob Jones Nature Center all the way to Lake Grapevine. Along the trails they trimmed low limbs, cleaned up liter, and used rakes to smooth out ruts. The volunteers also tackled projects at the Bob Jones Nature Center. They built a fence and installed 50 cubic feet of decomposed granite to improve the restroom area and improve accessibility for all users. They also removed overgrown grass and installed 200 cubic feet of decomposed granite to the trail leading from the Nature Center to the Pavilion.

When all was said and done, 336 total man hours of service were donated, which saved the City $8,285 in labor costs. The volunteer groups were led by community equestrian volunteers as well as the City of Southlake Parks Crew. A brief video has been posted to the Southlake Parks Facebook page: www.facebook.com/southlakeparks.

For more information, visit the Keep Southlake Beautiful page, or contact the Community Services Department at 817-748-8019.

Come out and Make a Difference at the 2013 Great American Cleanup

On Saturday, June 1, the City of Southlake will be hosting their annual Great American Cleanup workday, a local extension of Keep  America Beautiful’s nationwide Great American Cleanup initiative. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Bob Jones Park Day Camp and the cleanup will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  All cleanup supplies will be provided.  To thank you for all your hard work, lunch will be provided to all volunteers at 12:00 p.m.

The City of Southlake is  looking for volunteers to help clean up the trail system at the Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve.  All individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses are welcome to participate. The Great American Cleanup is one of the nation’s largest community improvement initiatives.  Millions of volunteers come together for this annual event to cleanup and beautify their communities.

If you are a current volunteer and interested in volunteering, please contact Stacey Udoni at sudoni@ci.southlake.tx.us or 817-748-8036.  If you are a new volunteer and interested in volunteering, please visit our website www.volunteersouthlake.com. Please register to volunteer by Thursday, May 23!