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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!