Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Last Call to Purchase a Street Tree!

December is almost over, which means there are only a few days left to participate in Keep Southlake Beautiful‘s Street Tree Program.

Did you know that you can do your part to provide shade, screening, wildlife protection, and an increased sense of well-being through the Street Tree Program? This KSB initiative provides citizens with quality shade trees to be planted within the right-of-way areas of streets and corridors throughout the City.

The Community Services Department strives to keep the entire City looking clean, green, and safe, and you can help us in that mission by purchasing a street tree! Choose from one of four beautiful tree options and, the Parks Division will help you determine the planting location to fit within our specified guidelines.

These are the tree species available:
• Chinese Pistache
• Lacebark Elm
• Live Oak
• Shumard Oak

The deadline to purchase a street tree is Saturday, December 31. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to Keep Southlake Beautiful! Learn more about this program here!

Celebrate Earth Month with Keep Southlake Beautiful

April is Earth Month, and there’s no better time to spring into action with Keep Southlake Beautiful to take care of our beloved community.

Keep Southlake Beautiful (KSB) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Southlake residents through green initiatives and beautification projects. KSB encourages everyone to do their part in making Southlake an environmentally friendly place to live, work, and play!

Are you ready to take your commitment to your community to the next level? Keep Southlake Beautiful has plenty of programs to enhance our sustainability and beautification efforts. Here are some ways you can get involved for Earth Month and beyond!

Adopt-A-Street Program
Adopt-A-Street is a free program that allows organizations, businesses, groups, families, and individuals to adopt and maintain areas within the Southlake community. Southlake is growing, and a surging population means more cars on the roadways and, unfortunately, more trash. Volunteer efforts reduce litter cleanup costs and save taxpayers money. Keep Southlake Beautiful encourages you to become a partner and adopt a street. Want to take ownership of a specific area? See a list of the available streets.

Recycling Program
Keep Southlake Beautiful offers residents an opportunity to recycle their cell phones and ink cartridges in an environmentally friendly way. These green initiatives improve Southlake’s appearance and preserve and enhance our local natural environment. KSB encourages all citizens to participate in these recycling programs and help keep Southlake beautiful. Bring your old cell phones and used ink cartridges to the Community Services Department at 285 Shady Oaks Dr. to be recycled. Learn more about our recycling programs.

The Great American Cleanup- Southlake Style
Join us as we take part in the 2022 Great American Cleanup- Southlake Style. The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is part of a nationwide effort involving more than 20,000 communities year-round. Join us on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM at the old Senior Center located at 307 Parkwood for the Great American Cleanup- Southlake Style! It will be a morning of community building and beautification. It’s not too late, you can still register this week.  Learn more and register here!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Month with Keep Southlake Beautiful! How will you get involved this month and beyond?

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!

City’s Tree Recycling Program Starts This Week

Let’s make the best of our Christmas Tree this season by repurposing it and turning it into mulch.

The City’s tree recycling program allows residents to easily dispose of their trees by turning them into wood chips that can be used for mulch for your garden or other purposes.

Recycling your Christmas tree not only helps the environment, but it is also an eco-friendly option to reduce waste that could otherwise go into the landfills.

Residents can drop off their tree and base at the Bicentennial Park exit off FM 1709 and follow the signs for drop-off location.

Program dates are as follows:
– Drop-off: December 11, 2020 – January 15, 2021
– Mulch pickup: January 18, 2021 or until mulch is no longer available

For questions, please call 817-748-8019 or visit the Keep Southlake Beautiful webpage. To learn more about how real Christmas trees benefit the environment, visit the National Christmas Tree Association website.

City of Southlake offers Christmas tree recycling

Give the gift of giving back…to the environment that is and recycle your Christmas tree.

Recycling your tree will reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfills and is an environmentally friendly option.

Since real trees are biodegradable, they can be easily recycled for mulch or other eco-friendly purposes.

The City’s recycling program offers residents an easy way to dispose of their trees. Residents can drop off their bare trees at Bicentennial Park and the City will repurpose the trees by turning them into wood chips that can be used for mulch in and around flower beds or gardens.

To participate, bring your tree, minus the decorations and base to Bicentennial Park off of FM 1709.

Program Dates are as follows:

  • Drop-off: December 13, 2019 – January 16, 2020
  • Mulch Pickup: January 17 – 25, 2020 (or until gone)

If you have any questions, please call 817-748-8019 or visit the Keep Southlake Beautiful page. For more information about how real Christmas trees benefit the environment, visit the National Christmas Tree Association website.

Keep Southlake Beautiful by Planting a Street Tree

It’s that time of year again—time to order the street trees that will keep Southlake beautiful for generations to come. Trees will be available for purchase through January 31, 2019.

Trees are essential for a healthy ecosystem, but they also have a direct impact on our own health and well-being. They protect us from the blazing summer heat, mitigate air and water pollution, reduce stress and encourage people to get outside and stay active. The greener the community, the happier and healthier the residents!

The City of Southlake’s annual Street Tree Program is dedicated to keeping Southlake healthy and beautiful all year long. Through this program, Southlake residents can purchase a tree for half price with the City covering the remaining costs. The following four varieties of trees are available through the program:

Visit our website for more information. Trees will be planted in designated locations in late winter/early spring.

Trees can be purchased until January 31 either through the Parks and Recreation online portal or at the Community Services office (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). Only one tree per Southlake household.

To learn more about the City’s Street Tree Program and other Keep Southlake Beautiful initiatives, visit our website or call (817) 748-8019.

Christmas Tree Recycling

This year, instead of throwing your Christmas tree away once the holiday season is over, recycle it! Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily recycled for mulch and other environmentally-friendly purposes. Recycling your tree also reduces the amount of waste that goes to local landfills.

Through the City of Southlake’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program, residents can drop off their bare trees at Bicentennial Park and the City will turn the trees into wood chips. Residents can then use the freshly-made mulch in and around their flower beds and gardens.

To participate in the 2017 Christmas Tree Recycling Program, bring your bare tree (without decorations or a base) to the Bicentennial Park entrance off FM 1709. Program dates are listed below.

Christmas Tree Drop-off: December 16 – January 12

Mulch Pickup: January 13 – January 19

If you have questions, call (817) 748-8019 or visit the Keep Southlake Beautiful page. For more information about how real Christmas trees benefit the environment, visit the National Christmas Tree Association website.

It’s Fall Ya’ll: Time for Tree Planting and Street Cleaning!

Swirling leaves, cooler temps, and pumpkin spice lattes are just around the corner.  For Southlake residents, October is also a time for acquiring street trees for planting and Adopt-a-Street clean ups.

Autumn is the perfect time to plant a tree, and the City can help through the popular Street Tree Program.

“The purpose of the Street Tree Program is to provide quality shade trees to plant within the right-of-way areas of streets,” said Chris Tribble, Director of Community Services.  “We’ve chosen varieties that are suitable for our soil and weather conditions, trees that will make a nice addition to Southlake’s environment.”

Residents may purchase low cost trees from the city through this program beginning in October.

The Street Tree Program is funded by fines levied when trees are cut down in violation of city ordinance.

Residents can purchase trees through the Parks and Recreation online registration portal or by filling out the order form available on the on the website and mailing it, along with a check, to the Community Services Department.

The street trees are on sale from October 1st until December 31st. The tree order will be placed with the nursery after sales close. City Parks staff will coordinate planting times and dates with the residents and the nursery. Trees are planted early Spring. See pictures below for resident prices.

More than 39 streets have been adopted by local groups, who coordinate trash pick up each quarter.  These volunteers perform a vital service, complementing the efforts of local crews to remove debris and improve the appearance of roadways.Also, as part of the Keep Southlake Beautiful initiative, local volunteers will take to the streets this fall to participate in the Adopt-a-Street cleanup program.

Tribble notes, “We can’t say enough about how valuable these volunteers are. Their efforts make a real difference in the quality of life in Southlake.”

Are you a group looking for ways to contribute to the city?  Information about the City’s Adopt-a-Street program can be found HERE.

As we say goodbye to summer, watch for new trees and clean streets!

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:

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