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11/17/06-Tyler

Tyler's Very First 'Adopt-A-Park'

Keep Tyler Beautiful and the City of Tyler Parks Board unveiled Tyler's VERY FIRST Adopt A Park Friday at Windsor Grove Nature Park, 415 S. Lyons Ave. The park is located at the corner of Front Street and Lyons Avenue, west of the East Texas Fairgrounds.

This park was chosen because it was meant to be a beautiful nature trail, but instead had become overgrown and littered with trash. The Andrews Center, which is located just across the street from the park, has promised to keep an eye on it for the next two years and do quarterly litter cleanups.

"The Andrews Center was glad to accept the city's suggestion that we adopt Windsor Grove Nature Park," said Debbie Davenport Hartung, Andrews Center Division Director - MR Essential Services. "Part of our mission and value statements refer to "serving the community" and "making a difference," so adopting this park to make it better for the community fits right in with the purposes of the Center."

Windsor Grove Nature Park was the site of the Texas Trash and Treasure Hunt in July. This event drew more than 100 people to pick up litter despite the 100 degree heat.

"Even though we collected over 100 bags of trash, since the cleanup, litter has accumulated again and unfortunately will probably continue to gather. That is why we needed someone to adopt the park and care for it throughout the year," said Sunny Davidson, Keep Tyler Beautiful chair.

Thanks to the City of Tyler Parks Department, Windsor Park has seen major changes. Parks employees have spent numerous hours trimming, pouring concrete and installing the three benches, trash cans and a picnic table that Keep Tyler Beautiful purchased.

 "This will be a great opportunity for our staff to leave their desks and get outside with nature - all for a good cause.  Who wouldn't love that?" Mrs. Davenport Hartung said.

For more information about how you can adopt a street, spot or park, call Kristi Boyett, City of Tyler Special Projects Coordinator, at (903) 531-1348.

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