If you drive or walk by Wyche Park on Pioneer Drive, you may notice a new addition - 28 beautiful trees, planted by Calvary Church’s “Loving Our City” group, assisted by North Lake College Service Learning Students, in a project coordinated by Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB). On Saturday, November 4, the eighteen volunteers gave 72 hours of service in planting bur oak, bald cypress, cedar elm and crape myrtle trees. Volunteers were first instructed by members of the City of Irving Parks Department staff in preparing the tree roots, proper depth for planting, and staking techniques before they began to plant. Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) had a crew on site to interview volunteers and capture the action. The project was made possible by a generous donation from longtime KIB sponsor Verizon.
KIB Board Member Chuck Kirk, who also serves on the city’s Tree Board, commented on the day by saying, “Since Irving started the process of becoming a Tree City USA ten years ago, we have really seen an increase in awareness of the importance of trees in our community, and KIB has been a part of many planting projects with volunteers from many different organizations. This one is a great example of what makes KIB work. We have a corporate sponsor, Verizon, who donated the money to purchase the trees that were planted by members of Calvary Church, with the help of our North Lake Service Learning students. We also acknowledge the great work that the Parks staff does to make these planting events successful.”
Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.