The City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department and The University of Texas at Arlington volunteers spent Saturday, April 8, 2017, at various locations cleaning up our community. Over 1,000 student volunteers and other partnered with the community to service others in the American Dream City.
The effort was a result of the "UTA Big Event" program, which is dedicated to service and outreach. In 1982, The Big Event began at Texas A&M University as a way to say thank you to Bryan-College Station. Thirty years later, The event has grown to become the largest one-day student-run service project in the United States. The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department was fortunate enough to receive 170+ volunteers for some much-needed maintenance.
UT Arlington students, faculty, and community members assisted APRD staff members at O.S. Gray Park, Southwest Nature Preserve, Allen Saxe Park , Veterans Park, Dixon Holman Park, and Vandergriff Park. Projects included trail rebuilding and tree maintenance, planting, mulching, creek cleaning, privet removal, and more.
We got so much done today! Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve Area Annabelle Corboy said. "Great day, Super volunteers from UTA. and as always, wonderful APRD staff." said Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve Area Lynn Healy.
"We had a great day at O.S. Gray today during the Big Event." Friends of O.S. Gray Naturally Area Kevin Donovan said. "We had over 40 student volunteers come out to help us remove privet, stain benches and work in our Wildflower bed. They got a lot done and had a good time to boot."
Mr. Donavan specifically thanked APRD staff saying, "The Friends of O.S. Gray appreciate all you do for us in efforts to make the Park a place where all of Arlington's residents can enjoy a small oasis of nature in the heart of the city".
The City of Arlington Parks and Recreation staff would like to express their gratitude for another successful BIG event. Thank you volunteers and park advocate groups for your hard work...until next year!