Keep Houston Beautiful Cleanup Underway

The "Great American Cleanup" is moving towards "Keep Houston Beautiful" day. The kick-off event is Friday at Allen's Landing but efforts to spruce up the city are already underway and will continue through the end of May. Rod Rice reports.

Volunteers were out today along Washington Avenue planting trees and they were also working a block north of Washington at Silver and Center.

"We're cleaning up this empty lot that tends to collect quite a bit of refuse and things get dumped there."

Margaret Robinson is with Asakura Robinson, a landscape architecture and urbaning planning g company that's one of the many supporters of Keep Houston Beautiful. A cleanup is also in store for Allen's Landing and any number of other places for the next two months, such as Acres Homes this week-end.

"On Ferguson Drive there's a big cleanup and planting, we're going to plant about 45 trees, plant some butterfly iris, also clean-up some big median areas."

Robinson says kids at Piney Point Elementary School will also be getting a nature play area.

"Which is a neat concept for kids where you create playgrounds, but you don't use the typical equipment, you use natural materials in an imaginative way."

You can find out about other cleanup work for other areas and learn more about Keep Houston Beautiful at Houston-beautiful-dot-org.

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