Dozens of community groups came together to beautify Coppell as part of the annual Clean Coppell event in April. The two week event is a community wide effort to clear Coppell streets and neighborhoods of litter. This year, many groups stepped up to volunteer for beautification projects in addition to the usual litter cleanups. Projects included painting a fresh mural, trail maintenance, planting for the monarchs, and replacing weathered stickers and labels at community gardens and parks.
The Friends of Coppell Nature Park partnered with Keep Coppell Beautiful to offer the trail cleanup and planting for the monarchs. The Friends hosted Rejoice Lutheran Church and Cub Scout Packs 850 and 841. They also worked with Girl Scout Troops 7233, 7232, and 4635 to plant native sedges at the Biodiversity Education Center’s native demonstration garden.
Allstate pitched in to clean up and whitewash the pedestrian underpass at Parkway Blvd which citizens have complained about since it had become a site for graffiti. The following day, 10 youth members from the 4-H Cowboys of Coppell painted hand trees, a colorful illustration of the collective effort to take action for a better community.
Keep Coppell Beautiful offers Clean Coppell each year as part of the statewide Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off and nationwide Great American Cleanup. Families, scout troops, schools and workplaces are encouraged to join together in a unified demonstration of community pride and commitment to a beautiful environment. Molly Bujanda, Community Programs Coordinator with the City of Coppell said, “It’s really inspiring to see how our local community contributes to such a big impact. Last year, 37 million pounds of litter and debris were collected across the United States during the Great American Cleanup. Coppell residents contributed thousands to that number.”
Keep Coppell Beautiful will provide opportunities for Clean Coppell again next year. Community groups are encouraged to identify potential sites for cleanup and beautification. It’s never too early to start thinking of projects to better our neighborhoods. Follow Keep Coppell Beautiful on Facebook for updates or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.