June 6, 2011
Arlington Trails Cleaned Up Citywide
Armed with black trash bags, volunteers across Arlington hit the
parks and trails Saturday, June 4 as part of a citywide clean-up to
celebrate National Trails Day.
At the trails near Don Misenhimer Park in south Arlington, employees
of Texas Power cleared brush and picked up pop bottles, paper and
fast food wrappers.
“We want to be good neighbors to our city,” said David Chase, the
company’s general manager, explaining why employees chose to
participate. “We have always been focused on serving our community.”
The cleanup is the latest in a series of partnerships between the
city and Texas Power to promote conservation, efficiency and the
preservation of local resources. Earlier this year, the two launched
PowerUp Arlington, an innovative pilot project that offers
competitive and reliable electricity service to residents of
Arlington while giving back a portion of the proceeds to support
Sponsored by the City of Arlington and Keep Arlington Beautiful,
Saturday’s clean-up drew scores of residents, volunteers and
businesses to about a dozen parks and trails.
Since 1993, National Trails Day has inspired thousands of
individuals and community groups to take part in activities that
promote healthy living and mental well-being, protect green spaces,
educate the community on the importance of trails and instill
excitement for the outdoors. The theme for National Trails Day 2011,
Made with All Natural Ingredients, encouraged all Americans to get
outside and get active.
Employees of Texas Power, who brought their families to the park,
201 E. Lonesome Dove Trail, said they want to help maintain
Arlington’s many walking and hiking trails. Texas Power, which
employs about 55 people, makes volunteering a priority by offering
employees 12 paid hours a year to participate in community service
projects such as National Trails Day, said Jeana Baxley, the
company’s manager of residential and commercial services.
“We’re located here. We live here. Our kids go to school here,”
Baxley said. “We are very much a part of this community, and we love
giving back to Arlington.”