January 3, 2012
Keep Arlington Beautiful Advisory Board Being Established
Officials from the Parks and Recreation Department on Tuesday,
January 3 presented the Mayor and City Council with their vision for
a community-led advisory board to help create programs and
initiatives to enhance beautification projects throughout the City.
Officials told the Council that they hope the Keep Arlington
Beautiful (KAB) Friends Group will play a leading role in
cultivating the public-private partnerships necessary to make urban
living attractive and more fulfilling.
“We want to create this board to bridge that relationship with the
private sector,” said Gary Packan, assistant director of the Parks
and Recreation Department. “We need to enhance that partnership in
order to elevate the beautification of Arlington.”
Ultimately, officials envision a board of 25 members which will
meet quarterly each year to craft projects that will include the
maintenance of the City's 88 parks, entertainment and downtown
districts, the Interstate 30 corridor, and others.
Officials anticipate subcommittees will work on specific
initiatives based on the board’s interests. That would precipitate
an additional level of commitment, Packan said.
The board would work on two-year terms. The terms would be
renewable, with no limits on time served. The board would work
independently, yet in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation
Board which will review submitted KAB board member applications.
In addition to building relationships with the business
community, officials hope the board is successful in the following:
- Brokering relationships that might lead to sponsorships and
- Community outreach aimed at growing program participation
- Establishing a 501(c)3 nonprofit for accepting grants and
- Providing input on projects and programs that will align
Keep Arlington Beautiful with community priorities.
- Plan, promote, and assist in implementing special programs
such as, but not limited to, Trinity Trash Bash, National Trails
Day, and the Great American Cleanup.
“Those are our areas of focus right now,” Packan said. “Those
might change once we get the board up.”
The board, Packan said, is a spinoff of Keep Texas Beautiful,
which was formed in 1968 to assist communities across the state with
beautification projects. In 2010, Parks and Recreation reinstated
the City's “Gold Star Affiliation” status with the organization
primarily to assist Arlington in obtaining grant funding for green
Packan said an initial outreach has already garnered the interest
of 35 individuals applying to serve. Anyone in the community interested in applying should contact Jennifer Chadwell at 817-459-5477.
The board is expected to be up and running with a first meeting
scheduled for April.
“We have been looking in the past few years at creating a
foundation, or a friends group,” Packan said. “We can't do this
without the community’s help.”