City of Lucas Holds Successful Tri-Fold Event
Newly hired City of Lucas Special Projects Coordinator, Kent Souriyasak informed that there were 66 volunteers during the Second Annual Fall Sweep Clean-Up and Arbor Day Event. Of those 66 people, 49 were dispersed to areas of Lucas in an effort to keep Lucas beautiful. (This number was an increase from last year when there were 48 total volunteers, 28 of whom helped clean.) The volunteers sported orange safety vests, wielded trash tongs and garbage bags and set about their mission to rid Lucas of trash. Members of the city’s Public Works and Development Services Departments led the clean-up teams and ensured everyone’s safety.
Souriyasak said, “The Lovejoy High School Majestics dance team was a major part of the clean-up with 21 students who participated. Other clean-up volunteers were local residents.” Clean up areas were Country Club Road, Estates Parkway, West Lucas Road, East Lucas Road, Southview Drive, Stinson Road, Highland Park Trailhead, East Winningkoff Trailhead and Brockdale Trailhead.
In addition to the clean-up efforts, members of Legacy 4H club handed out free trees. Midway through the event, they reported that they had given away 20 trees. They were giving away Shumard Red Oak and pecan trees. Additionally, members of Texas Pure and Collin County Master Gardeners gathered under the pavilion and rounded out the Arbor Day element of this event. (Nov. 2 is Texas Arbor Day.)
Regarding why this event is important to the City of Lucas, Souriyasak said, “This two-fold annual event is quintessential to what it means to Keep Lucas Beautiful. The City of Lucas is committed to ensuring our community is a clean and beautiful place to live. In addition to the clean-up event, Arbor Day provides an opportunity to educate the public on plant and tree care. It is important for the city to maintain and promote a safe and clean environment for the community.”
Words of appreciation for the volunteers were expressed by Souriyasak on behalf of himself and the City of Lucas, “We’d like to thank all the volunteers who showed up on Saturday morning to participate in the city’s clean-up efforts to Keep Lucas Beautiful. We greatly appreciate everyone’s support and we want to continue making the City of Lucas the best place to live. Special thanks to Lovejoy High School’s Majestic Dance Team and Jen Morrow, Majestics Dance Team Director, for her support in coordinating students to volunteer in our Fall Sweep Clean-Up. Big thanks to Legacy 4H Club, Texas Pure, and Collin County Master Gardeners for their partnership in celebrating Arbor Day by giving away trees and educating the community. Finally, thank you to the city’s Public Works and Development Services Departments for leading the clean-up teams and ensuring everyone’s safety.”
Making this bi-fold event a tri-fold event was the announcement of the City of Lucas Scarecrow Contest winners. Debra Guillemaud, City of Lucas Parks and Open Space board member said that the seven entries they received this year was an increase over last year. This year was the first year the scarecrows were displayed at the park. Guillemaud said, “The move to the park was well received and we’re looking to continue to have the scarecrows located there to decorate the park for the season.”
The City of Lucas will have its next clean-up event in the spring of 2019.