Category Archives: Keep Pearland Beautiful

Pearland Connect – April 2016

Pearland Connect is the communications vehicle that the City of Pearland is using to keep you informed. We do our best to provide you with the information you want and need and we want to hear from you. We welcome your input via email.

Come take a walk on the City’s new Nature Trail

trailThe John Hargrove Environmental Complex trail located at 5800 Magnolia Road is now open. The grant-funded project includes a 1.7-mile recreational nature trail, sidewalk connections, trailhead signage and nine additional parking spaces at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center.

Project construction began in December 2015 with trail subgrade preparation and drainage designed to ensure the trail is stable and sustainable for many years.

For more information, log on to pearlandtx.gov.

Old Town Site “Quiet Zone” in effect

Old Town Site may be quieter than you remember as Quiet Zones are now in effect. The Quiet Zone, established by the Federal Railroad Administration, states that locomotive horns are not required within highway-rail grade crossings equipped with Supplemental Safety Measures or Alternative Safety Measures or crossings that have a Quiet Zone Risk Index at or below the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold. Read more on Quiet Zones on the City’s website.

Safe Exchange Zone initiative aims to keep residents safe 

xchangeThe City of Pearland is now offering a secure location for Pearland residents to help ensure and enhance their safety and to minimize the opportunity for an encounter to go wrong for internet-based purchases from websites such as Craigslist and eBay.

This initiative attempts to address safety and awareness concerns. Visit the Police Department webpage to read more.

Delores Fenwick Nature Center design moves forward

fenwickDesign will soon be underway for the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, an educational facility coming to the John Hargrove Environmental Center. 

The complex, located at 5800 Magnolia, houses the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, John Hargrove Environmental Center and the newly completed nature trail system. Read more on the the facility.

Do your part to help reduce pollutants

The City’s Stormwater Management Plan deals with ways to improve its surface water quality through the use of various Best Management Practices. 

Residents can help to reduce chemical, biological and physical pollutants from the ground and storm sewer system by employing the practices used by the City.

Learn how you can help at pearlandtx.gov/stormwater.

CITY OF PEARLAND AND KEEP PEARLAND BEAUTIFUL HOST 20TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

ShowImage (1)Join the City of Pearland and Keep Pearland Beautiful for a free and fun event to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is being held at the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road. Free parking and complimentary shuttles available from Turner Career and College High School, 4717 Bailey Road.

There will be activities for the kids, local food vendors, outdoor yoga, the Zoo-mobile, and information about ways you can be a part of the solution and reduce your carbon footprint. Vendors will be on hand with information about services and products that can help your family live healthier and sustainably, while saving money and conserving natural resources. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to be a part of the fun and help make a difference in our community and for the environment!

“Through events like Earth Day, the City of Pearland and Keep Pearland Beautiful are able to educate the community on the importance of taking care of our Earth and developing and maintaining good conservation habits,” said Chris Orlea, City of Pearland Parks & Recreation Director.

For more information on this event or other City of Pearland Parks and Recreation events, visit pearlandparks.com.

Capital Bank wins Business Beautification Award

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Representatives of Capital Bank East Pearland (L-R): Julie Garza, Mary Teutsch, Cindy Partida, Sherry Cooley and Dianna Watson recently accepted KPB Award

The April 2016 Keep Pearland Beautiful Business Beautification Award was recently awarded to Capital Bank East Pearland on Broadway.

Capital bank has a history of maintaining a colorful landscaping.  They have recently changed out their flowering plants to sun loving begonias.

A committee made up of board members, volunteers and staff members nominates establishments with good landscaping practices that improve the appearance of our community.

KPB runs this program with the support of businesses like ADDI Printing & Promotions LLC.  If you wish to help sponsor this program and have your logo put on our sign please call our office at 281-652-1659.  Learn more about KPB programs on our website: www.mykpb.org.

Celebrate Earth Day with KPB April 23

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For more information, click HERE.

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Save the Date for KPB’s Speakeasy Party on June 25

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Hargrove Grand Opening Rescheduled to March 23

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Pearland Community Appearance Index Changes Little from 2015

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Fay Watson, Joe Escobar, Garvis Fenwick, Helen Beckman, Delores Fenwick, Dorman Davidson, Janet Eastburn and Andrew Miller

On March 5, 2016 Keep Pearland Beautiful coordinated the annual Community Appearance Index, one of the requirements to maintain its affiliation with Keep America Beautiful. Riding around the city in a van, a team of staff and volunteers scored specific areas to determine the amount of litter in Pearland. They used a scale of one (1) to four (4) with one meaning no litter, two equaling slightly littered, three meaning littered and four being extremely littered. When the survey is finished, the individual scores are averaged to give an overall score. This year Pearland scored a 1.425 changing very little from last year’s score of 1.464.  Making Pearland a lightly littered city.

In addition to scoring each area, team members (Andrew Miller, Joe Escobar, Dorman Davidson, Fay Watson, Delores & Garvis Fenwick, Janet Eastburn and Helen Beckman) wrote down notable conditions in each area, such as discarded tires, junk vehicles, high weeds, etc. Keep Pearland Beautiful uses this information to determine areas that need special attention by community cleanup groups or community service workers.  KPB also scored two different indices one for bandit signs and one for graffiti.  The bandit sign index was slightly higher than last year 1.56 versus 1.22.  Indicating to KPB staff the need to help update and recruit volunteers for the Eyes of Pearland.

Volunteers with the Eyes of Pearland assist City Code Enforcement officers by providing information about city codes violations through windshield surveys. As a volunteer with this code compliance assistance program, you will help us protect the value of homes and quality of life in the community by inspecting neighborhoods and the surrounding areas.  You will help us uphold community standards in the following areas:

  • Removal of illegal signs from public right-of-ways and the identification of banners without permits

  • Fencing regulations

  • Weeds or overgrown vegetation, which are health hazards and harbor pests

  • Junked vehicles to the police department to reduce neighborhood blight

  • Trash violations and solid waste being placed out for collection too early

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer with Eyes of Pearland please send KPB an email (info@mykpb.org) and we will notify you when the next Eyes of Pearland volunteer orientation is scheduled.

Because people tend to litter where trash has already accumulated, KPB believes it is important to have periodic community cleanups such as the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, scheduled for April 2 at 7:30 a.m. For more information about all Keep Pearland Beautiful litter prevention programs send us an email at info@mykpb.org or call the office at 281-652-1659.

 

Keep Pearland Beautiful Monthly Newsletter

Keep Pearland Beautiful continues to highlight it’s award winning programs. In March 2016 KPB will be completing the annual Community Appearance Index, hosting the Spring Plant Sale and completing a beautification project at the new Nature Trails!

Community Appearance Index

March 5, 2016 from 12:00-4:00 PM at Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia

The Community Appearance Index (CAI) is a tool designed by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to visually assess the overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned/junk vehicles and outside storage.  A team of community, business and government representatives conduct the visual analysis using a scoring system ranging from 1-4, with “1” being the best to “4” being the worst.

The Litter Index for Pearland rated a 1.464 in 2015 and has consistently rated below 2 since 2011.  KPB will host lunch and orientation at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center March 5 at 12 PM.  Afterwards we will pile into the stylish community service van to conduct the survey.  Please consider joining us on March 5th to analyze Pearland’s overall appearance.  If you think of anyone else that might be interested, please forward them the information and email us at info@mykpb.org.

Recycle Runway Fashion Program and Show

  • Deadline for Registration has been extended to March 11, 2016
  • Orientation and workshop March 9, 2016 at 5:30PM at Stella Roberts Recycling Center

Introducing the second Keep Pearland Beautiful Recycle Runway Fashion Show Program, a project that promotes resource conservation through the creation of fashion from what otherwise would be waste. Runway Show will be held at the Pearland Earth Day Celebration April 23, 2016, 11PM-12PM at the Pearland Recreation Center (4141 Bailey Rd, Pearland, TX 77584).

For more details and program rules check here:

Recycle Runway Program Description and Program Guide

Free Garden Lecture


March 10, 2016 7:00 PM at the Pearland Recreation Center Multipurpose Room, 4141 Bailey Rd.

Keep Pearland Beautiful, the City of Pearland and the Brazoria County Master Gardeners are proud to be hosting a series of free monthly lectures on a variety of gardening and yard care topics. These lectures are on the second Thursday of every month.  March 10, 2016 the garden lecture is on pruning shrubs and trees.

Spring Plant Sale

March 12, 2016 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM at Pearland Farmers Market, Zychlinski Park, 2243 N. Grand Blvd. 
Celebrate Environmental Awareness Day and make your backyard and front yard more beautiful by purchasing and growing your own vegetables, herbs and flowering plants (native and adaptive and butterfly garden plants) from Keep Pearland Beautiful.

Visit KPB booth at HEB Plus!

 
March 13, 2016 Noon – 4:00PM at HEB Plus!, 2805 Business Center Dr.
 
KPB’s mascot Peary the Partridge and KPB volunteers will be at the HEB Plus!  Make sure to Visit Peary and our volunteers as they encourage Pearland citizens to recycle right and take care of their garbage responsibly.   Spin the KPB wheel to win a chance to answer a question about solid waste services in Pearland and maybe you will win a prize!

Don’t Mess with Texas Spring Trash Off

April 2, 2016 Pick Up Supplies and Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia

Join hundreds of Keep Pearland Beautiful volunteers to pick up litter all over Pearland. Families, friends, organized civic groups, scouts and students of different ages will be helping to clean our city.  If you and your family / friends would like to participate please contact Lenora.

Email Lenora about the Trash Off

KPB Awarded Dow Grant

Keep Pearland Beautiful has been awarded the Dow Propel to Excel grant through Keep America Beautiful.  The grant includes $20,000 for a beautification project and 200+ Dow employee’s volunteering on March 19, 2016. This grant will be used to plant trees at the newly constructed Nature Trails at the John Hargrove Environmental Complex.

Pictured: Andrew Miller Executive Director at KPB receives the Affiliate Award of Excellence from KAB’s President & CEO Jennifer Jehn.

Affiliate Award of Excellence

Receiving the Affiliate Award of Excellence and Presidents Circle Award in February from Keep America Beautiful serves as a thank you to our volunteers, members, board of directors and staff. Thank you to all those who helped make 2015 a huge success!

Pear-Scape, a Public Art Sculpture Trail Project Envisioned

Call for Artist and Sponsorship Opportunities Announced

PearScapePears return to Pearland in the form of a public art sculpture trail project.  “Pear-Scape,” upon completion, will feature artistic fiberglass pears sized at 4’ tall painted by local artists positioned throughout the landscape of Pearland.

Pears along the Pear-Scape Art Sculpture Trail will be clustered within City parks and highly visible locations determined by the committee.  Early adopters to the sponsor levels will have an opportunity to choose a location and select an artistic design.

 Envisioned by the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), funding for the initial twenty fiberglass cast pears is secured directly from the City’s Hotel Motel Occupancy Tax.  Collaboration with the local community in the form of sponsorship opportunities will offset the installation, artists’ stipends and related costs for completion.

“Our goal is to promote tourism and cultural arts within Pearland,” says Kim Sinistore, executive director, Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “We’ve created a committee of organizations comprised of public, not for profit and private businesses who support the mission to promote cultural tourism and community pride, ultimately bringing more visitors to Pearland.”

The PCVB teamed up with the Pearland Arts League and Pearland Alliance for Arts & Culture to conduct a Call for Artists to submit Pear designs for this project.

“It has been a pleasure representing Pearland Arts League on the 2016 Pear-Scape project committee. The Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau staff led by Director, Kim Sinistore has always supported the arts in Pearland and soon the public will be able to enjoy the pear sculpture trail because of their efforts. Thanks to the PCVB and to the City of Pearland for showcasing the arts in Pearland,” Margo Green, exhibit chair, Pearland Arts League.

A variety of trees will also be planted by Keep Pearland Beautiful to accompany the Pear sculptures and enhance the overall landscape.  The combination of art and nature enhances Pearland’s beauty.

“We’re very proud to be associated with the Pear-Scape project and see it as a great opportunity to work with the local community to beautify Pearland and elevate nature and art,” according to Andrew Miller, executive director, Keep Pearland Beautiful.

Pear-Scape embodies a new tourism and cultural arts element in Pearland and offers community partners and sponsors an opportunity to participate in a few ways.  For more information, go to visitpearland.com/pearscape or call 713-436-5595.

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Trails at John Hargrove Environmental Center Grand Opening Mar. 17

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