Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement non-profit organization, recently named the City of Seabrook as a Gold Star Affiliate, a designation granted to 8 affiliates of KTB’s nearly 300 affiliates. Gold Star recognition is the membership recognition highest status any community affiliate can achieve.
In 2004, the organization introduced the concept of Gold Star recognition to reward those communities who sought to go above and beyond the established requirements. To remain in good standing with KTB, community affiliates must submit a report, pay dues, attend training and participate in a KTB-endorsed activity annually.
To achieve Gold Star status, affiliates must share information on their mission and goals, answer questions about their economic development and diversity and inclusion practices, or participate in the Beautify Texas Awards or Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs, and provide a letter of support from their community. KTB will formally recognize Gold Star communities during its 55th Annual Conference in June.
“Our affiliates are the backbone of our organization. We are proud to honor those going above and beyond to keep their communities clean and beautiful,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Our Gold Star Affiliates are educating and engaging community members, actively recruiting and managing volunteers, hosting cleanup and beautification events throughout their community and so much more.”
In 2021 alone, KTB affiliates engaged 41,550 volunteers who contributed 190,094 hours to collect 3.25 million pounds of waste and recyclables from Texas roadways, trails, and waterways. Seabrook successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens, and beautify and enhance the local community.
Seabrook has 18 named parks and over 200 acres of parkland, most of which are connected by several miles of hike and bike trails. A new stretch of hike and bike trails is currently under construction, which will connect the berm on the north side of the Pine Gully channel to the trails on the south side of the Channel. The City of Seabrook Public Works department is responsible for constructing and maintaining the parks and trails with the help of community volunteers. Over 100 new trees are planted each year and every fall the city holds an annual Fall Sweep event to help keep our open spaces clean.
"Seabrook trails are a popular community and visitor attraction," said Director of Public Affairs LeaAnn Petersen. "We have several events held on the trails each year, including the Seabrook Lucky Trail, which offers a variety of fun runs including a 5k's, a quarter marathon, a half marathon and a full marathon."