The Trinity River Conservation Corps’ Corporate Day of Service was held on April 7, and more than 500 volunteers helped clean up the Trinity River Corridor. In total, volunteers disposed of more than 8,000 pounds of trash and invasive species, planted 60 native plants in pollinator beds and observed 69 different specials during the “bio-blitz,” which captured inventory of the biodiversity in the area using an app.
The morning kicked off with a rally featuring the Trinity Park Conservancy Vice Chairman and Boone Family Foundation President Garrett Boone, Southwest Airlines Communication and Outreach Managing Director Laurie Barnett, and Dallas Park and Recreation Urban Biologist Brett Johnson.
The Trinity River Conservation Corps began in 2013 with a gift from Southwest Airlines to the Trinity Park Conservancy - formerly The Trinity Trust Foundation - to create a volunteer program in the Trinity corridor.
A special thanks to the sponsors:
Founding Sponsor: Southwest Airlines
River Sponsor ($2,500): Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser P.C.
Wetland Sponsor ($1,000): Cooper Aerobic Center, HDR Engineering, Inc., Oaxaca Interest LLC, Tenet Healthcare
Stream Sponsor ($500): Connectrac
In-Kind Sponsors: Kroger, Starbucks, Groundwork Dallas, City of Dallas
Media Sponsor: MySweetCharity
Other participating companies included Downtown Dallas Inc., Energy in Action, Gaylord Texas, Halff Associates, Hayden Consultants, Never Give Up Entertainment, Luminant, Muse Integration, Sendero Consulting, TIAA Serves, TXU Energy, and others.
For more information, call 214.720.1616 or visit http://trinityparkconservancy.org/.
For more than a decade, the Trinity Park Conservancy - formerly The Trinity Trust Foundation - has advocated Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor Project and the Balanced Vision Plan by bringing awareness to the public, raising private funds and championing strong urban design for the city’s largest public green space. Projects have included the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Margaret McDermott Bridges and Ronald Kirk Bridge; the Dallas CityDesign Studio; and trails in the Great Trinity Forest. In 2016, the Conservancy received a $50 million gift from Annette Simmons for the Trinity River Park as part of Dallas’ Balanced Vision Plan and the larger corridor project. The Conservancy will be responsible for the fundraising, education, design and development of the park.