A community is created by its PEOPLE, and one of the greatest assets Rowlett has is the sheer volume of citizens who volunteer to help their City. Rowlett has over 600 acres of park land. Some with playgrounds, some with ballfields, some with ponds, some with walking trails, and some are just open greenspace. Oh, and throw in a waterpark! As you can imagine, the maintenance and upkeep of these areas of beauty and recreation throughout our town is a daily task and a great source of personal pride for many, many of our fabulous Parks and Recreation Maintenance crews. Sometimes they no more than drive off after having spent hours cleaning a park, than park visitors come in right behind them and perhaps are a little lax in their own anti-littering efforts. We are always so appreciative of citizens who bring these issues to our attention so that we can give those areas a little extra love. Additionally, we are SUPER appreciative when residents team up with us to help SOLVE what may be an ongoing issue! For example, recently a citizen expressed concern over the litter they observed in the Kids Kingdom/Wet Zone area of Pecan Grove Park. Turns out, this has become an area of concern as students from Rowlett High School have been using it as a “hang out” when they perhaps should be in class. When Rowlett resident Myranda Congi and Parks and Recreation staff brought this to the attention of RHS Principal Carmen Blakey, she immediately responded by developing and implementing an action plan for students to become involved! And boy did they – check out the list of kids who jumped at the chance to help keep their adjacent park clean on a rotating weekly schedule – and they’ve committed to continue doing so when school resumes in the fall:
Girls Basketball and Volleyball Teams – March and April cleanupsStep Team – MarchStudent Council - first Wednesday of every month Class of 2024 class officers - first Wednesday of every monthDrill Team - May Football Team – April and MayNational Honor Society and Boys Basketball will also participate.
Thank you so much to EVERYONE who saw an issue and pitched in to help with the solution! Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community in which you want to live. We all have the opportunity to contribute to making Rowlett the community we want it to be...and together we will continue to do so!