Henderson's environmental efforts awarded by Texas

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:55pm

A little pat on the back for Henderson., the East Texas town was given the 2014 'Governor's Achievement Award' for outstanding community improvement, a recognition they say, has been five years in the making.

Five years ago, Leon Harris helped start 'Keep Henderson Beautiful,' which began as a collection of master gardeners, but evolved into a community wide restoration.

"We want to ensure that we have the best quality, most environmentally friendly, and safe environment for our citizens," said Harris.

"Henderson is the most beautiful, dynamic, historic town in East Texas.  I'll take that to the bank," said Henderson mayor Pat Brack.

It was a plan that started  at Lake Forest Park, which along with Yates, Fair and Smith Park, has gone through an extensive facelift.

And now the city will receive a $160,000 grant from TX-Dot to be used on a local landscaping project.

According to Harris, this is an award all of Henderson won, together,

"It's just a community effort to make it work," said Harris.

The grant will have to be used on a landscaping project which is located alongside a state right-of-way.

Nothing has been planned yet, but Harris said it will probably be on Highway 64, to welcome travelers driving in from the Tyler area.

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