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GW’s ‘Unify to Beautify’ contributes tree and helps city landscape park
by Ben Tinsley
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An $825 Live Oak tree that Unify to Beautify contributed to the city of George West's park in anticipation of the city's upcoming Centennial Celebration will be known as "Centennial Oak."
An $825 Live Oak tree that Unify to Beautify contributed to the city of George West's park in anticipation of the city's upcoming Centennial Celebration will be known as "Centennial Oak."
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By Ben Tinsley

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GEORGE WEST – A city park landscaping project that was a joint effort between the city of George West and long-standing civic organization Unify to Beautify has attracted some compliments from City Hall.

“Late yesterday afternoon, I drove by the City Park. I noticed the wonderful landscaping work done by Ramsey-Pate Landscape,” GW City Manager Sandra Martinez wrote in an April 10th email. “We would like to thank the Unify to Beautify in partnering with the city of George West on this project. The city looks forward partnering with UTB on other beatification projects in George West.”

The city funded an estimated three-fourths of the roughly $16,000 project. UTB contributed all the funds for an $825 live oak tree that was placed in the center of the landscape.

In her comments, City Manager Martinez said the city and UTB have a good working relationship. Martinez formally requested any and all public or private acknowledgments of sure projects be credited to both the city of George West and UTB.

Unify to Beautify officials, in turn, thanked the city and its employees that coordinated and assisted in making the project complete in less than four days.

Grace Wilson, president of Unify to Beautify—a 501c3 nonprofit organization in existence roughly 20 years—said this is her group’s first official project with the city.

“This is very significant,” she said. “This attention helps further our mission. This is the first of many such projects we have in mind, and we want to expand. It’s wonderful the city has embraced our ideas.”

Patsy Wells, vice president and publications coordinator of Unify to Beautify, said the effort to transform the City Park began the weekend of April 4.

“Kelley Shannon, UTB’s very own horticulturist, designed the project, while the actual work was performed by Ramsey-Pate Landscape out of Pleasanton,” Wells explained in an email. “The design incorporated an irrigation system along with a weather sensor that the plant material be maintained and continue to remain vibrant and healthy. There are discussions to transform the entire park in future. But in the meantime, locals and visitors to our community might find George West an inviting place to stop and spend a little time in.”

Unify to Beautify’s contribution of the live oak tree is a gift to the city, Wells said.

“All costs are absorbed solely by UTB,” she said. “It is from UTB to the city and community of George West in recognition of George West’s upcoming Centennial celebration. The new oak will be known as the Centennial Oak. A marker plaque and further presentation will occur Sept. 20 on Centennial weekend.

As the planting of this tree is celebrated, Wells said, “we hope that future generations will know that we left something behind for them to enjoy and reflect positively on the people that came before them.”
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