Spruce Up Austin, Inc. is established for the purpose of coordinating various resources to initiate, establish and maintain beautification projects in the Austin area with a strong emphasis on planting tree. Spruce Up Austin, Inc. will use these projects to promote at greater environment awareness within the Austin community, to encourage citizens to improve their property and to enhance a positive image for the City of Austin. Spruce Up Austin, Inc. will also participate in various activities that will educate the Austin community on plants and landscape concepts.
Spruce Up Austin completed its 27th year in 2016 and we look forward to continuing the efforts to enhance the landscape of our community. A dedicated board, terrific support by other volunteers, an excellent working relationship with businesses and the Austin Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department continue as strengths of Spruce Up Austin.
Spruce Up Austin was directly involved in projects where more than $7,951 was spent in 2016. When the volunteer time associated with these projects is taken into account, the internal work of the Austin Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, the value to the community amounted to more than $13,921. During the twenty-seven-year history of our organization, the total value to our community exceeds $515,006. Twenty-four trees and spruce were planted during 2016 bringing the twenty-seven-year tree total to 2,713. In late 2016 the Board approved to establish an Endowment Fund. You will hear more about the benefits and how to contribute soon.
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