Diane Taylor, owner of Reading Friends of Aledo, presented her Adopt-A-Sport proposal, that aims to rejuvenate a flowerbed, to the Aledo City Council last week, which was unanimously approved.
Taylor sent a request to the city in August, saying she wanted to adopt the flowerbed at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 1187 and Bailey Ranch Road.
“I just saw an opportunity that had kind of presented itself. It was a neglected landscaping area within the city that nobody really watched over or managed. I was going to spend some money every month advertising my business at the end of the road — there’s a marketing sign there — and the more I started thinking about it, I thought the money could be way better spent doing something else,” Taylor said. “I kept getting bothered by that empty flowerbed and I thought if I was going to spend $100 a month, let’s put it towards something everyone can benefit from.”
Taylor said she was getting the final documents notarized Monday afternoon, which detailed how the proposal will work, and then the planting will begin.
“We’re going to dig out all that dirt because there’s a very invasive weed in there called nutsedge, so we’ve got to remove all the dirt from the beds. Then we’re checking the soaker hoses that are there because nobody knows if they work or not and then we will fill it back up with fertilized soil,” Taylor said. “We’re going to replace the remaining four or five bushes and transplant those somewhere else and bring in boxwoods, which are very hearty and can be shaped very easily. So we’re going to form a nice, big ‘A’ in the middle and, because it’s football season, we’re going to plant orange pansies all around the ‘A.’ Then we’re going to use black mulch, so it will be orange and black and I will maintain it from there.”
Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall said Taylor’s project is special to her.
“Thank you seems so insignificant, but thank you for caring about wanting to give back to the city,” Marshall said. “It’s quite refreshing and it’s no small thing, it’s a very large thing because it matters.”
Taylor hopes that by getting her proposal approved, other businesses will be encouraged to get on board with other areas around the city, adding that her plan is similar to the Adopt-a-Highway program.
“Now that it’s been approved and we have the contract drawn up on what it looks like and what the obligation is, it could be something we see the city roll out to other businesses where they can find an intersection or an area within the community and take over the landscaping, then their sign will be put up,” Taylor said. “Who knows, maybe some additional flowerbeds will be installed in some of these high-traffic areas where it can really turn into something pretty around town. This could be something that’s adopted by boy scout troops in the community or girl scout troops in the community, or the master gardeners. There are so many opportunities if we just make it available to people to step up and do things like this.”
According to the city’s financial implications document, the city will be responsible for the design and purchase of a 12-inch by 18-inch garden plaque for about $40 and it will be a one-time purchase.