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Posted 01 - 12 - 2015

Cloudy days and cooler temps often mean fewer park play days, yet the City parks remain steadfast and ready to host the community on days when the sun does peek out. Let’s remember to give them some attention and upkeep when they need it most! Nacogdoches Parks Advocacy League (PAL) invites the community to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day in service and fellowship with a park beautification project and play date on Monday, January 19. The beautification project will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 501 Lenwood and will be a more comprehensive project than past PAL clean-ups. Beyond picking up trash, the beautification event will include projects like mulch raking, graffiti removal, and painting. As with all PAL events, playground and recreation time will be integral to the event and post-event picnicking will commence when the work is through.

“Pioneer Park is often forgotten when Nacogdochians think of their favorite park,” says PAL Vice President and Beautification Committee Chair Michelle Cox of the sprawling 30-acre hillside park just off South Street. “It is a real treasure though with tremendous scenery, interesting topography, and the most epic slide on the playground.” This free event is also a great opportunity to enjoy a picnic in the park with other volunteers.Water and light refreshments are being donated by local businesses and the City of Nacogdoches Parks & Recreation department, but volunteers are also encouraged to pack brown bag lunches and take the opportunity to enjoy dining in nature.

PAL’s MLK Jr. Day of Service project is the third beautification event in the #LoveOurParks campaign sponsored by the group, using an integrated hash tag to spread awareness of the organization and the need for attention to Nacogdoches City parks through social media. Fun photo opportunities will be arranged throughout the park on clean-up day for #LoveOurParksselfies to encourage use of the hash tag.

Though the Day of Service event is free, PAL accepts donations, which are tax-deductible, at any time with all monies going directly to enhancing City parks: replacing outdated playground equipment, encouraging beautification efforts, and ultimately building one or more splash pads locally. Donations can be made at the event or online at the PAL web site. “We’ll have PAL merchandise for sale, including our brightly-colored t-shirts, trash pick-up grabbers, and a few other items,” says Cox. “Our main goal is just to get community members working together for the good of the parks though and we’d love to see a great turnout.”

Nacogdoches PAL (Parks Advocacy League) is a community-action group founded in June 2014 by a group of citizens to improve the aesthetics and function of Nacogdoches City parks and park facilities for year-round enjoyment by the whole community via organized stewardship and funding development.  PAL is currently awaiting final notification from the Internal Revenue Service of the status of the group’s application to be a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization.For more information about PAL.including links to donate to and join our group, please visit or email

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