Written by Nick Kamm
Dozens of motivated ADT Security Systems employees gathered at Mountain Creek Preserve in Irving on Saturday morning to celebrate their company’s 139th birthday.
However, instead of celebrating with a giant birthday cake or a live musical performance, the employees put on their gardening gloves and partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and the Parks Department to help plant trees in the popular South Irving park.
The three entities along with the Volunteer Service of North Texas coordinated the event that aimed to give back to the community.
“The result is what gets me fired up,” KIB coordinator, Rick Hose, said. “You have people coming out here on their day off at seven o’clock on a Saturday morning to make a difference in our community. After today we’re going to see a tree farm that was just a field two weeks ago.”
The beautification project consisted of planting a variety of 200 native trees in one of Mountain Creek Preserve’s large open fields. The Parks Department provided the trees.
City of Irving gardening experts were on hand to assist the excited ADT employees and KIB affiliates. The enthusiastic city employees briefed the volunteers on safety procedures and planting instructions.
In addition to the tree farm, ADT provided the City of Irving with new benches and picnic tables, which were assembled by the hard working volunteers. They also worked together to pick up trash around the beautiful Mountain Creek Preserve.