Keep Arlington Beautiful won the prestigious 2012 Governors Community Achievement Award for its population category. The GCAA is awarded annually to those Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state. The efforts of these communities to involve citizens, businesses, schools, local government and youth to keep their city, county or region beautiful earns 10 of them a share of a $2 million landscaping pool from Texas Department of Transportation. This money is designated for landscaping projects along local state rights-of-way.
Keep Arlington Beautiful is currently working with the City of Arlington to draft proposals for gateway signage.
The last time Arlington won the GCAA was in 1985. The plaque is still mounted at Arlington City Hall on one of the pillars in the courtyard facing the visitors parking lot.
Though somewhat faded from almost thirty years of Texas sun, this proud symbol of the Arlington community will soon be updated with the 2012 GCAA plaque, an almost exact replica of it’s older brother.