Keep Texas Beautiful will honor the Citizens for Coggin Park committee this summer for the civic organization’s “outstanding efforts in community beautification.”

The grassroots civic organization, founded in 2005, raised more than $220,000 to install all new, age-appropriate playground equipment at Coggin Park and will receive first place honors at KTB’s 40th annual conference scheduled for July in San Antonio.

KTB awards are intended to “honor deserving youth, schools, senior citizens, community groups, individuals, civic organizations, media, government entities and law enforcement officials for their commitment to litter prevention and cleanup, illegal dumping enforcement, education and publicity of environmental issues and community beautification,” according to a release from the KTB Austin headquarters.

KTB designates nine categories and said more than 100 nominations were received for various honors. The winners in nine award categories recognize Texans’ efforts to enhance their communities and protect the environment, the release said. Citizens for Coggin Park will receive a first place honor in the civic organization beautification category.

“Citizens for Coggin Park set an excellent example that we can all make a difference in improving our town,” said Cary Perrin, executive director for Keep Brownwood Beautiful, which is an affiliate of the KTB state organization and Keep America Beautiful, the national level of the grassroots organization.

“KBB was proud to submit the Citizens for Coggin Park group for the award,” Perrin said. “They saw a need and put a plan in action. We are very happy that they won first place and will be recognized at the state conference.”

Bradlee Dodds, co-chair for the grassroots Citizens for Coggin Park committee, said finding a way to furnish an improved, more fun, modern and safer playground in the 100-year-old park began as a simple idea, “but resulted in a revitalized park that exceeded all our expectations.

“Honestly, in the beginning, we had no idea of the power of a group of mothers and grandmothers,” Dodds said. “With the commitment of an energized group and the incredible generosity of businesses and individual citizens, we were able to create something we can all be proud of for years to come. Brownwood is a very special community.”

“The winning individuals, corporations, and groups have distinguished themselves as outstanding environmental leaders in Texas,” said Debbie Johnston, Keep Texas Beautiful president. “Their efforts to improve their community environment should inspire every Texan to do a little bit more to make our state a cleaner, more beautiful place.”