The community effort that resulted in a vast array of improvements to the playgrounds at Coggin Park continues to collect accolades. Keep Texas Beautiful has announced that Citizens for Coggin Park has won first place in the Civic Organization Beautification category for awards that will be presented this summer.

The presentations will be made in nine separate categories to individuals, businesses, civic organizations, youth groups and others that have made significant contributions to enhancing the beauty and improving the environment of their communities. Selections were made from more than 100 nominations.

The awards will be handed out during the 40th annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference, to be held July 10-14 in San Antonio. It will be another grand stage on which the story of Brownwood’s civic involvement and community participation will be able to told.

It’s a story that’s quite familiar to local residents, but one that merits repeating — and remembering. The playground at Coggin Park was targeted for some modest improvements by city officials, as much as tight budgets could afford. But the scale and quality of the project expanded tremendously when the community united in a fund-raising blitz that made the dream of a first-class play area for children of all ages a reality. And it all came together in time for Coggin Park’s centennial celebration.

The community deserves to address other worthwhile projects in the same manner, because many needs remain. The model set by the Coggin Park endeavor can be followed by others, and it should be. After all, success breeds success.

Brownwood Bulletin