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Cotton Belt Crossing

 Keep Tyler Beautiful worked with the Cotton Belt Depot on the Cotton Belt Crossing parklet. This parklet was funded by $20,000 from Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partners Grant awarded to the City of Tyler to transform a neglected and overrun lot of land into an area that they whole City can enjoy. Heart of Tyler also donated $8,000 to provide the design, engineering and installation for the Cotton Belt Crossing gate pictured here.

“Our vision was to create a small parklet that not only honored railroad history but also created a green space in Downtown,” said Leanne Robinette, Manager of Tourism Facilities and Community Beautification.

Phase one of the parklet, now complete, included clearing the lot including the items dumped there, mulching the land and placing two flower beds. Railroad ties have been laid on the property to prepare for phase two of the project that will include a restored railroad car, grass, and more seating. This lot is located behind Innovation Pipeline at 217 E. Oakwood St.    


                                                                                 The blighted lot before the project.

Big Belly Trash Compactors

City of Tyler has 5 Big Belly Trash Compactors in the downtown area. These are solar powered trash compactors that have many advantages over a traditional trash can. The Big Bellys have eliminated any issues with smell, animals digging through trash cans, or the weather blowing trash out of the cans. These trash compactors have also significantly reduced the service needed in the area. Our solid waste department used to service the trash cans downtown every few days, now they only need to service the Big Bellys once a month.




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