By Anthony Thomas
Midwest City Beacon
The Del City Beautification committee is taking nominations for the annual city-wide Eagle Pride lawn and garden competition. Nominations will be accepted until July 16. The annual competition was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Eagle Pride beautification program awards Del City residents who have maintained their homes and properties in an exceptional manner. The goal is to recognize those residents who have demonstrated a superior pride in maintaining their properties. It is also designed to raise awareness about the importance of preserving property values.
The city is already divided into four council represented wards, which will be used in the judging. From the initial list of nominated properties, three properties will be chosen by the Beautification Committee representatives.
It will be the responsibility of the judges to inspect each of the nominated properties. This year’s judges are Cynthia Harwell (Ward 1), Kristi Tasker (Ward 2), Helen Watson (Ward 3), and Joannie Holland (Ward 4). The mayor’s appointee Floyd Brown and Chairwomen Stacie Freitas will also assist.
Nominations are taken June 15-July 16 with the judging taking place on July 17-18.
The winners will be announced at the city council meeting on Aug. 2. Winners will receive recognition from the city council, a certificate, and a yard sign provided by the city.
Yards are judged on the lawn or ground cover, shrubs, plants and flowers, and general landscaping. Judges will observe if the lawn is green, neatly cut, and edged or if the ground cover is free of weeds or if a combination of plants, rocks, and landscaping items are arranged in an orderly manner. Shrubs need to be attractively trimmed and maintained. Plants and flowers must be arranged well, free of weeds, and properly maintained. Finally, the general landscaping will be judged on the “eye-catching appeal” of the front yard, walkways, driveways, fence, and gates.
“Tidying up our neighborhoods can have a significant impact on our city and our environment. We encourage everyone to participate in our city-wide Eagle Pride,” said Freitas.
To nominate a neighbor head down to city hall and fill out a nomination form.