Dallas Mavericks Pitch In to Plant Trees at Reverchon Park
Published April 2, 2010 By ABIGAIL THATCHER ALLEN
As part of a larger beautification effort, Reverchon Park in Oak Lawn is getting 50 new trees today.
Dallas Mavericks players DeShawn Stevenson and Eduardo Najera were to join city officials, Friends of Reverchon Park members and others for the tree-planting.
The trees, paid for through a city reforestation fund, are symbolic of the Mavericks' 10th straight season of at least 50 wins, said Steve Houser, one of the event's organizers. He is with Arborilogical Services Inc., a North Texas tree-care service.
"The more they win, the more trees that we get," Houser said.
Also taking part in the planting are Dallas students and patients from nearby Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
The park, along Turtle Creek near Maple Avenue, is known for its native trees, open meadows and a complicated past. The park has long had a reputation as a haven for illicit activities, including drug use and prostitution.
The city, the Friends of Reverchon, Scottish Rite and others have been working for years to clean up the park and polish its image.
That will happen, Houser predicted, if enough volunteers "step up to the plate."