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December 15, 2005

UH KEEPS HOUSTON BEAUTIFUL

The University of Houston has been doing its part to keep Houston beautiful.

Three of UH’s campus beautification projects have been honored by Keep Houston Beautiful. UH received two certificates of recognition for its Cullen Boulevard project and another for the Dena and Guy Lewis Azalea Garden and Trail in the organization Mayor’s Proud Partners Award competition.

“Previously the entrance onto the university from the Gulf Freeway looked like you were entering an industrial district. Now, Cullen Avenue has landscaping, a scale and a presence befitting a great university,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice president of plant operations. “We are honored that Keep Houston Beautiful has acknowledged our efforts.”

The 3,816 square-foot azalea garden and trail was planted in honor of UH’s legendary men’s basketball coach Guy V. Lewis and his wife. They grace Cullen Boulevard across from the Moores School of Music near Entrance 16 to Elgin Boulevard.

The Cullen Boulevard project began by clearing out deteriorating buildings and development from I-45 to Elgin Boulevard to provide a more formal entry into the campus. Enhancements include the Margaret Sharpe Rose Garden, decorative lighting, new UH banners supplemented with additional landscaping, new recreation fields and expanded green space.

UH also received an honorable mention for its Liberty Garden, which is located east of Cullen Performance Hall. The garden honors the victims and heroes of 9/11 and includes red, white and blue flowers in the form of an American flag.

Francine Parker
fparker@central.uh.edu