Keep Smyrna Beautiful Turns the Big 4-0!

Keep Smyrna Beautiful is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024.

The organization began in 1984 as Smyrna Clean and Beautiful, Inc. through a city of Smyrna ordinance. Over the years, the organization has evolved to meet the needs of a growing Smyrna.

“At milestone years, it’s good to reflect on the people and work that got the organization to this point,” says KSB Board Chair Phyllis Owens. “We also want to look forward and dream about new ways to achieve our mission to inspire our community to be clean, green, and beautiful.”

Celebrating Past Successes

In 1989, Smyrna Clean and Beautiful was instrumental in the opening of the Smyrna Recycling Center. Originally located on Smyrna Hill Drive, the center was only open three days a week to accept newspaper, aluminum, and glass. Now on a larger plot at 3475 Lake Drive, the center is open five days a week and accepts a wide range of materials, including paint and electronics.

Another well-known project of KSB, the jonquil bulb sale, was awarded national recognition from Keep American Beautiful when it was known as the “The Great Jonquil Gold Rush,” in the 1980s. Now a fall staple, the annual sale distributes more than 12,000 jonquil bulbs to city residents each year

Currently, KSB functions as a hybrid organization that includes Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Inc., the nonprofit and the Department of Environmental Services, a city department. In addition to the recycling center and the jonquil bulb sale, programs include beloved Smyrna institutions such as Adopt-a-Mile, School Grants, environmental education in Smyrna schools, and the Sensory Garden.

A Year of Celebration

During the coming year, KSB will share stories of its history and impact. Over the last forty years, the organization and its volunteers have not only provided needed services but also have shaped the way residents feel about their city and the importance of taking care of the environment.

During this milestone year, the organization will be recognizing volunteers at an April 20 volunteer picnic and inviting support from all residents in the form of a “$40 for 40 years” fundraising campaign.

“Change starts by knowing your options and understanding the impacts a person’s choice makes on their community and environment,” says Owens. “I want KSB to be an opportunity to partner with those who want to improve our community and more largely our environment.”

For more information about KSB’s 40th anniversary, visit https://keepsmyrnabeautiful.com/40th-anniversary/

© 2024 by Keep Smyrna Beautiful.