Cutler Bay spruces up landscaping at new high school

08/01/2014 11:59 AM

08/01/2014 12:00 PM

The town of Cutler Bay and its landscaping contractor, VisualScape, implemented a beautification project at Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies, Centennial Campus, on July 18.

The school received donations of native trees and shrubs for the $2,000 project.

“Part of it was we reached out to the new high school and we cleaned up a lot of the landscaping and the existing trees,” said Town Manager Ralph Casals. “One of our contractors (VisualScape), donated plants from their nursery worth about $1,000, and the total project was about $2,000 so it was a nice partnership there.”

Casals said the project has an educational component, which means students will learn to do the proper maintenance on the landscaping.

The project was put into action by the public works department for the town’s “Street Tree Master Plan.”

After completing the project on the town’s first and only high school, Casals said the town plans to make the beatification projects and annual tradition throughout the town, local elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

Last year, the town rehabbed the butterfly garden and landscaped at Whigham elementary.

“We are starting a tradition,” Casals said. “And we are trying to do a new school every year to try to make sure that we can do as much as we can to beautify the entry features of those schools for the parents and kids. Our goal is to make sure that all the schools have some type of educational components.”

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