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The Orchard is Keeping Friendswood Beautiful

Date: May 16, 2017

Drive too fast down Melody Lane from FM 2351 and you’ll likely miss The Orchard, a single-street subdivision with its own homeowners association. They may be small in number (11 homes, all on Fallow Lane), but residents of The Orchard are doing more than their share keeping Friendswood beautiful.

The volunteer organization with the similar name, Keep Friendswood Beautiful (KFB), recently awarded this year’s landscaping matching grant to The Orchard. Both sides of Fallow Lane at Melody Lane demonstrate why. There is an aesthetically pleasing mixture of blooming flowers, plants, and fresh mulch, surrounded by a rock border and kept green by a new, hidden irrigation system.

“We just completed the landscaping project (in early May) and it looks great,” said Orchard resident Ken Dittrich.

The KFB matching grant program has been active for more than a decade. This year, three neighborhoods entered for a chance at the $2,000 grant. 

“The mission of Keep Friendswood Beautiful is ‘…to encourage residents to take an active role in maintaining the aesthetic appearance of Friendswood,’” said KFB Chair Sherry Goen. “The matching grant program allows businesses and HOAs to take the initiative to beautify properties and receive funds to help them do that.”

KFB is an all-volunteer group that works closely with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “Friendswood is fortunate to have a group like KFB which puts so much time and effort into beautification of our City. With the grant program, they have been very effective in motivating homeowners associations, and even individuals, to improve and enhance Friendswood,” said James Toney, Director of Friendswood Parks and Recreation. “It has become a good habit all over town.”

Homeowners associations can begin applying for next year’s grant in mid-October. Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department for more details.