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Alvin Community College
Greater Gulf Coast Parks and Recreation Directors Association
News Release
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gulf Coast parks workers attend training in Alvin

Alvin Community College Division Chair for Math, Sciences and Horticulture Dwight Rhodes was one of the guest speakers at an all-day workshop held by the Greater Gulf Coast Parks and Recreation Directors Association in Alvin on Nov. 5. Rhodes presented information about caring for plants and how to use them to improve the aesthetics of parks and city landscaping.The Greater Gulf Coast Parks and Recreation Directors Association hosted a free all-day training workshop for maintenance workers in Alvin on Nov. 5.

Held at Alvin Community College and sponsored by T. F. Harper & Associates, the workshop covered various topics, such as horticulture knowledge and care, landscaping, park lighting management, athletic field maintenance, playground safety, irrigation, hike and bike trail design and maintenance, project management, safety and more.

Approximately 140 park maintenance workers from cities all over southeast Texas, including Alvin, Pearland, Bellaire, Webster, Conroe, Houston, Texas City, The Woodlands and many more, attended.

For Manuel Bustillo, a forestry crew leader for The Woodlands Township, the workshop gave him and his employees an opportunity to gain more knowledge of reforestation and pruning.

“This kind of training helps us in our work area and with customer service,” he said.

“This is the first time we’ve held training that is geared for the maintenance worker,” said Ed Hersh, who coordinated the event and is recently retired as director for the City of Alvin Parks and Recreation Department. “The workshop was designed to teach them how to work more independently and efficiently.”

This was also the first time the organization has held training in Alvin.

“I thought it would be nice to bring everyone to Alvin for a change,” Hersh stated. “It was time to showcase the city and Alvin Community College.”

According to Hersh, being able to provide the workshop at no cost for the park employees and their respective employers was also beneficial.

“It was an important factor with everyone’s budgets being reduced – there is little money for training right now,” he said.

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