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Quakertown Park: Mapping Past & Present

The Quakertown Neighborhood, a thriving community at the turn of the 20th century, has a rich history of African American heritage. Today, Quakertown Park covers the area adjacent the Denton Civic Center, Civic Center Pool, and senior center, which continues to be a hub of activity. The park is host to KDB events including the Redbud Festival and the Great American Cleanup after-party as well as arts-centered Denton Arts & Jazz Festival and Denton Blues Festival.

Over the past 20+ years, KDB has planted numerous trees within Quakertown Park in celebration of National Arbor Day, contributing to the park’s abundant urban forest. More recently, the City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department has made major improvements to the park to beautify the historic space. It is truly a hidden gem in the middle of lil’ d!

Recently, Denton resident Mike Savage took a deep dive into finding out more about the history of the area. From a variety of sources, Mike has gathered information and created a map used by the Denton County Office of History & Culture during White Lilac tours. On his maps, homes and businesses of the Quakertown Neighborhood are presented with new park features such as picnic tables, historical markers, and public art.

We are excited to share Mike’s map as an opportunity to learn more about history while getting outside and enjoying one of Denton’s most beautiful public parks. Click the map below to open in a new screen.

Quakertown Park Map
Mike Savage, 2019

Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Wrap-up

We have all seen someone flick a cigarette butt out a car window or drop a butt on the street, but did you know cigarettes butts make up 32% of all items littered in the United States?

From KDB’s most recent installation of 5 receptacles in June 2018, Quakertown Park has experienced a 66% decrease in cigarette litter. KDB also held 5 butt bucket workshops creating DIY receptacles for outside residences and gave away 400 car and 200 pocket ashtrays.

In addition to reduction efforts, KDB volunteers have cleaned up 112,300 cigarette butts from Downtown Denton, the Fry St. Area, and Quakertown Park in the last year. If these butts were put end to end, they would stretch 1.77 miles!

While cigarette butts were once made of natural materials, they are now manufactured cellulose acetate – plastic! This compound is the same plastic material that frames your sunglasses and builds park benches and takes years to decompose. To recycle the butts, KDB sends all cigarette litter collected to Terracycle.

Want to help pick-up butts or host a butt bucket workshop? Email volunteer@kdb.org to join in KDB’s next Cigarette Litter Cleanup (must be 18+ years of age to volunteer for this program).

2019 Denton Redbud Festival Photo Round-up

KDB celebrated its 26th Annual Denton Redbud Festival on April 13, 2019. It may have been storming outside, but that didn’t phase us! It was a great day with thousands of attendees. Thank you to all who came out! Check out photos from the festival from our official event photographers, Gabriel Lee and Trejon D’Angelo.

Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Trejon D’Angelo
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee
Photo by Gabriel Lee