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Trees planted along hike and bike trail for Earth Day

April 23, 2019 GMT

VentureX Brownsville joined forces Monday with Origo Works, LTD, The Brownsville Herald and the Brownsville Beautification Committee to plant trees along the Palo Alto Battlefield Hike and Bike Trail to commemorate Earth Day 2019.

The trail passes next to the former furniture warehouse at 222 N. Expressway that Origo Works developed into shared office space for VentureX, a coworking space franchise. The Herald has been headquartered in offices on the northeast corner of the building since earlier this year.

Javier Huerta, an architect and partner in Origo Works, said the company hopes to establish a tradition of planting trees and performing other environmentally useful acts along the trail as the years go by. On Monday the company planted five trees in the space where the trail passes along former railroad right of way next to the building.

Green Go Landscaping of Harlingen donated the trees.

Oscar Zertuche of the Brownsville Beautification Committee and Keep Brownsville Beautiful organization, said projects like Monday’s tree planting help improve the quality of life in Brownsville.

“It makes me really happy to see private businesses take the initiative on projects like this,” he said. “These little small things really do improve the quality of life in our city.”

Alma Frayre, VentureX Brownsville manager, thanked the Brownsville Beautification Committee and Origo Works for their support.

“When I first put out the idea, Javier Huerta immediately jumped on board,” she said. “It’s a pleasure to organize these events when there is so much cooperation.”

City officials said the Palo Alto Battlefield Hike and Bike Trail has been in existence since about 2008 and currently extends for 11 miles to the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site. Eventually it will stretch all the way to Los Fresnos, they said.

glong@brownsvilleherald.com