City Beautiful Director Honored with Order of the Long Leaf Pine
City Beautiful Director Kathy Cates has been awarded the state’s highest honor for service, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cates was presented the award Thursday at her retirement party. Today is her last day working for Greensboro Parks and Recreation after more than 30 years of service.
As city beautiful director, Cates acted as executive director of the nonprofit Greensboro Beautiful. The nonprofit serves as the City’s beautification agent, coordinating important functions on behalf of the City such as urban forestry and horticultural advisory as well as litter clean-ups and neighborhood restoration efforts. The nonprofit also raises funds to support Greensboro’s four public garden.
As a result of Cates’ leadership, fundraising expertise, and commitment to enhancing Greensboro and Guilford County, in excess of $10 million in private funds have been raised and invested directly back into supporting the public infrastructure, including the private financing of the construction the Greensboro Arboretum and Gateway Gardens. Under her guidance, hundreds of tons of litter have been collected through community wide litter clean-ups enhancing environmental quality; thousands of individuals have learned about and supported gardening and horticultural efforts leading to increased sustainability; and tens of thousands of trees have been planted making Greensboro a greener and healthier place.