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They are off and running at the 2013 Wilderness Run/Walk.
Scheduled for Sat. 4/12, meet at the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM
City Park Projects:
o Continue trimming Rosemary at the Cactus Garden.
o Clean up brushy areas to the right side of the lower parking lot.
o To the North of the lower parking lot, trim lower limbs to a height of 6 - 7 feet.
o Chop out sapling cedars with heavy duty hoes.
o Trim tall dead grass at the alternate entrance to the park.
Judy will be preparing lunch, it might be Italian Soup and bread but she has not made a firm commitment.
We had about 24 volunteers arrive at Pavilon at City Park at 8AM before starting on the workday projects.
A. Hamilton Greenbelt
Pat McDermott took a group consisting of David Cross, Tom Smith, Bob Schooler, Summer and Nathan Ard, David Case, Lamar Bolling and Mike Taylor to Hamilton Green Belt II. The group prepared the primitive trails for the upcoming Wilderness Run/Walk . Several large Cedar trees and branches that blocked the trails were removed. The group also worked with Bob Schooler to remove Ligustrum tree from two locations along a creek that runs parallel to Yaupon Creek. Ligustrums are an invasive species. Dave Cross was extremely helpful with his chain saw.
submitted by Pat McDermott
Pat McDermott was in charge of our work detail preparing HGB unimproved trails for the Wilderness Run, but I organized the removal of Ligustrum trees at two locations where a small creek that runs parallel to Yaupon Creek crosses our unimproved trails. Ligustrums are an invasive species. Quite a bit of work involved, but we had a chain saw.
submitted by Bob Schooler
B. City Park
Peg Ryan, Jim Dunn, Bernie Reding and new FOP member Ken Holder worked at the north end of the park clearing dead cedars, broken limbs and dead vines. All work was in the area between the upper and lower paved trail.
submitted by Bernie Reding
Peg Ryan and Mireille Kimerse trimmed rosemary at the Cactus Garden.
submitted by Jim Dunn
Work Crew: George Ferrie, Dar Moneyhon, Elmer Tyler, Kelly Heath, Tony Mataya, Ken Parmerter
This group worked the entire day to improve the drop-ins for both the new and existing Descent trails located on the western side of Canyonlands park closest to Rough Hollow subdivision.
George, Kelly, Tony and Dar worked primarily on improving the newest descent trail entrance. Their work focused on moving four very large boulders into new locations that allowed for broad and easy access to the new descent trail. They summoned many classical Greek pyramid building techniques in their efforts to relocate the boulders. They used inclined planes, levers and handmade rollers built from recently removed trees. This group was extremely creative in their efforts to effectively relocate these rocks into a useful new purpose at the head of the new descent trail.
Elmer and Ken primarily worked on improving the entrance to the existing descent trail on the Rough Hollow side. Elmer removed the large overhanging tree at the entrance. We also dug out and removed two large rocks that were creating a very large step down at this entrance. With these removed the entrance is now safer to navigate both on foot and via bike.
The team utilized a great deal of creative thinking in the process of opening up the entrances to both western descent trails. We all enjoyed a fun and productive workday. Thanks to Tony for the photographs.
submitted by Ken Parmerter
Again we had "Picnic by Committee" Sheryl Kelly ordered the pizzas for us and then left on a camping trip. Fred Hazen delivered it to us. Judy Hazen set up and provided salad. Wonderful desserts came from Cindy Berdan, Donna Ferrie, Clare Freas, Ximena Sauerman, and Sterlene Boling. Thank you all for making our picnic great - the food always disappears!
submitted by Judy Hazen
Photo needed for 2014 Wilderness Run T-Shirt
Thank you for your commitment in beautifying Lakeway's parks and trail systems. Plans are underway for our only fundraiser of the year, the 16th Annual Wilderness Run to be held April 26 at 9:00AM at the Hamilton Greenbelt. And we need your help designing this year's T-Shirt!
We are seeking photos you have taken in Lakeway’s parks and trail systems that you believe would make a top selling T-Shirt. If you have a photo or two that you would like to submit, please send your photography to Bernie at email@example.com by Fri. Mar. 28th. We are looking forward to seeing you once again at one of the workdays and at the Wilderness Run. Thanks again for making a difference.
was held Sat. 2/15th and about 21 volunteers participated.
Crew members Dar, Lamar, Elmer, Tony, Bob and Ken worked in the Canyonlands. We focused on brush removal near and around the New Descent Trail. Elmer walked the entire rim trail (both sides) and used his chainsaw to remove all the tree stumps and dangerous limbs from the trail.
We also removed a dead Agave plant at the entrance to the Canyonlands and planted several small agave pups.submitted by Ken Parmerter
A crew consisting of Lucy Mao, Michelle Chang, Shirley Tyler, Peg Ryan, Mireille Kirmse, Summer Ard, Mason Ard, Sheryl Kelly, Dennis Gans, Jim Dunn, Dick Drury, Tom Smith, Dave "chain saw" Cross and Bernie Reding worked at making the park more appealing.
First, a large, mostly dead cedar limb, next to the gate leading to the lower parking lot, was removed. Then the crew gathered at the lower parking lot at the trail near the water fountain. A large area to the left and right of the trail was trimmed. To the left, was an area around a large cedar that had tall salt cedar, weeds, grass and low hanging limbs. To the right, extending to the bus turn-around, shrubs, trees and an agave were trimmed.
A large portion of the crew then relocated to the south end of the trail where they used a brush cutter, string trimmers and hand tools to clear out brush around trees, large boulders and along the iron fence.
Later, at the pavilion, Lucy Mao became a member of FOP. Welcome Lucy.submitted by Bernie Reding
Jerry Cooper cooked hamburgers, Carlisle Pearson brought a fruit tray and Ximena Sauerman provided the veggie tray. Cindy Berdan, Judy Hazen and Donna Ferrie provided dessert.
submitted by Jerry Cooper
More workday photos are here.
Friends of the Parks is a group of citizens who enjoy the rewards of volunteer service in the parks and greenbelts areas of Lakeway. Monthly Saturday morning work sessions provide opportunities for all levels of service, whether it is tree maintenance, general cleanup or tending memorial gardens at City Park. A few of the hardier members help build and maintain hiking/biking trails in the Hamilton Greenbelts and the Canyonlands Natural Area. Still others provide food for our workday picnics. For information contact Ken Parmerter 512-695-2058 or email Ken.firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of the Parks sponsors one annual community event which is the annual Wilderness Run/Walk event on the Hamilton Greenbelt trails on the third Saturday of April. The goal of this event is to encourage citizens to get out and enjoy the beauty of the greenbelts and parks of the City of Lakeway.
Friends of the Parks of Lakeway is a 501 (c) 3, Federal Tax Exempt Organization. Donations made to this organization may be tax deductible; check with your tax advisor.