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Feb. Workday will be held Sat. 2/14 Details here

Annual Meeting was held Thu. Jan. 29th Details here

Jan. Workday was on Sat. 1/17 Details here

Dec Workday was Sat 12/13 Details here

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Contact FOP Treasurer Bernie Reding 512-261-5633 or email countyboy@aol.com

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Jan 2014 Freeze at Hurst Creek Waterfall
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February

    Upcoming Events
  • Feb. workday will be held Sat. Feb. 14th 8AM
  • Mar. workday is scheduled for Sat. Mar. 14th 8AM
  • Wilderness Run/Walk is scheduled for the morning of Sat. Apr. 18th
Guest speaker Amber Gosselin (click to enlarge)
Guest speaker Amber Gosselin speaks about the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center.

Workday Projects
Scheduled for Sat. 2/14, please meet at the Pavilon (upper parking lot) in City Park at 8AM.

Remember to sign-in using the new forms required by the City of Lakeway insurance company.

City Park Projects:
Bernie Reding will lead a crew that will continue to trim grass and shrubs from around the trees near the wild flower meadow.

Canyonlands Projects:
No work scheduled for Feb.

HGB Projects:
Kelly Heath and George Ferrie will direct a crew on installing cedar rails in problem wet spots in the HGB II trails. Dar Moneyhon and Tony Mataya will lead a crew to work on trail erosion near the Overlook. Bob Schooler will direct a crew near the end of Squires to address rerouting water from a seep away from the trail. Jim Dunn will lead a crew trimming limbs on HGB I trail.

Lunch
Bob Schooler will serve Lentil stew.

Annual Meeting

Upcoming Events

Sixty people attended the Barbecue Dinner at FOP's annual membership meeting Thursday evening, January 29th. After registering attendees had a delicous barbecue dinner. The business part of the meeting reviewed workday events in 2014, members George Blume and Judy Hazen were recognized for their volunteer work over many years, minutes and treasurer's report were approved, replacement board members were approved and a bird blind building project funding was approved. Sheryl Kelly gave updates on the Wilderness Run/Walk in April and Bob Kirmse talked about a Firewise event.

FOP volunteer Judy Hazen being recognized (click to enlarge)
Judy being honored for her volunteer services over the years with Friends of the Parks.
View more photos of the meeting here.
Annual Membership Meeting
Following is the schedule of events:
6PM - Registration
6:30 - BBQ dinner
7:00 - Business Meeting
7:30 - Guest Speaker presentation
8:00 - Q&A / Conclusion

Friends of the Parks of Lakeway Annual Membership Meeting was held January 29, 2014 and is open to public. Amber Ahrns Gosselin, Land Manager for Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, speak about the history, geology and ecology of their new Upland trails and bird viewing blind, at the Friends of the Parks (FOP) Annual Membership Meeting at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway, Texas.

Amber Ahrns Gosselin (click for bio)
Amber Ahrns Gosselin
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Land Management
830-825-3174

Amber received her BS from Texas State University in Geography and Planning and worked as a Biologist with Travis County Balcones Canyon Preserve and Park systems managing all land management practices.

The program began with Registration at 6 p.m., with a BBQ dinner at 6:30 followed by business meeting at 7 and presentation at 7:30. The dinner was free for paid up members and $10 for non-members. Annual membership of $15 per family can be paid at registration.

FOP is an all volunteer 501(C)(3) non-profit organization of men and women that build and maintain trails and gardens in the City's Parks and Greenbelts. Workdays are held the 2nd Saturday of the month (excluding June-August) from 8-11:45 a.m. followed by a picnic lunch at the City Park Pavilion. FOP also holds its Annual Wilderness Fun Run/ Walk at Hamilton Greenbelt in mid April. Come join your neighbors in the great outdoors of Lakeway to help improve the parks and greenbelts for walking, hiking, jogging and biking.

Submitted by:
Bill Freas
Director Lakeway FOP
512 934-7171

January



The workday was held Saturday, January 17. View photos of the workday here.

P S For those who have not paid their dues for 2015, you may send them to:

Bernie Reding
133 Long Wood Ave.
Lakeway, TX 78734
Upcoming Events
  • Workday Sat. Jan. 17th, details below
  • Annual Membership Meeting Thu. Jan. 29, more details below
Bill trimming on HGB I (click to enlarge)
Join with us in 2015 for more exciting projects at the parks and trails of Lakeway.

Workday Projects
Sat. 1/10 1/17
Join us at 8AM at the Pavilion in City Park for volunteer opportunities at City Park, Hamilton Greenbelt and Canyonlands.

City Park projects include continuing cleanup along the trails and trimming/clearing of brush, Bernie is leading this project.

Canyonlands has need of trail maintenance but no work was done this month.

Hamilton Greenbelt needs volunteers with foot ware that is waterproof (waders) as there are two projects dealing with creeks. The first one will continue with the clearing out Nandinas and headed by Bob and Bill. The second project will be on the tributary of Yaupon Creek where Dave Cross and Tony will lead a team in clearing/cutting Ligustrums in the streambed. A third team will trim back limbs and brush along the HGB I trails, Jim is leading this project.

Bernie will be collecting dues for 2015 for FOP family memberships which are $15.

Renew your membership for 2015, click here !!!

Judy and the food committee will be providing hot lunch and desserts at 11:45.



December Workday

We got together at 8AM at the Pavilion in City Park and worked at City Park, Hamilton Greenbelt and Canyonlands. View workday photos.

City Park projects include continuing cleanup along the trails and trimming/clearing of brush.

Canyonlands has need of some trail maintenance.

Hamilton Greenbelt needs volunteers with foot ware that is waterproof (waders) as there are two projects dealing with creeks. The first one is at the Hamilton Greenbelt II entrance off of Palos Verdes, the bridge culverts needed be cleaned and then clearing out Nandinas near the entrance. The second project will be on the tributary of Yaupon Creek where Dave Cross will lead a team in clearing/cutting Ligustrums in the streambed.

Bob Schooler reports on the Wildflower seeding done in Nov. "If one looks carefully in certain areas, one can see tiny seedlings that have sprouted. They're relatively easy to see near the picnic table on Clubhouse in a triangular area where the trails come together to the right and in front of the picnic table. Not much else growing in this well raked area, so the tiny wildflower shoots are relatively easy to spot. "

Bernie was collecting dues for 2015 for FOP family memberships which are $15.

Menu for the picnic was steaming hot Vegetable Beef Soup with Breads and Desserts.
Trail head wreath (click to enlarge)

Trail head signs in the Hamilton Greenbelt area have acquired red and green winter accessories.

November

Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Nov. 8th FOP workday planting wildflowers in City Park, Canyonlands and Hamilton Greenbelt. Friends of the Parks of Lakeway are looking for volunteers who are seeking a unique opportunity to do something that will add beauty to our parks and trails. Volunteers will be able to point to a segment of the trail system and be proud of the wildflowers that will come next year.
  • Wildflower seeds are ready for Saturday's dispersing in City Park, Greenbelts and Canyonlands. Bob Schooler, Bill Freas, Dar Moneyhon and Bernie Reding spent about two hours Tuesday 11/4 bagging wildflower seeds and sand in the right proportions.
  • Here is a chance to participate in seeding wildflowers along the various trails in Lakeway so we will have multiple bountiful blooming events next year.
Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information. View workday photos.

Mixing Wildflower seeds with sand (click to enlarge)

Dar measured the sand. Bill and Bob handled the bagging. Bernie weighed the seed on his digital scale. Bob supervised the operation to make sure each bag contained the right amount of mixture for each section of trail.
City Park, Canyonlands and Greenbelts
The Friends of the Parks of Lakeway is looking for volunteers who are seeking a unique opportunity to do something that will add beauty to our parks and trails. We will be spreading 57 pounds of wildflower seeds along the trails at City Park, Hamilton Green Belt and Canyonlands. We will meet at 8:00 AM at the Upper Pavilion at City Park on November 8, 2014; our regularly scheduled workday for November. We will need 84 volunteers who will be divided into 42 teams. Each team will be assigned a segment of trail. The teams will be able to scout out their segment of trail before spreading the wildflower seeds. Detailed information about the kinds of wildflower seeds and how to spread them can be found on the Friends of the Parks website www.lakewayfop.org. Each volunteer team will need to bring a clean 2 gallon bucket to hold the seed/sand mixture and a leaf rake to rake the seeds in to insure good soil to seed contact. You can volunteer as a team or as an individual and we will assign a partner to help you. This is a great opportunity! You will be able to point to your segment of the trail system and be proud of the wildflowers that will come.

If you are able to volunteer the morning of November 8, please e-mail Bob Schooler at bschooler@aol.com and let him know if you will be volunteering as a team or as an individual. Bob will respond with an e-mail attachment of a map showing the segment of our trail system for which you will be responsible. After we have all finished, we will reconvene at noon at the Upper Pavilion at City Park for our usual meal courtesy of the Friends of the Parks of Lakeway food committee. It will be fun. Thanks for your help!

Wildflower Bags (click to enlarge)

Bags are numbered to coincide with numbered sections of trails as shown on maps. 43 bags are ready to go.


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 Bernie Reding 512-261-5633 or email Bernie

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.


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