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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Bags are numbered to coincide with numbered sections of trails as shown on maps. 43 bags are ready to go.
Rescheduled for Sat. 10/18, meet at the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM
City Park Projects:
Pat, Tony, Jerry and Jim will lead crews. One crew will continue to trim grass and shrubs from around the trees near the wild flower meadow. One crew will remove dead oak tree branches and paint with pruning paint. Another crew will remove new growth (suckers) from the oak trees near the lower playground. Jerry Cooper will lead a crew to clean up the gardens.
Some volunteers will work on descent trail erosion control work, trail work on flagged connecting trail, removing storm damaged limbs/trees on trails
Bob and George will do chainsaw work on down trees near Squires Court, cleanup culverts from storm run off, spray ligustrum stumps near creeks, Michael Smith will lead a small crew on the HGB I PortaPotty/Jetter trail cleanup
Judy and food committee - Oktoberfest theme with brats/kraut/german potato salad
We had 28 volunteers arrive at Pavilon at City Park at 8AM before starting on the workday projects. Visit the FOP web site for more workday photos. We finished up just before the drizzle started.
The new Bearcat string mower shown by Mason above photo. The string mower works great on the tall grass, weeds and the smaller oak shoots that come up around the oak trees. You can cover a lot of territory in short time. When cutting the larger oak shoots, we had to replace the string quite often. There is an available blade attachment that should work on the larger stuff. This mower looks similar to the D R Trimmer I have seen advertised on TV.
The crew consisting of Summer Ard, Mason Ard, Toni Van Burkleo, Sheryl Kelly, Steve Kelly, Mireille Kirmse and Bernie Reding cleared tall grass, weeds and brush from around trees and large rocks, pruned trees and painted the resulting wounds of oak trees with wound paint. Work started in the Wildflower Meadow then proceeded northward toward the parking lot until it was time to break for lunch.
This was Toni Van Burkleo's first FOP workday. Welcome Toni!
Tom Smith, Elmer Tyler, Dick Drury, Dennis Gans and Steve Kelly trimmed low hanging oak and cedar limbs throughout City Park. They also removed several dead limbs and a few dead trees.
submitted by Bernie Reding
Jerry Cooper worked on Cactus Garden by herself. Advised not to cut back spindly plant at south end - see picture.
Jim Dunn watered Butterfly garden then assisted Elmer's group with dead tree removal in City Park until Elmer ran out of chainsaw fuel.
submitted by Jim Dunn
Bob Schooler lead the crew in the HGB taking out invasive species, ligustrum and chinaberry. Tony Maytata, WC Emmon, Ray, Dave Cross where members of his group. They also removed five vitex trees at the entrance of HGBI (Chapel of the Four Seasons area)
submitted by Bob Schooler
Bill Freas and Kelly Heath headed up two groups of volunteers that extended the Canyonland trail towards the Highlands Bridge and agave trimming.
Burgers, Beans, Brownies (and Fruit)
Beans were provided by Carlisle Pearson and Donna Ferry. Brownies by Sheryl Kelly and Doris McDermott. Fresh fruit was brought by Tricia Perkey and Clare Freas. And Bernie brought the ice and drinks. Thanks everyone, you always come through when I ask. I think we fed 26 people today – it is difficult to judge how many will turn up to work when the weather is cool and drizzly.
Also, the Lakeway Garden Club is grateful to Bob Schooler and his crew who culled out 5 overgrown Vitex trees in the Hamilton I Greenbelt Garden entrance area. It improved the area by allowing in more light and air to the space.
submitted by Judy Hazen
A short business meeting held after lunch. Bob Schooler made a pitch for purchasing about 50 pounds (est. cost of $2000) on native wild flower seeds. The seeds would be planted by volunteers on the Nov. 8th workday along trails in City Park, Canyonlands and Hamilton Greenbelt. The project was approved by the members present.
June Storm cleanup
Bob Schooler, Pat McDermott and Bernie Reding gathered at the Clubhouse entrance kiosk
of Hamilton Greenbelt 2 on Fri. 6/13 at 6:30 p.m. to clear storm damage from the trails.
Some photos of Bernie Reding, Pat McDermott and Bob Schooler clearing two large downed Ashe Junipers from the Squires Trail on Hamilton Greenbelt this evening. We also cleared smaller trees that were down on other parts of Hamilton Greenbelt.
On Saturday Bill Freas joined the three of us to finish cleaning up the Hamilton Greenbelt trails from the late Thursday storm damage.
Kelly Heath said he and his biker friends will be cleaning up the trails in Canyonlands Wednesday at 6:30 in the evening. Bernie to assist by getting two chainsaws ready for them. Kelly said they will be taking pictures also.
submitted by Bernie Reding and Bob Schooler
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.