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FOP is on summer break, see you in September

Former FOP founding member Phyllis Hook Obit

June 12th storm cleanup Details here

May Workday was Sat. 4/10 Details here

FOP President Ken Parmerter Memorial Service Mon. 5/5 10AM Details here

16th Annual Wilderness Run was held April 26 at 9:00AM in the Hamilton Greenbelt Details here

Apr. Workday was Sat. 4/12 Details here

Mar. Workday was Sat. 3/15 Details here

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Contact FOP Treasurer Bernie Reding 512-261-5633 or email

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Jan 2014 Freeze at Hurst Creek Waterfall
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A few of our older members will remember Phyllis. She used to cut and drag brush and later helped me with the workday picnics. Judy

Phyllis also was one the volunteers who would call FOP members with workday updates before we had email. Jim

Phyllis Hook (click to view obit)

Phyllis Hook

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
Bob Schooler and Bernie Reding (click to enlarge)    Bernie Reding (click to enlarge)    Bob Schooler and Bill Freas (click to enlarge)    Bernie Reding and Pat McDermott (click to enlarge)

May Workday

Our final workday before the summer break was held Sat. May 10th. Over 50 volunteers assembled at City Park, Dragon Park and the Canyonlands.

Kelly Heath lead a team of workers including members from the LTHS mountain biking team to work on the trails in the Canyonlands.

Elmer carving up an agave (click to enlarge)
City Park

The Kings worked on the Butterfly Garden
Summer Ard and friend worked on the Challenge Trail
A team worked on burying the exposed irrigation wires on Barnes/Butterfly Garden trail

A crew consisting of Dave Cross, Lamar Bolling, W C Enmon, Dick Drury, Ed Lalone, Kenny Holder, Danny White and Bernie Reding with the aid of three chain saws and manual pole saws cleared the whole area south of the lower parking lot and within the upper and lower trails of dead cedar trees, dead and/or low hanging cedar limbs.

submitted by Bernie Reding

Volunteers at City Park (click to enlarge)
Dragon Park

Pat McDermott lead a large group of volunteers to Dragon Park to spread mulch provided by the City of Lakeway on the children playscape areas.

We had "sausage on a bun" with toppings and lots of beans and desserts. Thank you for food donations from: Cindy Berdan, Donna Ferrie, Clare Freas, Tricia Perkey, Bob Sauerman and someone who brought rice krispie treats! Thanks to our youthful volunteers, we fed 42 people this time. Bernie provided ice and drinks and that is always a huge help to the "cooks."

submitted by Judy Hazen

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Vegetables and Oranges (click to enlarge)

FOP President Ken Parmerter

Ken's Ride Through Life (click to enlarge)
Please click on the link below to view the broadcast.
Event ID: 380-095
Password: L20140413
Ken and Dar wrestle with a big rock (click to enlarge) Wow -- such a large crowd, estimated to be over 400 to celebrate his ride through life. His childhood friend spoke about growing up with Ken in New York, his colleague at work spoke on how Ken was a leader and mentor and then Kelly Heath spoke about Ken's other job involving mountain bikes, LAME, coaching and FOP. At the memorial there was a display with his FOP Volunteer tee shirt and trail building tools. Ken's brother closed the celebration by reading the "Love" passage from 1st Corinthians that was a part of Ken and Jen's wedding ceremony.


Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Apr. 12th FOP workday
  • 16th Annual Wilderness Run to be held April 26 at 9:00AM at the Hamilton Greenbelt
    Click here for 2014 entry form pdf.
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Winners and photos of the 2014 Wilderness Run are click here Start of Wilderness Run 2014 (click to enlarge)

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.


Sat. 3/15
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.

Ken and Dar wrestle with a big rock (click to enlarge) 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

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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