Friends of the Parks Logo

Lakeway, Texas


News

FOP Board meeting scheduled for Mon. Feb 1st, 6:30PM at LAC

FOP Annual Meeting was held Tue. Jan. 26, 2016 Details here

Jan Workday was Sat. 1/9 Details here

Wilderness Fun Run/Walk will be held Sat. Apr. 16, 2016

Dec. workday was Sat. Dec. 12th Details here

Nov. Workday was Sat. 11/14 Details here

Renew your membership for 2016, click here !!!

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

Submit your photos and volunteer stories ! ! !

Jan 2014 Freeze at Hurst Creek Waterfall
Lakeway Area Parks Map
Lakeway City Park Map
Lakeway City Park Map (older version)
Hamilton Greenbelt Trails Map Updated 12/30/2010
Canyonland Trails Map Updated Feb 2010
Mt Lakeway Trails Map Sep 2012
Lakeway Weather Forecast

Annual Membership Meeting

Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Jan. 9th FOP workday 8AM
  • Tue. Jan. 26th FOP Annual Membership Meeting at LAC
  • Sat. Apr. 16th Wilderness Fun Run/Walk


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
Screech Owls (click to enlarge)

Jane Tillman talked about Eastern Screech Owls and played their screech

FRIENDS OF THE PARKS OF LAKEWAY ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING JANUARY 26, 2016 OPEN TO PUBLIC
JANE TILLMAN, a Capital Area Master Naturalist, active member of the Travis County Audubon Society and president of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Austin chapter, will speak about "Birds of the Lakeway Area." Learn about both the common birds that live in Lakeway year-round, and a few of the uncommon ones that either spend the winter with us or pass through during migration.

She has several interesting articles on birds in the Austin area:
 
Jane Tillman at Brown Booby, Canyon Lake. (click to enlarge)
Jane Tillman, guest speaker at 2016 Annual Membership Meeting
The Friends of the Parks (FOP) Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The program will begin with Registration at 6 p.m., with a BBQ dinner at 6:30 followed by business meeting at 7:00 and presentation at 7:30. The dinner is free for paid up members and $10 for non-members. Annual membership of $15 per family can be paid at registration. You must make a reservation for the BBQ by Friday January 22 by contacting Bernie Reding at 512-261-5633 or countyboy@aol.com.  
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:
Patrick McDermott
Chairman of Lakeway FOP
512-569-5509
 

January

Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Jan. 9th FOP workday 8AM
  • Tue. Jan. 26th FOP Annual Membership Meeting at LAC
  • Sat. Apr. 16th Wilderness Fun Run/Walk


Overlook view (click to enlarge)

Overlook of fall colors and rising Lake Travis, photo by Bill Freas.
Jan Workday Projects
Please arrive at the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM for work project assignments on Sat. Jan. 9th.
HGB II Seeding Project:
Bob Schooler will be leading several teams in a wildflower seeding project. Please bring mop buckets and watering cans.

City Park Projects:
Continue to work on brush and grass cleanup.

HGB II Projects:
A team will start clearing the site for the bird blind off of the Palos Verde's trailhead. This will include cutting down some cedar trees and hauling out existing deadfall.
A possible second project will be to re-route a primitive trail around a problem wet spot near the MUD retention pond.

Lunch
Fireman Subs or Pizza, TBD.

December

Upcoming Events
  • Mon. Jan. 4th FOP board meetingt at LAC starting at 6:30PM
  • Sat. Jan. 9th FOP workday 8AM
  • SAVE THE DATE
    Annual Members Meeting Tue, Jan. 26th
    guest speaker Jane Tillman fo the Austin Audubon Society
  • SAVE THE DATE Sat. Apr. 16th Wilderness Fun Run/Walk


Madrone tree on Mt. Lakeway trail to the left of Bill Freas (click to enlarge)

Madrone tree on Mt. Lakeway trail to the left of Bill Freas. Photo by Bill Freas
December Workday Projects
Volunteers arrived at the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM for work project assignments despite the occassional sprinkles.

Workday photos click here!
City Park

W. C. Enmon, Tom Smith, Dick Drury, Mike Taylor and Bernie Reding trimmed oak and sage that had spread up to six feet over parking spaces near the Dog park at City Park. They also thinned oaks and cedars several feet north of the parking spaces.
Dick Drury, Mike Taylor, Larraine Tallent, Tom Smith and Bernie Reding stacked the remains of a dead cedar located near the Upper Trail after WC Enmon cut down and limbed the tree. The crew also thinned a dense thicket of oaks by the fence.
Kathrine's Corner looks much nicer now after Lucy Mayo, Dorris McDermott and Lorraine Tallent pruned all the shrubbery in the corner. The pruning produced big pile of brush to be hauled off by the City.
submitted by Bernie Reding
City Park crew Dick, Mike, Lorraine, Tom and WC (click to enlarge)

City Park crew Dick, Mike, Lorraine, Tom and WC. Photo by Bernie Reding
Hamilton Greenbelt

HGB II primitive trails - we had to haul in the decomposed granite with a wheelbarrow and buckets due to the terrain.
a) spread decomposed granite on main trail just upstream from the Rainbow Bridge
b) added cedar rails to divert water off the descent trail from the picnic table location down to the loop trail next to Hurst Creek on HGB II
c) mixed in decomposed granite into the slippery mud on the same descent trail
d) mixed in decomposed granite into the slippery mud on the high trail connecting the MUD road to the Overlook.
e) City of Lakeway provided a Kubota and Ranger to haul things to the worksite plus a small pile of decomposed granite, Thanks!

Team members were Tony Mataya, George Ferrie, Dan Moyer, Bill Freas, Dar Moneyhan and Jim Dunn.
submitted by Bill Freas and Jim Dunn
Hamilton Greenbelt repair crew George, Dar, Dan and Tony  (click to enlarge)

Hamilton Greenbelt repair crew George, Dar, Dan and Tony. Photo by Bill Freas
Skate Park

Pat McDermott worked with Dave Cross, Mike Light, Tom Delaney and Archie Ruatto at the Skateboard Park trimming cedar tree. The cedar trimming exposed some beautiful Oak trees that now have room to grow.
submitted by Pat McDermott
 
Lunch
Rainy weather did not stop our volunteers or picnic today. Carlisle Pearson and Clare Freas brought delicious home-cooked baked beans to go with our sausages and sauerkraut on a bun. Cindy Berdan, Ximena Sauerman, Doris McDermott and Judy Hazen provided the desserts.
submitted by Judy Hazen
 

November

Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Nov. 14th FOP workday 8AM
  • Mon. Dec. 7th FOP board meetingt at LAC starting at 6:30PM
  • Sat. Dec. 12th FOP workday 8AM
  • SAVE THE DATE
    Annual Members Meeting Tue, Jan. 26th
    guest speaker Jane Tillman fo the Austin Audubon Society


Hurst Creek waterfall (click to enlarge)

Hurst Creek waterfall near Sailmaster.
November Workday Projects
Over twenty volunteers started their day at the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM

Workday photos click here!
Skate Park
Pat McDermott lead a crew that trimmed and removed Cedar trees from an area around the skate park at the corner of Lakeway Blvd and Highlands. Dave Cross lead the way with his chain saw followed by Archie Ruatto, Dan Moyer and Mike Taylor plus volunteers from the local Mother and Daughters organization

submitted by Pat McDermott
Archie Ruatto at the Skate Park (click to enlarge)

Archie Ruatto cleaning up cut limbs and branches at the Skate Park.
City Park

Tom Smith and Dick Drury used shovels and brooms cleaned rainstorm debris from the Upper Trail.

Jerry Cooper, Gayle Leonard, Jamie Leonard, Marsha Young, Lorraine Tallent and David Case trimmed, weeded and removed dead rosemary at the Cactus Garden. This crew also trimmed high grass and weeded the area by the pipe gate entrance to City Park.

Dennis Gans, Robert Farr and Bernie Reding repaired and built new terraces at the picnic area near the lower parking lot. Bill Freas assisted by bringing in extra rock using the City's walk-behind Bobcat.

Bill Freas, using the City's walk-behind bobcat, unloading another load of pea gravel to be spread evenly on the Canoe/Kayak launching ramp. The ramp is being used again now since the lake level is sufficient for launching canoes and kayaks.

Besides spreading pea gravel on the Canoe/Kayak ramp, the crew consisting of Bill Freas, Dennis Gans, Aaron Johnson and Bernie Reding rebuilt a diversion berm to prevent storm water from eroding the ramp.

Prior to working on the ramp, Bill Freas and Aaron Johnson using gas powered string trimmers trimmed all of the primitive trails in the park.

Please note we had three generations of a family working on the workday. They were Judy Hazen, daughter Gayle Leonard and grandaughter Jamie Leonard.

submitted by Bernie Reding
Bill Freas, Dennis Gans, Robert Farr and Aaron Johnson built a diversion berm (click to enlarge)

Bill Freas, Dennis Gans, Robert Farr and Aaron Johnson built a diversion berm near the Kayak ramp.
Hamilton Greenbelt

Mike Light, Gary Evensen and Jim Dunn repaired the descent trail and added cedar rail water diverters at the end of Squires Court, then we went over to the descent trail from the picnic table down to the HGBII loop and did more work on diverting rain water off the trail and draining standing water. This descent trail will require much more work on a future workday.

submitted by Jim Dunn

Bob Schooler went solo and spent two hours trimming non-cedars on Hamilton Greenbelt. Particularly the Pyracantha that was overhanging the trail and some Sycamore branches.

submitted by Bob Schooler
Mike Light, Jim Dunn and Gary Evensen at HGBII primitive trail (click to enlarge)

Mike Light, Jim Dunn and Gary Evensen at the muddy descent HGBII primitive trail.
Lunch
Thanks to Marshi we had wonderful garlic bread to go with the Italian Sausage soup. Cindy, Ximena, Doris, Claire and Carlisle brought or sent a nice variety of cookies. I want you to know that the leftovers were much appreciated at coffee hour at our church the next morning. You are a generous team and I appreciate YOU.

submitted by Judy Hazen

Workday photos click here!
Italian sausage soup, bread and desserts (click to enlarge)

Lunch table set with a bowl of Italian sausage soup, garlic bread and desserts.

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.


What other people say: Canyonlands Trail Review   Hamilton Greenbelt Trail Review  
City of Lakeway Parks and Recreations Information
City of Lakeway Parks Information
Lakeway Weather Forecast

Friends of the Park Logo
Website Visitor Counter
Discount Internet Service


Contacts | Workdays | History | Canyonland

Contact webmaster