Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
- Postponed due to rain, rescheduled to Sat. Oct. 18th FOP workday 8AM
- Sat. Nov. 8th FOP workday planting wildflowers in City Park, Canyonlands and Hamilton Greenbelt.
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. Volunteers will be able to point to a segment of the trail system
and be proud of the wildflowers that will come next spring.
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
November Wildflower Seeding Project
The Friends of the Parks of Lakeway is requesting additional volunteers at our regularly scheduled November 8, 2014 workday to help us spread 57 pounds of native wildflower seeds (which cost $2,283) along all the trails in City Park, Hamilton Greenbelt and Canyonlands. We will meet at 8:00 AM, rain or shine, at the Upper Pavilion at City Park to distribute the wildflower seeds, make sure everyone knows where and how to disburse the wildflower seeds and reconvene at the Upper Pavilion at noon to compare notes over a meal provided by Friends of the Parks.
It is anticipated that we will need 60 volunteers. These 60 volunteers will divide into 30 teams of two people each. Each of these 30 teams will be assigned a .4 to .8 mile section of trail to seed. Volunteers may select their partners/teammates. Maps of City Park, Hamilton Greenbelt and Canyonlands will be made available, in advance, with the section of trail assigned to each team clearly marked. Teams will have a week or so to scout out their assigned section of trail in order to assess the best locations for wildflowers. We hope the teams will develop a sense of ownership over their sections of trail. We will assign sections of trail based primarily on physical ability and familiarity with our trails, as a significant walk is required to get to some of the sections of trail.
It is requested that each two person team bring a mop bucket and leaf rake on November 8th. Make sure the mop bucket is clean. We will half fill each mop bucket with sand and then add the wildflower seeds. The wildflower seeds are then thoroughly mixed into the sand by hand. There are two reasons we disburse wildflower seeds mixed with sand: 1.) It insures that the wildflower seeds are dispersed exactly where they are intended since the sand can be seen on the ground. Teams can go back and forth over their section of trail and slowly disperse the seed/sand mixture to insure even distribution. 2.) Some wildflower seeds are so tiny they would blow away in the wind otherwise. Once a team has sown their seeds where they want them, the leaf rake is used to rake the seeds into the ground to insure good seed to soil contact. Raking is not done to till the soil; but rather, to make sure the seeds are not lying on leaves or other debris. Occasionally, it may be necessary to first rake dead leaves and debris off an area where you wish to disburse the wildflower seeds.
Needless to say, we do not expect there to be an even strip of wildflowers along each trail. That's not the way Mother Nature works. If there's nothing growing on a section of bare hardpan, that's not the place for wildflower seeds. If there's a nice alcove off the trail with lots of grass and plants already growing, that's a good place for extra wildflower seeds. Though we purchased six pounds of a native shade mix, most of the seeds need sun or partial sun. So keep in mind how your section of trail is oriented towards the midday sun. We will mark the maps with an arrow pointing north to help you determine the areas that will get sun. Avoid seeding areas you can see will be subject to significant erosion. Areas to seed may be above or below the trail. It's likely you may go 40, 50 or even a 100 feet without finding a suitable location to disperse your wildflower seeds. But then you will see a perfectly situated opening with good sun five feet off the trail nicely framed by trees with lots of grass. Concentrate your seeding in areas like these which will then become beautiful wildflower meadows. Once you disburse your seeds in all the nicely situated alcoves, you can go back and use your remaining seeds in smaller open spots along the trails. If something's growing there now, it's likely wildflowers will grow there, too. Keep in mind that a pound of wildflower seeds covers 2,000 square feet.
Due to mowing, The City of Lakeway has asked us to avoid seeding within four feet of the side of the improved trails in City Park and the first section of Hamilton Greenbelt between the Lohmans Crossing entrance and the waterfall. We do not have to worry about the four foot mowing buffer on the primitive trails in City Park or any of the other trails in Hamilton Greenbelt.
A key consideration in moving forward with this project is the long term weather forecast. Right now, El Nino is reforming over the Pacific. That means a wet winter and spring for Central Texas. If this long term forecast changes, there is still a chance we will postpone this project for a year. But on October 7, 2014, Bob Rose had this statement on his LCRA weather blog:
Encouraging signs for El Niño?
LCRA Chief Meteorologist Bob Rose says there are encouraging signs that an El Niño weather pattern will develop this fall and winter. A strong El Niño could be very good news in Central Texas. The weather phenomenon tends to cause more rain than usual in Texas. Rose says the latest long-term forecasts call for above-normal rainfall in Texas through the end of March.
Based on several recommendations, including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we purchased our wildflower seeds from Native American Seed in Junction, Texas. To maximize the variety of wildflowers that will bloom along our trails while maintaining the old standbys like Bluebonnets, Indian Blanket, Lemon Mint and Coreopsis, we combined four native seed mixes in this manner:
5 pounds of Lady Bird's Legacy Wildflower Mix:
5 pounds of Deer Resistant Mix
24 pounds of Bee Happy Mix
17 pounds of Native Texas Mix
In addition, we ordered 6 pounds of Native American Seed's Shade Friendly Mix:
We plan on using the Shade Friendly Mix along several trails in Canyonlands, along parts of the Clubhouse Trail in Hamilton Greenbelt and near a few rest areas with picnic tables or benches that are popular shady stops along our trails. Folks who have been assigned sections of trail requiring shade mix should bring two mop buckets.
Please e-mail Bob Schooler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to volunteer Saturday morning on November 8, 2014. Let us know if you are volunteering with another person to create your own team. Single volunteers are welcome; we'll pair you up with another person to form a team. Please make arrangements within your team to bring a mop bucket and leaf rake. We'll send trail maps to all the volunteers with their sections clearly identified a week or so before our November 8 workday. Keeping our fingers crossed that we have enough volunteers to get this done on November 8.
Thanks very much for your help making Lakeway's parks and trails beautiful and enjoyable for everyone.
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
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
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
submitted by Bernie Reding and Bob Schooler
Our final workday before the summer break was held Sat. May 10th.
Over 50 volunteers assembled at City Park, Dragon Park and the Canyonlands.
Click here for workday photos.
Kelly Heath lead a team of workers including members from the LTHS mountain biking team to work on the
trails in the Canyonlands.
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
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. Local residents pitched in and helped spread the mulch on the four playscape
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
Visit the FOP website for more workday photos.
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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