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Balcones Canyonland hike scheduled for Sat. 10/28, details below

October workday was Sat. Oct. 14th 8AM Details here

September workday was Sat. Sept. 9th 8AM Details here

May workday was Sat. May 13 at 8AM Details here

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

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October 2017

Upcoming Events
  • October workday was Sat. 10/14
  • Balcones Canyonland hike tentatively scheduled for Sat. 10/28, details below
  • FOP Board meeting November 6th at 6:30PM at the Lakeway Activity Center.
  • FOP member George Ferrie is recovering from surgery in September. Donna has posted some details on the FOP Facebook page.
  • We have a Facebook page being administered by Dan Moyer
    Lakeway Friends of the Parks
  • For those who shop on Amazon, FOP is now a listed charitable organization and can receive 0.5% of your Amazon purchase.
    Navigate to smile.amazon.com, login, select "Change Your Charity" and search for "Friends of the Park" located in Lakeway, TX
    and click on the Select button.


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
HGBII volunteers (click to enlarge)
George, Ron and Tony at a HGBII primitive trail intersection. Photo by Bill Freas
October Workday Projects
Twenty-six volunteers signed up and labored in the warm humid morning at various projects located around Lakeway

o City Park - Bernie directed six volunteers in cutting down salt cedars and clearing brush and trees around the lower picnic area.
o Hamilton Greenbelt - Pat lead a small group removing cedar saplings near the entrance of HGB I down to the first waterfall on Hurst Creek. The Kobuta group was driven by Bill along the HGB I trails clearing out low limbs and brush from along side the trail. Another small group worked with Dave on cutting up dead fall trees on the HGB II primitive trails. fallen tree cleanup and red flagged trees
o Canyonlands - Dan and Micheal worked with a group of mountain biker volunteers in trail clean-up.
o Hot lunch - Carlisle decorated the pavilion and provided cold cuts and hot beans. Yummy desserts adorned several tables.
Pumpkins (click to enlarge)
Halloween is getting close

Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Hike Available

On October 28, 2017 Bill Reiner, a biologist with Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, has graciously agreed to provide a guided hike for FOP members, into the Canyonlands. There are a limited number of spaces available. You can contact Pat McDermott by Email at ptmcder@yahoo.com to obtain a spot in the group. The spaces will be secured on a first come, first serve basis.

The Hike will start at 9:00 AM on October 28th at Reicher Headquarters. The group will follow a nature trail towards Lake Austin. There is a steep descent, from the Reicher Headquarters to Lake Austin, of 350 feet (but the group could stop at 250 feet), then a hike back up.† The return hike is often up an abandoned road, which is also very steep, but it has an asphalt surface, for good footing.† The entire loop is either 0.7 mile or 1 mile, depending upon whether the group goes all the way to Lake Austin. The hike will take between 2Ĺ to 3 hours.

New Trail Maps for the Parks of Lakeway

The website link that takes you to the Parks Interactive Map page is Interactive Map Link.

This link will take you directly to the Canyonlands trails: Canyonlands. I hope it loads for you this time. If it hangs up while loading, try hitting Refresh or Reload in your browser.

When you click on the trails, the trail name and distance will show in a popup box. Hikers can track their location on their smartphone by tapping the crosshairs.

The Boy Scouts will map the emergency markers, scenic views and other amenities in the Canyonlands one Saturday in October (date to be determined). If I can GPS all of the smaller Canyonlands trails Thursday morning, then I should be able to add them into the online interactive map by next week.

Thanks so much for keeping the Friends of the Parks informed. Please donít hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions and concerns.

Carrie Burns, Forester
City of Lakeway

September 2017

Upcoming Events
  • September workday was Sat. 9/9 starting at 8AM. Thanks to all the volunteers who cut, mowed, carried and stacked items at City Park and Porpoise Park.
  • October workday will be Sat. 10/14.
  • We have a Facebook page being administered by Dan Moyer
    Lakeway Friends of the Parks
  • For those who shop on Amazon, FOP is now a listed charitable organization and can receive 0.5% of your Amazon purchase.
    Navigate to smile.amazon.com, login, select "Change Your Charity" and search for "Friends of the Park" located in Lakeway, TX
    and click on the Select button.
Click here for workday Photos.

Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.

Projects for this workday included cleaning up and trimming of trees in City Park, Porpoise Park, and the Canyonlands. Many volunteers attended including some non-FoP affiliated volunteers from the local Mountain Bike community. Weather was perfect for the effort and volunteers were rewarded by a delicious lunch provided by the McDermott's.

Volunteers (click to enlarge)
Volunteers Carl, Sharon and her son, Dave and Linda Cross at City Park. Photo by Bernie
City Park

Carl, Sharon and son, Dave and Linda Cross, George Ferrie, Bill Freas, Archie Ruatto and Bernie Reding were the volunteers working in City Park. They trimmed grass, under-brush, tree limbs and cut down dead trees.

submitted by Bernie Reding
Bill Freas (click to enlarge)
Bill Freas manning the Bearcat walk-behind string trimmer. Photo by Bernie
Porpoise Park

Pat McDermott worked with a crew at Porpoise Park. The crew trimmed trees, shrubs and cactus. Dead shrubs were removed and the crew cleaned up the area. Volunteers working in Porpoise Park included Mike Light, Lorraine Tallent, Ron Moore, Mary Ann Moore, Kathleen Christensen, Christi Nicolay and Tony Mataya.

submitted by Pat McDermott
Porpoise_Park_Christi_Nicolay (click to enlarge)
Christi Nicolay assisting in the Porpoise Park clean-up/ Photo by Pat
Canyonlands

Anthony Coley and Dan Moyer lead a group affiliated with the local Mt. Biking community at the Canyonlands main trail head. We started over near the new restrooms and did just general trail work on all the trails in that area leading down to the canyon and some work in the canyon trails themselves. Work included smoothing out certain areas that were rutted or had excess loose rocks. We had a string trimmer to trim back loose grass and some loppers to remove low hanging branches that were a hazard. Anthony and his son and Dan went down into the canyon with a chainsaw and removed some downed trees that were blocking the lower trails or that were leaning at severely horizontal angles(potential hazards).

submitted by Dan Moyer
Canyonlands work crew (click to enlarge)
Canyonlands work volunters. Photo by Dan
Lunch

Lunch was served by Pat and Doris McDermott along with the food committee at the Pavilion to cap off the morning's activities.

Lunch and work report (click to enlarge)
Lunch and work report time. Photo by Dan

May 2017

Upcoming Events
  • May workday was Sat. 5/13
  • Summer break, next workday will be in September.
  • We have a Facebook page being administered by Dan Moyer
    Lakeway Friends of the Parks
  • For those who shop on Amazon, FOP is now a listed charitable organization and can receive 0.5% of your Amazon purchase.
    Navigate to smile.amazon.com, login, select "Change Your Charity" and search for "Friends of the Park" located in Lakeway, TX
    and click on the Select button.


Workday projects
Over 50 volunteers participated, we started at City Park at the upper parking lot by the Pavilon for work assignments.

1) City Park - trail weeding and trimming, salt cedar removal and cedar tree trimming
2) HGB I primitive trail work
3) Painting at the HGB bird blind
4) Butterfly Garden mulching
4) Lumch was cold-cut sandwich buffet with pasta salad and desserts


Long-time FOP member Tom Smith passed away on Mon. 5/8. Funeral services to be held Sat. 5/20.
 

April

Upcoming Events
  • Wilderness Run/Walk at the Hamilton Greenbelt in April 22nd, for details click here.
  • Sat. Apr. 8th FOP workday 8AM
  • Mon. May 1st FOP Board meeting 6:30PM
  • Sat. May 13th FOP workday 8AM
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  • We have a Facebook page being administered by Dan Moyer
    Lakeway Friends of the Parks
  • For those who shop on Amazon, FOP is now a listed charitable organization and can receive 0.5% of your Amazon purchase.
    Navigate to smile.amazon.com, login, select "Change Your Charity" and search for "Friends of the Park" located in Lakeway, TX
    and click on the Select button.


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
Madrone tree flowers (click to enlarge)

Madrone tree blooming in the Canyonlands. Photo by Dar Moneyhon
April Workday Projects
Well over forty volunteers come to the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM Saturday April 8th to assist on several projects around Lakeway's parks and greenbelts. Details and photos to follow.

City Park
Weeding and general clean-up at a number of the gardens in City Park.
Hamilton Greenbelt
Bird blind finish the upper level of the fence
Trail clean-up in preparation for the Wilderness Run/Walk
Canyonlands
Trail work and cedar removal along the entrance trail plus weeding/cleanup at the entrance planters.
Lunch
Hamburgers will be served at lunch.

March

Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Mar. 18th rescheduled FOP workday 8AM
  • Sat. Mar. 11th FOP workday 8AM was rained out.
  • Wilderness Run/Walk at the Hamilton Greenbelt in April 22nd, for details click here.
  • We have a Facebook page being administered by Dan Moyer
    Lakeway Friends of the Parks
  • For those who shop on Amazon, FOP is now a listed charitable organization and can receive 0.5% of your Amazon purchase.
    Navigate to smile.amazon.com, login, select "Change Your Charity" and search for "Friends of the Park" located in Lakeway, TX
    and click on the Select button.


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
Dan mixing concrete (click to enlarge)

Dan Moyer mixing concrete at the bird blind site, photo by Bernie Reding
March Workday Projects
The month of March had several workdays. The rain on Sat. 3/11 was enough to cancel some projects but volunteers went to the bird blind and the entrance of Hamilton Greenbelt and worked in the light mist. During the following week several volunteers returned to the bird blind to work on the fence. On Sat. 3/18 we had a great turn-out to work in the Park and Greenbelts.

Sat. 3/11 under a roof (click to enlarge)

Sat. 3/11 Volunteers gather in the Pavilon to avoid the light rain.
City Park
Sat. March 18th Jerry Cooper, Lucy Mao, Shirley Tyler and Doris McDermott weeded and trimmed at the Cactus Garden.

submitted by Pat McDermott
Cactus Garden at City Park (click to enlarge)

Cactus Garden was cleaned up, Photo by Pat McDermott
Hamilton Greenbelt
The following two projects were done before the heavy rain arrived on Sat. Mar. 11.
Bird Blind
Tony Mataya, Gary Evensen, Mike Light, Lorraine Tallent, Dar Moneyhon, Dan Moyer, Jonathan Gannon, George Ferrie, Maggie Lupton, Chris Lupton, and Bernie Reding dug ten post holes about 20 inches deep, added about 2 inches of crushed granite which brought the final depth to 18 inches. They then mixed by hand 15 bags of concrete mix. Each bag weighed 80 pounds. Using levels, each metal post was held in a vertical position while concrete was poured around them. An occasional light rain did not hamper this hard working crew's work.

submitted by Bernie Reding

Watch the video on Facebook (Men at work).

What a determined crew!
Thanks, guys for sticking it out in the rain. Hope we have better weather next Saturday!

submitted by Judy Hazen

Brush pile clean-up at the entrance to HGB I

Pat McDermott, Ron Moore and Jim Dunn hauled left-over 2015 Firewise brush piles and additional deadfalls from the first bend in the Jeter Trail downhill to the new HGB I parking lot.

submitted by Pat McDermott

On Tuesday, March 14, W.C. Enmon, Pat McDermott and Bernie Reding installed rails on fence posts in preparation for the attachment of cedar limbs on the March 18 workday.

submitted by Bernie Reding

If you plan to work on the fence tomorrow, please bring pliers for twisting and cutting wires. I will have a few tools available so if you don't have these tools, come anyway. We will have other tasks too that don't require tools. The bottom rails are quite low. You may be more comfortable if you can bring a short stool to sit on. No. 14 gage galvanized wire will be used to attach the cedar limbs to the 2 x 4 rails that are in place. I made a rough calculation of how many wire ties will be needed to complete. I came up with over 700. I doubt that we can complete the fence in one workday.

submitted by Bernie Reding

Sat. Mar. 18 weather was much better
On the rescheduled workday on March 18, it took eleven hard working volunteers about 3 1/2 hours to attach cedar limbs to the bottom two rails of the 50 foot screening fence at the bird watching blind. The weather was perfect for this activity. Hopefully, the top half of the fence will be completed at the next workday. Joining FOP were two high schools students gaining some volunteer service hours. They were a big help and are welcome to come back and help finish the fence.

The cedar limbs were attached, top and bottom, with somewhat stiff #14 gage galvanized wire.

Working on the fence Bernie Reding, George Ferrie, Mike Taylor, Jim Dunn, Lorraine Tallent, Tony Mataya, Dan Moyer, David Conner, Mike Light, Hunter and Jordyn Lewis.

submitted by Bernie Reding

Bird blind post team (click to enlarge)

Hamilton Greenbelt Bird Blind workers Tony, Gary, Mike, Lorraine, Dar, Dan, Geroge, Maggie, Chris and Bernie. Photo by Bernie Reding
















Bird blind fencing team (click to enlarge)

Bird blind fencing team was Bernie, George, Mike, Jim, Lorraine, Tony, David, Mike, Hunter and Jordyn. Photo by Dan Moyer
Canyonlands
Sat. March 18th Elmer Tyler, Dave Cross, Ron Moore, Anthony Coley and Pat McDermott removed cedar trees that were choking out oak trees near the entrance to Canyon Lands.

submitted by Pat McDermott

Hardworking volunteers accomplished a lot of Cedar clearing. Good job guys!
submitted by Janet Wright
Canyonland group (click to enlarge)

Canyonland group was Pat, Ron, Elmer and Dave, photo by Janet Wright
Lunch
Sat. March 18th a wonderful King Ranch chicken casserole lunch was provided by W.C. and Clareve Enmon. Desserts were provided by the food committee.

Workday photos click here!
Clareve serving King Ranch chicken casserole (click to enlarge)

Clareve serving King Ranch chicken casserole

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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