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Nov. Workday scheduled for Sat. 11/13 starting at 8AM, details here.

Oct. Workday occurred Sat. 10/9 at 8AM, details here.

Sep. workday was Sat. Sep 8th @ 8AM Details here

May workday was Sat. May 8th @ 8AM Details here

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Contact FOP Treasurer Sondra Morton 713-870-5462 or email Skmgran@gmail.com

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Jan 2014 Freeze at Hurst Creek Waterfall
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Canyonlands Interactive Map Link.
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Rough Hollow Trails Map Apr 2018 (pdf).
Lakeway Weather Forecast

November 2021


Workday is scheduled for Saturday, November 13th starting at 8AM. Please arrive at the upper parking lot in City Park near the Pavilon. We have a variety of planned activities. Weather forecast is for temperatures in the 40s at 8AM with sunny skies. Travis County is in Stage 3 protocols and we will be in small groups and maintain a safe distance whenever possible.

Planned Workday projects

1. Canyonlands railing repair on bridge.
2. Planting and weeding in Barnes garden and HGB I entrance.
3. Cleaning of City Park trails of rain debris.
4. Repair of primitive trail behind pavilion with roadbase.
5. Trimming and tree removal of dead trees down to Wildflower meadow.

Lunch will be available at the Pavilion around 11:30-11:45. Judy and the food committe will be serving four different flavor of chili! We will have a choice of chicken, black bean, beef and vegan bowls. Beverages and desserts will also be available

We will conclude our workday by noon after the summary reports.
Canyonland bridge damage (click to enlarge)
Canyonland bridge damage. Photo by Carl Christensen.

Upcoming Events
  • Dec. Board meeting Monday, Dec. 6th.
  • Dec. workday Sat. Dec. 11th.
  • We need nominations for FOP Board members, several vacancies will need to be filled in Jan. 2022.
  • General membership meeting is being planned for Jan. 27, 2022.
  • 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.
    Shop at Amazon Smile (click to enlarge) Navigate to smile.amazon.com, login, select "Change Your Charity" and search for "Friends of the Parks of Lakeway" located in Lakeway, TX and click on the Select button.
  • Family membership dues for 2022, pay by mail, click here or pay in person at our workday, contact our Treasurer Sondra Morton.
Car load of new plants (click to enlarge)
Car load of new plants. Photo by Jim Dunn.

October 2021

Planned October Workday Activities


Please arrive at City Park at the upper parking lot by the Pavilion at 8AM. Sunscreen, caps/hats, leather gloves and heavy denim clothing is recommended. Water bottles will be available. Travis County is in Stage 4 so we have to stay in small groups, wear face masks and other protective gear and maintain a safe distance whenever possible.

1. Remove dead bushes on wall at Cross Creek and Lehmanís Crossing
2. Clear out dead trees from Smith Greenbelt.
3. Trim south trail in City Park down to Purple Martin houses
4. Weed, plant and mulch Barnes and Butterfly gardens in City Park
5. Clean gravel washed onto north trail in City Park
6. Trim back weeds along Challenger trail in City Park.

Lunch will be available at the Pavilion around 11:30-11:45. Judy and the food committe will be serving brats, sauerkraut and baked bean with plenty of desserts! We will conclude our workday by noon after the summary reports. We will need to maintain social distancing while we eat. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Take the time to enjoy City Park after the workday activities, enjoy the flowers, birds and the open spaces.


Dead jasmine near LAC (click to enlarge)
Dead jasmine near LAC. Photo by Carl Christensen.

October Workday Report



We had twenty-eight volunteers sign in for our workday on a beautiful Saturday.
Karen Hanten, Joyce Levine, Sondra Morton, Doris McDermott, Elaine Riggs, Dennis Gans
Tom Sidwa, Dave Cross, Mike Light, Jim Dunn, Dan Moyer, Dar Moneyhon
Bernie Reding, Victoria Waite, Shawn Waite, Preslee Waite, Kaylee Waite
Kathleen Christensen, Carl Christensen, Henry Christensen
Jace Holmes, Stephen Cox, Mike Dwinal, Holly Goldbetter
Bill Freas, Clare Freas, Judy Hazen, Carlisle Pearson

Doris McDermott, Kathleen Christensen, Joyce Levine, Holly Goldbetter and Sondra Morton plus a support group of Dan Moyer and Pat McDermott worked on planting over 30 new flowers/ground cover in the Butterfly and Barnes Garden. They then added mulch supplied by the City of Lakeway around the new plants.
Submitted by Sondra Morton

Bill Freas, Dennis Gans, Pat McDermott and Mike Light took care of trimming the Challenge Trail and the south end of the Park. Pat also cleaned up the trail where rain run-off had left debris on the concrete and/or asphalt trails. Dennis joined the tree trimming group later in the day.
Submitted by Bernie Reding and Jim Dunn

At this workday, a large group split up into smaller groups to work in City Park. Victoria Waite and daughtersí Preslee and Kaylee, picked up and disposed of several bags of litter. Mike Dwinal, Shawn Waite, Jim Dunn and Bernie Reding trimmed and pruned trees mainly in the lower picnic area and lower trail. Limbs and trimming were loaded into a City dump truck. Then at the end of the work session, Jim took care of hauling off and dumping the load at City Public Work at Serene Hills.
Submitted by Bernie Reding<

A work crew composed of Dar Moneyhon, Carl Christensen, Dave Cross and 4 LTHS band students traveled over to the rock wall below the Lakeway Activity Center and started cutting dead brush from the Feb winter storm. They cut about two thirds of the brush in the morning, they filled one dumpster and there are several more large piles of brush to be hauled away. We also had Larry Yancey and Bernie Reding helping on a non-workday to finish the job. Andra was euphoric over the removal of Carolina Jasmine below LAC.
Submitted by Dar Moneyhon and Carl Christensen

The food committee served up brats, sauerkaut, baked beans and delicious desserts at 11:30 at the Pavilin in City Park.
Beverages/ice - The McDermotts
Brats & sauerkraut - Judy Hazen
Beans - Sondra Morton & Carlisle Pearson
Desserts - Deane Searcy, Clare Freas, Kathleen Christensen, Doris McDermott, Lynn Moore
Submitted by Judy Hazen

FOP had a booth supplied by the City of Lakeway in the LAC parking lot for the Oct. 30th Witches Ride event. We had a good turnout and received donations. We got two new members, B.J. & Jim Livingston, and we were able to making FOP known to the attendees.
Submitted by Carl Christensen

View more workday photos here.


The Waite family. (click to enlarge)
The Waite family of volunteers. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Kathleen, Sondra, Holly, Doris and Joyce. (click to enlarge)
Kathleen, Sondra, Holly, Doris and Joyce worked in the Butterfly and Barnes gardens. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Mike Light. (click to enlarge)
Mike Light trimming in the south end of City Park. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Carl with two band volunteers. (click to enlarge)
Carl with two band volunteers that cut and hauled jasmine near the LAC. Photo by Dar Moneyhon.

Brats, kraut and beans. (click to enlarge)
Lunch of Brats, kraut and beans. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Workday Events

September workday took place Sat. Sept. 11 starting at 8AM at City Park.

We will meet up in the parking lot nearest to Hurst Creek Rd {near the pavilion) at Lakeway City Park, 8:00 a.m. We will be following Lakeway protocol with respect to stage 5 covid restrictions which are: wearing a mask, social distancing, and 10 or less per project. Lunch will not be served. Come join us beautify the parks.

September 2021

September Workday Report


Workday activities in City Park

Team 1:
Carol Linn, Sondra Morton, Doris McDermott, Allison Winchester, Steve Cox, Jace Holmes and Kathleen Christensen worked at several loctions. They started at the entrance garden of Hamilton Greenbelt, then moved to City Park's Barnes Garden and Butterfly Garden doing general upkeep and pruning limbs.

submitted by Kathleen Christensen

Team 2:
On this nice and less humid workday, this energetic crew trimmed trees and brush along the Upper trail at Lakeway City Park all the way from the lower parking lot to the south end of the park.

Mike Dwinal and Bill Freas manned the two walk-behind trimmers. Johnny Chen and Mack Tucker used handheld trimmers.

Emily Haeussler, Molly Goldbetter, Mike Dwinal and Bernie Reding trimmed trees with assistance from Mike Light.

Emily left early to celebrate her Birthday. Happy birthday Emily!

submitted by submitted by Bernie Reding

Team 3:
Bill Freas, Bernie Reding, Mike Dwinal and Dar Moneyhon along with these four volunteers from the LTHS band. Jace Holmes, Johnny Chen, Mack Tucker, Stephen Cox. We could not have finished the job without the four boys it just listed. They were superb!


We cut down two dead trees near the Madrone tree and removed several dead branches from a cedar tree that broke in last February storm. Dar, Jace Holmes, Stephen Cox and Carl took those down and hauled them off. We also picked up branches from Barnes Garden and up along north trail of City Park.

We then picked up all the trimmings that Bernieís group left along the south trail to the wildfire meadow. That included Jace and Stephen as well as Johnny Chen and Mack Tucker.

submitted by Carl Christensen

The four LTHS band members who helped were invaluable, especially in loading and packing down the brush in the dump truck.

Carl Christensen, Dar Moneyhon and the volunteers from the LTHS Band, cut down two dead trees and trimmed dead branches from a third near the bathroom in City Park, by the Madrone tree. The numerous dead branches on the third tree were all cut with a pole saw which required a lot of effort. The LTHS volunteers assisted in removing the trees, did most of the loading and packing down the brush in the dump truck. Additional cuttings from the Butterfly Garden and the Barnes Garden were also loaded and hauled to Public Works. A second load of brush was collected from Bernieís work group which was along the path toward the Wildflower Meadow.

submitted by Dar Moneyhon

View more workday photos here.


L to R are Molly Goldbetter, Mike Dwinal, Bill Freas, Mike Light,
Johnny Chen and Mack Tucker. (click to enlarge)
L to R are Molly Goldbetter, Mike Dwinal, Bill Freas, Mike Light, Johnny Chen and Mack Tucker. Photo by Bernie Reding.

Dar, Stephen, Johnny, Mack and Jace. (click to enlarge)
Dar, Stephen, Johnny, Mack and Jace. Photo by Carl Christensen.

May 2021

Workday occurred Saturday, May 8th. Reports and photos will be posted soon.

View May photos by clicking here.

Workday volunteers should arrive at the upper parking lot of City Park by the Pavilion at 8AM. Bring leather gloves and denim clothing as many of the tasks will involve dragging brush and digging stumps and post holes. Travis County is still in Stage 3 so we have to stay in small groups, wear face masks and other protective gear and maintain a safe distance whenever possible. Most work will continue to be focused in City Park while a few tasks will be at the Hamilton Greenbelt.

Project List : Updated Fri. 5/7

Cedar removal (storm damage clean-up) in City Park - Leader Larry Yancey and Carl Christensen
Split rail fence to be installed by Barnes Garden - Leaders Dan Moyer and Jim Dunn
Spread mulch at the Butterfly Garden - Leaders Sondra Morton and Kathie King
Mulch primitive trail behind and below the Pavilion - Leaders Carl Christensen and Bill Freas
Remove rosemary stumps from the Barnes Garden - Leaders Bernie Reding and Carl Christensen

Carl is requesting a dump truck, three Kubotas, one with jack hammer, mulch, concrete and split rail fencing. Cedar removal will be in areas east of the Butterfly Garden, along the Challenge trail and west of Madrone tree.

Our food committee will be providing lunch at about 11:30-11:45 at the Pavilion.
McDermotts - drinks;
Judy - sloppy Joes;
Debbie - buns & chips;
Lynn - coleslaw;
Sondra - baked beans;
Kathleen - dessert;
Relish tray, dip and brownies - Carlisle
A nice article was published in the Neighbors of Lakeway & Bee Cave March 2021 issue by Lillian Martin. The story was based on an interview with our FOP chairman Carl Christensen. Photos are posted by permission of Best Version Media.

If you were wondering what is going on in the HGB I, click on the following link to read an article by Greg Perliski in the Lake Travis Westlake Edition April 2021 pp 1, 30, 31. A Community Impact Newspaper. Lakeway Wildfire Prevention


Neighbor's FOP article (click to enlarge)
Neighbor's FOP article page 1 (click on photo above to enlarge)



Neighbor's FOP article (click to enlarge)
Neighbor's FOP article page 1(click on photo above to enlarge)

Upcoming Events
  • The City of Lakeway is sponsoring "I (red heart icon) Park" Day Sat. May 1st.
  • May Board meeting Monday, May 3rd using Zoom app.
  • May workday is set for Sat. May 8th, details above.
  • The May workday is the last one before our summer break June through August.
  • 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.
    Shop at Amazon Smile (click to enlarge) 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.
  • Family membership dues for 2021, pay by mail, click here or pay in person at our workday, contact our Treasurer Sondra Morton.
  • FOP encourages you to purchase an annual family membership for the Lakeway Activity Center, it helps FOP retain access to the meeting rooms at LAC plus providing you with discounts at LAC events.
  • View photos taken in April here.


Purple Martins at City Park (click to enlarge)
Purple Martins at City Park are busy raising their fledgings. Photo by Jim Dunn.


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

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 Sondra Morton 713-870-5462 or email Skmgran@gmail.com.

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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