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Jan. Annual Business meeting scheduled for Mon. 1/24 at 7PM Details here

Jan. workday was held Sat. Jan 8th Details here

Dec. workday was held Sat. Dec 11th Details here

Nov. Workday happened on Sat. 11/13 details here.

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

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Annual Business Meeting

The General membership meeting has been split into a online only business meeting the evening of Jan. 24, 2022 starting at 7PM. The FOP board decided that due the Stage 5 protocols to go with the online only meeting because our bylaws require a Jan meeting on even years. We will try to schedule an in person social event including food and speakers at a later date, maybe in April when the protocols are lowered.

Lakeway Friends of the Parks

Annual Meeting via Zoom
January 24, 2022

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Meeting starts at 7 PM Central Standard Time

Agenda

Carl Christensen Presiding

o Welcome
o Introduction of current Board Members
o 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes for approval- Dan Moyer
o 2020 and 2021 Financial Reports for approval- Sondra Morton
o Recap of 2020 and 2021 FOP activities – Carl Christensen
o Report from the Nominating Committee – Pat McDermott
o Election of 2022-2024 Board members and Officers – Carl Christensen
o Recognitions – Carl Christensen
o Member Comments
o Adjournment


January 2021


Workday Report

We had 25 volunteers sign in on Saturday morning and many tasks were accomplished.

The Purple Martin house near the south end of City Park where taken down, cleaned of debris and disinfected and raised back up on the posts. We expect the first purple martins to start arriving next week or two.

Four more sections were added to the split rail fence by the Butterfly Garden in City Park. The fencing project is complete.

A dump truck was used to removed trimmed cedars from the Hamilton Greenbelt.

A crew worked on repairing eroded HGB II Greenbelt trails near the picnic table and water fountain.

A group of volunteers picked up litter along the shore line in City Park.

Purple Martin cleaners (click to enlarge)
The group that cleaned the Purple Martin houses. Photo by Carl Christensen.

Planned Workday projects

Friday update : Due to Travis County moving to Stage 5 protocol we are asking all volunteers to use masks and other PPE gear. We still plan on doing a few time sensitive activities Sat. morning unless the forecasted drizzle turns to rain.

Workday is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 8th. starting at 8AM. Please arrive at the upper parking lot in City Park near the Pavilion. We have a variety of planned activities. Weather forecast is mostly cloudy and cool. Travis County is in Stage 4 protocols and we will be in small groups and maintain a safe distance whenever possible. NO LUNCH THIS WORKDAY SINCE WE ARE IN STAGE 4!

1. City Park clean and repair Purple Martin condos/gourds.
2. City Park cedar fence build and repair.
3. Replacing freeze damaged plants at HGB I entrance and City Park gardens.
4. HGB I and II Greenbelt trails, cut down Feb. storm damage and trim low limbs on oaks.
5. HGB II Greenbelt repair trail erosion.

Butterfly Garden painters (click to enlarge)
These ladies added a touch of color to the Butterfly Garden. Photo by Kathleen Christensen.
Upcoming Events
  • Jan. workday Sat. Jan. 8th.
  • General membership meeting is being planned for Jan. 24, 2022 at the LAC. Guest speaker is Mayor Tom Kilgore speaking on the future of Lakeway's Parks and Trails.
  • Feb. Board meeting Monday, Feb. 7th
  • Jan. workday Sat. Jan. 8th.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Mayor Kilgore to speak at Annual meeting (click to enlarge)

December 2021

Workday reports to be posted soon.

Planned Workday projects

Workday is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11th. 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 windy and cool. Travis County is in Stage 3 protocols and we will be in small groups and maintain a safe distance whenever possible. We have plenty of clean-up of Feb. storm damage in the park and in the greenbelts to keep us busy with chain saws and hauling cut limbs out.

1. City Park tree trimming and grass cutting continues.
2. City Park finish repair of primitive trail behind pavilion.
3. City Park cedar fence build and repair.
4. HGB I and II Greenbelt trails, cut down Feb. storm damage and trim low limbs on oaks.
5. HGB II Greenbelt repair trail erosion.

Lunch will be available at the Pavilion around 11:30-11:45. Judy and the food committee will be serving pulled pork sandwiches and fixings. Beverages and desserts will also be available

We will conclude our workday by noon after the summary reports.
HGB II trail erosion (click to enlarge)
HGB II trail erosion. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Upcoming Events
  • Jan. Board meeting Monday, Jan. 3rd.
  • Jan. workday Sat. Jan. 8th.
  • General membership meeting is being planned for Jan. 24, 2022 at the LAC. Guest speaker is Mayor Tom Kilgore speaking on the future of Lakeway's Parks and Trails.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Mayor Kilgore to speak at Annual meeting (click to enlarge)

November 2021

November Workday Report



We had thirty one volunteers sign in for our workday on a beautiful Saturday, November 13th.
Carl ChristensenDave Cross Bernie RedingErnie Ortega
Luciono Ortega Maria Ortega Tom Sidwa Dan Moyer
B J Livingston Sondra Morton Bill Freas Clare Freas
Doris McDermott Deane Willis Tom Kilgore Caren Kilgore
Pat McDermott Alex Waitley Jenna Cha Jim Dunn
Christi Niciley Jace Heloges Elaine Riggs Wendy Voigt
Melane Hopsin Stan Hospin Ella Hospin Judy Hazen
Lorraine TallentCarlisle PearsonFred Hazen  


In addition we had an earlier event.
Sat. Nov 6
The LT young men’s service league (YMSL) worked with Carl Christensen, Bill Freas and Dar Moneyhon at the Squires trailhead. We had five boys and three mothers. One boy had an Achilles strain and sat and watched. Bill and his crew worked on HGB I erosion and used a yard of crushed granite. Dar and I worked on the Squires primitive trail. We made a good three steps down from the top and then laid down several cedar logs and stones on the lower wet trail. The mothers were strong and great workers that set an example for their sons. I encouraged them to join us on our workdays.
submitted by Carl Christensen



We can’t make it this weekend, so the girls and I did a little trash cleanup at the park today instead. See y’all next month!
submitted by Victoria Waite 11/11/21

We had a great crew today working in the Barnes and The Butterfly Garden. We planted 31 plants, mostly in the Barnes Garden area. Doris took out old wire fence around some trees in Barnes which must have been placed when the trees were small. In some cases the trees had grown into the fencing. We used all the fencing on some of our new plants that some animal (which we all know) loves to munch around on new, tender plants. Both Kathleen and I took several photos.

Workers were Jennie Cha with her cute son Alex, Wendy Voigt, Allison Winchester, Kathleen Christensen, Lynn Eikeno, Doris McDermott and Sondra Morton.
Submitted by Sondra Morton

We decorated the gate with butterflies and flowers stencil painting. Doris McDermott, Kathleen Christensen, Sondra Morton and Allison Winchester added some beauty to the Butterfly Garden gate today. We, also, added a few butterflies to the large trellis. Both gate and trellis are still damp with lacquer that was sprayed to protect the paint.
submitted by Kathleen Christensen and Sondra Morton 11/19/21

I have walked few trails at City Park. However, about a month ago, my little 2 year old grandson and I traversed the trail behind the pavilion when the trail was very rocky. We did it and loved it, but it was a bit hard for both of us. On Sunday, we did it again with our 2 yr old, 4 yr old, their daddy and my husband. Wow! What a great improvement from a month ago. I know you had been asking for the trail to be improved at our board meetings and finally, it was done. I just want to thank you because I’m sure we will use it many times. We walked up with ease without me needing to lift him up over some big rocks, etc. and it was because of you. Thank you, thank you!!!!!
submitted by Sondra Morton

Sondra thanks for the compliment, however, Dan Moyer and Pat McDermott deserve most of the credit. They did the hard work while I was trying to get the walk-behind Bobcat moving when the track-tread stuck.
Submitted by Bill Freas

Canyonlands Bridge Repair
Carl Christensen headed up a group of volunteers that carried tools and wood for repair from the parking lot of Public Works down the canyon trail to the arched hand rail bridge. The hand rails had deteriorated and needed repair and replacement. The group of Carl Christensen, Tom and Caren Kilgore, Jim Dunn and another volunteer removed the decayed wood, attached the new section of wood to the hand rail, clamped and tightened the existing hand rails and reanchored the hand rails to the posts. Thanks to Carl for having all the needed battery powered tools, clamps, long screws and bolts needed to complete the project as well as pre-assembling the replacement part of the hand rail.
Submitted by Jim Dunn

Many thanks to those who provided a variety of Chili, vegetable tray, cornbread and desserts for a cool sunny day: Deane Willis, Kathleen Christensen, Doris & Pat McDermott, Carlisle Pearson, Sondra Morton, and Clare Freas.

o Chicken chili - Kathleen Christensen
o typical “American” chili - Doris McDermott
o Beef w black beans Chili - Deane Willis
o Vegan Chili - Judy Hazen
o Corn bread or muffins- Sondra
o Veggie tray with dip - Carlisle
o Toppings for chili - shredded cheese, sour cream, jalapeño slices, Fritos
o Brownies, cookies or cake - Sondra
o Drinks & ice- McDermott's

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.

YMSL at Squires. (click to enlarge)
YMSL at Squires descent trail. Photo by Carl Christensen.

Planting group. (click to enlarge)
Volunteers ready to plant in the Butterfly and Barnes gardens. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Trail after mulching. (click to enlarge)
Primitive trail after mulching. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Repairing CL bridge railing. (click to enlarge)
Repairing CL bridge railing. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Chili pots. (click to enlarge)
Lunch with four different chili pots. Photo by Jim Dunn.

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.

Workday photos are here.
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. 24, 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 Lehman’s 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 daughters’ 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.

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 don’t 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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