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Volksmarch will be Sat. Nov. 16th Noon Details here.

Nov. workday was Sat. Nov. 9th 8AM Details here.

George Blume dedication was Sat. Oct. 12, 12:15 at City Park Details here.

Oct. workday was Sat. Oct. 12th 8AM Details here.

Sep. workday was Sat. Sep. 14th 8AM Details here.

Renew your membership for 2020, click here !!!

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

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Jan 2014 Freeze at Hurst Creek Waterfall
Lakeway Area Parks Map
Lakeway City Park Map
Lakeway City Park Map (older version)
Lakeway City Park Map Interactive Version
Hamilton Greenbelt Trails Map Updated 12/30/2010
Canyonland Trails Map (pdf) Updated 2016
Canyonlands Interactive Map Link.
Mt Lakeway Trails Map Sep 2012
Rough Hollow Trails Map Apr 2018 (pdf).
Lakeway Weather Forecast

November 16, 2019

Volksmarch this Saturday
  • The 2nd annual Volksmarch will be held Sat. 11/16 starting at Noon.
  • Registration at the table/tent at the parking lot of the Lakeway Swim Center.
  • Three mile self-guided hike in the Canyonland proper, will take at least one hour.
  • Six mile guided hike up to Mt. Lakeway and back, will take at least three hours.
  • Live music will be provided by the "Just for Fun Bunch" from 2PM to 3:30PM at the registration area.
  • Pretzels, beer or sparkling water will be available upon completion of the hikes.
  • See the announcement to the right for more details!


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
Volksmarch announcement (click to enlarge)
Volksmarch announcement, view the flyer (PDF).
View the media release (DOCX).

November 2019

Upcoming Events
  • November Board meeting will be Mon. 11/4 6:30PM at the LAC.
  • November workday will be Sat. 11/9 starting at 8AM at the Pavilion in City Park.
  • The 2nd annual Volksmarch will be Sat. 11/16
  • December Board meeting will be Mon. 12/2 6:30PM at the LAC.
  • December workday will be Sat. 12/14 starting at 8AM at the Pavilion in City Park.
  • Save the DATE : Thursday Jan. 30th, General Membership Meeting
  • 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.
  • Family membership dues for 2020, pay by mail, click here or pay in person at our workday, contact our Treasurer Bernie.


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
Volksmarch 2018 (click to enlarge)
2018 Volksmarch banner

Workday Projects

Meet at the upper parking lot near the Pavilion of City Park at 8AM on Sat. Nov. 9. The weather forecast looks good!. Bring work gloves and drinking water.

Our volunteer opportunities are
o City Park - Mowing and weeding - Bernie
o Canyonlands - Trail outlining, some weed trimming - Dan
       - trail guide training - Dar
o HGB - wildflower sowing - Bob
       - trail repair/erosion control - Bill
       - entrance garden upkeep - Sondra
       - photo rock trails, trail erosion repair - Jim
o Pavilion - Lunch at 11:30 - Brats, sauerkraut, baked beans, desserts - Food committee

Monarch (click to enlarge)
One of the monarch butterflies that visited Lakeway in October. Photo by Jim Dunn

George Blume Plaque Dedication

City Park 12:15PM October 12, 2019

Friends of the Parks of Lakeway is pleased to announce the dedication of a plaque at Lakeway's City Park honoring George Blume. George was a long time resident of Lakeway and was responsible for many of the outdoor green spaces in the City of Lakeway. The ceremony will start at 12:15PM on Saturday October 12 at the plaque location in the northeast corner of City Park. The plaque location is about a quarter mile walk from the lower level parking lot. Peg Hein will be the featured speaker. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For more details and a map of City Park visit the Friends of the Parks website at www.lakewayfop.org.
George Blume plaque ceremony page 1 (click to enlarge)    George Blume plaque ceremony page 2 (click to enlarge)    George Blume plaque ceremony page 3 (click to enlarge)
George Blume dedication ceremony at City Park. Photos by Fred Hazen.

For a collage of photos above taken by Fred Hazen click here (PDF).
Program
  • Jim Dunn FOP Chair opening remarks
  • Mayor Sandy Cox welcoming remarks
  • Featured speaker Peg Hein, a FOP founder and alumni
  • Former Mayor Dave DeOme remarks
  • Mickey Wright remembers George and the island.
  • Fred Hazen comments on the Master Builder.
  • John Brodnax spoke about his friend.
  • George Blume III spoke for Faye. Ribbon cutting ceremony was done by granddaughter Marion and grandson Elliott.
  • Sheryl Kelly presented a scrapbook to Faye Blume and family
  • Adjourn to Pavilion for light refreshments provided by the NCL.
  • Golf cart provided by a local church transported people from the lower level parking lot to the the site of the plaque at the northeast corner of City Park.
  • Lakeway City Park Map to George Blume's Plaque which is located at the red dot.


More photos at here.
George Blume plaque at City Park (click to enlarge)
George Blume plaque at City Park. Photo by Bill Freas.

For photos of the ceremony taken by Fred Hazen visit our Facebook page.
More photos at here.

October 2019

Upcoming Events
  • October workday will be Sat. 10/12 starting at 8AM at the Pavilion in City Park.
  • The dedication of the George Blume plaque at City Park is scheduled for Sat. 10/12 at 12:15PM.
  • November Board meeting will be Mon. 11/4 6:30PM at the LAC.
  • November workday will be Sat. 11/9 starting at 8AM at the Pavilion in City Park.
  • The 2nd Volksmarch will be Sat. 11/16, details to be announced.
  • 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.
  • Family membership dues for 2019, pay by mail, click here or pay in person at our workday, contact our Treasurer Bernie.


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
City Park Founding fathers and ladies (click to enlarge)
City Park founding fathers and ladies. George Blume, Donna Schmidt, Carolyn Huser, Peg Hein and Alan Williams.



Forecast is for a very cool start for our Sat. workday Oct. 12th. Please bring gloves, rakes and drinking water. Meet at the upper parking lot of City Park near the Pavilion at 8AM to sign up for one of the following projects. Reminder that our volunteer lunch will start at 11AM instead of 11:30 due to the Blume Plaque dedication ceremony at 12:15PM.

Planned Workday Projects

City Park :
    o Mow areas of City Park as needed.
    o Spread decomposed granite at the Wildflower Meadow.
    o Rock wall repair above lower parking lot.
    o Clean up and prepare Blume Plaque site for ceremony.

HGB :
    o Plant fall flowers and shrubs at HGB I entrance.
    o Mow/trim dead grass/flowers at wildflower seeding sites.

Canyonlands :
    o Trail survey for upcoming Volksmarch event.

Pavilion @ 11AM :
    o Sandwiches, veggie trays and desserts.

FOP City Park rock workers Hamil and Archie (click to enlarge)
FOP rock workers Hamil and Archie near the lower level parking lot at City Park. Photo by Pat McDermott



We had 29 volunteers working on the various projects at City Park, Hamilton Greenbelt and Mt. Lakeway trail. They were

Dennis GanTyler Van RoemerPat McDermott
Doris McDermoottMike TaylorLynne LeMon
Bernie RedingBob SchoolerDave Cross
Jim DunnEmily HaeusslerMary Ann Moore
Sondra MortonTerry SearsCari Reagan
John WilkinsCarl ChristensenKathleen Christensen
Carol FerreeArdelle BahlMike Light
Dar MoneyhonKathie KingJudy Hazen
Lynn MooreRon MooreCarlisle Pearson
Bill FreasClare Freas 

Workday Reports

City Park :
    o Carl Christensen and Dennis Gan mowed various areas of City Park.
    o Bernie and crew spread decomposed granite at the Wildflower Meadow.
    o Pat worked on the rock wall repair above lower parking lot.
    o Mike, Carl, Bill and Jim cleaned up and prepared the Blume Plaque site for dedication ceremony.

HGB :
    o Kathleen and helpers planted fall flowers and shrubs at HGB I entrance.
    o Bob and his group mowed and trimmed dead grass/flowers at wildflower seeding sites.

Canyonlands :
    o Dar did a Mt. Lakeway trail survey for upcoming Volksmarch event.

Pavilion @ 11AM :
    o Sandwiches, veggie trays and desserts served by Judy and the food committee.

FOP City Park volunteers prepare the Wildflower Meadow (click to enlarge)
FOP City Park volunteers prepare the Wildflower Meadow. Photo by Jim Dunn


FOP volunteers at the HGB Entrance garden (click to enlarge)
FOP volunteers Kathleen, Allison, Carol, Ardelle and Kathy at the HGB Entrance garden. Photo by Kathleen Christensen


FOP volunteers enjoying lunch (click to enlarge)
FOP volunteers enjoying lunch. Photo by Jim Dunn

Workday photos at here.

September 2019

Upcoming Events
  • September workday was Sat. Sept. 16th 8AM.
  • October Board meeting will be Mon. 10/7 6:30PM at the LAC.
  • October workday will be Sat. 10/12 starting at 8AM at the Pavilion in City Park. Wildflower seeding!
  • The dedication of the George Blume plaque at City Park is tentatively scheduled for Sat. 10/12 at Noon.
  • The 2nd Volksmarch will be Sat. 11/16, details to be announced.
  • 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.
  • Family membership dues for 2019, pay by mail, click here or pay in person at our workday, contact our Treasurer Bernie.


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
Blue ribbon (click to enlarge)
Blue ribbon award for the FOP rocketship float and parade walkers. Photo by Dar Moneyhan.
Video of the FOP entry


Forecast is looking hot for our Sat. workday Sept. 14th. Please bring gloves, rakes and plenty of drinking water, maybe even some sun-screen. Meet at the upper parking lot of City Park near the Pavilion at 8AM to sign up for one of the following projects.

Workday Projects

City Park :
    o Mow areas of City Park as needed. Done
    o Prep surface of the Wildflower Meadow for October seeding. Done
    o Rock wall repair above lower parking lot. Done
    o Erosion control on primitive trail behind the basketball court. Done

Lakeway Park #1 :
    o Plant flowers and shrubs as part of the renovation. Done

HGB :
    o Remove several trees that are safety hazard on mountain bike trails. City to remove.
    o Remove stump from Palo Verde trailhead bridge. Done

Pavilion :
    o Pizza, salads and desserts. Eaten!
Kids enjoying bird blind (click to enlarge)
Kids enjoying bird blind in the Hamilton Greenbelt. Photo by Carl Christensen

Workday Reports

We had 23 people at the beginning of the workday. Dar Moneyhon explained to everyone about the current cutting and brush removal restrictions. With the limited work and the heat we moved lunch to 11:00. Dave Cross, John Caporal and Dar Moneyhon removed the stump from Palos Verdes which took about an hour. Carl Christensen mowed in City Park, Bernie Reding took a crew to prep the bluebonnet area, Pat McDermott had some folks moving rocks in City Park and Janet Wright took some people to plant in Lakeway Park 1. Dan Moyer, Tony Mataya and Johnny, a HS student, worked to repair the erosion behind the basketball court, Dar Moneyhon helped them briefly and left at 10:30. Dan Moyer did the wrap up. We had an initial head count of 20 for lunch.

After we removed the stump, we checked out the tree that Carl Christensen had identified off Palos Verdes. It is overhanging the edge, but not blocking, so we left it. Dar Moneyhon walked both sides of the trail in that area prior to workday and that was the only questionable tree he found.

submitted by Dar Moneyhon



View workday photos by clicking here.
Linda Mackie, Lorraine Tallent, Janet Wright, Sondra Morton and Kathleen Christensen planted flowers around and beside the new sculpture on Lakeway Drive at the minature Lakeway Park #1. The colorful Butterfly sculpture was done by Jim La Paso and the garden was planted with butterfly attracting plants and shrubs.

Thank you to all who helped to coordinate, install and enhance our Lakeway Parkland.

Afterwards the group also weeded and watered at the Hamilton Greenbelt I Entrance Garden.

submitted by Janet Wright, FOP Volunteer and Arts Committee Chair
and Kathleen Christensen


Lakeway Park #1 (click to enlarge)
Lorraine, Sondra, Janet and Linda planting shrubs at Lakeway Park #1. Photo by Kathleen Christensen.
Thanks to the City of Lakeway for the use of the Kubota and the stand-on mower. Bernie Reding's team added weights to the metal drag rake that was pulled by the Kubota and loosened up the soil in the Wildflower Meadow in preparation for planting wildflower seeds in October.

submitted by Bernie Reding


Tony Mataya, Johnny(HS volunteer), Dar Moneyhon and Dan Moyer did some work on that fire trail that goes up towards the neighborhood behind the basketball courts. We took loose dirt at the bottom of the trail and moved it up to fill in rutted areas up hill. We installed several large cedar logs from the work shed area as water diversion devices in the trail.

submitted by Dan Moyer


Challenge Trail repair (click to enlarge)
Challenge Trail repair being done by Tony and Dar. Photo by Dan Moyer.
Archie Ruatto, John Caporal, Pat McDermott, Jerry and Hamil Cooper continued rebuilding the rock wall near the picnic area near the lower level parking lot at City Park.

submitted by Pat McDermott


Rock wall renovators (click to enlarge)
Archie, Jerry, Hamil and John renovated the rock wall. Photo by Pat Mcdermott.
Pizza, salads and desserts were provided by and served by Sondra Morton, Sheryl Kelly, Carlisle Pearson, Lynn Moore and Donna Ferrie. Thank you to all of you for helping with FOP lunch today. Everything was delicious!!!!

submitted by Doris McDermott


View workday photos by clicking here.

The FOP 4th of July Parade Entry won 1st place in the volunteer organization category!


4th of July Parade Participants Are Welcome

FOP 2-D Moon or Bust!

We can accommodate more people for the ground crew/mission support! The final decorations will be installed on Wed. July 3rd at Dave and Rita Cross's home at 116 Schooner Dr., late afternoon/evening. Then early Thu. morning the float will be moved to the staging area at about 7AM. Our ground crew, mission support specialists and astronauts need to arrive at the staging area a little after 8AM. The parade starts at 8:30 but our staging number is 130 so it will take some time before our float enters the parade from the staging area.

FOP will be having a entry in the 4th of July Parade in Lakeway. We still need some parade participants! We will be having a space rocket float and a few "astronauts" will be there but we need more people for the ground crew/mission support. If you are available to walk or ride on the float, please contact Hamil or Jerry Cooper, or Dar Moneyhon or Jim Dunn. Contact information can be found here.
Thanks!
FOP rocket (click to enlarge)
Hamil Cooper next to the FOP rocket ship for the 4th of July 2019 parade. This is a special three stage rocket ship coming in at about ten feet. It was constructed with loving care by Bob Sauerman, Jerry and Hamil Cooper
FOP float (click to enlarge)
FOP Float entry in the 4th of July 2018 parade.

FOP has submitted an entry to be in the 4th of July Parade. We will have a decorated trailer, a tow vehicle and parade walkers. We plan on constructing a small rocket space ship to be mounted in the trailer and have the parade walkers hold up signs and hand out candy. Rumor has it that several people have volunteered to walk behind our trailer in "space suits". We have a number of other interesting suggestions to consider.

Wed. Jun 26 7:30PM at the Pavilion in City Park, all interested people are to meet to discuss construction plans, location of the rocket build, obtaining supplies and work times. We have a limited budget (about $60).

Mon Jul 1, time 7PM, location : the Cooper resident - get together to finalize sign topics, costumes and parade activities.

Wed Jul 3 time TBD, location : the Cross resident - decorate tow vehicle and trailer with patriotic bunting, crepe paper and flags
FOP Rake Brigade (click to enlarge)
FOP Rake Brigade 4th of July 2018.

The FOP Board has approved our group's participation in the Lakeway 4th of July Parade. The parade theme is "Fly Me to the Moon". We STILL need volunteers to participate in the parade on Thursday 7/4/2019. We have enough volunteers to decorate the pickup and trailer. Please contact Dar Moneyhon (dmoneyhon@gmail.com) or Jim Dunn(nnuddj@yahoo.com) if you wish to be part of the group on the 4th!. Our entry in last year's parade was awarded an Honorable Mention and featured the "Rake Brigade". We also need a theme for our parade walkers that ties into the parade's theme of "Fly Me to the Moon"

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



painted bunting at bird blind (click to enlarge)
An adult painted bunting at bird blind in Hamilton Greenbelt. Photo by Charles Bennett.
Wildflowers

As you know, the wildflowers were incredible this year. Not just Lakeway, but all over. We were fortunate to spread so many seeds right before it started to rain, and rain, in early October. I think we're set in Hamilton Greenbelt long term. Some years will be okay if there's not much rainfall, some years will be good if there's average rainfall and some years will be spectacular if there's above average rainfall. Over time, the perennials, like Mexican Hats, will start to predominate over the annuals, like Bluebonnets. We can compensate for this natural process by spreading annual seeds every few years, particularly when there's an El Nino weather pattern, which leads to above average rainfall in Texas.

We are going to have several sections of Wild Petunias that will be very, very nice. They are growing in shady, low areas along the first .7 miles of Hamilton Greenbelt from the Lohmans Crossing entrance. They will start blooming shortly and will provide color (purple) all the way into September. We are fortunate that the Wild Petunias are doing so well in these areas. Here's a link to Wild Petunias from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center NPIN data base:

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ruhu

And here's a photo I took recently of the Wild Petunias about halfway from the big waterfall to the rainbow bridge along the split rail fence that are about to bloom:

submitted by Bob Schooler
Wild Petunias (click to enlarge)
Wild Petunias along the HGB trail. Photo by Bob Schooler.

Summer Break 2019

No workdays are scheduled for June, July or August.


May 2019

We are still ON for Saturday morning workday, looks like the heavy rain will arrive in the afternoon. (They did) Meet at 8AM at the upper parking lot near the Pavilion of City Park.
Upcoming Events
  • At the end of May we have 81 purple martin chicks and 20 eggs.
  • FOP workday rescheduled for Sat. May 18th was held as the rain came down in the afternoon.
  • 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.

Purple martin hatchlings (click to enlarge)
Purple martin hatchlings. Photo by Carl Christensen.
Project list

City Park
    o Mowing and trimming around trees.
    o Beach clean-up if needed.
    o Continue with erosion control measures on primitive trail by Ladin Lane exit.
    o Repair wood portions of Butterfly Garden bridge.
 :
HGB I & II and Smith Greenbelt
    o Lohman's Crossing entrance (HGB I) garden planting continues.
    o Spread decomposed granite on a muddy primitive trail.
    o Trail repair/erosion control on crushed granite trail near the Sailmaster waterfall.
 :
Lunch
    o Sandwich buffet, chips and desserts at the Pavilion at 11:30.

 :
May Workday Saturday May 18 Projects

We had nineteen volunteers sign-in at the Pavilion parking lot at City Park at 8AM. The weather cooperated and we were able to complete several activities at City Park and the Hamilton Greenbelt.
Pat McDermott and Larry Yancey started in the City Park Dog Park moving rocks away from the gate and fences. They then joined Bernie Reding, Bob Sauerman and Mike Light in "muck" raking on the beach as the flood waters of Lake Travis recede and left moss, algae and other debris. Cathie King worked in the Butterfly Garden and planted zinnias. Carl Christensen replaced rotted wood on the bridge overlooking the Butterfly Garden.
Piles of muck (click to enlarge)
Piles of muck raked up on the beach at City Park. Photo by Bernie Reding.
Doris McDermott, Linda Mackie, Mary Ann Moore, Mireille Kirmse, Allison Winchester and Ardelle Bahl worked at the entrance of the Hamilton Greenbelt weeding, planting under the big oaks behind the water feature and preparing the gardens for the summer. Dar Moneyhon and Dan Moyer started at the Palos Verde entrance and cleaned out the bridge culverts. They then joined Bill Freas and Jim Dunn near the Sailmaster waterfall on Hurst Creek. Dar cut up a dead cedar tree to provide cedar rails on a erosion control berm that was built to divert water off the trail and into an existing culvert. Bill put down straw waddle on a wet, muddy trail and raked the silt so that water could drain into the culvert. He installed signs saying trail closed for revegetation. Dan and Jim used the walk-behind Bobcat to move crushed granite to cover a section of muddy primitive trail branching off the Duck Lake trail. They also install cedar rails to help divert water off the muddy trail.
HGB I gardeners (click to enlarge)
Six of the HGB I entrance gardeners. Doris, Linda, Allison, Mary Ann, Ardelle and Mireille. Photo by Lucy L.

HGB I trail repair courtsey of Jim and Dan (click to enlarge)
HGB I trail repair courtsey of Jim and Dan. Photo by Dar Moneyhon.
All volunteers returned to the Pavilion at City Park for sandwiches, sides and desserts provided by Carlisle Pearson, Clare Freas and Judy Hazen. After the lunch the project leaders gave a report on their group's activities. Dan Moyer talked about the proposed Lakeway Community Garden.
Dan talks about proposed community garden. (click to enlarge)
Dan talks about proposed community garden.. Photo by Jim Dunn.
Volunteers who worked on May 18.
Dar Moneyhon       Pat McDermott       Clare Freas
Ardelle Bahl           Doris McDermott    Larry Yancey
Bernie Reding        Bob Sauerman         Judy Hazen
Mike Light             Carl Christensen      Bill Freas
Jim Dunn               Kathie King             Allison Winchester
Mary Ann Moore   Linda Mackie          Mireille Kirmse
Dan Moyer             Carlisle Pearson

Bill after installing straw waddle. (click to enlarge)
Bill installed straw waddle on muddy trail in HGB I. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Rained-out May 11th Workday Activities

The May 11th workday was postponed at the last minute due to drizzle and predicted thunderstorm at about 10AM. However; a small group of people assembled at City Park and volunteered to do various tasks as the drizzle had quit falling.

Doris and Pat McDermott lead a group of nine people to the entrance of HGB I. They planted about forty various deer resistant plants in the crushed granite field between the two entrances to the greenbelt. In addition weeds were plucked out of beds planted at earlier workdays.

We had a great group working this morning. John Caporal, David Connor, Mireille Kirmse, Pat and Doris McDermott, Louise Mancuso, Ron Moore, Ardelle Bahl, Allison Winchester, and 2 students from St. Michaels (Nick and Ellie). We planted about 40 various (hopefully) deer resistant plants at the entrance to Hamilton Greenbelt. We weeded and trimmed the existing areas.
submitted by Doris McDermott

Dar Moneyhon and Dave Cross used the City's Ranger to travel down the trail near the MUD processing plant and remove dead Flame Acanthus that had drown in last October's flooding. On the way back Dave got out his chainsaw and cut down a large dead cedar next to the Hurst Creek Sailmaster waterfall. They were assisted by Jason Brady and daughter Denise and they hauled out two loads of limbs and branches from that tree.

Finally Bernie Reding drove Mike Light and Jim Dunn to a donor's house to pickup forty plus 12x12 patio stones. They were transported back to City Park and unloaded. They will be used to create a walking path in the Wildflower Meadow this fall.

Volunteers who carried on after the postponement.
Dar Moneyhon      Pat McDermott
Dave Cross            Doris McDermott
Bernie Reding       Louise Mancuso
Mike Light            Ron Moore
Jim Dunn              Ardelle Bahl
John Caporal         Allison Winchester
David Connor       Jason Brady
Mireille Kirmse    Denise Brady
Transplanting activities at HGB I entrance (click to enlarge)
Transplanting activities at HGB I entrance. Photo by Doris McDermott.

April 2019

The April Workday was rescheduled to Sat. Apr 20th 8AM due to the inclement weather on the normal second Saturday (4/13).

Thirty-two volunteers signed-up at the Pavilion parking lot at City Park at 8AM to work on the events listed below.

City Park :
    o Lake shore clean-up effort was lead by Jerry and Hamil Cooper.
    o Madrone tree was exposed by removing competing tree and trimming of shrubs.
    o Agave clean-up effort was lead by Bernie Reding.

HGB :
    o Lohman's Crossing entrance (HGB I) garden planting and bench cleaning effort under Kathleen Christensen's supervision.
    o Trail trimming on the main crushed granite trail by Jim Dunn's team.
    o Trail repair on primitive trails with crushed granite and water diversion done by Bill Frea's team
    o Removal of deadfall and over-leaning cedars on the primitive trails by Elmer Tyler's team.

Pavilion :
    o Lunch was served at the lower picnic area, delicious chicken fingers, baked beans, potato salad, fruit platter and desserts by Judy Hazen's team.
Volunteers working at the HGB I entrance. (click to enlarge)
Volunteers working at the HGB I entrance during the March workday. Photo by Kathleen Christensen.

2019 Wilderness Run

Upcoming Events
  • The 21st Wilderness Run/Walk was Sat. 4/27 at the Hamilton Greenbelt entrance
  • The 25th Anniversary of City Park was celebrated
    • Sun. 4/28. - Water SAFETY for details click here.
    • Rescheduled KITES activities on Sun. 4/28 for details click here.
  • Wildfire Ready Workday Sat. 4/6 - rescheduled for May 11 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.
  • Family membership dues for 2019, pay by mail, click here or pay in person at our workday, contact our Treasurer Bernie.


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
Hurst Creek Waterfall painting by Jenna Sedovic, LTHS Senior (click to enlarge)
Painting of the Hurst Creek Waterfall by Jenna Sedovic, LTHS Senior.

21th Annual Wilderness Run & Walk

Saturday, April 27
Hamilton Green belt I in Lakeway / Registration: 8:00 AM
Event: 9:00 AM

Enjoy a morning at the park and explore the beautiful trails of Lakeway! This FREE noncompetitive run and walk will begin at 9:00 AM with refreshments following the race. Participants may choose to run or walk either 3 miles or 5 miles through the scenic trail system of the Hamilton Greenbelt, with the entrance located across from the Lakeway Justice Center. The course winds along canyon walls and high cliffs, across fern covered creeks and through tall native tree forests.

Registration download is available here or by picking up an entry application at the Lakeway Activity Center or at the registration boxes at the entrances to City Park, The Canyonlands, Hamilton Greenbelt I and Hamilton Greenbelt II. You can also register on event day between 8:00AM to 9:00AM. Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for $15 with all proceeds from donations and sales going to the maintenance of the trail systems in Lakeway.

Jenna Sedovic is scheduled to be at the registration tent area to sign your T-Shirt!

Mayor Sandy Cox has accepted our invitation to be part of the award ceremony after the run/walk has been completed.

This is a great opportunity for runners and walkers, as well as families with children in strollers and dogs to enjoy an outing and meet other outdoor enthusiasts. For more information regarding Friends of the Parks or the Wilderness Run & Walk, please contact director & chair Sheryl Kelly at 512-997-8880. Hope to see you there!
2019 Sponsors (click to enlarge)
2019 Wilderness Run Sponsors

21th Annual Wilderness Run & Walk Report

Seventy registerd runners/walkers enjoyed a beautiful morning event at Lakeway's Hamilton Greenbelt.

Jenna Sedovic was there to sign Wilderness Run T-Shirt featuring her painting of the Hurst Creek waterfall!

Austin Gourmet Popcorn had a tent where they handed out samples of cedar cheese and salted caramel flavored popcorn.

Mayor Sandy Cox gave medals to the winners of various categories at award ceremony after the run/walk has been completed.

Thanks again to our sponsors!
The Eitel Group
Lakeway Dental
Independent Bank
Fresh Dermatology
B2B Copies and Printing
Dr. Stacy Miller, Orthodontist
Lakecountry Insurance Agency, LLC
Eaddy Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
Wildbird Center of Lakeway
Brodnax & Karnes, PC
Fifield Dental Center
ExxonMobil


2019 Wilderness Run start

Unofficial Winners list
Three Mile Female
Ten and under - Josephine Tyler 38:52
15-35 - Morgan Laaksoneu 40:46
36-59 - Candace Nguyen 25:57
60 and over - Chrish Ninlay 30:23

Three Mile Male
Ten and under - Luke Driscoll 25:45
11-14 - Cole Nguyen 24:22
36-59 - Doug Woleat 23:28
60 and over - Larry Yancy 22:09 and was overall 3 mile winner

Five Mile Female
26-40 - Victoria Waite 40:31
41 and over - Laurie Cercone

Three Mile Male
26-40 - Adam Hazen 46:44
41 and over - Jack Seaquist 46:34

Event Photos are HERE.
J. Tyler (click to enlarge)
J. Tyler - 3 mile female winner 10 and under
M. Laaksoneu (click to enlarge)
M. Laaksoneu - 3 mile female winner 15-35
C. Nguyen (click to enlarge)
C. Nguyen - 3 mile female winner 36-59
C. Ninlay (click to enlarge)
C. Ninlay - 3 mile female winner 60 and over
L. Driscoll (click to enlarge)
L. Driscoll - 3 mile male winner 10 and under
C. Nguyen (click to enlarge)
C. Nguyen - 3 mile male winner 11-14
 
D. Woleat - 3 mile male winner 36-59 - photo not available
L. Yancy (click to enlarge)
L. Yancy - 3 mile male winner 60 and over
 
 
V. Waite (click to enlarge)
V. Waite - 5 mile female winner 26-40
L. Cercone (click to enlarge)
L. Cercone - 5 mile female 41 and over
 
 
A. Hazen (click to enlarge)
A. Hazen - 5 mile male winner 26-40
J. Seaquist (click to enlarge)
J. Seaquist - 5 mile male winner 41 and over

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

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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