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Annual Membership meeting will be Wed. Jan. 31th 6PM Details here

January workday CANCELLED Details here

December workday was Sat. Dec. 9th 8AM Details here

November workday was Sat. Nov. 11th 8AM Details here

Balcones Canyonland hike was Sat. 10/28, details below

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

Renew your membership for 2018, click here !!!

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

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January 2018


THE FRIENDS OF THE PARKS OF LAKEWAY ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The meeting is open to the public.


Bill Reiner, Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (click to enlarge) The Friends of the Parks (FOP) Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway TX 78734. The program will begin with Registration at 6 p.m., a BBQ dinner will be served at 6:30. Following the dinner there will be business meeting at 7:00 and guest speaker at 7:30. The dinner is free for paid up members and $10 for non-members. The annual membership of $15 per family can be paid at registration. You must make a reservation for the BBQ by Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by contacting Bernie Reding at 512-261-5633 or countyboy@aol.com.

Bill Reiner, a biologist, for the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve is the guest speaker. The Balcones Canyonlands Preserve is not one single tract of land but a system of preserves that exists as a multi-agency conservation effort operating under a regional 10(a) permit issued under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service. Photos of a hike guided by Bill Reiner in October of 2017 are HERE.

Friends of the Parks is an all-volunteer 501(C)(3) non-profit organization of men and women that build and maintain trails and gardens in the City's Parks and Greenbelts. Workdays are held the 2nd Saturday of the month (excluding June-August). The volunteer workdays begin at 8:00 and end at approximately 11:45 a.m. A picnic lunch is provided at the City Park Pavilion following each workday. FOP also holds its Annual Wilderness Fun Run/Walk at Hamilton Greenbelt in mid-April.

Come join your neighbors in the great outdoors and help improve the parks and greenbelts for walking, hiking, jogging and biking.

Submitted by:
Patrick McDermott
Chairman of Lakeway FOP
512-569-5509

January Workday Projects
Saturday Jan. 13th workday has been CANCELLED by the FOP Board due to concerns about the weather, unexpected illnesses and planned absences. See you at the Annual membership meeting Wed. 1/31 starting at 6PM.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM Saturday Jan. 13th to assist on several projects around Lakeway's parks and greenbelts.

1) City Park trail weeding and trimming
2) HGB trail work, brush piles and entrance garden trimming
3) Canyonland clearing of down trees on pond trail and spreading crushed granite.
4) Lunch will be sausage wraps, sides and desserts

Bernie will be collecting FOP dues for 2018. Please bring checks or Bernie will have $5's for making change for $20's.

Please consider joining the Lakeway Activity Center for 2018. Membership for a Lakeway family is $25. FOP is aiming for 80% participation from our members. FOP enjoys several benefits if we reach the 80% goal.
Icicles (click to enlarge)
Did you get down to Hamilton Greenbelt to see the icicles and frostweeds during our cold snap? Photo by Jim Dunn
Upcoming Events
  • The Travis Audubon will host a 4 hour class January 27, from 9:00 to 1:15 titled "Back Yard Birding." Jane Tillman, who has presented at a previous FOP annual membership meeting, will be leading the class. Here's the info on Travis Audubon Society's web page. The fee is $20 for Travis Audubon members, $25 for non-members.
  • Annual Membership meeting will be Wed. Jan. 31th 6PM
  • 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.

December

Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Dec. 9th FOP workday 8AM
  • Tue. Dec. 12th Travis Audubon Society Bird Walk in Lakeway's City Park starting at 7:30AM, see below for details.
  • Mon. Jan 8th FOP Board meeting 6:30PM
  • Sat. Jan 13th FOP workday 8AM
  • Wed. Jan 31th FOP Annual Business Meeting LAC
  • 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.
Butterfly garden flower (click to enlarge)
Insect on flower in Butterfly Garden. Photo by Jim Dunn
December Workday Projects
We had over 27 volunteers working at City Park starting at 8AM Saturday Dec. 9th to assist on several projects around Lakeway's parks and greenbelts.

Elves gather at the parking lot (click to enlarge)
Some elves gather at the parking lot. Photo by Dan Moyer
City Park
Dick Drury, Lorraine Tallent, Carol Ferrie, Carl Christensen, Bob Kirmse and Bernie Reding spent the morning trimming trees and removing brush in the southwest corner of City Park.

submitted by Bernie Reding
Dick, Lorraine, Carol, Carl and Bob at City Park (click to enlarge)
Dick, Lorraine, Carol, Carl and Bob trimmed at City Park. Photo by Bernie Reding
Hamilton Greenbelt
Bill Freas, Dan Moyer, Mike Light, Allison Winchester, Gary Evensen and Jim Dunn worked on the Duck Lake Trail off of HGBI. The City of Lakeway provided a Ranger pickup, Bobcat walk-behind loader and a load of decomposed granite. The team spread the granite on the middle section of the trail, filling in ruts, raising the trail over the big black plastic culvert and redefining the trail. In addition a number of cedar rail diverters were embedded in the trail to help guide rain water off the trail to minimize erosion. The group of volunteers then partially cleared a large fallen cedar off one of the interconnectiong trails near the Hurst Creek waterfall near the Sailmaster entrance. The final project of the day was to clear some cedar near the HGBI trail just south of the small waterfall on Hurst Creek where we were assisted by Dar Moneyhan's group.

submitted by Jim Dunn
Duck Lake trail workers Mike, Jim, Dan, Allison and Gary (click to enlarge)
Duck Lake trail workers Mike, Jim, Dan, Allison and Gary. Photo by Bill Freas
Canyonlands
Anthony Coley and a group of five mountain bikers who hiked into the Canyonlands and up toward Mt. Lakeway to pull general trail maintenance. They trimmed brush, cleared loose rock, moved a downed tree off the trail, shored up a part of the trail in one of the creek crossing with rocks and dirt, and then removed many of the ankle biting cedar stumps.

submitted by Anthony Coley
Canyonland trail repair (click to enlarge)
Canyonland trail repair on the Mt. Lakeway trail. Photo by Anthony Coley
Lunch
Feliz Navidad! Chicken Fajitas for lunch on Dec 9 prepared by Judy Hazen. Thank you to food providers: Lynn Moore, Carlisle Pearson, Sheryl Kelly, Wice Henderson and Bob Sauerman. Beverages/ice brought by Clare and Bill Freas. Carlisle also brought poinsettias to brighten our tables. Happy Holidays to All!

submitted by Judy Hazen
Poinsettias (click to enlarge)
Carlise decorated the tables with poinsettias and bright table covers. Photo by Jim Dunn

November

November Workday Projects
Thirty-four volunteers arrived at the upper parking lot by the Pavilion in City Park at 8AM on Sat. 11/11/2017. The weather was perfect, not hot and not cold with mostly cloudy skies and little wind. We had work projects in City Park on the Wildflower loop (Bernie Reding), the Challenge trail (Bill Freas) and the Butterfly Garden (the Kings). The Hamilton Greenbelt had gardening work at the HGB I entrance (Pat McDermott) and deadfall tree clean-up on HGB II primitive trails (Dar Moneyhon and Jim Dunn), The Canyonlands primitive trails had clean-up work (Dan Moyer and Anthony Coley). We finished the workday with lunch-time hot Italian sausage stew and desserts (Judy Hazen).



Click here for workday Photos.
Lakeway City Park (click to enlarge)

Gather at the Pavilion at 8AM. Photo by Dan Moyer
Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Nov. 11th FOP workday 8AM
  • Mon. Dec. 4th FOP board meeting LAC 6:30PM
  • Sat. Dec. 9th FOP workday 8AM
  • 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.
Lakeway Wild Turkey (click to enlarge)
Wild Turkey spotted in Lakeway. Photo by Jim Dunn

Volunteers gather at Lakeway City Park (click to enlarge)
Volunteers gather at the Pavilion at 8AM. Photo by Jim Dunn
Lakeway City Park volunteers (click to enlarge)
Carl, Bailey, Kate, Bernie, Linda, Lucy and Laura. Photo by Bernie Reding
Daughters at HGB I entrance (click to enlarge)
Daughters trimming plant at Hamilton Greenbelt I entrance. Photo by Pat McDermott
Ron and Lorraine (click to enlarge)
Ron and Lorraine working at Hamilton Greenbelt I entrance. Photo by Pat McDermott
Dar cutting up fallen cedar (click to enlarge)
Dar cutting up fallen cedar in Yaupon creekbed at the Palos Verde entrance to Hamilton Greenbelt II. Photo by Jim Dunn
Yaupon cleanup volunteers (click to enlarge)
Dar's support group at Yaupon creekbed at the Palos Verde entrance to Hamilton Greenbelt II. Photo by Jim Dunn
Judy stirring stew (click to enlarge)
Judy and her team provided hot Italian sausage stew and desserts. Photo by Jim Dunn
bird blind plaque (click to enlarge)
Pat McDermott, Carl Christensen and Bernie Reding met at the bird blind in Hamilton Greenbelt to install a sign. The sign reads” Constructed by Friends of the Parks 2017. Carl also cleaned leaves out of the gutter.
Photo by Bernie Reding
Click here for more workday Photos.

October 2017

George W. Ferrie left us this morning, October 31, 2017, after a valiant fight against glioblastoma.
He is now at peace with mom, dad, Tom, Stevie Ray and loved ones who have been waiting for him to come home.
A memorial service is being planned for a future date to celebrate the love and joy he has given all of us in his 63 years of living. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all the love, support, and friendship. We couldn’t have gone through this without you.
Be comforted in knowing that George is in a better place, free from pain and suffering. His journey with angels has just begun. Fly high, my love, fly high.
Posted by Donna Ferrie.

George was a long time member of FOP, serving as both a volunteer worker and board member. He was the past president of the FOP organization, 2008 and 2009. He is missed.
George Ferrie (click to enlarge)
George Ferrie at the September workday. Photo by Bernie Reding
Upcoming Events
  • October workday was Sat. 10/14.
    Workday photos 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.
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

Pumpkins (click to enlarge)
Halloween is getting close
City Park Projects:
A crew consisting of Lorraine Tallent, Dennis Gans, Bob Sauerman, Sandra Morton, Bob Schooler and Bernie Reding worked at City Park removing brush and trimming trees. Bob Schooler walked the road to the lower parking lot and upper and lower trails cutting down salt cedar and painting their stumps with brush killer. Later, Bob joined the rest of the group where they were in the process of clearing brush and trimming trees around picnic tables along the lower trail south of the lower parking lot.

submitted by Bernie Reding

Volunteers (click to enlarge)
Lorraine is ready to work in City Park! Photo by Jim Dunn.
Canyonlands Project:
Dan Moyer and Michael Smith lead a group of volunteers into the Canyonlands to trim and clean-up the trails but they were all in one way or another attached to the mountain bike community(parents, riders, or coaches). We mostly just loaded up with an assortment of tools and did general trail maintenance throughout Canyonlands starting at Bissett Ct. and spreading out from there. We utilized the weed eater, the walk behind brush trimmer, loppers, rakes, trail tools, the chainsaw, etc. We mostly completed the work we started or identified at the September workday.

submitted by Dan Moyer
Canyonland trail crew (click to enlarge)
Canyonland trail crew lead by Dan and Michael. Photo by Dan Moyer
Hamilton Greenbelt I Activities
Bill Freas, Archie and Mary Anne trimmed overhanging branches, cleared out some cedar saplings and eliminated salt-cedars along the main HGB trail from Hurst Creek entrance to Rainbow bridge.

submitted by Bill Freas

Pat took a group of volunteers to HGB I to remove cedar saplings near the small waterfall close to the entrance.

submitted by Pat McDermott
Bill and Archie trimming along HGB I (click to enlarge)
Bill and Archie trimming along HGB I. Photo by Pat McDermott
Hamilton Greenbelt II Activities
Dave Cross, Mierelle Kirmse, Dar Moneyhan and Jim Dunn roamed the primitive trails of HGB II and cut up and stacked four fallen trees on the trails. Dave ran the chain saw until the humidity wore him out then Jim cut limbs on the third tree and also got tuckered out. Mirelle and Dar pulled, dragged and stacked limbs into four piles along the trails.

submitted by Jim Dunn
Mireille sizes up gigantic dead fall in HGB II (click to enlarge)
Mireille sizes up gigantic dead fall in HGB II. Photo by Jim Dunn.
Lunch
Carlisle decorated the pavilion with a Halloween theme. Cold cuts and hot beans plus desserts were provided by Carlisle Pearson and the food committee.

More workday photos click here!
Lunch (click to enlarge)
Hot beans and cold cuts served by Carisle. Photo by Jim Dunn

Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Hike

The hike started at 9:00 AM on October 28th at Reicher Ranch Headquarters. The group followed a nature trail towards Lake Austin. There is a steep descent, from the headquarters to Lake Austin, of 350 feet, then a hike back up. The return hike is up an abandoned road, which is also very steep, but it has an asphalt surface, for good footing. The entire loop is about one mile. The hike lasted for just over two hours.

Click here for photos of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Hike.

Bill Reiner, a biologist, for the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve provided a wonderful guided tour for members of Friends of the Parks. The tour covered areas of the Canyonlands not generally open to the public. Bill identified and discussed the various plants and animals found in the Canyonlands. Several of the species are protected. Bill has agreed to be our guest speaker at our annual members meeting in January. Thank you, Bill Reiner!

submitted by Pat McDermott

Bill Reiner started the tour in the office building at Reicher Ranch. He lead us to several points of interest on the ranch proper before we started down the winding primitive trail. Bill stopped the group at at points of interest where he would describe various plants and answer questions. When the primitive trail joined an abandoned road, he lead us down the road to the water's edge of Lake Austin where more plants and trees of interest where discussed. We then walked up the old road back to the Reicher Ranch. As we walked upward, we could pause and look back at Lake Austin and in the far distance Mansfield Dam. Wonderful hike and tour guide.

Submitted by Jim Dunn
BCP Hike guide Bill Reiner (click to enlarge)
BCP Hike guide Bill Reiner talks about plant used to heal broken arm. Photo by Jim Dunn
BCP Hike guide Bill Reiner (click to enlarge)
BCP Hike guide Bill Reiner talks about tree moss. Photo by Jim Dunn

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 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 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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