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December workday will be 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

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

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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)

Insects on flower in Butterfly Garden. Photo by Jim Dunn
December Workday Projects
Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM Saturday April 8th to assist on several projects around Lakeway's parks and greenbelts.

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 $20 for a limited time before going up to $25 soon. FOP is aiming for 80% participation from our members. FOP enjoys several benefits if we reach the 80% goal.
City Park
Weeding and general clean-up at a number of the areas in City Park.
Hamilton Greenbelt
Trail work on the Duck Lake Trail
Canyonlands
Trail work and cedar removal at various locations in the Canyonlands.
Lunch
Fajitas will be served at lunch.
Travis Audubon Society Bird Walk
Travis Audubon Society is conducting a 2 hour bird walk at Lakeway's City Park. Suzie McCann (Lakeway resident) and Jane Tillman will be leading it on Tuesday, December 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 in the morning. Itís a free event and you donít have to be an Audubon member to attend.

Join Lakeway birder Suzie McCann and Jane Tillman to bird the Lakeway City Park. We will check out the lakeside for wintering ducks, and walk the woods looking for kinglets, warblers and sparrows. The trails are generally flat or slightly sloped, and we will walk about 3/4 mile. This trip is suitable for all levels of birders. Limited to 18 people.

Contact Suzi McCann at haas.mccann@msn.com to register.
By participating in this Travis Audubon activity, you are subject to our Event Policies and Liability Waiver.
Please click here to review this policy
https://travisaudubon.org/?event=field-trip-two-hour-tuesday-at-lakeway-city-park-with-suzie-mccann-and-jane-tillman&event_date=2017-12-12
submitted by Laura

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 readsĒ Constructed by Friends of the Parks 2017. Carl also cleaned leaves out of the gutter.
Photo by Bernie Reding
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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 couldnít 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 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.
 

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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