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Annual meeting is scheduled for Mon Jan 30th. details here.

Jan workday was 1/14 at 8AM. details here.

Dec workday was 12/10 at 8AM. details here.

Nov workday was 11/12 at 8AM. details here.

Oct workday was 10/8 at 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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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).
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FoP Annual Meeting - Monday January 30th at 6pm!!!

Howdy All,

We'd like to announce that our annual meeting will be happening on Monday January 30th at the Lakeway Activity Center. Doors will open at 6PM, dinner will be served around 6:30, and presentation/speakers will start at approximately 7pm. The speaker for this year's event is Lakeway's new city forester Richard Leon. Come meet him and hear what he has to say about Lakeway's trees and other flora and his plans for their future.

This event is open to both members and non-members so even if you're not a member and/or have never volunteered with us, you're still invited. Come out and meet the group and hear about what we do and maybe even join us! Due to cost increases with the BBQ dinner, we're asking a $10/plate contribution ($20 for non-members but we're sure you'll want to join). Annual family membership is $20. Both annual membership and BBQ plates can be purchased at the door.

Please RSVP via email to Carol Linn - Carolmlinn@outlook.com by Monday Jan.23rd

Hope to see everyone there!

~Lakeway FoP

January 2023


The workday was well attended and many invasive species plants were removed in the HGB II area.  
January Workday will be Saturday, 1/14 starting at 8AM.

Howdy All,

As usual, we will meet at the City Park pavilion at 8AM before splitting into work groups. Temperatures should be quite pleasant, so just need to bring some water and gloves and closed toe shoes.

Projects for this workday include the following:
o City Park - Light trimming around the Wildflower Meadow.
                   - Removal of a few cedar rails near the pavilion.
                   - Any work necessary to finish the irrigation project at the Barnes Garden
o Hamilton Greenbelt - invasive species removal in the primitive area (mostly nandina and ligustrum)
                                    - potentially removing a downed piece of tree near the Squires Trailhead
                                    - potentially doing some light trail maintenance
o Canyonlands - cleaning up of Bissett Trailhead

Lunch this week is pizza and sides!!!!
Thanks lunch crew!

Hope to see everyone there!

~ FoP
Volunteers who raked mulch (click to enlarge)
Volunteers who raked mulch at City Park on the December workday.

Upcoming Events
  • Jan. workday Sat. 11/14 starting at 8AM.
  • Annual Membership meeting Monday, January 30th. Details to be announced soon.
  • Feb. Board meeting Monday 2/6 at 6:30PM.
  • Feb. workday Sat. 2/11 starting at 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.
    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 2023, 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. Renew here.

 

December 2022

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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December Workday was held Saturday, 12/10 starting at 8AM. Over twenty volunteers were in attendance. We even had Santa Claus helping towards the end of activities!



Volunteers finished irrigation work near the Butterfly and Barnes Gardens, laid mulch on trails in that area, added straw mulch to the Butteryfly Garden, and trimming back vegetation in the south section of City Park.

Marian Justiss, Alan Atkins, Dave Cross and Bernie Reding trimmed trees between the upper trail and neighboring fences in the south end of City Park. By trimming low hanging limbs, City crews can now mow closer to trees thus leaving less for FOP to trim with brush cutters and string trimmers. Appearance of the area of the park was greatly improved also. All trimmings were transferred to a city dump truck by Carl Christenses, Larry Yancey and Pat McDermott then hauled off to City Public Works Dept.
submitted by Bernie Reding

Lunch for the day was grilled cheese sandwiches and soup, followed by desserts!

~Lakeway FoP

December Workday photos are here.
Santa chats with a volunteer (click to enlarge)
Santa chats with a volunteer at City Park.
Announcement : December Workday will be Saturday, 12/10 starting at 8AM.

Howdy All,
The Lakeway FoP December workday will be taking place this Saturday (12/10) starting at City Park Pavilion at 8AM. It's looking like it might rainy, so be prepared for that and watch your email or FB for any cancellation updates!

Activities for the workday include finishing irrigation work near the Butterfly and Barnes garden, laying mulch on trails in that area, doing some clean up at HGB I, and trimming back vegetation that is over growing the Bissett trailhead at the Canyonlands.

Lunch for the day will be grilled cheese sandwiches and soup, followed by desserts!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
~Lakeway FoP
Volunteers gather together for assignments (click to enlarge)
Volunteers gather together for assignments at 8AM in the parking lot at City Park.

November 2022


November Workday Report

We had 17 volunteers sign in and worked at the Barnes Garden irrigation trenching, Wildflower Meadow clean-up and HGB Bird Blind repair fence and install irrigation equipment. A delicious and warm spaghetti lunch was served.

November Workday photos are here.

Volunteers
Brett Nemeroff Maya Prow-Nemeroff Spencer Prow-Nemeroff Tom Sidwa
Mike Light Carl Christensen Dan Moyer Katie Bigus
Steve Bigus Carol Linn Bernie Reding Jim Dunn
Pat McDermott Doris McDermott Kathleen Christensen Judy Hazen
Bill Freas Carlisle Pearson    

Hamilton Greenbelt Bird Blind

Steve Vigus and Katie Vigus put up the game camera and Bill Freas and Tom Sidwa added branches to the bird blind berm. They were joined by Kathleen Christensen and Carl Christensen putting the cedar logs up around the water tank. We used bungie cords to help hold the logs in place. We did a clean-up of the area and hauled the debris out with the Kubota supplied by the City of Lakeway.

submitted by Carl Christensen

City Park Wildflower Meadow

Carol Linn and Bernie Reding removed a dead Agave and vines around rocks near the pipe gate on Hurst Creek Road. They then moved to the south end of the park where they raised the canopy of trees adjacent to the Wildflower Meadow and beyond so City workers can mow closer to trees. All trimmings were unloaded at an existing brush pile where they will be picked up by the City or Friends of the Parks. Mike Light, using a walk-behind string trimmer, mowed brush in the south end of the park then joined another crew installing an irrigation pipe line.

submitted by Bernie Reding

City Park Barnes Garden

Dan Moyer lead a crew to install 5 sections of 1" PVC pipe from the sidewalk to the distribution point for the Barnes Garden. Using picks, matlocks and sharpshooter shovels the trench was dug and the 5 sections were glued together and buried in the trench.

submitted by Jim Dunn





City Park Lunch

Approximately 18 FOP workers enjoyed an Italian inspired lunch prepared by Carlisle Pearson, Judy Hazen, Deane Willis, Doris McDermott and Kathleen Christensen. The menu: garlic, antipasto, spaghetti, brownies, and chocolate chip squares.

submitted by Kathleen Christensen

See all the November Workday photos here.
Volunteers gather together for assignments (click to enlarge)
Volunteers at 8AM in the parking lot at City Park. Steve installing camera at bird blind (click to enlarge)
Steve Vigus installing camera at bird blind.

Carol removing dead agave (click to enlarge)
Carol removing dead agave at City Park.



Volunteers burying irrigation pipe below Barnes Garden (click to enlarge)
Volunteers burying irrigation pipe below Barnes Garden at City Park.

Judy ready to serve warm lunch (click to enlarge)
Judy ready to serve warm lunch the Pavilion at City Park.

November Workday Notice

Howdy All,

The Lakeway FoP November workday will be taking place this Saturday(11/12) starting at City Park Pavilion at 8AM. It's looking like it might be a cold one, so good volunteering weather!

Activities for the workday include running some irrigation lines near the Butterfly and Barnes Gardens in City Park, doing some TLC at the bird blind in HGB, and trimming back vegetation that is over growing the Bissett trailhead at the Canyonlands.

Lunch for the day will be spaghetti, salad, and desserts! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

~Lakeway FoP

We just received word of the following!

This Friday the 18th at 10:30 there will be a small Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting at Hamilton Greenbelt parking lot. The Mayor will read a proclamation and they'll be planting a Bur Oak.

Carlisle help decorate the Pavilion tables for lunch (click to enlarge)
Carlisle help decorate the Pavilion tables for lunch Red bridge near the Butterfly Garden (click to enlarge)
Red bridge near the Butterfly Garden at City Park.

October 2022

Howdy All,

Sat. 10/8 Workday details.
Please arrive at the upper parking lot by the Pavilion of the City Park by 8AM. Work assignments will be made at that time. Wear gloves, heavy shoes and be prepared for a cool start but rapid warm-up as the day progresses. Bring water bottles.

We have asked the new City of Lakeway Forester to give a presentation before we start our workday activities.
The City Forester has asked to reschedule to our November workday.

Project List Announcement

City Park
o Sow seeds in the wildflower meadow
o Use the walk behinds and some weedeaters to trim grass and weeds
o Stretch goal is cactus garden in city park could use some TLC.

HGBI & II Dead tree branches (large and small) near HGBI trail head

Smith Greenbelt – Maybe some trees to trim out.

Canyon Lands – finish up work at Canyonland trailheads

Lunch – Sandwich buffet

~FoP

October Workday photos are here.

Upcoming Events
  • Oct. workday Sat. 10/8 starting at 8AM.
  • Oct. Witches Run Sat. 10/22 starting at 6PM. FOP is planning on manning a booth.
  • Nov. Board meeting Monday 11/7 at 6:30PM.
  • Nov. workday Sat. 11/12 starting at 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.
    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.
  • Our long time sponsor/partner for the Bird Blind and the Purple Martin houses has a name change.
    The Wild Bird Centers of America has changed their business model and we are no longer part of the franchise. We are still in business but are now known as Hill Country Birds. Only the name and email contact information have changed; ownership, address, and phone numbers remain the same.
    Laura Hopkins, Owner
    Hill Country Birds
    2127 Lohmans Crossing, Suite 316
    Lakeway, TX 78734
    P: 512.351.8213
    C: 512.799.7256
    www.hillcountrybirds.com (work in progress)
    laura@hillcountrybirds.com

 

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, former 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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