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City Parks Town Hall will be 6/30 at 5:30PM details here.

May Workday was Sat. 5/14 at 8AM, details here.

General Membership Meeting/BBQ was held Monday evening, May 9th. details here.

Wilderness Walk was Sat. 4/23 details here.

Apr. workday was on Sat. Apr. 9th Details here

Renew your membership for 2022, click here !!!

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

Submit your photos and volunteer stories ! ! !

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

4th of July Parade 2022


Enjoy Lakeway's 4th of July Parade



Howdy All,

Friends of the Parks will not be entering a 4th of July Parade float this year. The City of Lakeway is still looking for volunteers to assist in the big event if you are interested.
The link : Click here

The City's agenda for the 4th of July weekend.
The link : Click here

FOP is not planning any activities until September, see you then.

Thanks,
~FoP
The astronaut theme took first place in 2019! (click to enlarge)
The astronaut theme took first place in 2019

Parade volunteers ready to march! (click to enlarge)
Parade volunteers ready to march

FoP marching tools was a crowd pleaser! (click to enlarge)
FoP marching tools was a crowd pleaser!

June 2022


Lakeway's Parks Town Hall

Thursday, June 30 starting at 5:30 PM

Lakeway Town Hall on Parks!!!

Just a heads up that Lakeway will be hosting a Town Hall with city manager Julie Oakley on the topic of Lakeway Parks. Event is Thursday June 30th from 5:30 to 6:30 at City Hall. Please come out as they will likely be giving some preliminary info on the reimagining of Lakeway parkland.

Regards,
~FoP

From the City's weekly "The Lake Way" email
The third in a series of four town halls for 2022 will take place on Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. at Lakeway City Hall (1102 Lohmans Crossing Road). This Town Hall Series with City Manager Julie Oakley will focus on the Lakeway park system, including potential future parkland. There will be an introduction by City Manager Julie Oakley, and then an opportunity for the public to visit different stations at City Hall to ask questions to the parks team about upcoming projects and events. The introduction will also be live-streamed on the City's website.

City Calendar link : Click here

News Flash link : Click here

More info link : Click here
Lakeway Town Hall (click to enlarge)
Lakeway Town Hall Thu. 6/30 on City Parks

May 2022


Workday Projects for Sat. May 14

Last workday before the summer break! This Saturday 5/14!!!

Howdy All,

Friends of the Parks will be holding it's May workday this Saturday at 8AM, starting at the City Park Pavilion. It's probably going to be a warm one, so dress appropriately. Activities for the day are as follows:

1) Spreading mulch on trails near the red bridge in City Park
2) Gathering downed limbs in HGBI
3) Trimming tall grass in City Park
4) Planting plants in a few locations
5) Cleaning up garden bed at Canyonlands entrance

Lunch will be a build your own Taco bar! Mmmmm, tacos!!! Thanks lunch crew.

See everyone Saturday,
~FoP
Canyonlands entrance garden needs work! (click to enlarge)
Canyonlands entrance garden needs work! Photo by Dan Moyer.
May 2022 - General Membership Annual Meeting

We had about forty members present at the first ever annual meeting in the Pavilion in City Park. BBQ meat was catered by Opie's and sides and desserts were provided by our food committee. Special award was to Judy Hazen, presented by Sondra Morton. Guest speaker was Lakeway's mayor Tom Kilgore who is also a member of FOP and a regular volunteer at our workdays.

We will be having a dinner and get-together next month on Monday May 9th at 6:30pm at Lakeway City Park Pavilion. This event is open to the public as well and the purpose of the event is to celebrate all the accomplishments of the group over the last couple years, recognize some special volunteers, and enjoy some good food and community. The dinner will be BBQ with sides and various dessert options, and the guest speaker for the event will be Mayor Tom Kilgore. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with your total headcount to Sondra Morton at skmgran@gmail.com. Dinner is free to all current members and anyone can pay membership dues at the meeting at $20 per household. For $20, you can get a BBQ dinner and t-shirts(if you come out to a workday) all while supporting a good cause! Good luck finding a better deal these days!

Thanks and hope to see everyone there,
~FoP
FOP members receive their plates at the serving line. (click to enlarge)
FOP members receive their plates at the serving line. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Judy Hazen receives a honorary casserole dish for her years of service on the food committee. (click to enlarge)
Judy Hazen receives a honorary casserole dish for her years of service on the food committee. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Fruit bowl provided by Jin and Jack (click to enlarge)
Fruit bowl provided by Jin and Jack. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Mayor Tom Kilgore answers questions after his speech. (click to enlarge)
Mayor Tom Kilgore answers questions after his speech. Photo by Jim Dunn.

April 2022


Wilderness Walk Sat. Apr. 23, Start time 9AM.

The Lakeway Friends of the Parks hosted a group hike on Saturday April 23rd starting at the Hamilton Greenbelt main trail head (across from the Justice Center building on Lohman's Crossing). The event is free and open to all, many two or four legged hikers come out for an opportunity to get to meet other community members while enjoying one of Lakeway's prettiest hiking areas. The route was from the HGB trailhead to the bird blind (~1 mile) and then to the overlook area (~0.4 miles) and back to the start. Most participants hiked the entire route (~3 miles).

Hikers gather at the FOP canopy (click to enlarge)
Hikers gather at the FOP canopy prior to the start of the walk. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Hikers resting at the bird blind (click to enlarge)
Hikers enjoying the quiet at the bird blind. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Hikers ascending the primitive trail on the way to the Overlook (click to enlarge)
Hikers ascending the primitive trail on the way to the Overlook. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Hikers enjoying the view at the Overlook (click to enlarge)
Hikers enjoying the view at the Overlook. Photo by Jim Dunn.

Workday Report

Workday was on Saturday, Apr. 9th. starting at the City Park Pavilion. Current forecast says it will start out cool and warm up quickly so dress appropriately and bring some extra water.

Workday activities included:
1) Planting new plants at Butterfly garden and HGBI trailhead, and doing some general clean up of the areas
2) Finishing trail work(spreading mulch) near bridge behind butterfly garden
3) Removing dead cedar in HGBI near the Duck Lake trail
Lunch this time was fried chicken and sides!!! And plenty of dessert!!
Thanks to all who attended.

Volunteers working in the Butterfly Garden (click to enlarge)
Volunteers working in the Butterfly Garden. Photo by Doris McDermott.

Scheduled Workday projects

Workday is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 9th. starting at 8AM at the City Park Pavilion. Current forecast says it will start out cool and warm up quickly so dress appropriately and bring some extra water.

Anticipated workday activities include:
1) Planting new plants at Butterfly garden and HGBI trailhead, and doing some general clean up of the areas
2) Finishing trail work(spreading mulch) near bridge behind butterfly garden
3) Removing dead cedar in HGBI and working on the Duck Lake trail
4) Stretch goal of removing some low brush near the skate park/swim center

Lunch this week will be fried chicken and sides!!! And plenty of dessert!!
Look forward to seeing everyone there.
Wilderness Walk Sat. Apr. 23, Start time 9AM until 11:30AM.
We will setup a canopy and table at the Hamilton Greenbelt entrance at 8:30AM. We will offer guides to the Bird Blind (short route) and the Overlook (more strenuous). Maps and cards will be made available along with FOP labeled water bottles.
Newly painted bridge by the Butterfly Garden (click to enlarge)
Newly painted bridge by the Butterfly Garden. Photo by Carl Christensen.

Upcoming Events
  • Apr. workday Sat. 4/9 starting at 8AM.
  • Apr. Wilderness Walk in HGB Sat. 4/23, Time 9AM
  • May Board meeting Monday 5/2 at 6:30PM.
  • General Membership Meeting/BBQ is planned for Monday evening, May 9th.
  • May workday Sat. 4/14 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.
Pat and Dan (click to enlarge)
Pat and Dan using the Kobota to haul brush. Photo by Doris McDermott.

March 2022


Workday is scheduled for Saturday, March 12th starting at 8AM. Please arrive at the upper parking lot near the Pavilion. The weather forecast is for cold temperatures and possible rain showers. Travis County is in Stage 2 protocols, please follow the outdoor protocols while working.

Project list
City Park
o Continue with shoreline cleanup and removal brushes
o Removal of dead/leaning cedar trees
o Clean up Butterfly garden path to the newly painted red bridge and grassy area to left of the garden
o Building shelves for inside of shed and facia board placement
Hamilton Greenbelt
o Cut down dead plants/shrubs at water feature
o Rerouting of the path crossing the red bridge
o Clean-up along the Duck Lake primitive trail
Smith Greenbelt
o Remove large/high limb hanging from tree at far end of trail
Porpoise Park
o Removal of dead agave/century plants and some trees could be limbed up
Lunch at the Pavilion starting at 11:30AM
o Pizza, veggies, fruit and desserts

February Workday photos are here.
Butterfly bridge restoration (click to enlarge)
Kathleen has started the Butterfly bridge restoration. Restoration to continue in March. Photo by Doris McDermott.

Upcoming Events
  • Mar. Board meeting Monday 3/7 at 6:30PM.
  • Mar. workday Sat. 3/12 starting at 8AM.
  • Apr. Board meeting Monday 4/4 at 6:30PM.
  • Apr. workday Sat. 4/9 starting at 8AM.
  • Apr. Wilderness Walk in HGB Sat. 4/23, Time TBA
  • General Membership Meeting/BBQ is planned for Monday evening, May 9th.
  • 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.
Hauling out trimmings (click to enlarge)
Volunteers hauling out the cut limbs and brush near the lake shore. Photo by Jim Dunn.

February 2022

Workday Report


The weather was in the 40s but we soon warmed up as we had plenty of projects to work on.

February Workday photos are here.

Volunteers
Carl Christensen Dan Moyer Tom Sidwa Dennis Gans
Katie Bigus Steve Bigus Steve Rowland Carol Linn
Allison Winchester Dar Moneyhon Dave Cross Jim Dunn
Pat McDermott Doris McDermott Daisy Khambatta Ashdin Khambatta
Laura Rach Patrick Rach Victoria Waite Shawn Waite
Preslee Waite Kaylee Waite    


City Park

The project near the kayak launching area at City Park was to improve access to the wooded area by removing tall grass and small trees and raising the headroom under the remain trees. Chainsaws, pole saws, pruning shears, as well as walk behind rotary cutters were used. Many volunteers participated for all or part of the project. They included Tom Sidwa, Dave Cross, Steve Rowland, Dennis Ganz, Dan Moyer, Steve Bigus, Kathleen, Jim Dunn, Dar Moneyhon, Bill Freas, the Waite family and Carl Christensen plus others.

When the lake edge work was completed, some of us moved to the dog park area to help volunteers there clear undergrowth and improve headroom under cedars. This was requested to improve visibility from the parking lot for safety reasons.
submitted by Tom Sidwa and Carl Christensen

Jim Dunn and Dan Moyer removed the rotten remains of a post at the lower parking lot. The hole was enlarged, concrete mixed and a new post was set. Jim then went a hundred feet to the south and joined the large crew that was clearing out small brush by the lake shore near the kayak launch area. We filled a large trailer and one small dump truck with cuttings.
submitted by Jim Dunn

HGB Gardens : Doris McDermott, Joyce Levine, Sondra Morton and Allison Winchester worked on the garden at the entrance.
Sondra Morton, Doris McDermott, AllisonWinchester, BJ Livingston, Katie, Carol Linn, Joyce Levine, and Kathleen Christensen cut back plants at the Butterfly, Barnes, and HGB Gardens. We also sanded the bridge above the Butterfly and defined the trail in back of the Butterfly to bridge. submitted by Sondra Morton and Kathleen Christensen

Lunch was served at the Pavilion by Judy and the food committee
Our crockpots were working overtime to keep the soup hot on such a blustery day!
Carlisle - blackeyed peas & cornbread
Kathleen - cream fish chowder & French bread
Judy - vegetable soup & herb bread
Judy - Ina Garten’s Tomato Basil soup
Desserts (cookies or brownies): Clare, Sondra & Doris
Drinks & Ice: the McDermotts
submitted by Judy Hazen



February Workday photos are here.
Wrestling with a jack hammer (click to enlarge)
Carl and Jim wrestling with a jackhammer. Photo by Dan Moyer.
In Memory of Kathie King

Remembering Kathie King (click to enlarge)
Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church notified us because Kathie King was a member of the church. She had cancer last time we talked with her (last Spring/Summer) and was moving to Colorado to be near family. I think of her always when we work in the Butterfly Garden which was her baby for such a long time. She took the time to share her extensive knowledge about butterflies with Kathleen Christensen, Doris McDermott, Allison Winchester, and me as she passed the baton to us and others to continue beautifying her beloved project. She was such a sweet woman and certainly missed.
submitted by Sondra Morton

In Memory of Lew Carlson
Remembering Lew Carlson (click to enlarge)
City of Lakeway tribute
Dr. Lewis Carlson, Statesman's obituary

I knew him well. I would see him and talk with him several times a week for several years before his illness confined him. He was a wonderful man. He was a member of the FOP Board in the early years of our organization.
submitted by Pat McDermott

I first met Lew when Judy and I joined the Friends of the Parks in 2000 and I started working alongside Lew on building some of the greenbelt trails that our good friend George Blume pioneered a few years after after the Friends of the Parks was organized in 1996 to encourage volunteer participation in improving and maintaining the city parks and greenbelts. This beautiful description of his life brought tears to my eyes since that is what I best remembered about him. I will miss him.
submitted by Fred Hazen

Planned February 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 still in Stage 5 so we have to stay in small groups, wear protective gear and maintain a safe distance whenever possible. The weather forecast is for a windy day with temperatures starting in the 40s, dress in layers.

City Park
1. Cut brush/shrubs on shoreline by kayak launch site
2. Replace rotted split rail post at parking lot
3. Prune/clean out Barnes and Butterfly Gardens
4. Limb up trees/bushes along dog park fence line

Hamilton Greenbelt
1. Cleaning up the gardens at main entrance to HGB I.
2. Removing some downed cedar limbs along the HGB trails.

Lunch will be available at the Pavilion around 11:30-11:45. Judy and the food committe will be serving four kinds of soup/sides

- blackeyed peas & cornbread
- cream fish chowder & French bread
- vegetable soup & herb bread
- tomato basil soup

along with plenty of desserts! We will conclude our workday by noon after the summary reports. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Take the time to enjoy City Park after the workday activities, take a stroll, the purple martins should have a strong presence along with other wild life.



The Overlook of Hurst Creek (click to enlarge)
The Overlook of Hurst Creek in Hamilton Greenbelt. Photo by Jim Dunn.

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
Meeting started 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

About twenty members attended the Zoom version of the Annual Business meeting. The minutes from the 2020 meeting were approved as was the Treasurer's 2020 and 2021 financial reports. Carl reviewed the projects FOP worked on during his term as chairman in 2020 and 2021. Special recognition was given to Bernie Reding and Mike Light for maintenance of equipment, Searcy Willis for banner signs, Bernie Reding, Gary Cobb and Robin Doughty for taking care of the Purple Martins, Lance Eilers for City of Lakeway support. Special recognition was given to Gary Cobb and Laura Hopkins of the Wild Bird Center of Lakeway for the tremendous support for our bird blind and purple martin project. Dar Moneyhon (11 years a member and 7 years on the board) and Bill Freas (14 years a member and 13 years on the board) have stepped down from the FOP board. Tom Sidwa and David Cross were elected by those online to serve two year terms on the FOP Board.

FOP Board members for 2022-2024 are Dan Moyer - Chairman
Carl Christensen - Vice-Chairman
Carol Linn - Secretary
Sondra Morton - Treasurer
Dave Cross - Director
Jim Dunn - Director
Pat McDermott - Director
Bernie Reding - Director
Tom Sidwa - Director
Larry Yancey - Director

View the presentation here.

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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