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Wilderness Run will be Sat. April 22 at 9AM Details here

Apr. Workday was Sat. Apr. 8 Details here

Mar. Workday was Sat. Mar. 18 Details here

Feb. Workday was Sat. Feb. 11 Details here

Jan. workday was held Sat. Jan. 14 at 8AM Details here

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

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Jan 2014 Freeze at Hurst Creek Waterfall
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April

Upcoming Events
  • Wilderness Run/Walk at the Hamilton Greenbelt in April 22nd, for detailsclick here.
  • Sat. Apr. 8th FOP workday 8AM
  • Mon. May 1st FOP Board meeting 6:30PM
  • Sat. May 13th FOP workday 8AM
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  • 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.
Madrone tree flowers (click to enlarge)

Madrone tree blooming in the Canyonlands. Photo by Dar Moneyhon
April Workday Projects
Well over forty volunteers come to the Pavilon in City Park at 8AM Saturday April 8th to assist on several projects around Lakeway's parks and greenbelts. Details and photos to follow.

City Park
Weeding and general clean-up at a number of the gardens in City Park.
Hamilton Greenbelt
Bird blind finish the upper level of the fence
Trail clean-up in preparation for the Wilderness Run/Walk
Canyonlands
Trail work and cedar removal along the entrance trail plus weeding/cleanup at the entrance planters.
Lunch
Hamburgers will be served at lunch.

March

Upcoming Events
  • Sat. Mar. 18th rescheduled FOP workday 8AM
  • Sat. Mar. 11th FOP workday 8AM was rained out.
  • Wilderness Run/Walk at the Hamilton Greenbelt in April 22nd, for details 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.
Dan mixing concrete (click to enlarge)

Dan Moyer mixing concrete at the bird blind site, photo by Bernie Reding
March Workday Projects
The month of March had several workdays. The rain on Sat. 3/11 was enough to cancel some projects but volunteers went to the bird blind and the entrance of Hamilton Greenbelt and worked in the light mist. During the following week several volunteers returned to the bird blind to work on the fence. On Sat. 3/18 we had a great turn-out to work in the Park and Greenbelts.

Sat. 3/11 under a roof (click to enlarge)

Sat. 3/11 Volunteers gather in the Pavilon to avoid the light rain.
City Park
Sat. March 18th Jerry Cooper, Lucy Mao, Shirley Tyler and Doris McDermott weeded and trimmed at the Cactus Garden.

submitted by Pat McDermott
Cactus Garden at City Park (click to enlarge)

Cactus Garden was cleaned up, Photo by Pat McDermott
Hamilton Greenbelt
The following two projects were done before the heavy rain arrived on Sat. Mar. 11.
Bird Blind
Tony Mataya, Gary Evensen, Mike Light, Lorraine Tallent, Dar Moneyhon, Dan Moyer, Jonathan Gannon, George Ferrie, Maggie Lupton, Chris Lupton, and Bernie Reding dug ten post holes about 20 inches deep, added about 2 inches of crushed granite which brought the final depth to 18 inches. They then mixed by hand 15 bags of concrete mix. Each bag weighed 80 pounds. Using levels, each metal post was held in a vertical position while concrete was poured around them. An occasional light rain did not hamper this hard working crew's work.

submitted by Bernie Reding

Watch the video on Facebook (Men at work).

What a determined crew!
Thanks, guys for sticking it out in the rain. Hope we have better weather next Saturday!

submitted by Judy Hazen

Brush pile clean-up at the entrance to HGB I

Pat McDermott, Ron Moore and Jim Dunn hauled left-over 2015 Firewise brush piles and additional deadfalls from the first bend in the Jeter Trail downhill to the new HGB I parking lot.

submitted by Pat McDermott

On Tuesday, March 14, W.C. Enmon, Pat McDermott and Bernie Reding installed rails on fence posts in preparation for the attachment of cedar limbs on the March 18 workday.

submitted by Bernie Reding

If you plan to work on the fence tomorrow, please bring pliers for twisting and cutting wires. I will have a few tools available so if you don't have these tools, come anyway. We will have other tasks too that don't require tools. The bottom rails are quite low. You may be more comfortable if you can bring a short stool to sit on. No. 14 gage galvanized wire will be used to attach the cedar limbs to the 2 x 4 rails that are in place. I made a rough calculation of how many wire ties will be needed to complete. I came up with over 700. I doubt that we can complete the fence in one workday.

submitted by Bernie Reding

Sat. Mar. 18 weather was much better
On the rescheduled workday on March 18, it took eleven hard working volunteers about 3 1/2 hours to attach cedar limbs to the bottom two rails of the 50 foot screening fence at the bird watching blind. The weather was perfect for this activity. Hopefully, the top half of the fence will be completed at the next workday. Joining FOP were two high schools students gaining some volunteer service hours. They were a big help and are welcome to come back and help finish the fence.

The cedar limbs were attached, top and bottom, with somewhat stiff #14 gage galvanized wire.

Working on the fence Bernie Reding, George Ferrie, Mike Taylor, Jim Dunn, Lorraine Tallent, Tony Mataya, Dan Moyer, David Conner, Mike Light, Hunter and Jordyn Lewis.

submitted by Bernie Reding

Bird blind post team (click to enlarge)

Hamilton Greenbelt Bird Blind workers Tony, Gary, Mike, Lorraine, Dar, Dan, Geroge, Maggie, Chris and Bernie. Photo by Bernie Reding
















Bird blind fencing team (click to enlarge)

Bird blind fencing team was Bernie, George, Mike, Jim, Lorraine, Tony, David, Mike, Hunter and Jordyn. Photo by Dan Moyer
Canyonlands
Sat. March 18th Elmer Tyler, Dave Cross, Ron Moore, Anthony Coley and Pat McDermott removed cedar trees that were choking out oak trees near the entrance to Canyon Lands.

submitted by Pat McDermott

Hardworking volunteers accomplished a lot of Cedar clearing. Good job guys!
submitted by Janet Wright
Canyonland group (click to enlarge)

Canyonland group was Pat, Ron, Elmer and Dave, photo by Janet Wright
Lunch
Sat. March 18th a wonderful King Ranch chicken casserole lunch was provided by W.C. and Clareve Enmon. Desserts were provided by the food committee.

Workday photos click here!
Clareve serving King Ranch chicken casserole (click to enlarge)

Clareve serving King Ranch chicken casserole

Feb 2017

Upcoming Events
  • FOP Board meeting March 6th at 6:30PM at the Lakeway Activity Center.
  • March workday will be Sat. 3/11
  • February's FOP workday was Sat. 11th. City Park, HGB entrance and the Bird Blind were the main projects.
  • Wilderness Run/Walk will be Sat. April 22.


Visit the FOP website at www.lakewayfop.org for more information.
City Park (click to enlarge)
Lake Travis rises up at City Park.
February Workday Projects
o City Park - Replant several trees.
o Hamilton Greenbelt - Work on Bird Blind trail, Work on new entrance to the HGB I
o Hot lunch - TBA

January 2017

Upcoming Events
  • FOP Board meeting March 6th at 6:30PM at the Lakeway Activity Center.
  • March workday will be Sat. 3/11
  • Wilderness Run/Walk will be Sat. April 22
  • 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.
Volunteers gather (click to enlarge)
Volunteers gather at the upper parking lot for workday opportunities.
City Park

The work crew in City Park worked in a remote area of the park harvesting cedar limbs which will be used later in the construction of a screening fence at the bird watching blind in Hamilton Greenbelt. A mother and daughter team hauled, sorted and stacked limbs into two stacks. One stack is to be kept for the fence. The rest of the limbs were stacked for later disposal. Elmer Tyler cut up limbs and was assisted by two Lake Travis High School students, along with Dick Drury and Archie Ruatto. New FOP member Carol Ferree was busy carrying limbs to the brush pile. The two Lake Travis High School students Abhi Singh and classmate assisted with the heavy logs. W.C. Enmon and Bernie took turns operating the other chainsaw.

submitted by Bernie Reding
Abhi Sing and friend roll a cedar log (click to enlarge)
Lake Travis High School students Abhi Sing and friend roll a cedar log. Photo by Bernie
Hamilton Greenbelt - Sailmaster Waterfall Cleanup

Dar lead a team of five to the large waterfall on Hurst Creek near the Sailmaster entrance to the Hamilton Greenbelt. National Charity League volunteers Sophie and Stacy assisted Mike, "Chain Saw" Dave and Dar in clearing out woody growth on the Sailmaster side of the waterfall. They crossed Hurst Creek and did more clearing of trees which resulted in a second large pile of brush for the City to haul away. Their final task was on the service road above the main Hamilton Greenbelt trail where several down trees were cut up and a third pile of brush was stacked.

submitted by Dar Moneyhan and Jim Dunn
Waterfalll clean-up crew (click to enlarge)
Sailmaster Waterfall clean-up crew was Mike, Sophie, Stacy and Dave. Photo by Dar
Hamilton Greenbelt - Duck Lake Trail improvements

A team of six workers, Dan Moyer and his dad Pat, George Ferrie, Dennis Gans, Bill Freas and Jim Dunn worked on the lower section of the Duck Lake trail where it connects with the main Hamilton Greenbelt trail. The team put in numerous cedar rail water diverter in the severely eroded trail, then Bill Freas used the walk-behind Bobcat to move the three yards of decomposed granite gravel provided by the City of Lakeway up the trail. The other five workers used picks, rakes and shovels to spread the granite and packed it down to improve the trail experience of walkers, hikers and bike riders. When they ran out of granite to spread they moved uptrail to where it crosses the service road and re-routed the trail and placed more cedar diverters in the trail to control the flow of water from future heavy rains. The upper section of the trail from the Duck Lake Drive trailhead will be worked on at an upcoming workday.

submitted by Jim Dunn
Duck Lake trail renovation crew (click to enlarge)
Duck Lake trail renovation crew of Bill, George, Dennis, Pat and Dan. Photo by Jim
Lunch

In spite of the weather, we ended up serving lunch to about 14 people. Italian meatball subs, pasta salad and garden salad plus our usual great desserts. Thank you Bob and Ximena Sauerman, Bill and Clare Freas, Carlisle Pearson, Lynn Moore, Pat and Doris McDermott for helping me pull this meal together. Next event will be the annual meeting Jan 25 - I will be calling for volunteers again!

submitted by Judy Hazen
Judy serving warm Italian meatballs (click to enlarge)
Judy serving warm Italian meatballs for lunch.

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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