March 2 Greenbelt Guardians Workday

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Hi neighbors,

The Austin Parks Foundation’s spring It’s My Park Day is coming up fast – Saturday, March 2.  We’ll be working at the Barton Creek Greenbelt – Gus Fruh access (2642 Barton Hills Drive) from 9:00 until 1:00.  We’ll be resurfacing the entire switchback entry trail with decomposed granite and StaLok.  We’d planned to do this work last fall, but unfortunately our supplier didn’t deliver the materials as promised and we had to reschedule the work.  It’s a big job and we’ll need all the help we can get!  We’ll have some other tasks available (invasives removal, trash pickup, etc.) for those who can’t do trail repair, but our focus will be on getting the trail work done.

Registration is already open – please go to APF’s website here to sign up for our project as soon as you can. You can also email stan@sostrum.com if you have any questions or problems with online registration.

As usual, we’ll have breakfast tacos for everyone and water to refill your bottles. Kids are welcome, but younger ones will need to bring a parent along with them, and anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign the waiver.  We’ll provide the team leaders and tools needed for all of the work.  Please bring a water bottle, a pair of work gloves (if you have them), and wear closed-toe shoes.  Long pants and long sleeves will also help to protect against poison ivy.

We’re looking forward to beautiful weather and another good workday and we hope that lots of you can join us!

Thanks,
Stan Ostrum and Glee Ingram
www.greenbeltguardians.org

 

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Friends and neighbors,

The Greenbelt Guardians have two upcoming workdays this fall that we’d love for you to come out and help us with:

On Saturday September 29th, National Public Lands Day, we’ll be working at the Gus Fruh access from 8:00 AM until noon. The plan, assuming it quits raining before then, is to repave the entire switchback entry trail with decomposed granite and StaLok binder. It needed work before the recent rains and needs it worse now afterwards. We’ve done repair work on various sections over the years, but we haven’t repaved the entire trail since 2005. It’s a big job and we’ll need all the help we can get!

Those of you who’ve helped us do this kind of work before know that we usually mix the DG and StaLok resin on site. Now we can buy it already mixed! That will speed things up considerably, but we’ll still need lots of folks to help get a small mountain of material down the trail, spread, and pack it.

We’re late getting organized – Sept 29th is less than 2 weeks away now! Please let us know as soon as you can if you’re able to volunteer with us that day by sending an email to Stan Ostrum at stan@sostrum.com.

We’ll have some other tasks available (invasives removal, trash pickup, etc.) for those who can’t do trail repair, but our focus will be on getting the trail work completed. Breakfast tacos will be provided!

On Saturday November 3rd from 9:00 until noon, we’ll be working at the Homedale access. That will be the Austin Parks Foundation’s Fall It’s My Park Day, and our focus will be on invasive plant removal. Sign up will be online via APF’s GivePulse system in early October. We’ll send out a reminder with more details then, but please go ahead and put it on your calendar now!

If it sounds like a lot of hard work, well it is, but we have fun too. You’ll get a good workout, meet cool people, spend time in a beautiful setting, and have something to show for your efforts that makes the greenbelt experience better for everyone. We’re looking forward to getting out again and giving back and we hope that a lot of you can join us!

Thanks,
Stan and Glee
www.greenbeltguardians.org

 

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Guardians of the Greenbelt,

Our next workday is on Saturday March 03, the Austin Parks Foundation’s spring “It’s My Park Day”. We’ll be working from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Barton Creek Greenbelt Homedale access, 2010 Homedale Drive. Along with our partners from Austin Parks and Rec, we’ll be doing lots of invasive plant removal, some runoff management and trail repairs, and the usual trimming, weeding, graffiti removal, and trash pick up in the area.

Registration has been open for a while, but we can still use more volunteers. Please go to APF’s website here to sign up for our project. You can also reply to Stan or Glee using the email links below if you have any questions or problems with online registration.

As usual, we’ll have breakfast tacos for everyone and water to refill your bottles. We have tasks that are appropriate for a wide range of ages and skill sets. Kids are welcome, but younger ones will need to bring a parent along with them, and anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign the waiver. We’ll provide the team leaders and tools needed for all of the tasks. Please bring a water bottle, a pair of work gloves (if you have them), and wear closed-toe shoes. Long pants and long sleeves will also help to protect against poison ivy.

We’re looking forward to another good workday and hoping that a lot of you can join us!

Thanks,
Stan Ostrum
stan@greenbeltguardians.org

Glee Ingram
gleeful@earthlink.net

 
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