Hello Greenbelt Lovers,

I wanted to send out an advance notice of our next work day so you can save a place on your calendar. On April 24, we will be participating as a host park for the city-wide It’s My Park Day, sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation. We will be working on the Gus Fruh Trail to Barton Creek, at 2642 Barton Hills Drive, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There are some special “perks” offered if you register for the work day through the Austin Parks Foundation website (e.g. a free tee shirt and some refreshments). Sign up is fast and easy with this online form. Be sure to indicate your affiliation with BHNA and specify “Barton Creek Greebelt” as your “Park of Interest.”

I will also be keeping a tally of people who rsvp to me. We  need to have a good idea of how many people are coming so we can have plenty of tasks, tools, and materials on site for the work day.

There will be more information about the work day in the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association newsletter coming out soon, and at the BHNA neighborhood association meeting scheduled on Tuesday, April 13. I’ll send out a couple more reminders also. Please email me if you have any

questions, or want to pass on the name of someone you know who might want to participate.

Come enjoy spring on the greenbelt! It is glorious.

Glee Ingram

BHNA Greenbelt Guardian Coordinator

443-7522-wk

 

Greenbelt Guardian Work Days

We have set the Greenbelt Guardian work days for the rest of this year. They are:

April 24, which corresponds with the date for It’s My Park! Day, a citywide event sponsored by Austin Parks Foundation and the City of Austin.

July 16, which features the courageous who come out to work in the long, hot dog days of summer.

October 16, the week-end before the National Trails Conference being held in Austin, which will feature a field trip to our Homedale Trail as an exemplary “natural public space in an urban environment”.

 

February 7 Workday Report

We had our day in the sun!

1) the community service kids moved lots of BIG stones (one estimated at 1200 lbs.!) to create edging for our “native revegetation” bed at the trailhead, and for a large stone safety step at the bottom of the trail;

2) 16 cubic yards of planting soil was wheelbarrowed from the street to the new planting bed & spread;

3) 10 cubic yards of topmulch was wheelbarrowed from the street to the new planting bed & spread;

4) 21 native trees were planted along the top entry trail and in the new planting bed;

5) some of our collected native seeds were planted in the new amended planting beds;

6) mounds and piles of nandina and ligustrum were extracted and now serve as erosion filters along the steep hillside trail;

7) the trailhead was weeded and the stone edging was repaired;

8) the ligustrum and chinaberry stumps in the revegetation bed were treated with “stump remover” to keep them from resprouting (the Parks Dept. provided crew to remove the tangle of large ligustrum and chinaberry trees to make room for our revegetation project – last Tuesday the area looked a bit like a war zone);

9) trash was collected on the upper hillside, along the trail, and in the lower creek bed;

You are invited to visit the trail to meet our newly planted tree friends: mountain laurel, montezuma cypress, mexican buckeye, wafer ash, golden leadball, eastern red cedar, burr oak, and lacey oak.

Glee Ingram

 
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