We held our last big workday on March 03, the Austin Parks Foundation's It's My Park Day - Spring event. Sixty-three neighborhood and community volunteers put in a total of 185 hours of labor at the Homedale entrance.  Major accomplishments included the removal of lots of invasive nandina and ligustrum, some runoff management and trail repairs, and the usual trimming, weeding, graffiti removal, and trash pick up in the area.  I didn't take a single photo that day, so if anyone has any pictures to share, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and we'll put them up on our website.

In April, our leadership team finally got together when we weren't working to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our first workday back in 2003.  We usually end up hot, tired, dirty, and hungry when we see each other, so it was nice to just hang out, relax, eat, drink, and enjoy each other's company for a change. 

National Trails Day at Gus Fruh

On June 02, National Trails Day, five of us spent a hot and humid morning working at the Gus Fruh access.  We got an amazing amount done including building a new set of rock steps to connect the Gus Fruh access trail to the Violet Crown / main greenbelt trail on the far side of the creekbed, and closing off the dirt / mud hillside next to it that was previously being used.  We moved a lot of flood debris, gravel, rock, and brush that day, and it really looks good and works well,  Please get down there and check it out when you have a chance.  Many thanks to Rosalie Russell, Mark Stachew, Nathan Wilkins, and Mark Salinas with Parks and Rec - you guys rock! 

We plan to lay low again this summer during the worst of the heat, but hope to organize another mini-workday or two at Gus Fruh to build a few more steps on this side of the creek with some more of the donated stone that we have stockpiled.

Our next major workday will be on Saturday September 29, National Public Lands Day.  Then on Saturday November 03, we'll do another big project for It's My Park Day - Fall.  Stay tuned for upcoming information on locations, times, and sign up.