It's My Park Day - Fall

Caro Dubois
Sarah Scott
Dick Ryan

Excellent IMPD - very good group of volunteers to work with - spread out landscape mix, loosened soil, seeded Bermuda, planted beautification gardens, painted picnic benches, clean-up etc

Gave 4.00 hours on 03/05/2022 with Austin Parks Foundation, It's My Park Day - Fall
J Becky Brenner

Nice day for trash picking. Tried the TrashBlitz app. For a solo or small family group,it’s unworkable. I tried doing my trash list after the fact and would have recorded hours of work as less than an hour. I can’t imagine it working with one recorder for a large group because the data entry takes so long. I can’t see my phone well enough in daylight to do all the selections. It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to enter 2 diapers. How many layers? Material? Like I have a clue. And the plastic type of mud covered fast food forks—how would I know? I gave up after that.

Gave 2.00 hours on 11/14/2021 with Austin Parks Foundation, It's My Park Day - Spring, Keep Austin Beautiful, Keep Austin Beautiful Day, Keep Walnut Creek Wild, Native Plant Society of Texas–Austin Chapter, Pease Park Conservancy, Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks
J Becky Brenner

Great day for a solo cleanup at Bull Creek District Park, with colorful wildflowers dotting the landscape. Got thanked by several hikers and dog walkers—carrying a picker/grabber tool apparently makes it clear you’re working. Two college age guys sitting cross legged on rocks in midstream hauled out my biggest and bulkiest find: a full size beach umbrella (see photo) half buried in flood silt, about 4 feet above the waterline. The rest of trash I carried out in my trash bag. Cerveza Modelo in glass bottles seems to be the favorite beer of the don't-pack-it-out crowd. Other detritus included a golf ball; a baseball; a man's shoe; assorted socks; fast food wrappers, bags, and condiments tubs and packets; plastic bags from small fragments to big black garbage bags; a red wax pencil that I kept; as well as the usual stuff.

Gave 2.50 hours on 11/13/2021
Kyra Falcone
J Becky Brenner

I suckered 2 friends into accompanying me this fine evening. Cleaned up Bull Creek Greenbelt. Started at Spicewood Valley Trail, but it was too clean. That’s a nice problem to have. So we went to the greenbelt just north of St Edwards Park and collected trash along the creek trail and at the informal parking area. Recent rains made collecting along the creek mucky. The area needs some invasive removal done: Ligustrum, Nandina, Johnsongrass.

Gave 2.00 hours on 11/09/2021
Mark Killian
Toni Spalding

Very easy job. Well coordinated. And we got fed lunch, too! Barry and Robin are great to work with. Thanks!

Gave 2.25 hours on 11/08/2021 with Austin Parks Foundation
Ted Spalding
Karen Moore
Mike Loya
Rylie Braza

I had a great time learning and helping out! Our hosts were incredibly welcoming and helped everyone learn how to identify invasive species along the trail. I hope we will be able to return in the future.

Gave 3.00 hours on 11/06/2021