MetroRail Station Comes to Brush Square

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Big changes are afoot on the southern side (along fourth street) of Brush Square (home to the O Henry Museum, the Suzanna Dickinson House and the central fire station). In addition to the restoration on the Dickinson House, work crews are installing a new broad sidewalk and 12 new street trees along the south side of the park along fourth …

Red Bud Isle Visitors Lift Their Limbs…

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Over the past two weeks, volunteers lead by Nadene Morning as well as American Youthworks E-Corps have been removing more invasive (non-native) trees on Red Bud Isle.  As a result, over 95 percent of the invasives have now been removed, but the amount of brush piled up along the trails was huge.  Thanks to a few signs encouraging park users …

C3 Presents Gives APF $2.5M for Zilker Soccer Field Improvements

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Today (9/9/08) C3 Presents, Inc., producers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced that they’ll donate $2.5 M to the Austin Parks Foundation to pay for Zilker Soccer Field improvements, a 42 acre site where ACLMF takes place.  Beginning in January 2009, the City Parks Dept will level the field, install a complete irrigation system and lay down grass …

Hard Working Volunteers: Palm and Mayfield

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Today we kicked off the fall volunteer workday season (ok, it certainly doesn’t feel like Fall out there right now) with a small volunteer workday at Palm Park to begin the process of spreading another 10 truckloads of soil (recycled from the Republic Square Park berms, I might add) and then the 8 truckloads of mulch.  We’re restoring an area …

Kayaking on the Colorado

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August 5 Update – Back at Work @ Republic Square

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[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Environmental Design is back at work at Republic Square peeling back the sidewalks and flatwork so Bartlett Tree Experts can pull out their air spades and start doing route mapping and Terracon can come in and …

Auction Oaks Project Update

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Part one work in progress update: Bartlett Tree Experts have uncovered all four street tree root collars using their air spades and digging Monday and Tuesday. All of the trees are extremely root bound, meaning while they haven’t grown into the berms (good), they are less desirable candidates for transplanting. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” …

Auction Oaks @ Republic Square Restoration Project About to Start…

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We want to let you know about an Austin Parks Foundation project that we are about to kick off at Republic Square Park at 5th, Guadalupe, 4th and San Antonio Sts. downtown that involves some restoration and rehabilitation for some old and threatened trees – the Auction Oaks at Republic Square. We’ve been working with the Republic Square Partners group …