Sunday: 6-9 pm – Mid-Summer Night’s Clean

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Join REI, the Austin Ridge Riders and the Austin Parks Foundation for a Mid-Summer Night’s Clean on Shoal Creek Greenbelt on Sunday, 7/25 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  We’ll meet at the GSD&M parking on West 6th St just west of Shoal Creek for clean-up and trimming projects and refreshments afterward – Sign up on the REI website.

A Few Park Updates for Friday

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A few updates to share from Parks around Austin: First, we were out at Pease Park / Shoal Creek the other day with several folks from Parks and Watershed looking at some of the previous experiments that we did with demo plots, rock work, tree planting, etc. in anticipation of the big restoration project coming to that area. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” …

New Trailhead at Pease Park

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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”] The Austin Parks and Recreation Dept’s Construction Crew is working on a new trail head and access point for the Shoal Creek Trail at Pease Park on Kingsbury St..  On Friday they constructed a ramp to …

Thank you Spring – Donation for Shoal Creek Trail Announced

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On March 3rd the developers of Spring Condos, a new downtown residential tower, announced a $50,000 contribution to the Austin Parks Foundation. The contribution is based on a formula of $500 for each new Spring resident, and will target needed public improvements to the lower Shoal Creek Trail, which have been called for since the 1990s. When all the units at …

Trees & Sprayground at Pease

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Here’s a picture of the new sprayground under construction at Pease, replacing a old fill/draw wading pool. While I was there, I checked out the 100 trees planted back in February.  Thanks to our great Trees for Pease group, the trees are all doing well in 100 degree heat with the irrigation system that Trees for Pease raised all of …

Flood Stage on Shoal Creek

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We were headed south on Lamar Blvd toward downtown on Sat night when we noticed a huge wave of water and debris coursing down Shoal Creek at 29th St.  As we drove south we soon saw that we outpaced the leading edge of the wave.  So, we stopped at 9th St in Duncan Park and waited for the wave to …

Tall Flowering Plants @ Shoal Creek Demo Plot

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In October 2007, we installed 9 demonstration restoration plots to see if we could plant with native flowers and grasses areas that had been heavily used by folks enjoying the park.  We tilled soil, added compost and other treatments and spread seed.  By then, the drought, which continues to this day, hit Central Texas.  Results have been somewhat promising in …

100 Trees for Pease!

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On Saturday, Feb 21, several hundred volunteers converged on Pease Park to plant the first 100 trees for Pease.  It took a village to get them purchased, placed, planted and irrigated!  We’d like to thank the following for all of their hard work: • Richard Craig, who formed Trees for Pease, raised the bulk of the funds (nearly $20,000 to …

Giving Pease Park Some Love on Valentine’s Day

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Friends of Pease Park was joined on Valentine’s Day by the University of Texas student service fraternity Gamma Beta Phi and by the Eeyore’s Birthday Board of Directors’ organization known as “Friends of the Forest” for a special work-day in Pease Park.  Nearly 100 volunteers, wearing “I © Pease Park” T-shirts worked tirelessly to address both erosion control and soil compaction problems …