Fall 2016 It’s My Park Day – Success!

At 9am on Saturday, November 5, over 50 volunteers gathered at Brentwood Park to participate in the fifth fall workday organized by Friends of Brentwood Park and the first Fall It’s My Park Day sponsored by Austin Parks Foundation and Austin Parks and Recreation.

In addition to friends and neighbors, we especially appreciated the assistance and support from the Royal Rangers, which sent 15 active youth members and five adult supervisors to help out. We are also grateful to Genuine Joe Coffee, Dia’s Market, and Eldorado Cafe for their donation of caffeine, cold drinks, and tacos and to Austin Parks Foundation for providing tools.

Volunteers contributed over 150 hours worth of labor and performed much needed repairs and maintenance at Brentwood Park. Projects included:

Mulching: Mulch reduces soil compaction, adds nutrients, and helps maintain moisture around trees. We mulch every workday as a way to maintain tree health in Brentwood Park. This year, volunteers distributed 20 cubic yards of mulch to approximately 20 trees in the southwest area of the park, including the large heritage oak next to the pool.

Flower Beds: We now have four flower beds in the park: at the entry sign, at the purple martin house, at the pool, and at the Shelton Memorial bench! Volunteers weeded and mulched each of the beds, and Shelton family members came in from out of town to help maintain the bed at the memorial bench.

Volleyball Court: Dave Shulder continued his tradition leading a group of volunteers to pull bermuda grass from the volleyball court. It was too wet to sift sand, but that will be on the list for the spring.

Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who came out to make it all happen!

Over the next few months, we will be planning for It’s My Park Day 2017, scheduled for March 4, 2017. Led by Nancy Barnard, we will also be working on upgrades to Brentwood Park’s well-used playground.

Please step forward if you have an idea for a project, would like to lead a work group, or are otherwise interested in helping with the park.

We hope you will enjoy your visits to the park even more as a result of this labor of love, and we hope you can join us for future events and workdays in Brentwood Park!

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