The 2013 edition of It’s My Park Day at Brentwood Park took place on Saturday, March 2nd, under cool, clear conditions. Fifty+ volunteers convened in the park to participate in a variety of tasks to help prepare the park for spring and the inevitable long, hot summer ahead.
Our volunteer group was bolstered by 22 hard-working residents and staff from Benchmark Recovery Center, one of the It’s My Park Day sponsors. Chip Pate, Austin Parks Foundation board member and neighborhood resident, participated as a volunteer. Jeff Larsen of Austin Parks and Recreation visited us as we gathered prior to the start of the workday. We started work at approximately 9 a.m. and were complete by 11:30 a.m.
In addition to the delicious snacks provided by It’s My Park Day presenting sponsor Wheatsville Co-op, volunteers also enjoyed breakfast tacos courtesy of Tacodeli and coffee courtesy of Genuine Joe Coffeehouse.
It’s My Park Day is an annual city-wide event put on by Austin Parks Foundation, in cooperation with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Over 2,000 volunteers participated in over 100 parks throughout the city.
Projects completed in Brentwood Park—
- Mulched 35 trees, primarily around tennis court and near basketball court, plus a few in the northeast quadrant that were missed in February.
- Removed approximately 12 bags of bermuda and thoroughly weeded 10 young trees.
- Sifted volleyball court sand to remove fine debris.
- Weeded, mulched, and trimmed sign bed (facing Arroyo Seco) and divided and transplanted some perennials (photo, upper left).
- Constructed and installed new butterfly bed around the base of the relocated purple martin house and planted bed with host and nectar plants for butterflies (photo, upper right).
- Weeded, mulched, and trimmed perennial beds on the south side of the pool. Volunteers removed 7 or 8 lawn and leaf bags of material. It was a little late in the year for trimming, as plants were already budding.