The Next Park Project—Walking Trail

Friends of Brentwood Park is thrilled to report that the Austin Parks Foundation has awarded FOBP a grant for a decomposed granite trail along the border of the park. We applied for the grant in September 2012.

With the grant and our individual fund raising, we already have met 89% of our funding needs but still have $3,000 to go. We would like to break ground this winter or early spring, and we need your help. If just 60 neighbors could donate $50 each, our goal can be met.

Any donation through the Austin Parks Foundation is tax deductible. To donate by check, and to find out about other ways to help, click here.

The trail project is part of the Friends of Brentwood Park Master Plan. The master plan was created to guide projects such as the pavilion and tree planting, which enhance and improve the park for neighborhood use. The master plan for the park can viewed here on our website.

You can download and view the proposed trail map here. More about the project here.

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Come Party for the Park! Fall FOBP Fundraiser

ATown, Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Come one, come all to the second annual Sip-n-Shop fundraiser at one of Austin’s most unique shops, ATown, 5502 Burnet Road at Shoalmont Drive. As you’re holiday shopping this year, please stop by on Wednesday evening, December 5th, and enjoy a glass of cheer with us as we celebrate another successful year of park improvements. Refreshments and adult beverages will be served! ATown will donate 10% of event sales directly to Friends of Brentwood Park, and we’ve got big plans for next year!

Browse art, clothing, jewelry, home accessories, pottery, music, garden décor, kitchen treasures, and countless unique and interesting gifts from dozens of Austin’s artisans. Whether you’re shopping for little stocking stuffers for a few dollars, or bigger one-of-a-kind gifts, ATown will have something special for your budget.

And featuring . . . GUS Austin t-shirts! Inspired by Lichtenstein, Haring and Warhol, GUS blends his graphic pop art style with iconic images of Austin. Bold simplicity is what GUS is all about, for any person who loves strong, simple, contemporary art. His current series features renditions of the beloved Texas longhorn, Mexican free-tailed bat, trailer park eateries, and, of course, the famous armadillo! GUS is donating $5 per t-shirt to FOBP! See more at www.gusartaustin.com.

This is an easy and fun way to help Friends of Brentwood Park kick off the New Year, but you can also make a tax-deductible donation to the Austin Parks Foundation. Complete the Park Adopter Donation Form and select “Brentwood Park, Friends of” in the list of adoptee groups.

FOBP has been able to do so much in the park thanks to the support and volunteerism from our neighbors, and we look forward to another great year with you.

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Thanks! Fall Workday 2012

We want to say Thank You to everyone who made our fall workday on Saturday, November 3rd, a success!

Thanks to Bill Morgan and his tractor for helping us get that mulch distributed to trees all around the 9-acre park. Without him there would probably still be a mini-mulch mountain sitting in the park today.

Thanks to Joel at TacoDeli for supplying us with the best tacos ever!

Thanks to Genuine Joe for providing the delicious coffee!

Thanks to the nice people from Hope Chapel who surprised us with bottled water and soft drinks.

Thanks to Brooke Miller and a group from Hoover’s Inc. for coming on Friday afternoon and providing about 24 person-hours worth of labor to get dillo dirt down around the two massive heritage trees on the south border of the park. Again, we couldn’t have gotten the job done on time on Saturday without this effort.

And, finally, thanks to the over 30 cheerful and cooperative volunteers who showed up bright and early on Saturday morning with tools and wheelbarrows. In three hours, we made that mulch mountain disappear as well as weeded and sifted debris out of the sand volleyball court. If you worked but did not sign in at the registration table in the pavilion, please drop me a private line. I need to report accurate volunteer hours to PARD.

Once again: THANKS A MILLION! I hope all the volunteers enjoyed participating and that everyone in the neighborhood enjoys the park just a little bit more as a result of their efforts. I know that it warmed my heart to see all the young families with children playing in the playground and using the pavilion for a birthday party while we were working. It just felt like the park was teeming with life and vigor yesterday and it is an honor to help make it a more beautiful and inviting place for everyone.

(And, thanks to Kent Samuelson for the great photos. You can see more of them here.)

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Join us—Fall Workday 2012

On Saturday, November 3, please join us in the park on what we hope will be a beautiful, cool fall morning to give Brentwood Park a little TLC. Since the fall of 2009, Friends of Brentwood Park has hosted semi-annual community workdays in the park, with each workday building on the success of the previous workdays.

Our neighborhood park adopter group continues to work closely with Austin Parks and Recreation and the Austin Parks Foundation to make Brentwood Park a more beautiful, clean and friendly neighborhood gathering place now and for the future. The most important component of the success equation is community participation and we hope to see that again on November 3rd.

Please come and give us just a couple of hours of time. The more folks who come, the bigger impact we can have and the more we impress upon PARD that this community loves its park. We promise you will have fun and maybe make a new friend or two!

Genuine Joe Coffeehouse will once again be providing hot coffee and we’ll have delicious breakfast tacos thanks to TacoDeli.

Each project will have a project leader to coordinate volunteer efforts. Here’s what we have planned:
* Volleyball Court – Clean up, border maintenance
* Park Sign Bed on Arroyo Seco – weeding, cleanup, tending the plantings
* Mulching Trees – We will be mulching the heritage trees on the south side of the park as well as the trees that were planted in 2010
* Sandbox area – get the sand back in the box; mulch nearby trees

All volunteers need to stop by the volunteer table at the pavilion to check-in.
Park along Arroyo Seco Street on the east side of the park.
The bathrooms at the pool will be open.

What to wear:
* Closed-toe shoes required!
* A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are highly recommended.
* Long sleeves and long pants advised.

What to bring:
* A water bottle and a coffee mug – we’ll have water and coffee, but to keep waste down, bring your own fluids container(s).
* Work gloves

We need tools! If you are bringing tools please mark them clearly with your name and phone number so we can make sure all tools get back to their owners.

Tools we’ll need:
* Wheelbarrows (if you have, please bring! we never have enough)
* Rigid rakes for spreading mulch
* Pitchforks
* Shovels
* Weeding tools
* Garden forks
* Spades
* Trowels
* Pruners
* Shears
* Buckets and scrub brushes

To sign up, click on the Register Now button in the right sidebar. And, to help us provide our sponsors with an accurate count, please indicate the number of volunteers coming from your household.

Please pre-register!! It really helps us with planning.
Children must be accompanied by an adult who will work alongside them.
Rain date for this event: November 10th
If it’s cold, we’re working.
If it’s damp, we’re working.
If it’s raining more than a fine mist or sleeting or hailing, we’re not working.
IF WE DECIDE TO POSTPONE DUE TO THE WEATHER: we will send an email announcement to all registered participants plus the Brentwood and Crestview listservs and also posted on our Facebook page.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and participation!

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Trail Project Update

Friends of Brentwood Park (FOBP) submitted a grant in September 2012 to apply for funds to build a 2,030 linear foot granite trail in Brentwood Park. The proposed trail would run along the north, west and south borders of the park and connect to the Arroyo Seco sidewalk. The grant that is being applied for is through the Austin Parks Foundation.

The Brentwood Park Trail Map can be downloaded and viewed here. It was created by a neighbor and landscape architect who donated his time towards the project. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the proposed trail, please contact us here.

The trail was suggested by residents during the park planning process in 2011 and is part of the Friends of Brentwood Park Master Plan, which was voted on by the neighborhood. The master plan is available here.

FOBP is asking for a $21,000 grant, and we are pledging to contribute $6000 from local donations. We have already received donations of $2700 from Violet Crown Community Works, the Crestview and Brentwood neighborhood associations, and a BBQ fundraiser held in the park last summer.

To make a donation by credit/debit card, go to Austin Parks Foundation, fill out the form at the top, click the box next to “Brentwood Park, Friends of,” enter amount to the right of the name, and complete the payment information at the bottom. Or, make your donation by phone by calling Austin Parks Foundation, 512-477-1566, Ext. 1.

For tax-deductible donations by check, make checks payable to Austin Parks Foundation with “Brentwood Park, FO” in the memo line, and mail it to the Austin Parks Foundation, P. O. Box 300369, Austin, TX 78703.

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Save the Date! Brentwood Park Pavilion Public Meeting

On Saturday, July 21, 2012, 10:00 a.m., we will share information and receive feedback on the proposed Brentwood Park Trail Project. FOBP is proposing to coordinate the design and installation of a crushed granite trail that will be five feet wide and run along the north, west and south borders of the park and connect to the Arroyo Seco sidewalk to create a half-mile exercise trail. This project is part of the FOBP Master Park Plan, which was created based on public input and voted on by the neighborhood. The Master Park Plan document can be downloaded here.

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Thanks! It’s My Park Day 2012

Thanks to the scores of volunteers who came out on March 5th to spruce up our beloved park! We mulched lots of trees, cut back nandina in the pool area, cleaned up trash and dog poo, weeded the perimeter of the volleyball court, sifted the sand in the sandbox, and returned the sand that had migrated outside the box. But the most important accomplishment was the strengthening of community ties to our park as more than 75 friends and neighbors worked and laughed and enjoyed a beautiful morning together.

Austin Parks Foundation puts on this city-wide event each year and has provided invaluable financial and technical support to our park adopter group for the last three years.

Austin Simply Fit was a sponsor of It’s My Park Day and they chose to participate as volunteers at our park. They are located in the neighborhood on Burnet Rd., so if you are looking for a personal trainer, give them a call!!

Austin Parks and Recreation Dept. deserves huge kudos! You may have noticed the rather large pile of donated mulch that got delivered to the northwest corner of the park. We had requested that it be delivered to the pool area, near the trees that needed mulching. PARD came to the rescue and moved the entire pile over to the correct location a couple days before the event. Phew!

We also had several groups represented as volunteers: Crestview United Methodist Church, IBM New Hire Network and some Cub Scouts. Thanks to these groups, and we hope to see you again next time.

Thanks as always to generous neighborhood businesses Genuine Joe and Tacodeli for donating the delicious refreshments that our volunteers thoroughly enjoyed, and to Wheatsville Co-op for their continued sponsorship of this event and all the delicious fruit and snacks that came from their store.

We can’t begin to thank everyone else individually, but let’s just end with a single heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers before, during and after the event who made it possible. Our park really looks loved!

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Pi Sigma Pi Mulches and Munches in Brentwood Park

On February 4, 2012, a group of 11 volunteers from the Pi Sigma Pi Academic Minority Engineering Society at UT came out and spread mulch around dozens of trees in the northwest quadrant of Brentwood Park. Their youthful enthusiasm made short work of a tall pile of mulch and was rewarded with piping hot pies donated by CraigO’s Pizza on Balcones. These delicious pizzas were consumed with, of course, even more youthful enthusiasm. This is the third Brentwood Park workday that this industrious group has participated in. Thanks to these exceptional young people for a job well done!

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It’s My Park Day! 2012 Edition

Registration has begun for the March 5, 2012, edition of It’s My Park Day at Brentwood Park. (Learn more about It’s My Park Day here.)

Once again, we will proudly serve breakfast tacos from TacoDeli (who this year is a corporate sponsor of It’s My Park Day) and coffee from Genuine Joe.

So come on out and have fun working with your friends and neighbors at Brentwood Park. We hope to see you there!

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2011 Brentwood Park Master Plan • Final

Thank you all so much for participating in the survey and workshops and for giving feedback about Brentwood Park. We compiled all of your input into the Brentwood Park Master Plan.

You can download the Brentwood Park Master Plan document here. (Note: This will open a Google document. Go to File >> ‘download original’ to download. File size is 6MB.)

The document can also be downloaded directly in three pieces:
Brentwood Park Master Plan_text
Brentwood Park Master Plan Appendix A
Brentwood Park Master Plan Appendix B

Brentwood Park survey results can be viewed here.

Although the master plan is too detailed to serve as the “official” Austin Parks and Recreation plan for Brentwood Park, the planning process was conducted in close coordination with PARD staff, and they have a copy of this plan on file. PARD is in the process of producing a more generalized version of our planning map to document residents’ desired use areas for the park. According to our PARD contact, it won’t show, for example, the exact route for a trail that loops around the park, but it will show the desire for a trail (which could eventually turn into city funding to help build a trail). Once we have PARD’s map, we will add it to the website and include it in the master plan.

This master plan will be used for: grant applications, coordination between future projects, building an institutional memory about needed fixes and improvements, and, as the plan evolves, documenting the history of the park.

We welcome additional volunteers to work on any of the projects listed in the plan, brainstorm new ideas for the park, and come to workdays, help with fundraising, etc. Please feel free to join us to work on improving Brentwood Park!

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