Successes at 2013 Brentwood Park Fall Workday

At 9am on Saturday, November 9, almost 70 volunteers gathered at Brentwood Park to participate in the eighth Friends of Brentwood Park’s biannual park workdays.

In addition to friends and neighbors, we especially appreciated the assistance and support from Boy Scout Troop 49, which sent 7 youth and 5 adult volunteers to help out. We are also grateful to Tacodeli and Genuine Joe Coffee for their donation of caffeine and tacos and to Austin Parks Foundation for providing tools.

Volunteers contributed over 200 hours worth of labor and performed much needed repairs and maintenance at Brentwood Park. Projects included:

Gravel trail: Boy Scout Troop 49 and additional volunteers worked under the direction of D’Anne Williams, our local PARD landscape architect and neighbor, to repair washed out areas resulting from the rains of the past two months. Volunteers distributed 2 cubic yards of granite and constructed berms and other improvements under D’Anne’s direction.

Tree planting: Randy Wilson, our newest leadership volunteer, led the planting of 19 saplings on Brentwood Elementary property and in the north section of the park. Waterboxxes were installed to help maintain the saplings over the next two years. The boxes are a newer technology that minimizes watering and mulching needs for young trees. You may have seen them along Burnet Road and local area bus stops.  We have several available for an at-cost donation of $30. We’ll show you how to plant it too!

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 almost 20 cubic yards of mulch to approximately 30 trees throughout the park.

Flower Beds: Phil Tomlin and Hedrich Michaelsen, one of FOBP’s founders, led over a dozen volunteers in weeding and mulching the flower beds along Arroyo Secco.

Volleyball Court:  Dave Shulder continued his tradition leading a group of volunteers to pull bermuda grass from the volleyball court and sift debris from the sand. This year, they removed approximately 15 lbs of bermuda grass and gravel from the court.

Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who came out to make it all happen! Finally, we very much appreciate the assistance of Kathey Ferland, who has helped out every year by monitoring the volunteer tables and making sure everyone gets signed in and pointed in the right direction.

Over the next few months, we will be planning for It’s My Park Day 2014, scheduled for March 1, 2014. Please step forward if you have an idea for a project, would like to lead a work group, or are otherwise interested in helping us organize.

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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