From Ingrid Weigand with the BCNA Parks Department:
We had a wonderful Trail Opening Celebration in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt last Saturday. Attendees included Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, representatives from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Watershed Protection as well as the Austin Parks Foundation and Bouldin and Zilker neighbors.
You can view photos using link below.
The trails will only stay open if they are used consistently, so please go explore! While you are out there, feel free to pull out ragweed at the edge of the paths.
Thanks to everyone who helped get the trails ready and those who attended.
Ours is truly a great neighborhood.
IT’S MY PARKS DAY
Ingrid Weigand – BCNA Parks Committee 26th Annual Creek Cleaning – March 4, 2017
New Meeting Place!
The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association’s Annual
Creek Cleaning will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017
in conjunction with the Austin Park Foundation’s “It’s My
Park Day” celebration. (Rain date: March 11).
Our meeting place will be at 1200 South 6th Street this
year, one of the two official trail-heads of the greenbelt. We’ll meet at 8:30 am for coffee and snacks provided by neighborhood restaurants, then send teams of people to
different parts of the creek. And yes, if your heart is set on
working in East Bouldin, you may of course do so. We’ll meet up again around 11:30 am for lunch, also
courtesy of our business friends.
Since 1991, neighbors have met once a year to collect
trash in both East and West Bouldin Creek. While we no
longer pull out large appliances, mountains of tires or huge
pieces of construction materials, the cleanups are still
necessary due to the incredible amount of bottles, cans,
plastic bags and Styrofoam containers that are left behind
by inconsiderate visitors or washed down the creeks with
each rain. And then, of course, there is the debris from
This year, we’ll concentrate on cleaning up the West Bouldin
Creek Greenbelt. The new trails (see info below) and the
new rock hop will make it much easier to access the area
and to haul items out. We are planning a Trail Completion
Celebration a few weeks later and want the green belt to
look its best!
Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please dress
in long sleeved shirts and long pants to guard against
possible contact with poison ivy and wear sturdy shoes.
Be prepared to get muddy and dirty and have a very good
time. Kids, dogs and family friends welcome.
You can register on the Austin Parks Foundation’s site
for our creek cleaning.
It’s not required, but it helps us in planning and you’ll get a t-shirt
if you do. Register here
On Friday, January 6, The Austin Parks Foundation presented BCNA with a check for $16,000 – the grant we were awarded in November for West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt trail enhancements.
And the money is already spent – all work was completed in the last week of December. Look for a Grand Opening ceremony in March, once it warms up a bit and the greenbelt is “green” again. Above Image Features: Bill Stout, John Rooney, Ladye Ann Wofford (APF); Ingrid Weigand, Catie Mohn (BCNA Parks Committee), Cory Walton (BCNA President).
Our sincere thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation for their support!
BCNA Parks Committee
The West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Biological Assessment and Restoration Plan, prepared by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation and Watershed Protection Departments and the BCNA is located here:
Since 1991 … a yearly tradition of hauling the flood-borne dreck from the creeks to make our little natural spaces a little more natural feeling and to send a clear message to dreck — not here, not now.
We’ll meet at the Gibson/South First entrance across from El Mercado and enjoy some freshly brewed coffee and snacks provided local restaurants and then teams will move to different parts of the two creeks (East and West Bouldin).
Around 11:30 AM we will meet back where we started for a lunch, once again provided by our business friends.
Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please dress in long pants to guard against possible contact with poison ivy and wear sturdy shoes. Please don’t forget mosquito spray. Be prepared to get muddy and dirty and have a good time. Kids, dogs, and family friends welcome.