“Big Fun in the greenbelt on Saturday – thanks to Ingrid with her mighty network of connections and organizational abilities, and all the folks who pitched in!” Ronnie D BCNA Parks Committee
“More than 80 neighbors and community volunteers met at the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt for the 27th Annual BCNA Creek Cleaning Party yesterday morning. Together we removed over 120 bags of trash, as well as tents, clothing, carpet remnants, cardboard and small electronics. In addition, the abundance of nandina, a fast-spreading non-native bush, was reduced by at least half. Hint – there is a lot more to take out…
The weather held up and everyone had a very good time. For quite a few participants, this was the first time they had spent in our wonderful greenbelt..
We finished off the morning with a delicious lunch from Lucy’s on South Congress: fried chicken, pickles, mashed potatoes, cole slaw. We had neglected to bring eating utensils, but found out that wooden coffee stirs make great chopsticks that worked just fine.…
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.
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.