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25th Annual Creek Cleaning

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.

Bonus: register on the Austin Parks Foundation site for our cleaning and you’ll get a nifty T-shirt out of it.

Celebrate World Turtle Day (5/23)

World Turtle Day is described by Wikipedia as a day “to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.”

I encourage you all to head down to Nicholas Dawson Park off S 3rd St and check out the many turtles that call our creek home. A recently fallen branch has given them a nice sunny spot to spend the day floating around the pool. There’s plenty of street parking for those not w/in walking/biking distance. Remember to be relatively quiet as they are easily startled.