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28th Annual Creek Cleaning Party Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Bouldin Creek 28th Annual Creek Cleaning Party
In support of “It’s my Park day”
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am

quick follow up and thanks to all! gh

Neighbors,

We had a wonderful turn-out yesterday for our 28th Annual Creek Cleaning. With the 106 people who signed in and a few who did not, we had a little over 110 participants..
We knew from the Austin Parks Foundation’s website that we could expect a lot of help, so the Parks Committee pre-selected locations and crew leaders and it worked out beautifully. We were able to clean out trash from both East and West Bouldin Creek and the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, in addition to weeding beds in Nicholas Dawson Park. We have not been able to do such a thorough cleaning in a couple of years.
It was cold and damp but that did not prevent anyone form having a good time. When we were done, we enjoyed tacos donated by El Mercado; this is the 28th year they have fed our volunteers. Please be sure to thank them next time you are there.
And do go out and explore the parks and the greenbelt. Everything is budding and starting to bloom. And – there is that new species recently discovered in Nicholas Dawson Park, a tree-dwelling blue whale. I think it is the only one of its kind.

Thanks again to everyone who helped,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Update 02-27-2019
Neighbors,

Our 28th Annual Creek Cleaning will happen this Saturday, weather permitting. We have had record participation registrations from members of the greater Austin community, so we have closed registration at the Austin Parks Foundation site. HOWEVER, this is a neighborhood tradition and we would like to encourage you to join us and explore our creeks and greenbelts.

We will have enough people to clean both creeks and also do some maintenance (weeding, etc.) in N Dawson Park. If you are interested in the latter, please bring some gardening tools.

Here are the details:
Saturday, March 2
Meeting place: Entrance to N Dawson Park on Gibson/South First (adjacent to El Mercado parking lot)
Meeting time: 8:30 am

Please wear sturdy boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts to guard against exposure to poison ivy. Gloves, tools and trash bags will be provide courtesy of the Austin Parks Foundation.

Thank you,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Since 1991, neighbors and community members have met once a year to collect trash in both East and West Bouldin Creek. Together we have removed enough car parts and tires to build a small fleet of cards, carpets and appliances to furnish several homes, cans and bottles to open a convenience store and styrofoam to last quite a few lifetimes. In addition, innumerable pieces of found art made it home with their proud finders.
We’ll meet at 8:30 am at the entrance to Nicholas Dawson Park on the corner of Gibson and South First for coffee and snacks provided by neighborhood restaurants, then send teams of people to different parts of the two creeks. Around 11:30 am we meet back in N. Dawson Park for lunch, again courtesy of our business friends.
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 and dogs welcome. More info HERE:

WBCG cleanup 07-14-2018

Neighbors,

We did a second sweep of the greenbelt today, this time along the railroad tracks, collecting a out 30 bags of  trash, plus lots of cardboard a few larger items and a few bags of recyclables.

Many thanks to Clay, Dannie, Kate, Matt, Nancy, Ronnie (and children), Sophie and Thom who each spent about two hours collecting and hauling stuff. We were too tired to pick up trash in the creek bed, so on your next walk, please take a bag and collect some.     View attachments on the web for some before and after pictures HERE

Also a big Thank You  to Sally who did not participate in the party at N Dawson Park but knew Chico  (Mark McCollough) and volunteered to clean up and to Cheryl, from the Parks Committee, who beat her to it.                                                                                                                Good neighbors all around.                                                                                         Ingrid

 

26th Annual Creek Cleaning

26th Annual Creek Cleaning  was held March 4, 2017
in conjunction with the Austin Park Foundation’s
15th annual “It’s My Park Day” celebration.

 

Neighbors,
We had one of our most successful creek cleanings in years this last Saturday.
Thank you to everyone who participated! Also, a big thank you to Fair Bean Coffee whose donation got us started in the morning, as well as breakfast bars from Austin Parks Foundation/ Wheatsville Coop and finished with El Mercado’s tacos and Lucy’s fried chicken – our reward after the work was done.
About 80 people, neighbors and community volunteers, met at 8:30 am just as the rain was letting up. Together, we pulled over 200 bags of trash plus a few mattresses, card board boxes, etc., out of the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, Ricky Guerrero Park and Nicholas Dawson Park. We finished about 30 minutes before the rain started up again for good.
This is the cleanest our parks have been in a while and we would like to keep it that way. A suggestion – when you go for a walk in any of our green spaces, take a small bag and collect just a few pieces of trash along the way. It does not sound like much, but it really, really helps.
Note:  We are planning a Trail Completion Celebration in a few weeks.
Thanks,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee