Parks and Rec, Volunteer Opportunities

West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Maintenance 12-11-2021

West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt maintenance review:
22 neighbors spent about three hours each yesterday in the greenbelt for some much needed maintenance: half of us collected trash (mostly abandoned camps), the other half removed nandina and cats claw. Many thanks to Alan, Ben, Charlotte, Christine, Cory, Diane & Cory, Eric, Gary & Kris, Gary & Lee, Jody, Katherine, Matt, Lisa & Mario, Ronnie, Patty, Samantha and Thom. We have gotten about 60 hours closer to our required 400+ matching hours for the Post Oak entrance grant 🙂

There was some good-natured discussion about the futility of our efforts – as soon as we turn away, more trash accumulates; non-native plants seem to propagate much quicker than the natives (they actually do) and whatever area we clear, will be covered again in a year. HOWEVER, if we did not clean the greenbelt, it would become a garbage dump in no time and removing quick-growing invasive plants gives slower-growing native saplings a chance to grow up some more and get established. Plus, it is a great chance to be outdoors and get your hands into soil, while catching up with neighbors.
Photos Here:
We’ll have another workday in the greenbelt in January, while poison ivy is mostly dormant; there is lots of cats claw left

West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt maintenance scheduled:
Ingrid Weigand via Mon, Dec 6, to BCNAForum
It is supposed to be sunny this coming Saturday, with temperatures in the upper 60s – perfect for working in the greenbelt.
Please join us for a few hours to maintain trails, remove invasive plants and pick up trash.

When: Saturday, Dec 11, 9 am to noon
Where: 1200 South 6th Street, the entrance to the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt

What to Bring: Loppers, or small hand tools for digging and cutting if you plan to work on trails or removing plants; gloves for everyone. We’ll provide trash bags.
What to Wear: Sturdy close-toed shoes, long pants and long sleeved shirts (poison ivy is going dormant, but still present)

At this point I’ll need a head-count since we are starting with coffee and breakfast tacos – so, please let me know if you plan to be there.
Thanks, Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee 512-663-4632