Weíre lucky in Austin. We donít have to travel far to find a park Ė more than 300 in all, with greenbelts, hiking trails and swimming pools to explore.
But all that terrain means a lot of maintenance, and the city budget doesnít provide enough money to tackle all the work.
Thatís why the Austin Parks Foundation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, wants you to lend some muscle power at Itís My Park Day this Saturday. (A second Itís My Park Day will take place this fall.)
Thousands of Austin residents will pitch in, spreading mulch, pulling weeds, restoring habitat, cleaning creeks, improving trails and more at area parks and greenbelts throughout the city.
Want to join in? Iíve done it. (That landscaping near the entrance of Deep Eddy Pool? I helped plant it!)
You can help paint, pick up litter, remove grafitti at Dick Nichols Park, mulch trees, clean the pool, paint or remove invasive plants at Shipe Park, spread Dillo Dirt or tidy flowerbeds at Pease Park or spread mulch or install an automated drip irrigation system at the Festival Beach Food Forest, an edible landscape in a public park.
Hours depend on which project you join.
Past volunteer days have generated close to 10,000 hours of volunteer labor, according to foundation officials. Thatís the equivalent of five park maintenance employees working full time for a year.
For a full list of options, which include work along the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Shoal Creek, Waller Creek, Bouldin Creek and Mount Bonnell, go here. To register, go here.]]