Volunteers needed for Austin Parks Foundation’s It’s My Park Day on Saturday

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Elena Berrera-Waters helps clear brush at Norwood Park on It's My Park Day in this file photo by Matt Rourke of the Austin American-Statesman.
Elena Berrera-Waters helps clear brush at Norwood Park on It's My Park Day in this file photo by Matt Rourke of the Austin American-Statesman.

Elena Berrera-Waters helps clear brush at Norwood Park on It’s My Park Day in this file photo by Matt Rourke of the Austin American-Statesman.

Want to pitch in to spruce up Austin parks?

Volunteers are needed to spread mulch, pick up trash, restore trails and do other work at parks all around Austin at the 13th annual It’s My Parks Day this Saturday.

In all, about 3,000 volunteers are needed for projects at nearly 100 Austin parks. Everyone who pitches in gets a special event T-shirt (I’ve collected several over the years!), coupons for Chipotle Mexican Grill and snacks from Wheatsville Food Co-op and Kind Healthy Snacks.

This year’s event coincides with two other park happenings – the re-opening of the Dove Springs Playscape and the ribbon cutting for improvements at Ramsey Park.

About 100 volunteers are needed at Dove Springs to mulch trees and paint park fixtures. At 10 a.m., they will celebrate the grand opening of the new playscape, which is also a national Wildlife Federation Demonstration Site. Austin Parks Foundation teamed with Austin Parks and Recreation Department to design the new play area and nature trails. Austin Parks Foundation and the St. David’s Foundation contributed a combined $250,000 for the project.

At Ramsey Park, volunteers are needed to aerate the baseball field. A ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. will recognize all the improvement there, including new trails, play areas, climbing equipment, an amphitheater and picnic tables. Austin Friends of Ramsey Park raised more than $450,000 for the project and Austin Parks Foundation contributed $50,000.

The Austin Parks Foundation was established in 1992. It fosters public-private partnerships that help develop and maintain 300 parks, trails and open spaces in Austin.

For more information about It’s My Park Day, go to here.

 


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