Friends of Highland Neighborhood Park will be leading our very first It’s My Park Day on Saturday March 5th. It’s My Park Day is a city wide volunteer event organized by the Austin Parks Foundation (APF) to improve our parks, and we are very excited to participate this year!
Highland Neighborhood Park is in need of a lot of TLC. The strip of heritage trees running through the center of the property is in bad shape. The Urban Forestry Department will be out in the next few weeks to trim dead wood and irregular stubs. They will also be trimming one tree in particular to clear the power line to the kickball field, but have met with us to discuss the pruning and will be taking as little as possible, with their priority being the tree. With ground compaction, pruning, and the heat in Austin, mulch makes a big difference to the health of the trees. PARD has said that we can help preserve the only natural shade on the property by mulching on It’s My Park Day.
The Forestry department has chosen 3 trees most in need, and we will be looking for 20 volunteers on March 5th for 3-4 hours sometime in the morning. In addition to volunteers we will also need 20 rakes, 20 shovels, and 10 wheel barrows. APF will lend us some tools for the day, but their supply is limited. This will be our first time to lead an event like this, so we need to get an idea of how many people are interested in participating, and how many tools people can commit to loaning for the project, even if you can’t come out yourself.
We’ll work on rounding up a coffee and breakfast donation from local businesses. Come out and join us for some fresh air, exercise, and socializing!
If you are interested in participating and/or bringing rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Highland Neighborhood Park