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  • Austin Parks Foundation

  • It's My Park Day - Fall

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    Spring Clean Downstream

    I filled 2 trash bags, 1 recyclable bag, and a few oversized items (had to make a drop at a trash can along the way). There's still tons of trash. I saw lots of turtles ---even itty, bitty baby ones. A couple weird items: a bouncy ball filled with glitter and a floating bunny, a fake cactus plant.

    Gave 3.00 hours on 04/24/2021
    Trash Pick-Up in Your Local Park or Greenspace

    Mostly I removed invasive species at Pease Park (along Shoal Creek), but I found some trash, too.

    Gave 2.00 hours on 04/21/2021
    DIY Volunteering (April)

    I was going to just look for ragweed along Shoal Creek (from Shoal Creek Blvd to Janet Fish Bridge), but I found more parsley hedge. I pulled some ragweed---I know there's more closer to the bridge, but I didn't get that far. I found a lot of the plant I think is frostweed (see photos). If that's what it is, then it's great for pollinators.

    Gave 2.00 hours on 04/21/2021 with Austin Parks Foundation
    DIY Volunteering

    I continued removing invasive plants---parsley hedge, sticky weed, ragweed. I started at Shoal Creek Blvd and worked my way toward Janet Fish Bridge (didn't get that far, though). One of the Mountain Laurels, at Shoal Creek Blvd, near trash can, is gone. I found a couple baby trees nearby---I could transplant, if you'd like. I'm including pictures of a field that took me 2 years to clear out ragweed---now it's full of that flower that looks like a violet-colored bat face. I did see some ragweed, but it's still quite small. The parsley hedge is starting to go to seed, so I'll continue tackling that, but I'll get after the ragweed, too.

    Gave 4.00 hours on 04/05/2021
    Sort + Pack Clothes for Unhoused Neighbors

    I met nice people, and we got a lot done to help folks get some clean clothes.

    Gave 3.00 hours on 04/02/2021
    DIY Volunteering

    I removed invasives (mostly hedge parsley and sticky weed and some ragweed) starting at Shoal Creek Blvd and walking toward Janet Fish Bridge---I only got as far as the the open area at the end of someone's yard (chainlink fence). There's sooooo much sticky week in that area, so I focused on the parley hedge (before it makes the beggars lice). I'll come back another time for the sticky weed. The ragweed is really small now, so I'll save that one for later.

    Gave 5.00 hours on 03/24/2021
    Love Where You Live Day Supply Pick-Up
    DIY Volunteering

    I spread the last of the mulch piles by the volleyball courts. There wasn't enough to finish the trail on the southern end of the park, so I mulched the big oak tree next to the sidewalk.

    Gave 3.00 hours on 12/02/2020
    DIY Volunteering

    I found about 10 toads in the mulch pile today---I've included a picture of 6 that I moved to the "toad sanctuary." There's a little bit of the pile left, but I don't think there will be enough to finish the trail (but close).

    Gave 3.50 hours on 11/23/2020
    DIY Volunteering

    I continued mulching the trail in Pease Park (by the volleyball courts). I found 5 toads and 1 snake in the mulch pile---only 1/3 of the pile left. I hope there's enough to finish the trail at the south end of the park.

    Gave 4.00 hours on 11/21/2020 with Keep Austin Beautiful
    GivePulse profile picture of Chuck Smith Chuck Smith  6 months ago
    Michelle, you are amazing! We cannot thank you enough for the OUSTANDING volunteer service you have given to Pease Park over the last 6 months. And the work you've done around the volleyball courts is fabulous. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    GivePulse profile picture of Michelle Fisher Michelle Fisher  5 months ago
    Thanks, Chuck. It's been a fun project. I guess I'll go back to watering trees and cutting ragweed.