Austin Parks Foundation “It’s My Park Day” (IMPD) SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd

Good Day to all volunteers!

The HOP is signed up for the Austin Parks Foundation “It’s My Park Day” (IMPD) SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd.

Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends…The HOP would like volunteers to help with the project.

All volunteers will receive long-lasting benefits knowing their contribution toward making The HOP a beautifully maintained community space for families. Acts of kindness will bring the Heritage Oaks to full health and return the rare urban spring-fed pond area to habitat for song birds, and other critters.

+++Volunteers each receive a IMPD T-Shirt. Contact Helen ASAP to sign up and get your t-shirt. Please provide your shirt size. …XXL, XL, L, M, S, or Child.

Free snacks donated by Wheatsville Co-op
Tools provided, but bring a wheelbarrow if available
There are plenty of things to do to help even if you can’t do the physical part…SO COME JOIN US!

The following is the submission to APF and PARD for our project:

Let’s Go To The HOP! for It’s My Park Day 2013

Heritage Oaks Park is one of Austin’s newest parks in Austin within the parameters of I-35, Oltorf, Woodland and Parker Lane 78741
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Heritage Oaks Park is the site of 400+ year old oak trees that were recently aerated and compost-mulched to increase their vitality during extended draught conditions. In addition to the beautiful old trees, the 3.5 acre parkland has a large, rare urban spring-fed pond containing mosquito fish, turtles, frogs and toads within a fenced area preserved for wildlife habitat. The pond provides a banquet for the resident foxes, hawks, swans, migrating birds and song birds.

Small groups of volunteers will help with each of the projects in a given area around the pond so as to protect the vulnerable habitat of resident wildlife.
-removing invasives east and uphill of the pond and along both sides of the fence line
-erosion control & planting native trees and grass plugs on the slope to define a narrow meandering footpath leading eventually to the pond
-planting evergreen vines along chain link fence
-removing trash in and around the pond.

In the area of the heritage oak trees volunteers will help with:
– trash removal including paper, plastic and metal objects
– removing dog litter (HOP is not a leash-free park)
– raking the already applied compost material to spread it more evenly in the CRZ
– preparing the ground in areas of full sun for wildflower seeding
– broadcasting seeds and tamping the wildflower seeds for good soil contact
– marking seeded areas with colored tape to discourage foot traffic

We encourage volunteers to CARPOOL or BIKE
Parking is limited to just ONE SIDE (the south side) of Wind Oak Street adjacent to the HOP
Nearest buses (#7, 300 & 331) stop at Oltorf and Parker Lane
Please leave your pet at home today

Although drinks and snacks will be available all day, you may wish to pack a picnic lunch when we break at noon. There will be a cooler of ice available.

Time: 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Needs: Brush and trash collection, native tree saplings, native grass plugs, evergreen vine plants, 2 cu yds mulch
Drop off: Windoak Street at chain link fence

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