LCRA employees take on community projects during annual day of service

More than 650 LCRA employees worked on about 40 community projects from the Hill Country to the Texas Gulf Coast during the Lower Colorado River Authority’s third annual Steps Forward Day.

“This is our most ambitious Steps Forward Day yet,” LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson said. “This year, we expanded the program to include more cities, and the types of projects we tackled are more diverse than ever. LCRA employees embrace Steps Forward Day with enthusiasm as we put our mission of enhancing the quality of life of the Texans we serve into action.”

On Friday, March 31, LCRA employees worked on a variety of projects in 21 counties. Volunteers:

  • Spruced up two Little League baseball fields in Manor by replacing bleachers, and painting benches and lighting foundations.
  • Cleaned equipment at Milburn Park, Brushy Creek Lake Park, Brushy Creek Sports Park and Veterans Memorial Park, and painted over graffiti in Cedar Park.
  • Planted native grass seed and removed brushy plants at the Texas Slaughter Creek Trail in Austin.
  • Cleaned up the park and trail at Lake Pflugerville in Pflugerville.
  • Painted the exhibit barn and built a retaining wall at Richards Park in Brady.
  • Cleared the trail at Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet.
  • Cleared the trail at Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet.
  • Cleaned, sanded and repainted street lights on Main Street in Marble Falls.
  • Cleaned community garden beds by weeding, spreading mulch and planting new vegetation near the senior center, and cleared brush near the entrance of the San Saba River Nature Park in San Saba.
  • Painted buildings at City Park and Memorial Park in Johnson City.
  • Sanded and stained a railing at Woodcreek City Hall, and removed weeds from around the building. Volunteers also moved the Little Lending Library closer to the parking lot to make it more accessible.
  •  Removed trash and other debris from along the Blanco River in Blanco.
  • Painted parking posts in Lockhart.
  • Create a Frisbee golf course in Luling by installing flying disc baskets and setting cedar posts at each of the tee boxes.
  • Changed lightbulbs in Christmas displays in Cuero.
  • Prepped and painted picnic tables at City Park in Hallettsville.
  • Painted barbecue pits, benches and picnic tables at City Park in Moulton.
  • Enhanced the Hub City RV Park’s entrance landscaping by installing rock bed borders, field rock, fence posts and rails in Yoakum.
  • Trimmed trees and cleaned up the Gonzales City Cemetery.
  • Painted the Waelder City Hall lobby, council chamber, hallway and restrooms.
  • Cleaned and painted park guardrails, barbeque pits and waste receptacles, and painted handicapped parking spot and basketball court markings at the Lexington city park.
  • Painted restrooms and four batting cage frames at Henderson Park in Brenham.
  • Painted the exterior of two buildings used as exhibits at City Park in Bellville.
  • Removed and replaced playground mulch at Hempstead City Park.
  • Sanded, painted and performed maintenance to McWhirter City Park facilities in Flatonia.
  • Improved baseball fields with new backstop netting and paint at White Rock Park in La Grange.
  • Replaced two fences around electrical equipment at Riverside Park in Bay City.
  • Spruced up the Harris Park restroom building by replacing fascia and painting the building’s exterior and interior in Wharton.
  • Cleared brush at Main Street Park and painted the rodeo arena fence at Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park in Smithville.

 

Employees also volunteered at six LCRA parks and properties. They installed nature trail signs and improved the trail at South Shore Park in Bastrop County; built a wildlife-viewing blind and bird feeding area and improved a demonstration garden at McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Bastrop County; planted trees, installed picnic tables and painted a storage building at Jessica Park in Travis County; constructed sand volleyball and tetherball courts at Black Rock Park in Llano County; repaired a trail and constructed a demonstration site at the Nightengale Archaeological Center in Burnet County; and improved the area around the visitor center and nearby trails at Westcave Preserve in Travis County.

LCRA Steps Forward is an employee volunteer program launched in 2015 to give back to communities in LCRA’s service area. LCRA works with its customers to identify suitable service projects in their communities and supplies the labor and materials needed to complete the projects. Steps Forward Day reinforces LCRA’s long-standing commitment to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve.

 

About LCRA

The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40​ parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934.

Media contact:
Clara Tuma
512-578-3292
clara.tuma@lcra.org
Source: LCRA Business News

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