National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single day volunteer effort for public lands. It began in 1994 with only 3 sites and 700 volunteers. By 2013, those numbers had exploded to 175,000 volunteers and 2,237 sites around the country.
On Saturday, September 27, nearly 1000 local volunteers worked together to improve parks, trails, and creeks at 38 sites around Austin and Travis County. Twenty of those volunteers focused on cleaning up Waller Creek from 5th St. to 12th St. This clean up produced around 20 bags of trash! We are very grateful to our volunteers, who took time out of their Saturday to show some love to Waller Creek! There was a great mix of familiar faces and new friends, ages 6 to 60.
In return for their hard work, volunteers from all sites were invited to an after party hosted by Austin Parks Foundation and the Texas Conservation Corps at Rosewood Park with local food, music and beer. Kudos to APF and TCC for organizing such a successful Austin National Public Lands Day!
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