Convict Hill Quarry Park

Monday, March 26, 2007

Texas Leadership Council--24 March 2007

A lot of unexpected help!!!!!!!!!!!!

On 24 March, 2007, 39 college students with the Texas Leadership Council put in 4 hours of exemplary work at the park! The students are presidents and student executives from a variety of Texas Universities. They finished every last inch of trail, including a stone bridge, leveling off areas in the trail we always trip on, hauled out brush, and improved the appearance of a drainage area by lining it with rock. Believe it or not, we almost ran out of mulch lining trails. We thought we had enough mulch to last into the next century! Thank you everyone for your diligent work; the park looks absolutely AMAZING!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Sign up to work with us on It's My Park! Day--14 April
From the Austin Parks Foundation website:
It’s My Park! Day is an annual community service day focused on improvements to Austin’s park system. This year, we hope to have 1,500 volunteers at 50 different park projects. You'll get a super-cool tee shirt, a goodie bag, and a chance to make a difference at a park near you!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

How to help Convict Hill Quarry Park with a donation

We need assistance with building our fence, and with more park amenities such as benches, trees and shrubs, water fountain, and trail markers.

To donate, make your check payable to Austin Parks Foundation and mail checks to:

Austin Parks Foundation
Attn: Rosie Weaver
701 Brazos Street Suite 170
Austin, TX 78701

Make sure to write "Convict Hill Quarry Park" in the memo line on your check, and include our name in any correspondence. Any donation is tax deductible and you will receive a letter confirming your donation to our park for tax purposes.

Thank you so much for your help!

21 April 2007--The official dedication of Convict Hill Quarry Park

City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
“Friends of Convict Hill Quarry Park”

cordially invite you to
the official dedication of

Convict Hill Quarry Park
6511 Convict Hill Road, Austin 78749

April 21, 2007

and to celebrate the accomplishment of restoring the park
by community volunteers and others.

Starting with an overgrown and debris-filled area,
there is now an inviting setting with a system of trails,
stone benches, cedar fence, wildflowers, and other improvements,
It is a neighborhood gem, now enjoyed by many visitors.

The dedication will be held at 9:30 am

For information, contact:

Volunteer Coordinator: Jim Turney


Park Grounds Supervisor, South Austin: Joan Singh

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American Youthworks rolls in the first boulder to make a stone bench

The Friends of the Convict Hill Quarry Park work with Parc Smith and his American Youthworks team (thanks to the grant we received from the Austin Parks Foundation--read on in the blog for more information) to tackle big jobs in the park. They recently completed installing rough cedar fence posts along the front of the park property. Their second job entails rolling two giant (over 1 ton) boulders into the park and carving them into stone benches. We located one bench centrally in the park, and we hope another can be rolled onto the ledge on the western trail. We chose both spots based on their view of the park and their location under nice shade trees.

American Youthworks--Building a natural fence along the front of the park

Here are some pictures of Terrence Gahan and his team.

American Youthworks--Building a natural fence along the front of the park

Thanks to Parc Smith, Terrence Gahan and his entire team for installing beautiful rough cedar fence posts along the front of the park. We are so impressed with your hard work!