Austin demonstrated its love for historic Pease Park on the morning of Saturday, May 30 by pitching in at the post-Memorial Day flood clean-up event sponsored by the Pease Park Conservancy. Approximately 175 volunteers of all ages showed up to clear debris, level trails and recreation areas, and revitalize flower beds, among other numerous tasks designed to address the damage caused by water overflowing into the parkland from nearby Shoal Creek last week.
“I am truly astounded by the public turnout on Saturday,” said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s executive director. “The large number of volunteers who showed up for the event on short notice is unquestionable proof of how much Pease Park means to the people of this city. The Conservancy extends a big ‘thank you!’ to everyone who volunteered their time to help us get the park back into shape.”
Senior citizens and youngsters alike donned work gloves and handled rakes and shovels to remove vestiges of the flood’s impact on the park. Tacodeli and Austin Java generously donated breakfast tacos and coffee, respectively, for volunteer consumption to the park cleanup event.
“It was very rewarding to participate in the volunteer efforts at Pease Park last Saturday after the devastating Memorial Day flood,” said Conservancy Board member, Charles Peveto. “Having so many eager volunteers, young and old, come from all over the city and respond to the urgent need to clean up our wonderful park was just remarkable.”
More clean-up efforts in the park and along the Shoal Creek greenbelt will be scheduled for upcoming weeks.