Celebrate National Public Lands Day in the Montopolis Greenbelt

Celebrate National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Montopolis Greenbelt Trail Tour & Cleanup
Due to Rain Postponed to
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Trailhead: Montopolis Practice Fields, 901 Vasquez St, 78741 (Felix and Vasquez)
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a new trail tour and cleanup in Montopolis. Park and gather at the Montopolis Practice Fields. Walk the new 1-mile decomposed granite and natural surface trail in the Montopolis Greenbelt built by American Youth Works and funded by the Austin Parks Foundation and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and suppoted by the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.
Visit the McElhenney Oak Grove.
Learn how neighbors organized, acquired 20 acres of donated land, wrote grants and funded trail building.
Collect trash along the route and carry trash bags back to the parking lot. If you fill a bag you’ll receive a wrist band that you can use at the National Public Lands Day  ‘after-party’ at Zilker Park’s Rock Garden for FreeBird burritos!.
Bring a water bottle, mosquito repellant of your choice and sun screen.
Montopolis Greenbelt
National Public Lands Day
Austin Parks Foundation
For more information contact Stefan Wray at stefan@iconmedia.org or Pam Thompson at pam@iconmedia.org

Montopolis Greenbelt Natural Surface Trail Review

What: Neighborhood Walk to Review Proposed Natural Surface Trail in the Montopolis Greenbelt

When: Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Where: Meet at the Montopolis Practice Fields at 901 Vasquez St. 78741 (Vasquez St. and Felix Ave.)

Length: 1.5 miles

Suggestion: Long pants, study shoes, mosquito repellant 

You are invited to join other Montopolis residents at 8:00 AM on Saturday, August 4, for a walk to review a proposed natural surface trail planned for the Montopolis Greenbelt. We will gather at the Montopolis Practice Fields at 901 Vasquez St. We will walk and talk for about an hour.

This walk is planned for early in the day because it is cooler then.

Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Some areas of the trail are still a bit rough. It is also advised to use mosquito repellant. You may want to bring a water bottle. If you have any questions contact us.


McElhenney Family Honored With Proclamation

On Thursday, Feb. 2, at Austin City Hall, please come to the Proclamations at 5:30 pm.

The McElhenney Family that donated the land next to the Montopolis Practice Fields to the City will be honored for the 24 acres they gave. The only thing they required was that the public have access to this natural area in Montopolis. It would mean a lot to have Montopolieans :•} there.
Thanks to everyone for their encouragement and help over the past 2 years for making this happen!  If you or your group has helped with any of the cleanup days, we look forward to you joining in thanking the McElhenneys for this land donation in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 2. If you have banners or T-shirts for your groups, please show your support.

Council Members To Participate in Special Recognition

Just weeks after the City of Austin acquired 24 acres of land in Montopolis as a donation from the McElhenney family, volunteers are getting ready for a community service day on the property and a special recognition of the new land from City officials.
The Montopolis Greenbelt Association in partnership with American YouthWorks, Keep Austin Beautiful, and the Austin Parks Foundation is sponsoring the second Montopolis Greenbelt MLK Day of Service scheduled for Monday, January 16, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Montopolis Greenbelt MLK Day of Service 2012

Montopolis Greenbelt MLK Day of Service 2012

MLK Day of ServiceOn Monday, January 16, 2012, join the Montopolis Greenbelt Association, American YouthWorks, Keep Austin Beautiful, Austin Parks Foundation, and others on this MLK Day of Service.

Help make the Montopolis Greenbelt a better place.

Remove trash, tires, and invasive plant species in the forest and along creeks in the Montopolis Greenbelt.

Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle.

Recommended for high school age and older.

  • Date: Monday, Jan 16, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Location: Montopolis Practice Field, 901 Vasquez, Austin, TX 78741

To RSVP click Join on the Facebook Event for the Montopolis Greenbelt Day of Service

There you can Like the Montopolis Greenbelt Facebook Page

More Information

What are invasive species and why are they bad? Find out.

What is the MLK Day of Service? Find out.

Report on Montopolis Greenbelt MLK Day of Service 2011

Photos from Montopolis MLK Day of Service 2011

Dump the Junk at Montopolis Greenbelt

Volunteer Opportunity

One month ago we removed lots of junk from the Montopolis Greenbelt and staged it for its easier removal on a later date. This is the date! We will remove debris and put in inside a dumpster and we are done! No need to go into the greenbelt.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM 
Address: Montopolis Practice Field, 901 Vasquez Street, Austin, TX 78741
Contact info: Phillip Pastrano 512-422-8440

Dec 8 City Council Last Hurdle For Donated Land

On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, the Austin City Council will vote to approve a zoning case involving the McElhenney tract of land in the Montopolis Greenbelt which will be the last hurdle before the McElhenney family donates about 21 acres to the Watershed Protection Department and the Parks and Recreation Department. The result will be a total of more than 40 acres of public land in the Montopolis Greenbelt. See the map of the McElhenney tract.

Be the Change at Montopolis Greenbelt

Be the Change recruited 1,000 volunteers this year to make wonderful things happen all over the City of Austin. Be the Change is an annual national day of service coordinated by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to inspire and foster civic engagement through volunteerism and community service. Every year, thousands of participants across the country contribute innumerable hours of community service in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." 

Working In The Heat

trash from the trash lagoonDespite being another recording breaking 100 + degree day in Austin, 45 enthusiastic people gathering at 8:00 AM in the parking lot of the Montopolis Practice Field on Saturday, August 27, and spent the entire morning working out in the heat for a community service project initiated by the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals and the Montopolis Tributary Trail Association (aka the Montopolis Greenbelt Association).

As was the plan, we divided ourselves into different groups. One worked with Austin Parks Foundation staff to learn how to remove invasive species (Ligustrum mainly). They concentrated their efforts near where American YouthWorks had been last, on Watershed property next to the park. A couple of groups focused on removing trash from areas along the dry creeks, including in the "trash lagoon" where a buried washing machine was dug out from the earth. And a smaller group worked with staff from SWS Environmental and Shaw Environmental to take a couple of water samples (yes there is some water) and soil samples from the three main upstream branches of the Montopolis Tributary.

Trail Design Workshop Recommendations

Trail design workshop findings and recommendations are now available: