Around and About the Avenues – July 2014

New Hyde Park Community Garden To Serve Those in Need: The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association in partnership with the Trinity United Methodist Church has developed a plan to operate a community vegetable garden on church grounds aimed at providing folks in need with fresh, healthy produce.  A grant has been applied for from the City of Austin, Office of the Mayor’s “Love Your Block, Austin!” program, to get the project off the ground.  The Hope Food Pantry, currently operating at the church, will distribute the food.  Opportunities for volunteer participation in the project will be announced in time for the first planting in the fall.  For more information contact Mark Fishman of the HPNA’s Park & Public Space Committee.

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Celebrate the New Trail at the Ney:  The last few months has seen the creation of the Western Trail addition to the Elisabeth Ney Museum’s Historic Landscape Recreation.  Connecting an opening on Avenue G near the Waller Creek Bridge to a spot along the carriage drive in front of the museum, this trail allows visitors a first-hand experience of the landscape, a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.  Residents are invited to a gathering on Thursday July 17at 1:00 p.m. to thank the many parties involved in its creation: the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association; Friends of Shipe Park; Boy Scout Troop 1936, sponsored by the First English Lutheran Church and its supporters; new Eagle Scout Sean O’Connor; The Texas Conservation Corps, a Division of American Youth Works; and of course the Austin Parks Foundation, which funded the majority of the work.  Refreshments will be served.

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Graffiti Patrol:  This group conducts quarterly graffiti cleanups in Hyde Park as a group, with.several members also doing considerable work on their own.  Thanks are owed to George Wyche, Liz Lock, Doris Coward, Adrian Skinner and Kate Musemeche for participating in cleanup efforts on March 29 or May 17 or both.  Those interested in participating in the future should contact Lisa Harris.