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It’s My Park Day – March 5

itsmyparkdaymarch2015ParkDayJoin the Austin Park’s Foundation’s It’s My Park Day by showing up at Ramsey Park on Saturday from 9am to noon. Bring your gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows, and help mulch our new and old trees.

It’s My Park Day is always held the first Saturday of March. Each year, thousands of volunteers work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city.

In 2015, they had nearly 100 projects city-wide, 3,000 volunteers, and 10,000 hours of volunteer labor. That’s equivalent to 5 park maintenance employees working full-time for a whole year! All told, including labor, this one day represented an investment of over a quarter of a million dollars for Austin’s parks.

Art raises its pretty head in Ramsey Park

artheadEarthwoman2Earth Mother, a cheerful painted female head, has emerged from the earth at Ramsey Park. She is planted with plumbago, autumn sage, myoporum, and Mexican feather grass and is sited to watch over all who come to enjoy the park. The artist is Yuliya Lanina. Her work, along with ten other local artists, was selected for 2015 TEMPO, a temporary public art project sponsored by the City of Austin.

Earth Mother will be on display in Ramsey Park through November 30. Other 2015 TEMPO installations can be found all over Austin. Temporary public art plays an important role in attracting new and emerging artists to the City’s public art program.

Austin expands recycling program: Plastics!

recycleThe City of Austin has expanded its recycling program to include many more hard plastics such as laundry baskets, pet carriers, dish drainers and trash cans.  These plastics can be manufactured into things like ice scrapers, rakes, battery cables, plastic lumber, fencing and more. All items must fit into the blue trash can with the lid closed. Any metal parts should be removed and all items should be rinsed before recycling. Only hard plastics are accepted; plastic foam, plastic bags, and plastic wrap are still not allowed.

First Look at the New Shade Cover

The new shade cover has been installed over the basketball court at Ramsey Park.  It’s great to see it up, we’re already seeing it being used.

Thanks again to all the Friends of Ramsey Park for their generosity.  Pat yourselves on the back! If you want to be part of the effort, please contribute today! We are getting very close to our goal!

Summer Playground Program offered at Ramsey Park

summer playground programThe Summer Playground Program is a free drop-in program run by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The program allows children to participate in supervised activities throughout the day. Fostering youth development, Summer Playgrounds Staff provide quality recreational experiences that promote fun, creativity and relationship building. Activities include active play, arts and crafts, games, team building and nutrition lessons.

The program is for 6-12 year olds and runs from June 15 through August 8. Hours are Monday though Thursday 9-5 and Friday 10-5.

Find more information about this program on the City of Austin’s website.

Shakespeare in Ramsey Park

hamletMovie Night in the Park was terrific!  Don’t you love Shrek?  So let’s step back 400 years!! Bring your chairs and blankets and spend another great night in Ramsey Park!! Come see Hamlet presented free by Something For Nothing Theater Austin.  This is the same troupe that brought us Two Gentlemen of Verona last year and The Comedy of Errors in 2012. Hamlet will be presented in Ramsey Park Thursdays through Sundays, May 22 – June 7 at 8 p.m. facebook.com/somethingfornothingtheater