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Combining Volunteering and Programming

Ben Kweller plays for clean-up volunteers

Ben Kweller plays for clean-up volunteers

The Austin Parks Foundation just hosted an event that combined volunteering and concert programming. Through a partnership with CliffBar, REI and Keep Austin Beautiful, volunteers showed up to clean up the Barton Creek Greenway and then were treated to a concert by nationally known Austin artist Ben Kweller. (Cliff’s Greenotes program helps artists become more environmentally responsible – Kweller participates in the program.)  Describes the Foundation’s blog:

95 volunteers turned out to the Zilker Park Polo Fields Picnic Area to sign-in, grab trash bags and then clean-up portions of the Barton Creek greenbelt from a number of trailheads including Zilker, Spyglass, Loop 360, and Twin Falls/Gaines Creek.  Over 80 bags of trash, 1 tire, quite a few hubcabs, several signs on poles and two shopping carts were included in the haul.  Then folks enjoyed an hour long concert by Ben Kweller.

What a great way to make volunteering an actual programmed event that cleans the parks while programming them, too.

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  1. Ben et al:

    Just for the record, we’re the Austin Parks Foundation, not the Austin Park Conservancy. But thanks for the plug, we do appreciate it! – Charlie, APF

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