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.