2009 – Over 220 new trees at Pease Park

17 12 2009

Thanks to Richard Craig and Trees for Pease, as well as help from Walter Passmore and PARD Forestry Staff, plus our helpful consultants Jill Nokes and Will Pickens, we have over 200 new trees planted at Pease Park with irrigation to each.  40 more went in this week thanks to PARD Forestry staff.  We still a number left, but a great job by all, we’ve collectively learned a lot.  Here’s a few pictures from earlier today.

More Trees for Pease

15 11 2009


Over 100 more trees (complete with in ground irrigation) were installed by volunteers today at Pease Park.  Thanks to Richard Craig and Trees for Pease, as well as the City of Austin Parks Forestry Division, TreeFolks and our many volunteers.  We have another 40 or so trees to be planted sometime in the next month or two that we could not get to the park today.




Invasive Species Removal at Pease

1 09 2009

Thanks to efforts from the neighborhood, an invasive tree removal project has begun at Pease Park on the hillside between Parkway and Windsor Rds.  Funded by donations from a number of neighbors, American Youthworks Enivornmental Corps staff will be cutting down ligustrum, chinaberry and nandina, treating them so they don’t resprout, chipping up all of the brush and laying down any of the bigger limbs in gullies or washes to prevent any erosion.  Work is expected to take two weeks.

Ligustrum covered by grapevine and greenbriar is cut down

Ligustrum covered by grapevine and greenbriar is cut down

Please Help Trees for Pease

24 08 2009
Cedar Elm Snapped in Two

Cedar Elm Snapped in Two

On Wednesday, August 12th, we experienced another freak windstorm (with little rain) that brought down over 70 mature trees at Pease Park along the Shoal Creek Greenbelt. This is the third storm in three years and because the canopy is mature with few new understory or newly planted trees, the effects are devastating.

Another Cedar Elm near the playscape

Another Cedar Elm near the playscape

Despite our efforts earlier in the year of planting 100 new trees and a new irrigation system, the need for tree planting is now stronger than ever. Trees for Pease has announced plans to plant up to 220 trees and install irrigation this fall and winter and we need your help. At a price of $150 per tree with irrigation, we are looking for $33,000 for this next phase. Please consider a donation to Austin Parks Foundation with “Trees for Pease” in the memo line or visit our donor page and choose Pease Park Fund from the list of Special Funds.

Parks Forestry Crew Picks Up the Pieces

Parks Forestry Crew Picks Up the Pieces

Trees & Sprayground at Pease

5 08 2009

Here’s a picture of the new sprayground under construction at Pease, replacing a old fill/draw wading pool.


While I was there, I checked out the 100 trees planted back in February.  Thanks to our great Trees for Pease group, the trees are all doing well in 100 degree heat with the irrigation system that Trees for Pease raised all of the funds to install.



Tall Flowering Plants @ Shoal Creek Demo Plot

22 05 2009

In October 2007, we installed 9 demonstration restoration plots to see if we could plant with native flowers and grasses areas that had been heavily used by folks enjoying the park.  We tilled soil, added compost and other treatments and spread seed.  By then, the drought, which continues to this day, hit Central Texas.  Results have been somewhat promising in the spring months, but then beaten down by hot summers and dry falls and winters.

Well, sometimes even a little rain can help.  Our recent rains have allowed a number of plants to sprout, including these, seen in the demo plot along Lamar Blvd just south of 24th St.  We’ll take this as a good sign.


Statesman Article On Pease Park

9 03 2009

Today, Pam LeBlanc wrote a follow-up piece on Pease Park, an area where the Austin Parks Foundation as well as our Adopt-a-park group, Trees for Pease, have put in a lot of work in the past few years and especially, the past few months.  Among the new improvements are irrigation, 100 new trees, we also spread dillo dirt and mulch on the hillsides, installed check logs to slow rain (hah!) and removed more invasive (non-native) trees and plants.  Neighbors, led by Richard Craig and Friends of the Forest have helped us tremendously.

100 Trees for Pease!

24 02 2009

On Saturday, Feb 21, several hundred volunteers converged on Pease Park to plant the first 100 trees for Pease.  It took a village to get them purchased, placed, planted and irrigated!  We’d like to thank the following for all of their hard work:


Richard Craig, who formed Trees for Pease, raised the bulk of the funds (nearly $20,000 to date) for irrigation, the landscape plan and some of the trees.  Our thanks to the Old Enfield Neighborhood Association, who donated $1500 for some of the trees planted Saturday.  Richard also supplied coffee, breakfast tacos and snacks for the volunteers who arrived early.

Jill Nokes for assistance with selection, placement, planting and much more.


• Our thanks to Geo Growers who donated planting mix, to PSP Landscape, who carefully hauled and installed three big tooth maples and to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Dept, especially, the Forestry group, who brought truckloads of dillo dirt, mulch, purchased the trees, hauled and place them.  Thanks to Brack Green who coordinated hauling and placement efforts and Emily King who ordered the trees.

• Our great irrigators at Avery’s Landscape – especially Richard, who got the bubbler irrigation working on Sat afternoon in record time, despite a break or two.

• TreeFolks, who’s board members (Marcus, Colleen, Carlene) did demo tree plantings and assisted folks in planting their trees.


• Council members Leffingwell and Martinez as well as Council Candidate Riley who planted a tree.

• Members of the Friends of the Forest (Eyeore’s B-day) who came in the afternoon and continued the work started on Feb 14, installing more check logs, spreading dillo and mulch on the hillside.

We appreciate all of your hard work.

Giving Pease Park Some Love on Valentine’s Day

16 02 2009

Friends of Pease Park was joined on Valentine’s Day by the University of Texas student service fraternity Gamma Beta Phi and by the Eeyore’s Birthday Board of Directors’ organization known as “Friends of the Forest” for a special work-day in Pease Park.  Nearly 100 volunteers, wearing “I © Pease Park” T-shirts worked tirelessly to address both erosion control and soil compaction problems on the hillsides in the main park on Kingsbury Street. Eeyore’s Birthday organization leaders hope to make this Valentine’s Day group work session an annual tradition.


L-R: Friends of Pease Park Founder Richard Craig with Eeyore’s Birthday Party leaders Scott Sexton, Snow White-Coe and Cody Coe


L-R: Eeyores Birthday leaders Snow White-Coe and Cody Coe, UT students and Gamma Beta Phi members Clara Bush and Nicholas Martinez

Trees for Pease – Irrigation, Tree Planting: Your Help Please

9 12 2008

As of Friday, we have a new irrigation system installed at Pease Park.  On both side of the trail beginning at Kingsbury and going up to the base of the hill, we have 100 spots for irrigation for 100 trees, a few of which are already there.  Our next step is to raise enough money to finish paying for the irrigation and 100 good sized trees. So far, we’ve received donations totaling $8,000 so far thanks to Richard Craig and his Trees for Pease campaign.)   We estimate that it will take another $15,000 in donations.  Our plan is to plant the trees this winter and finish the irrigation connections shortly after that. If you can, please donate to the Austin Parks Foundation with Trees for Pease in the memo line of your check.  You can also donate online from our donor page in the Special Funds area (choose Pease Park Fund)


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