LCRA ‘Steps Forward Day’ volunteers tackle dozens of community projects
April 1, 2022
AUSTIN – LCRA’s seventh annual Steps Forward Day saw hundreds of LCRA employees spend Friday, April 1, working on projects such as painting and landscaping to improve parks, playgrounds and other public facilities in communities throughout LCRA’s service area.
“This is a day we step forward to give back to our customer communities, and this year we have projects in more communities than we ever have,” said LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson. “It’s a great day for us to get together and have fun, to work hard and to support our communities.”
During the annual day of service, employees volunteered for a variety of projects that local communities may not have the staff or time to complete. In some circumstances, city or electric cooperative employees joined LCRA volunteers on the projects.
In 2022, more than 550 LCRA employees volunteered to help with nearly three dozen projects:
- Austin – Improving the landscaping and garden at Community First Village.
- Bastrop – Painting restrooms, a small bridge and a kiosk at Bob Bryant Park.
- Brenham – Painting 14 foul poles and installing fence guards at seven baseball and softball fields inside Hohlt Park.
- Burnet – Painting metal fence posts at the baseball and softball fields at Galloway-Hammond Park.
- Cottonwood Shores – Planting more than a dozen trees at two city parks, Aspen Park and Noah Thompson Park.
- Dale – Painting the fence around the Dale Community Center and painting the exterior of a nearby equipment barn.
- Fredericksburg – Painting bleachers, awnings and a dugout at the youth baseball fields within Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.
- Giddings – Painting Little League baseball field press boxes and the city swimming pool building trim.
- Goldthwaite – Spreading crushed granite along the trails at the Texas Botanical Gardens.
- Gonzales – Helping remove brush and trim tree limbs at Independence Park and East Avenue Park (Brickyard).
- Horseshoe Bay – Replanting a drought-tolerant garden and helping establish a new pollinator-oriented garden at the Horseshoe Bay City Hall.
- Lago Vista – Landscaping and painting the pilot’s lounge at Rusty Allen Airport.
- La Grange – Painting handrails at the Randolph Recreation Center.
- Lampasas – Digging holes and installing signs for the new Trail of Tales book trail at W.M. Brook Park.
- Lexington – Painting the high school baseball field fence.
- Llano – Cleaning up landscaping at the entrance to the Llano Municipal Airport.
- Lockhart – Painting the restrooms and clubhouse at the Lockhart City Park pool.
- Luling – Spreading mulch and planting perennials in the flower beds at the Zedler Mill Museum and Park.
- Marble Falls – Spreading mulch in the playground area and cleaning up flower beds at the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes; adding plants and spreading mulch at Lakeside Park; and laying sod at Johnson Park.
- Martindale – Planting trees and spreading mulch around existing trees at the playground at Allen Bates River Park.
- Pflugerville – Removing brush along Gilleland Creek.
- Round Rock – Painting buildings and adding mulch and sand to the playgrounds at Play for All Abilities Park.
- San Angelo – Rebuilding the sand volleyball court at Bart DeWitt Park.
- San Marcos – Painting steps, curbs and no-parking zones along a section of South LBJ Drive; installing planters on South LBJ Drive and replanting empty landscape beds along a section of North LBJ Drive; and picking up litter and installing new trash and recycling receptacles in the area.
- San Saba – Painting picnic tables and a pavilion, laying sod and spreading mulch at Mill Pond Park.
- Schulenburg – Painting about 20 livestock pens at the Schulenburg Expo Center.
- Shiner – Painting press boxes, batting cages and storage buildings at Green-Dickson Baseball Park.
- Smithville – Replacing landscaping timbers and trimming bushes at the Smithville Police Department and painting the exterior of two restroom buildings at Riverbend Park.
- Waelder – Painting picnic tables and bleachers at the city park and repainting the Texas flag that decorates the city’s maintenance barn.
- Weimar – Removing brush to clear recreational trails at Hill Memorial Park.
LCRA launched its Steps Forward employee volunteer program in 2015 and has held a Steps Forward Day every year since except for 2020, when the event had to be canceled because of the pandemic. LCRA works with its customers to identify service projects in their communities and supplies the labor and materials needed to complete the projects. For more information, visit lcra.org/stepsforward.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.