LCRA ‘steps forward’ to work on community projects
April 5, 2019
Hundreds of employees with the Lower Colorado River Authority spent Friday, April 5, giving back to Texas communities as part of LCRA’s fifth Steps Forward Day. During the annual day of service, employees worked on projects ranging from creating a walking path in Fredericksburg to sprucing up a park in Round Rock to installing new landscaping at a community wellness center in Wharton.
“Steps Forward Day is one way we give back to the communities we serve,” LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson said. “We can come in with dozens of volunteers and knock out a project that a community may not have the funds, people or time to complete. For example, we paint buildings, clean up parks and give playgrounds new life. These communities are important to us and we are proud to serve them on Steps Forward Day and throughout the year.”
This year, about 600 LCRA employees volunteered to work on more than 30 projects throughout the LCRA service territory:
- Bastrop – Painting trash can housings downtown.
- Brenham – Cleaning up the nature trail at Hohlt Park.
- Del Valle – Installing fence posts around Stony Point Park.
- Flatonia – Painting the historic downtown gazebo.
- Fredericksburg – Removing brush and creating a crushed granite walking path at Cross Mountain Park.
- Giddings – Painting the Golf Course Club meeting room.
- Gonzales – Trimming trees at the disc golf course.
- Hallettsville – Prepping and painting benches, railings, and shutters at the Garden Center.
- Kempner – Painting handicapped-accessible ramp railings and bandstand railings at Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park.
- La Grange – Painting a restroom, picnic tables, BBQ pits, trash can holders, a foot bridge and light poles at White Rock Park.
- Lampasas – Spreading mulch at the W.M. Brooke Park.
- Lexington – Painting curbs around the city square.
- Llano – Clearing brush along the river at the Llano City Golf Course.
- Lockhart – Painting the interior of the food bank building; sprucing up planters in the downtown square; and weeding planters at City Hall and replanting flower beds at City Park.
- Luling – Painting playscapes at Longer and Blanche Square parks.
- Marble Falls – Planting trees, painting trash cans and picnic tables, building bleachers, and spreading mulch at the playscape at Johnson Park; removing weeds along Main Street; and painting the exterior of the Community Hall, cleaning up the playground, and removing railroad ties from the trail at Westside Park.
- Moulton – Painting a parking lot and curbs on Main Street.
- Round Rock – Mulching flower beds, painting the play village buildings and adding sand to the track turf at Play for All Park.
- San Marcos – Landscaping flower beds and removing graffiti in and around the downtown square.
- San Saba – Installing sod at the former San Saba Pecan Pool site in Mill Pond Park.
- Shiner – Installing planters and cleaning up flower beds at the city administrative building.
- Smithville – Painting light poles on Main Street.
- Waelder – Painting the interior of City Hall.
- Weimar – Removing underbrush and trees at Hill Park.
- Wharton – Installing new landscaping at the community wellness center.
- Yoakum – Planting shrubs and trees, adding playground mulch and installing fencing at Centennial Park.
LCRA launched its Steps Forward employee volunteer program in 2015. LCRA works with its customers to identify Steps Forward Day projects in their communities, then 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 access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit lcra.org.