LCRA ‘steps forward’ to work on dozens of community projects
April 9, 2021
More than 500 Lower Colorado River Authority employees spent Friday, April 9, painting, planting and sprucing up parks and playgrounds to support communities throughout LCRA’s service area during Steps Forward Day, LCRA’s annual day of service.
“Steps Forward Day is dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve across Texas,” LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson said. “We know the pandemic has slowed or sidelined many projects, but through Steps Forward Day we’re able to mobilize hundreds of volunteers to help get these projects completed in a single day. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve these communities on Steps Forward Day and every day during the year.”
This year, hundreds of employees volunteered on more than 30 projects throughout LCRA’s service territory by:
- Austin – Sprucing up the River City Youth Foundation center by spreading mulch, planting flowers and herbs, cleaning and painting picnic tables, repairing fencing, painting flower boxes, removing leaves and painting a mural on play equipment.
- Brenham – Constructing a bench around an oak tree at Jerry Wilson Park.
- Burnet – Painting metal fence posts at ballfields at Galloway Hammond Park.
- Fredericksburg – Painting trash barrels at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.
- Goldthwaite – Organizing the Chamber of Commerce storage building and distributing crushed granite at the Texas Botanical Gardens.
- Gonzales – Cleaning up tree trimming debris at the Disc Golf Course.
- Hempstead – Painting fire hydrants.
- Jonestown – Planting trees at Jones Brothers Park.
- Kempner – Painting a pavilion, restroom and railings at Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park.
- La Grange – Painting the restroom, and sanding and painting picnic tables and barbeque pits at Northside Park.
- Lampasas – Spreading mulch and installing sod at W.M. Brooks Park.
- Lexington – Painting the exterior of the Police Department building.
- Llano – Replacing landscaping, painting an entryway gate and repairing a fence at the Llano River Golf Course.
- Lockhart – Creating a walkway, improving a fence and replacing landscaping at the animal shelter.
- Luling – Installing landscaping and painting picnic tables at Blanche Square Park.
- Marble Falls – Painting bleachers, a concession stand and a restroom at the Johnson Park softball field; painting outdoor pavilions and an amphitheater at Johnson Park; painting a retaining wall at Falls Creek Park Skatepark; and planting and mulching 10 downtown flower beds.
- Pflugerville – Removing tree posts and spreading mulch around trees at 1849 Park.
- Rockne – Painting bleachers and metal posts at the ballfields at the Rockne Community Recreation Center.
- Round Rock – Planting bushes and trees, spreading mulch and laying sod at Yonders Point in Old Settlers Park.
- San Angelo – Clearing landscaping at the entrance to the San Angelo Regional Airport.
- San Marcos – Installing landscaping, removing a fence and painting a city-owned pavilion in downtown.
- San Saba – Laying sod at Mill Pond Park.
- Schulenburg – Painting pipe fencing at the Schulenburg Expo Center.
- Smithville – Painting the exterior of the Smithville Community Gardens building.
- Waelder – Painting the exterior of the Waelder Public Library.
- Weimar – Painting buildings at the Weimar Farmers Market.
- Wharton – Refurbishing signs and planting landscaping at City Hall.
LCRA launched its Steps Forward employee volunteer program in 2015 and has held a Steps Forward Day every year since then but 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.