LCRA volunteers take on projects in 30 communities during Steps Forward Day
April 14, 2023
“Steps Forward Day gives us the opportunity to give back and say thank you to our customer communities,” LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson said. “This year, about 640 employees volunteered to work on projects communities may not have the time or resources to complete on their own.”
Wilson said community service is an important part of LCRA.
“This day is about more than working hard on community projects,” Wilson said. “It’s about working with our customers and helping make our part of the world a little better.”
In 2023, LCRA employees volunteered to help with more than 30 projects:
- Austin – Constructing a canopy and expanding a garden at Community First! Village.
- Bastrop – Painting a concession stand and restroom building at the Bastrop Little League complex.
- Brenham – Repainting the handrails on two bridges at Jackson Street Park and replacing the windscreen on a pickleball court.
- Burnet – Cleaning up flower beds, painting railings and power washing YMCA entrance areas; and installing new hardware on flagpoles at the fish hatchery.
- Cuero – Installing fence screen slats at three city properties.
- Dripping Springs – Replacing landscaping at the entrance to the Sports and Recreation Park and painting foul poles, a shed and concession stand doors at the baseball fields, and painting football goal posts at Founders Memorial Park.
- El Campo – Painting wood fencing and play obstacles around a wooden maze and planting shrubs at Legacy Park.
- Flatonia – Painting light posts and the gazebo at McWhirter Park.
- Fredericksburg – Painting shade awnings and trash cans at Oak Crest Park.
- Goldthwaite – Clearing debris and weeds and spreading granite on garden paths at the Texas Botanical Gardens.
- Gonzales – Cleaning up brush at the Brickyard section of Independence Park.
- Hempstead – Adding new plants and flower beds at City Hall and planting flowers at the post office.
- Kingsland – Painting playground equipment and removing unsafe playground features at Packsaddle Elementary.
- La Grange – Weeding flower beds and painting light poles, picnic tables, park benches and trash bins at the Fayette Public Library..
- Lexington – Laying sod in the city’s town square.
- Llano – Installing a split rail fence and creating decorative river rock beds at the Llano River Golf Course.
- Lockhart – Painting shade structures, picnic tables and pool house at Lockhart City Park.
- Luling – Painting a gazebo and adding landscaping at Patton Park.
- New Braunfels – Spreading mulch and staining wooden signs at Landa Park.
- Pflugerville – Removing brush along Gilleland Creek.
- Round Rock – Painting signage and hammock posts, staining wooden loungers, planting flowers and adding mulch to flower beds at Yonders Point in Old Settlers Park.
- San Angelo – Painting benches in Harmon Park, Santa Fe Park and Rio Concho Park.
- San Marcos – Painting a mural on both sides of a small bridge and obstacles at a municipal dog park and adding landscaping around the “Welcome to San Marcos” sign.
- San Saba – Painting a pavilion, picnic tables and benches; trimming weeds around a pond; and sprucing up an entrance sign at the San Saba River Golf Course.
- Schulenburg – Painting livestock pens at the Expo Center.
- Shiner – Updating the landscaping and painting the sign at the public library.
- Smithville – Painting the interior of the restrooms at Riverbend Park, and trimming trees and removing brush at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
- Sunrise Beach Village – Landscaping the community entrance.
- Wimberley – Staining buildings and doors at Blue Hole Regional Park.
In some communities, city or electric cooperative employees joined LCRA volunteers on the projects.
LCRA launched its Steps Forward employee volunteer program in 2015. LCRA works with its customers to identify service projects in their communities, supplies the labor and helps provide the materials needed to complete the projects. For more information, visit www.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.