It's My Park Day at Brentwood Park brings out the neighbors!

BIG THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS! Last Saturday's It's My Park Day at Brentwood Park was a smashing success! It looks like we had over 65 people come out to help, which even surpasses the numbers we had for last fall's tree planting event. We spruced up the planting beds near the pool and the sign on the east side of the park, distributed dillo dirt and mulch to trees around the park, cleaned up graffiti, and -- thanks to an especially great turn out from Paragon Prep -- revitalized the volleyball court. Extra thanks to Paragon Prep for providing a brand new volleyball net. Really impressive how much work was accomplished in such a short amount of time.

If you were there but didn't sign in at the check-in station or if you brought kids but didn't sign them in, please let me know so I can update my attendance numbers for my report to the Parks Foundation. Accurate attendance numbers are critically important for them. Also, if you didn't get a t-shirt or the t-shirt you got was the wrong size, let me know. I was able to pick up a handful of t-shirts when I returned the water jug to the Parks Foundation warehouse so I can get a shirt to you.

Lost and Found department: two plastic child's digging tools (found near the volleyball court) are in my possession. If these sound like they belong to you, please let me know.

Mark your calendars! The next It's My Park Day is scheduled for March 3, 2012. I'll bet we can beat this year's turnout and have even more fun! Friends of Brentwood Park will have at least one more park work day between now and that date and we will let you know when that will be.

IMPORTANT! Be sure to thank the sponsors of this great event with your business:

Primary event sponsor: Wheatsville Co-op

Jackson Walker LLP, Community TechKnowledge, Texas Gas Service, MFI Foundation, BMC Software, Backwoods, URS, REI, CA Technologies, Frost Bank, HS&A, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 12 Oaks Dental, Cisco Systems, Hill Country Outdoor, The Austonian, MWM Design Group, Austin Simply Fit, DWG Landscape Architecture, Enviromedia Social Marketing, Texas Rowing Center, The Garden Club of Austin, Clif Bar, Ivy Block, Advanced Organic Materials, Randalls, and Tecnu Extreme

Also be sure to patronize our neighborhood businesses that have provided us with refreshments for every single workday we have had so far: Genuine Joe Coffee and TacoDeli. When you stop in, be sure to say thanks on behalf of Friends of Brentwood Park.

To see pictures from the Brentwood event, visit our website:

We'd also love for you to join us on Facebook (Friends of Brentwood Park).

Austin Parks Foundation has lots of IMPD great pictures from all over the City: and you can enter your event-day pictures and stories in their contest. Deadline for entry is March 15th.

FEEDBACK WELCOME! If you have any comments or suggestions for making this event better in the future or for potential projects for Friends of Brentwood Park, feel free to drop me a line any time at

AND FINALLY: Enjoy your park! You worked hard and it shows. The park is looking amazing!

With gratitude,

Hedrich Michaelsen
On Behalf of the Friends of Brentwood Park Leadership Team