Here are just a few highlights from our 2009 accomplishments:
- Ongoing: Consult with landowners (residents and developers) to assist in placing more land under conservation agreements and minimizing impacts from sprawl.
- Participated in public input sessions for the San Marcos parks and open space master planning process.
- Built approximately 2 miles of trail, including re-routes at Spring Lake, Upper Purgatory and Ringtail Ridge.
- Monitor and report conditions within natural areas to land managers at City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department.
- Advocated for and assisted City of San Marcos and its contractors with the design of trails extending from Lower Purgatory to Hunter Road using WonderWorld Drive right of way. Planning included overpass upgrade on Hunter Road over Purgatory Creek to facilitate bike and pedestrian traffic. New designs support master plan of trail extending from Upper Purgatory to the San Marcos River.
- Installed way-finding blazes in Prospect and at the entrance to Spring Lake Preserve to assist visitors.
- Completed an armored creek crossing in Schulle Canyon to enable regular visitors and biped commuters to enter from the North and West side of the park, and planted trees at the entrance of Ringtail Ridge.
- Received and managed grant funding from Texas Parks and Wildlife to expand accessible trail opportunities and make improvements at Ringtail Ridge Greenspace.
- Developed blog-style format for The Loop newsletter to facilitate article contributions and streamline editing process.
- Developed pages featuring Schulle and Purgatory greenspaces and hike schedule for City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation Activity Guide.
- Added page to web site encouraging volunteers to visit a new, blog-style page of numerous volunteer opportunities formulated by board and committee members.
- Fundraising activities included selling over 150 boxes of greeting cards designed using Naturescapes photos, a silent auction held in tandem with the Naturescapes reception, and selection by Texas State’s Information Technologies department as the recipient of proceeds from a fish fry luncheon.