Celebrate Arbor Day by the lake

Published 9:05 am Friday, April 27, 2018

Today is Arbor Day and May is Arbor Month as proclaimed by Mayor Stiehm at the City Council meeting

Spruce Up Austin will partner with Austin Park & Recreation to plant a tree along the Tree Trek at East Side Lake and do some spring maintenance as well.

Planting will be at 5 p.m.

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Spruce Up Austin will host another guided Tree Trek Tour from 5:30-7 p.m. on May 9. This is a great way to spend time as a family, learning about the different varieties of trees along the Tree Trek and proper planting techniques.  It may spark you to plant a tree in your yard too.  Meet us by the East Side Lake Gazebo on May 9 at 5:30 p.m.  A rain date is scheduled for May 10.

Community clean-up

April Clean Up is still going on through April 30. Bags and gloves will be available for you to pick up in our office. The garbage bags of trash you collect can be left beside a trail or in a visible space in a park for our crews to collect and dispose of.  Thank you very much for great community support shown for this program.


For those kickball and sand volleyball players registration is underway.  Kickball league is played on Thursday evening with a registration deadline today.

Sand volleyball league is played on Monday evenings, deadline to sign up is May 4 and league begins May 14.  Please call our office if you are interested in more information and watch Facebook as well.

Even with the recent snow fall Austin Youth Baseball sign up is underway.  They extended the deadline so if you have not registered you still have time. We are hoping that the weather turns around soon!


Cedar River Archery Club, located at 54691 270th St., Austin, will be helping us with the proficiency testing needed for our fall deer hunt. The fee will be $5 per shooter and will take place from an elevated platform at a distance of 20 yards. You will only have one chance to qualify.  Times to shoot are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5-6, June 9-10, July 14-15 and Sept 8-9. Not a member?  You can pay a non-member fee and participate or better yet join the club.  For those of you that did not apply last year and would like more information give our office a call.

Captain of the Belle

Ever thought about being a boat captain?  The captains of the SpamTown Belle are looking for some new recruits to help take a couple of weekends out of the summer. No experience is needed as you will be trained by one of the seasoned captains. You will learn how the boat runs, docking and some history about the boat and East Side Lake. The schedule usually runs June through August, 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.  Captains will be paid $15 per hour this year.  Seasonal applications can be printed off from our website, if you are interested please fill one out and turn it in to our office.

Summer employment

Summer is just around the corner.  We are looking for lifeguards, inside workers, summer recreation coaches and concession workers. If you are interested please give us a call at 433-1881.