On the first Saturday of every March, thousands of Austinites gather to improve neighborhood parks and greenbelts all over the city. This clean-up day is hosted by the Austin Parks Foundation and is one of the most successful volunteer days of the entire year – with participation totaling over a quarter million dollars in labor for Austin’s parks! As with many years’ past, it was a great pleasure for RVi to be a part of the magic.
Our own Drew Carman took charge of managing RVi’s team and recruited volunteers from the office with promises of snacks, drinks, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get from giving back to the community. In addition to our volunteer effort, RVi was also an official sponsor for the event.
RVi chose to volunteer at Pease Park this year because it is a community space that is very dear to our hearts. Located close to our office and along a major corridor into Downtown, Pease Park is an important part of Austin’s urban fabric. This volunteer effort also coincided with the start of a new RVi project at Pease Park, which involves schematic design for the main entrance and gathering area. With tools and gloves in hand, our team washed spray paint from the rails of bridges, scooped trash from the bushes, and pulled invasive species from the grounds of the park. The spruce-up took our helpers about four hours to complete and came just in time for the beginning of spring.
Our team was also fortunate enough to work alongside our clients at Catellus, the developers of the Mueller community and a company that has demonstrated a strong commitment to Austin’s parks, trails, and open spaces. It was a lot of fun to pull together toward such a noble cause.
The work day rendered a true a spirit of city-wide collaboration and a greater sense of accountability for the green spaces of Austin. Afterwards, our volunteer team celebrated with brunch and mimosas at the nearby Galaxy Café. Cheers, Austinites – to a job well done!
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