Downtown got a tidying up for spring last week with the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) fifth annual Steps Forward Day volunteer effort to landscape flowerbeds and remove unwanted graffiti from the area. City intern Tammy Huynh lends a hand to volunteers by carrying a bucket filled with removed plant debris to be disposed of as the group of volunteers works on clearing out the landscaping beds. Daily Record photo by Denise Cathey
Steps Forward Day
As part of their fifth annual Steps Forward Day, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) helped to beautify downtown San Marcos recently by providing the volunteers and funding to landscape flower beds and remove more than 100 unwanted stickers and graffiti.
“This was LCRA’s second year to perform this hard and valuable work in San Marcos, and their efforts are greatly appreciated,” said Josie Falletta, interim Main Street manager.
After a morning of hard work, LCRA volunteer Casey Neels passes out the much-needed coffee for his fellow volunteers Belle Bybel and Bryan Jackson as they take a quick break from clearing out the landscaped bed at the corner of West Hopkins Street and South LBJ Drive.
The mission of Steps Forward Day is to give back to customers by undertaking projects that help their communities. The LCRA awarded San Marcos the funding and volunteers for these beautification efforts alongside 25 other communities around Texas.
This project was also made possible through additional funding from Keep San Marcos Beautiful and a Gardenville materials grant from Texas Disposal Systems.
LCRA volunteer Steve Maitlen smoothes a fresh covering of mulch over the irrigation system in one of the landscaping beds.
For more information about Downtown Vitality initiatives and other Main Street Programs, contact the Main Street office at 512-393-8430.
Mario Ramos checks on his progress as he attempts to pull out a dense clump of roots obstructing one of the landscaping beds.