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Lower Colorado River Authority volunteers, alongside city staff, spent hours painting the train pavilion on South Edward Gary Street and planted landscaping in the area on April 9. Pictured, volunteers help plant native grasses and pollinator garden species. Photos courtesy of the City of San Marcos

LCRA volunteers help beautify Downtown San Marcos

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Lower Colorado River Authority selected the City of San Marcos as a recipient of its Steps Forward Day program for the third consecutive year. 

The LCRA’s annual program encourages its employees to give back by completing service projects in communities across the state.

LCRA volunteers spent hours painting the train pavilion on South Edward Gary Street on April 9. They also planted landscaping in the area, including native grasses and pollinator garden species. The LCRA volunteers were joined by members of City staff, including employees from San Marcos Electric Utility, Resource Recovery, Community Enhancement, Keep San Marcos Beautiful, Parks and Recreation, Urban Forestry and Main Street.

“This area serves as an entrance to downtown San Marcos and we’re excited to enhance it as part of our ongoing efforts to activate the area,” Downtown Coordinator Josie Falletta said in a statement. “We’re grateful to LCRA and all of its volunteers. Our community will notice a night and day difference in the area because of the hard work they put into this project.”

Additionally, Union Pacific Railroad also contributed supplies and volunteers to the project, picking up trash and removing weeds ahead of planting with help from the Lambda Omega Alpha fraternity. Union Pacific also offered to purchase a new wrought iron fence which will be installed at a later date along the railroad tracks behind the train pavilion.

The project was financed through grants and donations from LCRA, Union Pacific and Keep San Marcos Beautiful, with the remaining $1,000 paid for through the Main Street budget. Additionally, Keep San Marcos Beautiful also received funding from the Keep Texas Beautiful-Dos XX Waterways grant for part of the project. 

San Marcos is among more than 30 communities across Texas to host a project as part of LCRA’s Steps Forward Day. Other participating cities included Austin, Burnet, Fredericksburg, Lockhart and Marble Falls.

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