AUSTIN, Texas - November 2nd was My Park Day and people from all over Austin pitched in to help clean up parks.
According to the Austin Parks Foundation, over 2,000 volunteers worked on nearly 85 projects across Austin last Fall.
More local companies got involved this year.
Buzz Mill Coffee teamed up Keep Austin Beautiful, Horizon Bank, and the Austin Ridge Riders to do a trail clean up of the Country Club Creek Greenbelt Saturday morning.
"Buzz Mill's Lumber Society and the Austin Parks Foundation are getting close to finishing a multi-use trail at the Country Club Creek Trail." said Mark Fagan, the Cheif of Community at Buzz Mill. Their goal for My Park Day was to clear the area of garbage leftover from a homeless camp that occupied the land before work began on the trail.
Buzz Mill Coffee hosted a trail clean up for the Country Club Creek Trail. (Joe Lucky of Buzz Mill Coffee)
For Buzz Mill, this clean up is part of a larger goal to connect people. "80 percent of people in the United States have not spent a night under the stars. We have a program called "Logout" that wants to get people off their phones, off their computers and get outside." said Jason Sabala, the Chief of Culture at Buzz Mill.
Buzz Mill Coffee has also officially adopted the trail for the next two years and regularly plan on doing upkeep. "Our main mission is to cultivate community, that includes people that come in and the area around us." Sabala said.
Together the volunteers removed over 40 bags of trash and large pieces of garbage from the area. They also worked to remove invasive tree species that are choking plants native to Texas.
The trail is open for hikers and mountain bikers alike. A new trailhead sign will also be going up soon.