Monday, April 12, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Contributed by Jami Carroll
With warm weather and bright blooms all around, Central Texans enjoy spending time with family and friends outdoors. The annual Spring Festival at Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop invites families to celebrate the season on its picturesque family-owned farm.
Owned by Andrew Taft & Craig Swanson, Verde Park includes 15 acres of Native Texas pecan, Eastern cottonwood, & Bald cypress gently leading to the banks of the Colorado River. Part of Stephen F. Austin’s colony, the land was originally settled in 1833 by Josiah Pugh Wilbarger. Barton Hill Farms includes replicas of the old Wilbarger Fort and The Lively--Stephen F. Austin’s “pirate ship” that was lost at sea en route to his Bastrop Colony. The educational aspect of the farm also includes five historic signs around the courtyard that reveal the history of the land and its structures; “each sign has a QR code & webpage where visitors can find more. ...
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 / by Jenny Carroll
What is Foundation Communities?
If you've driven through Austin you've likely seen a Foundation Communities (FC) property. Created in 1990, they have helped Central Texans experiencing homelessness as well as teachers, veterans, service industry employees, and elderly or disabled persons or those experiencing other hardships into housing opportunities in beautiful, well-constructed communities throughout Austin and north Texas. Through grants and charitable donations, they've built 23 thoughtfully designed properties that have their over 7,000 resident's best lives at heart. There are thousands of people on the waiting list to be residents at a FC property so they are constantly looking at opportunities to build more housing for those who need it. There are 5 new properties planned for 2021 and hopefully more to come in the future.
Not only are these properties well thought out but they also are built using the most up-to-date green standards and many are constructe; ...
Thursday, June 11, 2020 / by Jenny Carroll
We Are Back!!
And we have missed the community! The Bastrop YMCA reopened its doors on June 1, 2020. After a two and a half month furlough, we are excited to help folks connect again! Locations include our office at 1110 Main St., the cardio and workout gym at 1112 Main Street and the Bastrop State Park Pool.
During the closure time the Y offered hundreds of streaming and virtual classes. Yoga to circuit training, family hang time to social coffee club zoom programs were offered to the public to help keep people connected during the time of isolation. The Y also offered child care to essential workers. Our team also designed a plan intended to keep everybody safe when it was time to the Y. That plan starts with a quick temperature check before you enter the facility. Once inside we ask that everyone practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer, and disinfectant items after use. We do a deep clean every day before, during, and after hours. Equipment is sanitized before use and aft. ...