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Bike Hutto Celebrates Creekside Park’s First Bike Rack with Ribbon Cutting

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On Saturday, January 23 at 10am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new bike rack installed at Creekside Park by the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department.  Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers will participate in liter pickup throughout the park as part of their participation in the Adopt-A-Spot program.  All are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, as well as the park clean-up event afterwards.

Creekside Park officially became a “home base” for Bike Hutto in July 2015 when it received signage designating the park as the organization’s Adopt-A-Spot location. The park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail, and contains two playscapes, as well as practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms.

Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh couldn’t be happier about the new addition to the park’s amenities. “Bike racks are such a big part of the bicycling experience and help to encourage transportation by bike. If you know there is a place to lock up at the end of your trip, you are more likely to ride there. We are so pleased that the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department considers bike racks an important piece of their parks system and are making efforts to add bike parking.”

Bike racks play an important role in the lives of both the recreational and the commuting bicyclist. By providing a safe place to be able to secure their property, anyone riding a bike at any age can be encouraged to travel to that location. Bike racks also help to eliminate the clutter, hazards, and tree damage that comes from haphazard bicycle parking.

A bike parking needs assessment will be done by Bike Hutto in 2016 to determine other areas within Hutto, Texas in which bike racks would be beneficial. The assessment will consider potential locations for future bike racks, as well as the quantity and type of bike parking needed. Each potential location will then be prioritized based on current and future bike traffic, cost, and overall feasibility.

Bike Hutto is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization located in Hutto, Texas. Their mission is to encourage and foster a community environment within Hutto in which bicyclists of all ages can socialize, receive safety education, and voice their needs for building better bicycle friendly infrastructure.  Bike Hutto values the importance of creating a bicycle friendly community within the City of Hutto focusing on the benefits (Transportation, Health, Economics, Recreation, and Environment) that bicycling provides.

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Bike Hutto’s First Hippo Hunt Event A Success

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Hippo Hunt 2015 has been deemed a success! Just ask the winning team, the BGDB Hippos!!

Teams met on Saturday, November 14th at Creekside Park to compete in a bicycle-powered hippo scavenger hunt. Each team had a different “route” and received clues to solve that would take them to one of 12 hippo stations. Once all hippo stations were visited (in order based on clues), there was a mad dash for the finish. Jennifer Abrams, Sarah Shearin, Camille Baptiste, and Stephanie Webb of the BGDB Hippos team were the winners of this year’s event. 039Each member of the team received a small concrete hippo. BGDB stands for ‘Black Girls Do Bike’. (To learn more about the BGDB movement that encourages cycling among black women, please visit http://www.blackgirlsdobike.com/)

The event was able to raise $400 for Hutto Has Heart through registration and an addition donation made through Capital Metro. Hutto Has Heart seeks to serve and empower the emotional, financial, educational, and spiritual well-being of the Hutto community members by organizing and sustaining collaborative efforts.

Hippo Hunt could only be made possible through the generous sponsorship of Capital Metro, as well as a delicious breakfast sponsorship from Ricardo’s Tacos and Baked N Sconed.  Swag bags were courtesy of the City of Hutto and the Shop Small initiative.  The Hutto High School Leo’s donated their time to volunteer for the event. Bike Hutto would also like to thank Please Be Kind To Cyclists, the Wilco Wellness Alliance, It’s Time Texas, and the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department for their contributions to the participant swag bags.

Bike Hutto is already making plans for 2016 and will be turning Hippo Hunt into an annual event that happens in the spring. “Hutto has well over 300 hippos throughout the community so there is plenty of room for creativity as we develop new routes and clues. We look forward to continuing to grow and expand the Hippo Hunt event in the years to come.” stated Bike Hutto director, Jessica Romigh.

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Bike Hutto Finds a Home in Creekside Park through Local Adopt-A-Spot Program

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In January, Bike Hutto became one of the first Hutto organizations to get involved with the Adopt-A-Spot program.  This City of Hutto program is a way for residents to get involved in taking care of the community.  Groups can “adopt” different city roadways, parks, and other areas around town by organizing trash clean ups, landscaping, and other ways to ‘Keep Hutto Beautiful’.  The organization makes a two-year time commitment with a minimum of four clean-up and/or beautification projects per year.

“We were very pleased to receive Creekside Park as our “spot” in the program. So many of us ride the Cottonwood Creek Trail that passes through the park. This was a way for us to help make the area even more beautiful and make an impact in the community. Creekside Park now feels like home and there is a real sense of pride.” says Bike Hutto founder, Jessica Romigh.

Adopt a Spot - Bike HuttoThe bicycling organization has had three Adopt-A-Spot events at Creekside so far this year. In March, they had one of their events in conjunction with the City of Hutto Arbor Day and were one of the volunteer groups that helped in the planting of 24 trees along the trail.  In April, Bike Hutto did a trash clean up in the park as part of Hutto’s Big Event.  Following the severe Memorial Day floods, a clean-up day was scheduled in June to help with all the debris that had floated into the park when it was underwater.  In addition to liter and debris clean up, there are plans to do some native Texas landscaping surrounding picnic areas in the future.

On Saturday, July 25 at 9am, Bike Hutto will be doing a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new sign that officially designates Creekside Park as being adopted by Bike Hutto.  Following the ribbon cutting, volunteers will participate in liter pickup throughout the park and then bike to downtown Hutto for lunch.

Creekside Park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail.  The park contains two playscapes, as well as practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms.

Let us know you can make it by going to the facebook event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/689440817855345/

 

Bike Hutto Adopts Creekside Park

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Bike Hutto is very excited to announce its adoption of Creekside Park as part of the City of Hutto’s Adopt A Spot program!  This is a wonderful service opportunity for our organization to give back to Hutto as part of our Circle of Giving and help beautify a park that is part of Hutto’s Cottonwood Creek Trail system.

Per the City of Hutto: “The Adopt-A-Spot program is a new way for residents to take care of Hutto. Groups can “adopt” different city roadways, parks, and other areas around town by organizing trash clean ups, landscaping, and other ways to keep Hutto looking good.”

Creekside Park is located at 305 Orchard Way, along the Cottonwood Creek Trail.  The park contains two playscapes, practice fields, picnic tables, grills, and bathrooms. We will be organizing cleanup and landscaping events at least four times a year and welcome any community member to join us.

Our first two cleanup days have been scheduled.  The first will be on March 7th as part of Hutto’s Parks and Recreation Department’s Arbor Day event.  We will be picking up litter and planting trees at the park from 8am-12pm.   The second cleanup day will be April 11th as part of Hutto’s BIG EVENT Trash-off.  Times and details will follow.

This is great opportunity for all involved with Bike Hutto to take a special interest in the beautification of a park that we bike through when using the City’s trail system.