Plaza Saltillo’s lookin’ spiffy

After a long, hot day planting native trees, shrubs and grasses, Plaza Saltillo looks great!

Capital Metro–with the help of many volunteers, the landscape design dynamo of Ilse Frank, principal of Studio Balcones Landscape + Urbanism, the grant and materials support of Keep Austin Beautiful, the assistance of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin/Saltillo Sister Cities Association, and the in-kind donations of several local businesses–has been revitalizing Plaza Saltillo over the past several months.

The most recent volunteer day was this past Saturday, June 19th.  Twenty hard working, dedicated volunteers planted about 300 plants in sweltering heat at Plaza Saltillo.   Many thanks to Thistle Cafe for providing lunch and Texas Coffee Traders who supplied coffee.  This work day completed all of the large planting beds and added shade trees, ornamental shade trees, grasses, and native plants. It looks fantastic! Check out the photo gallery on the Friends of Plaza Saltillo Facebook page.

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Second Volunteer Day at Plaza Saltillo

Cleaned beds at Plaza Saltillo ready for new plantings

On Saturday morning, October 24th, the Plaza Saltillo at E 5th St. and Comal St. began to come alive.

Adjacent to the Plaza Saltillo MetroRail Station, Plaza Saltillo sits as a public plaza inspired by one of Austin’s Sister Cities, Saltillo, Mexico. The Plaza was built in 1997 through a grant by the City of Austin on land leased from Capital Metro.

Saturday was the second volunteer day at the Plaza Saltillo. The first day, volunteers removed tired remainders of the original landscape plantings and prepared the beds for new plants. This past weekend, volunteers helped us install some of the new plantings. Continue reading “Second Volunteer Day at Plaza Saltillo”

Revitalizing Plaza Saltillo

Deep in the heart of lovely East Austin is a wonderful place called Plaza Saltillo – it’s one of our MetroRail stations and a beautifully designed public gathering space. Unfortunately, the landscaping and some fixtures at Plaza Saltillo have seen better days, and so in an effort to revitalize this cherished community asset, we are working with the City’s Parks & Recreation Department and community partners to give the Plaza a much-needed refresh.

Beautiful Plaza Saltillo
Beautiful Plaza Saltillo

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