MLK Service Day with American YouthWorks and Violet Crown Trail

DPR's Austin office employees used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to get their hands dirty with two of their long-time community partners.

DPR's Matt Hoglund presents a check for $40,000 to American YouthWorks following a landscape volunteer day.

DPR volunteers joined youth from the American YouthWorks program on Monday to clean the historic Burdett Prairie Cemetery and adjacent greenbelt trail. DPR has worked with American YouthWorks and their YouthBuild program in Austin for more than three years. In addition to hands-on work and training with the students, DPR donates the proceeds from their annual golf tournament to the organization. The $40,000 check presented Monday brings total donations for the last three years to $90,000.

Teamwork in action: volunteers with chainsaws cut trunks and branches, other workers dragged them to the chipper, where additional volunteers loaded them in to be mulched.

A second DPR volunteer crew equipped with chainsaws and a chipper cleared cedar and underbrush for a new segment of the Violet Crown Trail. DPR has a three year commitment to the Hill Country Conservancy to provide manpower, equipment and financial support for the trail. After 15 years of land acquisition, planning and permitting, the first six mile section of the ultimately 30-mile trail opened in 2015.