Re-Activating Plaza Saltillo
Since relocating in March 2013 HOPE FM has focused on re-activating historic Plaza Saltillo through a weekly market at Plaza Saltillo and encouraging re-involvement and re-investment in the space. Over the last eight months many improvements have been made to the space because of the increased activity at Plaza Saltillo:
- Parks and Recreation Department put down some fresh paint, installed a new irrigation system and replaced missing bricks and broken tiles on the fountain.
- CapMetro installed additional bike parking stations on the north side of the plaza for all of you two wheeled commuters.
- ATX Music Office donated the adorable red umbrellas you see in front of the stage and sponsored a monthly music series with a wide range of local bands from gammy-award winning musicians of Money Chicha, big groups like Mariachi Relampago and even Lucas Miller, the singing zoologists for kids!
- Through the support of the Austin Parks Foundation HOPE Farmers Market was able to purchase and install permanent storage doors and, soon, we will have five more HUGE market umbrellas to sit under and enjoy your brunch!
On October 19th HOPE Farmers Market, with support from TreeFolks and Austin Parks Foundation, hosted a Tree Party Volunteer Day at Plaza Saltillo. With the help of 25 volunteers lead by Austin Neal, master gardener and board member of Treefolks, we accomplished a lot! We weeded and mulched all of the planters around Plaza Saltillo and learned how to plant and care for seven new native trees.
Not only did we get a lot done but it was great to bring together lots of people from the Plaza’s present and past. We had student volunteers from one of our favorite UT organizations, Gamma Beta Phi, who got their hands dirty removing invasive nut sedge and spreading lots of beautiful mulch around all of the beautiful native plants. We were also joined by Ilse Frank from Studio Balcones who designed and installed all of the landscaping at Plaza Saltillo through a Keep Austin Beautiful grant in 2009. And what is Saturday in Austin without breakfast tacos? We grabbed tacos for volunteers from Tamale House East whose owners were instrumental in getting Plaza Saltillo built through their work with Olé México!
We had so much fun we’ll surely do it again but for the time being just keep enjoying the space we call home every Sunday from 11-3!