This week we had the pleasure of tabling at the Hillside Concert Series at Pan American Rec Center at the corner of 4th and Chicon St. Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the series, the longest running outdoor concert series in Austin. Folks enjoyed the very first Hillside music back in 1958. The Smart Trips team along with fellow Austinites had the pleasure of seeing the wonderful Jess Ortegon, George Mercado and Street People live on the beautifully decorated stage.
We weren’t the only ones with tables and tents on the lawn!
Folks from around the city came by and shared helpful info and goodies with the public.
See the full panoramic view 🙂
While tabling, we had the opportunity to talk with folks from the area and share what are program is all about. We help Austinites get around the city without having to rely on a car. We put on walks, bike rides and transit adventures to show people all the ways they can make their every day trips. We passed out maps that highlight trails in the East side as well as bike lanes and comfortable streets to walk or ride your bike on.
The favorite item among the kids seemed to be the reflective wrist bands. Several came over to the table asking if they could have one for their sister or their brother. One kid rushed over his sister just as we were starting to wrap up because he wanted to make certain his sister could still get one too. Too cute!
We also had the chance to chat with some volunteers from Austin Parks Foundation. We talked about some trails available in the area, like the Southern Walnut Creek Trail and the Upper Boggy Creek Trail, which is part of Eastlink Trail. We later spotted them walking around the park equipped with supplies for picking up any litter on the grass. Thanks y’all for helping keep the park clean for everyone to enjoy! We even caught one of the guys sporting our sunglasses! Brownie points for you!
We’ll be back next week! This time we’re leading a walk/caminata. Meet us at Metz Rec Center by the splash pad in the heart of the Holly neighborhood and walk over to the concert with us as we share fun stories of the concert and the neighborhood. New and old stories are most welcome! Folks can share something crazy that happened at one of the concerts or maybe something they miss about the old days of the East Cesar Chavez, Govalle and Holly neighborhoods.
Thank to everyone at Pan American Rec Center who helps to put on this event for residents every year and thank you to the staff for making us feel welcome and chatting with us. We enjoyed getting to know you!
To see where we’ll be next, visit our events page.