Eagle Scout Mitchell Mezyk Transforms South Clematis Lane Traffic Circle at Entrance to the Willow Waterhole Greenway

On September 24th, Mitchell Mezyk, a scout with St. Thomas More Troop 99, completed a landscaping transformation of the traffic circle on South Clematis Lane near Gasmer Drive.   The site is on the banks of Levitt Lake opposite where the future music pavilion is planned and is an entry point into the Willow Waterhole Greenway.   This is the second project traffic circle on Clematis transformed by Eagle Scouts.   Both were weedy and potholed, attached are the before and after photos for Mitchell’s, it is now a beautiful xeriscape.    

Mitchell spent one day preparing the site; mowing, killing weeds, and leveling.  The second day he and his fellow scouts from Troop 99 planted a live oak tree, put down weedblock, spread crushed granite, and placed boulders around the circle.   Mitchell and his father made a trip to Fredericksburg to get the boulders, the tree was donated by Trees for Houston, and crushed granite by the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy.  Mitchell raised funds to purchase weed killer, weedblock, additional crushed granite, and lunch for the troop. 

Bill Burhans, Conservation Director with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy commented, “we are so happy Mitchell has transformed another entry point into the Greenway.   Often the first impression people have is the most important and this makes the Greenway more inviting and beautiful to visit.  The master plan for the Greenway designates this site as a major trailhead leading to the future Levitt Pavilion and as a parking area.   Mitchell’s and the troop’s efforts are highly appreciated.”    

After completion of the work Mitchell said. “this project required many different skills; leadership, organizational, mechanical, and also just plain hard work in the heat.   I enjoyed all the aspects and I learned a lot about how the Willow Waterhole Greenway benefits our community.  I would like to thank all those who helped me complete the project.”