Martha Knies Community Park
After years of encouragement from residents, the City of Wimberley designated land for The Martha Knies Community Park in 2019 to honor Martha’s exceptional 30-year service to the city. Wimberley Valley Works’ Stephanie Nestlerode built on the community’s long-standing conversations and offered to coordinate the design of the park and ongoing fundraising for its completion in time for the ribbon-cutting on March 7, 2021.
The park is truly a tribute to one of Wimberley's most beloved citizens. Martha exemplifies the unmatched volunteer spirit and can-do attitude found in the Valley. In 1992, she founded Keep Wimberley Beautiful (KWB) then served as its president for more than 20 years. Under her leadership, KWB won the Governor’s Community Achievement Award three times.
In the nineties, Martha saw that the quaint nature of Wimberley would be lost if the Village didn’t rally around some design guidelines. She called together a group which created “Wimberley: Preserving the Magic: Building, Signage and Landscape Guide.” Their work is credited with ensuring that Wimberley remains “A Little Bit of Heaven.” After Wimberley incorporated in 2000, Martha served on the first City Council. She was instrumental in securing grants and donations for the city to obtain property on Cypress Creek for a nature preserve. The City Council on which she served also obtained a $750,000 grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife to build a Community Center in the middle of town. She was a key player in drafting Wimberley’s first Comprehensive Plan, which is still in use today. Now in her eighties, Martha’s a frequent speaker on the local radio, writes a regular column in The Wimberley View, and advocates for Dark Skies over Wimberley. She continues to volunteer at the Visitor’s Center and the Village Store.
In April 2020, Keep Texas Beautiful awarded Martha their most prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime achievement honor – the Leadership Award.
To donate, click here or send a check to Keep Wimberley Beautiful, noting it’s a contribution to the Park, and mail to: Keep Wimberley Beautiful, P. O. Box 2253 Wimberley TX 78676.