August’s monthly meeting of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association was rescheduled to make it easier to get the kids back to school. This month’s meeting is now being held this Wednesday, August 26th at 6:45 p.m. at the Yarborough Library. As always, all are encouraged to attend and participate. This meeting’s agenda includes development plans for The Grove at Shoal Creek, the planned fencing around the State Archives/Records Management Building on Shoal Creek Boulevard, and an update on the improvements to Ramsey Park. Please join us and help ensure all these projects end up being as good as possible for the neighborhood and surroundings. Meeting durations vary based on how much there is to discuss and on the interest of the attendees, but we normally try to wind up by 8 p.m.
Have you been by Ramsey Pool after hours or early in the morning lately and noticed the twin jets of water spraying out over the pool and landing with the relaxing sound of Angel Falls? No, that’s not the city’s attempt to mask the irritating noise from nearby dumpsters and industrial air handlers. Those fountains are formed by the newly installed aerator donated by the Rosedale Neighborhood Association to the City of Austin and designed to cool the pool in the heat of summer. And thanks to the laws of physics, it works! The formerly tepid soup-temperature water of Ramsey Pool in mid-August has been transformed into a refreshing dip that reminds one of a swimming hole in a shady grotto on the Barton Springs greenbelt. By sending the water into the air overnight, the aerator allows the heat accumulating in the pool by day to dissipate into the cooler night air. The result: water temperatures that are at least 5 degrees cooler. Come try it out before Ramsey Pool closes for the season (gasp) next Sunday, August 23.
The Ramsey Pool aerator was conceived and assembled by Jeff Archer, with plumbing help from Matt Stamm of Cougar Irrigation. The device and related electric work were paid for with 4th of July carnival revenue and Ramsey Park Project contributions. The RNA donated the device to the city and the pool engineers completed the project.
Looking for the perfect opportunity to test the waters for your own self? Don’t miss the RNA’s annual End-of-Summer Pool Party Saturday evening, 6–8 pm, on August 22. Food, drink, tunes, and cooler than ever thanks to our new aerator!
According to a post on the Rosedale Yahoo Group, Gina and Chris Allen, on behalf of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association, met in July with Mark Smith, director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
The purpose of the meeting was to talk about the fence being proposed for the state library in Rosedale. Much of the fence was to be parallel to the sidewalk along a very long section of Shoal Creek Boulevard . (The library is the big building in Rosedale on the west side of Shoal Creek Boulevard between the street and Shoal Creek itself, a bit south of 45th Street.) The meeting resulted in a different, much more neighborhood-friendly design.
Here’s Chris’ summary from the post:
“We learned a lot about what the facility does and their changing needs, particularly regarding security. Due to changes in State and Federal privacy/security rules, they need a fence to secure the facility ASAP, but Mark gave us his sketch for a much more neighborhood-friendly solution that should make the fence a win-win situation. (see attached, with the revised fence line highlighted). We think it’s a very reasonable alternative to fencing off the whole property at the street.”
Please note that there will not be a meeting of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association in July. Meetings are typically held on the fourth Monday of the month and information about the meetings and minutes to past meetings are available on this site. The RNA Steering Committee looks forward to seeing Rosedale residents at the next RNA meeting.
The minutes for the Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting on June 22th have been posted. Highlights include: Ramsey Park Renovation Update, a Variance Request for 4705 and 4707 Rosedale, update on Milestone Properties—The Grove at Shoal Creek Development including discussion on affordable housing with several ownership options.
The RNA website maintains minutes for many of the RNA meetings from the past few years.
Here’s the schedule:
9:30 am — meet at the bleachers at the northwest corner of the park to decorate bikes, strollers, pets, and yourselves
10:00 am — promenade around the park
10:15 am — enjoy cold watermelon and a water balloon toss
10:30 am — migrate to the center of the park for carnival games, cold drinks, and delicious baked goods
Thank you to our generous local restaurants and neighbors for donating the wonderful food including:
- breakfast tacos from Taco Shack
- kolaches from The Kolache Factory
- pecan pies from Tiny Pies
- pastries from Upper Crust Bakery
- home-made baked goods from our neighbors
- cold drinks from Melanie McLeroy and Taurus Training
- water from Frost Bank, Glenda Ripley, and Rosedale Baptist Church
We are one lucky neighborhood!! If you would like to bring baked goods for the carnival, please bring it to the bake sale table by 10 am. If you’re too busy to bake, we also welcome store-bought goods. The items do not need to be individually wrapped.
Tickets for the carnival games and drinks will be sold at the basketball court. Tickets are .50 each. Cash is accepted for the bake sale. All funds raised from the Ramsey Park celebration will go directly to benefit Ramsey Park.
See you on Saturday!
Mindy Marble and Rachel Gray
Ramsey Park Carnival co-chairs
Join your neighbors at Ramsey Park to celebrate the 4th of July!
Volunteers are needed for 45-minute shifts from 10:30 to 11:15 and 11:15 to 12:00 to help with carnival games,
food sales, set up, and clean up. You can sign up to volunteer here. Questions? please contact Rachel Gray.
Donations of baked goods and sliced watermelon are also needed. To donate, please contact carnival chair Mindy Marble.
9:30 am: Gather at the bleachers to decorate bikes, hats, pets, etc.
10:00 am: Parade around the park.
10:10 am: Return to the bleachers for watermelon and a water balloon toss.
10:30 am: Carnival games and baked goods in the middle of the park.
It will be a pleasure celebrating in the park together with all
the new renovations!
June 22nd, the fourth Monday of the month, is the next Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting. The agenda contains a number of important issues for Rosedale. The meeting starts at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock. As always, all are welcome to attend and participate!
The agenda for this month’s meeting includes: Continue reading
From Sustainable Neighborhoods: “Please consider taking the following survey on why you live in the Burnet Road area of Austin, and forward the link to friends and neighbors, in particular families with children. surveymonkey.com/r/78L732Z”
“The survey has been prepared by Sustainable Neighborhoods (SNaustin.org), a local community organization that supports balanced demographics and retention of families in the Burnet Road area as new development occurs. Keeping Austin both livable and affordable is a challenge for everybody. Families with children in high-growth urban neighborhoods across the country are under particular pressure. The Burnet Road area is one of the few places left in Austin’s urban core that retains so many great features for families. As the City of Austin begins a major planning effort on Burnet and Anderson this autumn, we want to understand what things will help to keep long-term residents, including families, in our community.”
One of the ‘cool houses’ in Rosedale is to be featured as a part of the 19th annual Cool House Tour on Sunday, June 7th. The tour is self-guided, showcasing homes and projects designed and built to high standards of energy efficiency, comfort and attractive design. One of the homes on the tour is referred to as a “Rosedale rebuild” by its builder who has a nice write up with pictures detailing the recent redo. The Cool House Tour is a resource for learning how to live comfortably in the hot Central Texas climate. Find out more and learn where to get tickets.