RNA meeting this Wednesday August 26th. Please join us!

bullcreeknewsAugust’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.

Ramsey Park Pool Aerator & End-of-Summer Party

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 nearbIMG_9395PoolAeratory 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!  

New state library fence design more neighborhood friendly

fence2largeAccording 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.”

RNA Meeting Minutes—2015 June

rnameetingnotesThe 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.

Ramsey Park July 4th celebration

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Please join us at Ramsey Park on the morning of July 4th to celebrate Independence Day!

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

Volunteers sought for the Ramsey Park July 4 celebration

july042015Join 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.

The schedule:
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!

Sustainable Neighborhoods seeks input on why people live in the Burnet Road area

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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.”

Rosedale home to be featured in ‘Cool House Tour’ on June 7


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.