Invitation to review BullCreek at 45th conceptual master plan

conceptreviewThe developer of what was state land at 45th and Bull Creek has announced a meeting to review a conceptual master plan. Details of the planned meeting are on the main page of, and in an email sent out by the developer. The meeting will be Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm in the Smith Auditorium at Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd). The invitation indicates that MileStone will review the Conceptual Master Plan for the development of the site.

City lifeguard search signals pool opening not too far off

lifeguardswanted2Once again the city of Austin is gearing up for the coming swim season by recruiting lifeguards for the 50 or so aquatic facilities around town. In the past, the lack of enough lifeguards forced the city to delay openings and miss swim days. They continue to hone their recruiting program for the more than 750 lifeguards needed. The city is working to have enough qualified staff to help ensure reliable pool availability. The city’s “Get Hired, Get Trained, Get Working” page provides Continue reading

One block of 39th closes temporarily for Lamar Central work

road_closedAs a part of the construction going on at 38th and North Lamar, one block of 39th Street will be closed for six weeks. The letter of March 12th from Highland Resources, shown below, announces the necessary disruption, explains alternate routes, and describes planned safety measures.

Dear Neighbor,

In June 2014, Highland Resources, Inc. started Continue reading

Dozens turn out to pitch in on ‘It’s My [Ramsey] Park Day’

itsmyparkdaymarch2015-1226x817More than two dozen people turned out and pitched in to make the city-wide 2015 “It’s my Park Day” a tremendous success here in the hood. On Saturday, to help out the turf and trees in Ramsey Park, volunteers toiled for hours to make mountains of compost and truckloads of shredded bark disappear. The current rain and coming warm weather  should help green up the park. A huge thanks to all who gave generously of their time and energy to help improve this jewel of the Rosedale neighborhood (some pictured here).

Scott Burton lead this project to great success on behalf of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association. Below are details from Scott about what was applied, how much and by whom (and Scott’s personal thanks): Continue reading

RNA Meeting Minutes for February posted

rnameetingnotesThe minutes for the February 23rd Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting have been posted. Highlights include: The recently completed phases of the Ramsey Park renovations, the plans to recognize this milestone, and next steps for the park;  A variance being sought by a Rosedale resident to rebuild a garage that’s currently non-conforming; The survey results reported by the developer of the recently sold state land at Bull Creek and 45th Street; Traffic disruptions associated with the work being done at Lamar Central (38th and Lamar) and what the developer is proposing; and more. This site maintains minutes for many of the RNA meetings from the past few years, including the minutes for the February 2015 meeting.

Mayor to attend March 7 ribbon cutting for Ramsey Park

CityOfAustinAustin’s Mayor and other dignitaries are coming to Rosedale on March 7th for an official ribbon cutting to mark the recent improvements to Ramsey Park. The actual cutting is planned for 1:30pm but the event will run from 1pm to 3pm with music, face painting, and refreshments. Residents of Rosedale and other fans of the park are encouraged to come and show support for the park and the work done to reach this momentous occasion. March 7th is also “It’s My Park Day” with volunteer work going on in parks around the city, including a project starting at 9am to work on the baseball field at the north end of Ramsey Park.

Free tree give-away in the area on March 7th by Treefolks

treefolks500 free 1-gallon trees will be given out on March 7th in the area. This giveaway is made possible through the generosity of TreeFolks in partnership with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority/MoPac Improvement Project. This information was provided by TreeFolks’ Education and Outreach Coordinator and passed along with permission by Austin Council member Leslie Pool. The “adoption” will run from 9 am until 1pm or until all trees are distributed.  It will be first come, first served, two trees per household, with no requirement to qualify for the free trees.  The species offered are native trees that do well in our area and include Continue reading

Ramsey Park opens today, ribbon cutting to happen March 7

parkopenIt’s been a while, and lots of work and help by lots of great people, but the enhancements to Ramsey Park are finally opening today! Most of the play ground is already open and usable. There’s a ribbon cutting ceremony planned from 1-3 p.m. on March 7th with the actual ceremony at 1:30. The mayor will be there with city staff and some food and drink. There’s also an It’s My Park Day volunteer project for the Ramsey park field that same day at 9 AM. Learn more about helping with that, and the evolution of the Ramsey Park improvements on the park’s FaceBook page. Note that a few areas of the park will remain fenced off to allow the newly sprayed-on grass seed to regrow.