Austin expands recycling program: Plastics!

recycleThe City of Austin has expanded its recycling program to include many more hard plastics such as laundry baskets, pet carriers, dish drainers and trash cans.  These plastics can be manufactured into things like ice scrapers, rakes, battery cables, plastic lumber, fencing and more. All items must fit into the blue trash can with the lid closed. Any metal parts should be removed and all items should be rinsed before recycling. Only hard plastics are accepted; plastic foam, plastic bags, and plastic wrap are still not allowed.

Phases II and III start for Ramsey Park improvement

phase2and3fencesIt’s been said that good fences make good neighbors. When it comes to Ramsey Park, good fences are a sign of exciting things to come as construction on Phases II and III gets kicked off. Tree protection and other prep measures that have been put in place are needed for laying the new pathways and  installation of the new playscapes.

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Rosedale used as backdrop for filming of car ad

filming a car adIf you’re going to see an astronaut in full gear in Rosedale, it’s likely to be in October, on the 31st, and candy will be the goal. But this astronaut was spotted on Sinclair in the middle of the day at the beginning of the month surrounded by lights and filming equipment. It seems that Toyota was using one of the houses in the neighborhood as the setting for an ad they’re producing for their RAV4. That’s one small step for a neighborhood…

Modern day ‘Stonehenge’ in Rosedale no mystery

Rosedale StonehengeBig monoliths arranged in circles mean different things to different people. Back in 2,500 BCE, it may have been as close to an Apple Watch as one could get. Today in Rosedale these stones represent another step forward for the Ramsey Park improvement work. A part of Phase I of the master plan, the limestone amphitheater provides blocks to sit on or lean back on.

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Candidates, Park focus of RNA meeting, September 22nd

lady at ramsey 3The Rosedale Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.  All are welcome. On this month’s agenda:

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Update on State disposition on Bull Creek Road property

state landFront page, above the fold: Bull Creek Road land vote in today’s Austin American-Statesman:

Council votes to seek Bull Creek Road land
Austin will buy out 300 more homes on flood-prone creeks.
By Sarah Coppola [email protected] 
Two major land purchases dominated the Tuesday meeting at which the Austin City Council approved a $3.5 billion budget for the coming year.
The City Council agreed to negotiate with the state to buy 75 acres of highly coveted land at Bull Creek Road and 45th Street for nearly $29 million. It also decided to spend $78 million to buy out about 300 more homes along flood-prone Onion Creek and Williamson Creek.

Read the complete article at the Austin-American Statesman (paywall). This information is also available on the Bull Creek Coalition’s Facebook page.


New 311 smart phone app simplifies city service requests

Find out more about Austin's new 311 appAustin recently made it easier for Rosedale residents to report problems to the city.  A new smart phone app, available for iPhone and Android, let users provide information to alert the city where services are needed.  The app knows where you are (and you can adjust the report for the actual location of the problem). You can take a picture or attach one already in your smart phone. Categories available for reports range from animal and lighting issues to noise, park and property maintenance, street and water issues. You can monitor action on your request and see other requests around the city. As always you can still just call 311 to report and issue or request service online.

Here’s the city’s press release about their new 311 smart phone app:

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TreeFolks may have a free tree for your yard

TreeFolks offering free treesBeautiful trees are part of what makes the Rosedale neighborhood so special. Rosedale’s history helps explain why we have such a concentration of towering trees, but many of our trees are getting ‘long in the tooth’ and will be gone before you know it. TreeFolks, a central Texas charity promoting urban forestry, distributes FREE trees that can help replenish Rosedale’s stock of leafy shade providers.
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