Ramsey Park just received another major upgrade for 2015 with the addition of an impressive adult exercise station. It’s located on the west side of the park at 43rd St., not far from the big “Ramsey Park” sign. There are stations for doing dips, chin ups (at four different spots), push ups, sit ups, and leg lifts/body curls. The station includes an instructional sign showing how to use each of the stations and a cement walk to get from the sidewalk to the exercise area. The area is extremely sturdy, ensuring another great amenity for the park for years to come. It’s planted in an attractive base of crushed granite with a wood border (should be getting an upgrade soon to stone). The sign explains that the equipment is intended for adult use only. The RNA (Parks Committee), the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and your generous donations (plus $7,000 from the Austin Community Foundation) all helped to make this welcome addition possible. Check it out and enjoy the latest enhancement to Rosedale’s Ramsey Park!
The Saturday before Thanksgiving was (thankfully) super weather for planting trees, and dozens heeded the call to help add 42 new trees to Rosedale’s Ramsey Park. The planting was originally going to be 30 trees to be installed on November 7th, but rainy weather pushed the event to the 21st, and in the process the number of trees grew to 42, including two larger oaks.
The City of Austin’s Urban Forestry program, in cooperation with the Rosedale Neighborhood Association (RNA), coordinated the planting. Urban Forestry provided the trees, along with many big truckloads of mulch, lots of rakes, shovels and wheel barrows, good direction, as well as their own hard work. The RNA’s Jeff Archer oversaw the event, helping to get volunteers (and breakfast tacos) to the planting, along with lots of water to keep the volunteers hydrated.
Rosedale is lucky to be represented by two of Austin’s 10 district council members and both representatives Pool and Gallo were on hand to help out. Council member Pool took shovel in hand to help spread the mountains of mulch to encourage the growth of the newly planted trees and those installed in the other recent plantings. This picture shows representative Pool, and another volunteer, dwarfed by one of the two large White/Monterrey Oaks planted on the 21st.
The event started at 9am and continued for more than three hours. Many Rosedale residents, heeding the call, showed up with gloves on, ready to dig. Others hadn’t heard of the planned event but saw the activity while out walking and rushed home to grab their gloves to pitch in. The city had publicized the volunteer opportunity and organizations from the University of Texas and even Texas A&M in College Station showed up. All this help made possible something that would have been much harder, if not impossible, without the generous assistance of the significant number of selfless volunteers.
In addition to tacos, coffee, and drinks provided by RNA, volunteers received thanks in the form of coupons from Chipotle good for free burritos, guacamole and chips. Austin Mayor Steve Adler even recognized the event by issuing an official proclamation declaring Saturday, November 21st as Ramsey Park Tree Planting Day. Council Member Sheri Gallo gave up time on her Saturday to read the proclamation and personally thank all the volunteers. She also attended the RNA’s annual meeting the following Monday to personally present the proclamation to Alison Alter, the chair of the RNA’s Parks Committee.
Nature even smiled on the event, delivering soaking rain within the following week, but even before the rains, the city was out again with their reclaimed water, ensuring every new tree got a big drink to help them on their way to a long and shady future. The city has been watering all the young trees in the park regularly with reclaimed water and plans to continue, as appropriate, until the trees are fully established.
Ramsey Park is the jewel of the Rosedale Neighborhood but its amenities and natural beauty don’t happen by themselves. So a huge Thanksgiving thanks to the city, the volunteers from the neighborhood and beyond, the members of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association, and all who continue to improve the park for the citizens to enjoy today and for generations to come.
If you’ve been out at 6 a.m. recently you may have seen the city watering the newer trees in Ramsey Park. Using reclaimed water, they place six buckets (with lots of holes) around each tree to help ensure the correct amount of water is delivered to the tree drip line. Given our current relapse back into drought, and our love of a shady park, the neighborhood owes a big “Thanks!” to the city. One way we can do that, and help ourselves, is to sign up to help plant new trees and mulch existing trees on November 21th. During the event, from 9 a.m. to noon, we will plant 30 new trees and mulch many of the mature trees. The event is a collaboration between the City of Austin Urban Forestry Program and the Rosedale Neighborhood Association. Sign up today to say Thanks! to the city and to help improve our jewel of the Rosedale neighborhood.
Earth Mother, a cheerful painted female head, has emerged from the earth at Ramsey Park. She is planted with plumbago, autumn sage, myoporum, and Mexican feather grass and is sited to watch over all who come to enjoy the park. The artist is Yuliya Lanina. Her work, along with ten other local artists, was selected for 2015 TEMPO, a temporary public art project sponsored by the City of Austin.
Earth Mother will be on display in Ramsey Park through November 30. Other 2015 TEMPO installations can be found all over Austin. Temporary public art plays an important role in attracting new and emerging artists to the City’s public art program.
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
If you’ve been to Rosedale’s recently improved Ramsey Park, you may have noticed City of Austin signs. We’re being asked to take a short survey about the park. The short seven question survey can be found at surveymonkey.com/s/RamseyNP. The more the city knows about the wishes of the users of the park, the more they can defend spending money to make improvements. Questions include how you use the park and your top three priorities for future improvements, park safety and cleanliness, and more. Please take a minute and let Austin know your wishes for this jewel of the Rosedale neighborhood.
An annual summer tradition returns to Ramsey Park! Something for Nothing Theatre presents Henry IV, Part 1 for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park. This will be the first theater production in the newly renovated Ramsey Park amphitheater. Shows begin at 8:00 p.m. for three weekends (Thursdays – Saturdays, June 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27, 2015). Admission is free and seating is first come, first serve. Highland Resources (a supporter of Ramsey Park and the developer of Lamar Central at 3800 North Lamar) is sponsoring this free event and has special treats planned for the showings on Saturday, June 13th and Saturday, June 20th. So bring friends and family, and join us for Shakespeare in the Park!
The Aquatic Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department put out its 2015 City of Austin Pool Schedule and June 8 is the official opening day for Rosedale’s Ramsey Pool. The document lists opening dates and times for pools all over the city. They maintain a web page linking to individual schedules for each city pool and aquatic facility, including one for Ramsey Pool. Weather, equipment, personnel, or other issues can always preempt opening of the pool on any given day, but it’s a good sign to have an official date. The city also reminds us that there are still lifeguard positions available and encourage anyone interested to contact them.
The Aquatic Division and Austin Parks Foundation have partnered to offer the first ever Lifeguard Hiring Incentive program. Over 750 lifeguards need to be hired for the summer season in order to safely operate Austin’s municipal pools. The goal of this partnership is to provide an incentive for the first 500 lifeguards that are hired, trained and work the first week of the summer swim season. The incentive is a $100 bonus that will be paid to lifeguard employees in the form of Continue reading
Once 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