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RNA neighbor meeting – Monday, May 23

YarboroughDear Rosedale,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, May 23, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month’s agenda will include:

      • A presentation by representatives of Bike Austin regarding efforts to work with the City of Austin to fund Austin’s Bicycle Master Plan and high-priority sidewalks in the Sidewalk Master Plan
      • A report from our representatives to the BCRC regarding the current status of the Grove, including consideration of RNA action regarding upcoming city Parks Board review of the Grove park proposals and a discussion of the zoning lawsuit brought by neighbors of the proposed development
      • An update on Ramsey Park as we wind down the park redevelopment project, including a status report on the inscribed paver walk
      • Planning discussions for the 4th of July activities for this year, including the need for volunteers to help us old hands plan and oversee the carnival
      • An update on noise from local A/C sources and efforts to alleviate some of the worst offenders around Rosedale

You are welcome to bring up anything else of interest to the neighborhood and to participate in the discussion.

Hope to see you there!

Jeff Archer

RNA Co-President

It’s My Park Day – March 5

itsmyparkdaymarch2015ParkDayJoin the Austin Park’s Foundation’s It’s My Park Day by showing up at Ramsey Park on Saturday from 9am to noon. Bring your gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows, and help mulch our new and old trees.

It’s My Park Day is always held the first Saturday of March. Each year, thousands of volunteers work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city.

In 2015, they had nearly 100 projects city-wide, 3,000 volunteers, and 10,000 hours of volunteer labor. That’s equivalent to 5 park maintenance employees working full-time for a whole year! All told, including labor, this one day represented an investment of over a quarter of a million dollars for Austin’s parks.

Rosedale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Yarborough LibraryAfter a well-deserved break for the holidays, the Rosedale Neighborhood Association steering committee will resume its regular monthly meetings on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, January 25, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month we will update the neighborhood on a number of important issues and ongoing concerns, including:

  • The latest developments regarding The Grove
  • The proposed PUD code amendment (regarding city approval of the initial development of unzoned land such as the Bull Creek Road tract)
  • The Parkland Dedication Ordinance under consideration by the city council
  • The city’s regulation of short term rentals (STRs)

We are also happy to discuss anything else you are interested in bringing up… there’s always something!

Please attend if you want to be in the know or participate in the discussion. Hope to see you there!

Jeff Archer
RNA Co-President

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.”

Ramsey Park July 4th celebration

FullSizeRenderHi neighbors, 

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

Council Member Pool to host District 7 Town Hall May 16th

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 10.19.47 AMCouncil Member Leslie Pool is hosting a Town Hall event to discuss important issues in the North Austin community. This event will be the first of a series of town halls for District 7. In attendance will be
representatives from the City’s Budget Department, CapMetro and First Responder Teams, among others. We hope you can participate!

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. to Noon
St. Albert the Great Catholic Church
12041 Bittern Hollow


Coyotes in Rosedale: Be aware, prepared, and call them in

Coyote3There was a report on the Rosedale Yahoo Groups listserv of an injured cat and other encounters that suggest coyotes may be in the Rosedale area. Greenbelts, like Shoal Creek, are known to be attractive to the animal. The city says coyote sightings happen throughout the county and ask that we report them to help authorities know where to place traps. This brochure and the city’s page on the subject provide information, including dos and don’ts on how to avoid and help deal with this Texas native. Please read and call 311 if you see a coyote.

The Mosquitoes are Coming


I know what you are thinking,“already”? Sadly, yes. It is finally nice enough to enjoy the outdoors and normally we have at least a few weekends before they get out of control. Yesterday, however, we went out to dump the
rain water that gathered and found that many already had the nasty little larve swimming around (they look like tiny worms if you are unfamiliar). Continue reading