July 4th Parade, Watermelon, and Water Balloon Toss

july4After a thoughtful conversation with our members and the RNA steering committee at the meeting Monday night, it was decided to have a scaled-down version of the July 4th festivities at Ramsey Park, since so many people will be going out of town for the 3-day weekend. It takes a about 70 volunteers to run the parade and carnival, and as of Monday, we only had 24 signed up. This is not the kind of event that can easily be pulled together at the last minute. So we will not be having the carnival and drinks/bake sale, but we will still be having these fun events:

  • 9:30 — Gather at the bleachers to decorate hats, bikes and strollers
  • 10 — Parade around Ramsey Park
  • 10:15 — Enjoy sliced watermelon with your neighbors
  • 10:30 — Water balloon toss

If anyone wants to set up some free activities on their own, that would be great! The Ramsey Park carnival has been the fundraiser for Ramsey Park for many years; thanks to the hard work of Alison Alter and the Ramsey Park Renovation committee, we are not solely dependent on the carnival’s resources to help us finish the renovation projects. We are looking forward to having the carnival again next year, and are hoping more people will be able to volunteer. Thanks and see you on the 4th!

Need emails, and showing for Environmental Commission Review of The Grove

Please email the environment commission by Wednesday of this week
requesting a truly superior Grove at Shoal Creek development. That’s when the
commission will be reviewing the superiority of the environmental aspects of The
Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development (PUD). City zoning requires a
PUD development be superior in many aspects in order to gain the very
valuable and flexible PUD zoning designation. We should expect great things
out of PUD applications. We should require significant superiority from The

The Environmental Commission is tasked with looking at the following
elements of The Grove PUD:
- Parks and Open Space
- Heritage and protected tree preservation
- Drainage and flood mitigation
- Water quality protection
- Noise and air pollution (from traffic, etc.)
- Green buildings (LEED, etc.)
…and more,

Currently, the Grove is barely scraping by on minimum levels of city code
requirements. We should expect higher than expected benefits in parkland, tree protection, drainage and flood protection, noise abatement and sustainable practices.
Remember, just last week the City’s Parks Board voted to support staff’s
recommendation of the PUD application by The Grove not being superior on parks.

Personal emails are best! Use the email addresses below to send the
environmental commissioners your priorities, pictures, thoughts and dreams
of a superior Grove PUD. You can get ideas for what to include in your letter here: http://www.bcrcatx.org/. Your emails matter and will help our goal to “Build a Better PUD!”

If you can, please join your Rosedale neighbors at Austin City Hall Wednesday, June 1st at 6pm
for the commission hearing. Bring friends too! Numbers matter! The developers are offering residents of Westminster Manor a “limo bus” and free BBQ at City Hall for anyone who shows up to support them. We need to exceed their numbers!

Environmental Commissioner email addresses for copying/pasting (note the bc- is a part of the email addresses, don’t remove it):

bc-Marisa.Perales@austintexas.gov; bc-Andrew.Creel@austintexas.gov;
bc-Erin.Gooch@austintexas.gov; bc-Richard.Grayum@austintexas.gov;
bc-linda.h.guerrero@austintexas.gov; bc-Peggy.Maceo@austintexas.gov;
bc-Michael.Moya@austintexas.gov; bc-MaryAnn.Neely@austintexas.gov;
bc-Brian.Smith@austintexas.gov; bc-Hank.Smith@austintexas.gov;

If the above email addresses do not copy/paste correctly into your
email client, try this list:



Cc the City Council in your email. Addresses are below.

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

April RNA Meeting Cancelled!

YarboroughThe Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016 has been cancelled. The City of Austin is using the room for the local election. The next meeting will be May 23, 2016.

RNA neighbor meeting – Monday, March 28

YarboroughDear Rosedale,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, March 28, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month’s agenda will include:

  • Grove BCRC updates
  • AC noise abatement efforts

We welcome discussion of anything else you are interested in bringing up… surprise us!

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

Sounds of the Civil War may reach Rosedale this weekend

gunsof18632016The Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry, just the other side of Mapac west of Rosedale, will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War on March 12th and 13th.  They’ll be putting on a special program, The Guns of 1863, at 1 pm where you can get an up close and personal look at how soldiers on both sides lived during the war. They’ll have a firing demonstration of some of the Civil War’s most famous weapons, and have volunteers from the museum who will explain the uniforms and equipment used by the troops, why they carried flags into battle and the role of drums and bugles in the war. The camp areas will be open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm. Learn more at http://texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/event/2175/

22nd annual bike ride on April 2 to support Rosedale School

rosedaleride2015Our own neighborhood Rosedale School is holding their annual Rosedale Ride on Saturday, April 2nd at 8:30 a.m. Rosedale School is the only AISD school exclusively for children with multiple disabilities and profound needs. Their charity rides raises money for the foundation that supports the school.

Ride routes include 23, 42 and 62 miles. There’s a children’s fun ride of 2 miles. The rides begin and end at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Go to https://www.bikereg.com/rosedaleride to register now!

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.