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.

RNA neighbor meeting – Monday, February 22

cropped-RosedaleLetterhead_Ronly.jpgDear Rosedale,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, February 22, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month’s agenda will include:

  • A presentation introducing the city’s Smart Trips Program, by Becky Moriarty, Community Services Program Manager for the City of Austin. The program promotes alternate transportation to better manage congestion and contribute to a healthy environment. A brochure describing the program is attached. There will be an Open House for the program at the Yarborough Library (how convenient is that!) on Tuesday, February 23, from 6 pm to 7 pm.
  • An update on doings at Ramsey Park, including follow-up tree mulching planned for It’s My Park Day, Saturday, March 5, from 9 am to 1 pm. Think volunteer opportunity! See https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/15963-Ramsey-Park-Mulch-our-trees%21
  • Ongoing discussions regarding The Grove, including the current status of the proposed development, reports of recent meetings, and plans for a pedestrian-bicycle bridge over Shoal Creek.
  • A couple of pending or upcoming zoning matters, including a Board of Adjustment (BOA) Special Exception case for 1200 W. 39 1/2 St. and BOA variance case for setbacks/impervious cover for “The Village at Triangle Ave.” in the Triangle.

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

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

Half marathon splits Rosedale Sunday, January 24th

3m_marathonThis Sunday will see more than 5,000 men and women running through Rosedale in the 22nd 3M Half Marathon. Traffic is sure to be disrupted during the race, which starts at 7 a.m. The route comes into Rosedale from the north on Shoal Creek, turning east onto 45th Street, continuing past The Triangle to Duval. The race continues to the finish line at Congress and 17th Street, ending officially at 11 a.m. Come and see what Outside Magazine calls one of the 10 most iconic races in the U.S.

Rosedale honored by mayor at November RNA meeting

IMG_9950The minutes for the November meeting of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association are now available. The meeting was held on November 23rd at the Yarborough Library. As always all were welcome to attend.  The November meeting is also the RNA’s annual meeting, and as such included the Treasurer’s report and the nomination and voting for Steering Committee members and officers for the coming year. Also in this month’s meeting were details of recent and planned enhancements to Ramsey Park. Zoning news included a schedule change to an important Grove PUD meeting and the city’s adoption of changes to the ADU ordinance. City Council Member Sheri Gallo participated and presented the association with a proclamation from the mayor recognizing the recent tree planing day in Ramsey Park. As always this site contains the minutes for this month’s meeting plus minutes of many prior meetings and information on how to attend future meetings. Note that there will not be December meeting due to all the holidays. The next scheduled meeting is January 25, 2016.

New exercise equipment available for use in Ramsey Park

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!

Giving thanks to many for 42 new trees in 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. proclamationdelivery2-1The 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.