RNA meeting notes, August 16, 2021

Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting
August 16, 2021 via Zoom

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 pm by co-president Jeff Archer. Jeff introduced co-president Carl Reynolds and mailing list moderators Vicki Almstrum and Robert Moorhead.

The first item was an Austin State Hospital (ASH) update by Lauv (pronounced “Love”) Bruner, Project Coordinator for the Health and Human Services Commission. (See screenshots of powerpoint slides at the end.) The main takeaways:

  • Interested parties should definitely look at the website, Ashredesign.org.
  • Hospital completion (the giant building going up immediately north of Central Market) is projected for Spring 2023.
  • The dark grey completed structure north of that is a warehouse.

The second item concerned Yarborough Library, with Aaron Goldman, a program specialist/community outreach staffer at the branch. Aaron can be reached at: aaron.goldman@austintexas.gov. The Yarborough page of the Austin Public Library is library.austintexas.gov/yarborough-branch. Aaron mentioned several items:

  • Yarborough was closed for 2 years but is open now.
  • Meeting room usage is still suspended.
  • There are virtual programs and displays.
  • He is working on an “asset mapping” project for needs and strengths of the neighborhoods served by the branch and is interested in hearing from people.
  • There is an “older adult” book club meeting monthly.
  • They offer language learning.
  • The branch has a seed library .
  • There is still public computer access using every other terminal.
  • They are requiring masks for entry.
  • The front exchange area is open.
  • Checked out materials have longer renewals, five times auto-renew for 3 weeks each.
  • Aaron can help the RNA connect with the Austin History Center and surface more information about the neighborhood and about the Austin State Hospital.

Jeff concluded the meeting at 8:15, noting that we hope to get another paper newsletter out and plan for another RNA meeting in the Fall.

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RNA meeting, August 16 at 7pm

Video conference computer screen

Source: Pixabay

On Monday, August 16, at 7pm, please join us for an on-line RNA meeting. Our guest will be Aaron Goldman, Program Specialist at Yarborough Library, who would like to discuss mutual support and simply connect. He suggests: “I was thinking a general dialogue and connection would be great. Beyond how people are doing I had a few ideas for some general questions: What people are feeling passionate about within the neighborhood, what assets (strengths) do you recognize within your association, what are organizations and physical spaces throughout the neighborhood you value, etc.”

The Steering Committee will also share updates about projects such as the one at the State Hospital and other neighborhood activities.

Topic: RNA Steering Committee Aug Meeting
Time: Aug 16, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

For information and how to log in, please check the Rosedale mailing list or contact the webmasters (webmaster@rosedaleaustin.org).

Rosedale’s July 4th celebration for 2021

Join the RNA’s two-part celebration for 2021!

  • Part 1: in-person at Ramsey Park, with promenade, music, and food.
  • Part 2: repeats last year’s popular self-guided hunt through the neighborhood.

Part 1) In-person event at Ramsey Park

Sunday, July 4th starting at 10:00am

Come join us in person for Rosedale’s 4th of July event at Ramsey Park on Sunday, July 4, 2021!

promenade-decorationsArrive by 10am to decorate bikes/scooters/strollers/pets using decorations we will provide or decorate at home if you prefer! A bit after 10:00, join our traditional promenade around Ramsey Park. After that, everyone can enjoy music provided by Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band and purchase breakfast tacos and ice cream from local food trucks. Please bring chairs, sunscreen, hats, and other items that will help you stay comfortable in the heat. Don’t forget to bring cash or a credit card for buying food!

If you have ideas or would like to help, please contact Rachel Gray, goldra360@hotmail.com

NOTE: Due to continued concerns about close contact, the RNA will not hold their traditional carnival and bake sale again this year.

Part 2) Self-guided hunt

Find patriotic decorations, answer questions, July 4 – 10

stadler-IMG_1366 2Join Rosedale’s 2nd annual self-guided patriotic hunt!

Decorators needed: Please consider decorating your home by the morning of July 4th as a location for the hunt. To volunteer, submit your address using this registration form so we can add it to the self-guided tour document and map: forms.gle/YbPMrgXRDesZQK5K9

Blank signs: The RNA is providing blank signs that you can decorate! To request a sign send an email to Kelly Lancaster, kelly.pirkl@gmail.com

To participate in the hunt: Download the list and map, tour the included addresses, admire the decorations, and find answers to the questions. Look for decorations at your convenience  from the morning of Sunday, July 4th through the evening of Saturday,  July 10th.

Additional information:

Please share pictures!

  • If you post on social media, use the hashtag #rosedaleaustin4th2021
  • For inclusion in a post on rosedaleaustin.org, send to Vicki Almstrum <almstrum@gmail.com>

RNA meeting 6/21 + newsletter

Rudy's BBQ on North LamarPlease join us on Monday, June 21, for our first in-person meeting of 2021! We will meet on the outdoor patio at Rudy’s (Lamar and 40th St.). The meeting will begin at 7pm.

We ask you to share this information with your neighbors! On the agenda: the annual 4th of July celebration, Ramsey Pool, the State Hospital construction, and much more.

Watch for our neighborhood newsletter, which will be delivered throughout the Rosedale neighborhood over the coming days.

You can also read the Rosedalian Newsletter for June 2021 here in PDF form!

In this newsletter: info about Rosedale’s 4th of July celebration plans; updates about Ramsey Pool, the Rosedale School, the construction project at Austin State Hospital, and the new fence at the State Records Center; news from Yarborough Library; greetings from our District 7 City Council Member; and ideas for connecting with neighbors, including our neighborhood email list on groups.io.

Pictures from Rosedale’s July 4th, 2020

stadler-IMG_1366 2The Rosedale neighborhood’s 4th of July celebrations for 2020 did not follow tradition due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. In most years, Ramsey Park is the setting for a parade of decorated bikes and strollers, followed by watermelon, a balloon toss competition, a children’s carnival, and live music.

This year, individual neighbors volunteered to set out patriotic decorations. We then invited residents to wander on their own to enjoy the decorations, guided by a summary document and a map. Here you see a selection of images from various homes that participated.

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Rosedale’s July 4th celebration for 2020

Please join us for a patriotic neighborhood self-guided experience!!


Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay (Public Domain)

Due to COVID-19 and the necessary precautions, this year’s July 4th celebrations are of a very different nature. The Rosedale Neighborhood Association invites neighbors to participate in a patriotic neighborhood hunt instead! We can’t be together in the traditional way, but we can still celebrate.

Three ways to participate!
(1) Decorate for others to enjoy
(2) Safely explore the neighborhood to admire
(3) Share photos!

See below for details. Questions? Contact Vicki Almstrum, almstrum@gmail.com.


  • Set up patriotic decorations in your yard, in your windows, on your house.
  • Timing:
    • Ready to view by 8am on July 4th.
    • Remain up until at least the evening of July 11th.
  • Ideas for decorations — use your imagination!
    • A flag hung from your home
    • A stuffed animal in a patriotic outfit
    • A chalk-decorated sidewalk near the street
    • A yard sign with patriotic decorations
    • A balloon arrangement
    • A decorated vehicle parked in front of the house.
  • Register your address here: tinyurl.com/rosedaleaustin4th2020-register

Explore July 4th – July 11th!

Share photos!


Rosedale RNA Meeting June 15, 2020

july4th-joyce-brown-flagDear Rosedale Neighbors,

As you may remember, Rosedale has held a children’s parade and carnival on the 4th of July at Ramsey Park for decades, followed for many of us with a nice cool dip in Ramsey Pool.  Alas, we will be unable to hold these events as usual this 4th of July.  Restrictions on gatherings and other practical consideration make the carnival and other activities impossible to hold in the traditional way this year.  In addition, the city has no plans to open Ramsey Pool this summer.  You may have noticed they just drained the pool.

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association Steering Committee is considering whether to organize a simple alternative 4th of July activity. One idea is a bicycle/walking parade with flags and decorated masks and proper social distancing.  Another idea is a charity parade or event collecting in-kind or cash donations for the Central Texas Food Bank, All Together ATX, or another local organization.  Please put on your thinking caps and share your own ideas for something special for the 4th that would be simple, fun, and rewarding, despite the restrictions.  Ideally it needs to be something that each participant can prepare for their self, and that does not require in-person group preparation or clean-up.

To discuss the 4th of July in Rosedale, the RNA Steering Committee will hold a virtual ZOOM meeting on Monday, June 15, from 7 pm to 8:15 or so.  In the meantime, you may post ideas here on our groups.io listserve or email me at jeffarcher@yahoo.com.

Instructions for accessing the ZOOM meeting are posted below.  Keep in mind we haven’t done a meeting in this way before, so expect the unexpected and be patient with us and the technology.

Please mark your calendar to join the RNA Steering Committee on ZOOM at 7 pm on June 15 to discuss the 4th of July. You may speak your piece or just be a fly on the screen, but we’d love to touch base with everyone!

More soon.  Thanks for your valuable time!

Jeff Archer
RNA Co-President

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RNA Meeting Monday, Feb. 10, 7-8:30 pm at Rudy’s BBQ on Lamar

Rudy's BBQ on North LamarThe RNA will meet on Monday evening, February 10 at 7:00pm at Rudy’s BBQ on Lamar Blvd in the Crockett Room (on the south end). During this meeting we will elect RNA officers and Steering Committee members for 2020; nominations will be posted later this week.

We will also discuss the current state of the Land Development Code (LDC) Revision (the CodeNEXT continuation), which the City Council will be taking up at a series of meeting next week. City staff, working at the direction of Council, has recently unveiled an updated map of the proposed new zoning. The updated map includes changes in the Rosedale area along 45th Street but appears to leave other upzoning in place as it affects Rosedale. We are beginning to analyze the most recent changes and hope to have more information at the February 10 meeting.

Thanks to everyone who cares about our city and our neighborhood. We hope to see you at Rudy’s on February 10 at 7 pm!

Jeff Archer
RNA President

RNA Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7-8:30 pm at Rudy’s BBQ on Lamar

Rudy's BBQ on North LamarThe RNA will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7-8:30 pm at Rudy’s BBQ on Lamar in the Crocket Room.

  • Updates on developments regarding the ongoing rewrite of the City of Austin Land Development Code (LDC), referred to by many as the next CodeNEXT.
  • Capital Metro with updates on their long-term plans for new transit routes and services.
  • Consider an application for permit parking on a small stretch of 40th Street.
  • Discussion of RNA officers and steering committee members for 2020. We would love to have some new faces on the steering committee. It’s interesting and critically important.
  • Plus other important or interesting items relevant to folks in Rosedale!

All Rosedale residents welcome as always. Free BBQ snacks and sides available! Thanks to all for caring about your neighborhood and city!

Jeff Archer
RNA President 2019

RNA’s regular meeting October 8th, 7pm

Rosedale Kitchen & BarThe Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 7-9 pm will be held at the new Rosedale Kitchen and Bar at 39th & Lamar (in Lamar Central). More details on meeting logistics will follow.

This meeting will be devoted to discussion of the City of Austin’s proposed rewrite of the Land Development (Zoning) Code, which is slated to be released in a staff report, including maps of the transition zones, on October 4.

Please follow related announcements on the Rosedale Yahoo! group, particularly those from Carl Reynolds, RNA’s zoning and development point person.

We will have city council member representatives at the RNA meeting to help answer our questions and describe the process, including upcoming opportunities for public comment.

I’d like to extend enormous thanks to both Rosedale Kitchen & Bar and Rudy’s Bar-B-Q on North Lamar for their willingness to help RNA out with meeting space.

Thanks Rosedale!

Jeff Archer, RNA President for 2019