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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

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 to register now!

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.

Rosedale November 2015 newsletter delivered

november2015newsletterThe second 2015 newsletter of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association has gone out. Newsletters are hand delivered, but you can always check out this issue or previous issues on this site.

This issue reviewed the Rosedale 4th of July Carnival, including highlights and thanks to all who helped to make this year’s celebration such a success. The newsletter includes a number of items about Ramsey (and other) parks. There’s an update on what’s been added to Ramsey Park recently and what’s still to come. There are details about the fun ‘art in the park’ that we’ve been enjoying. An item called for help for an event planned (now past) to plant an additional 30+ trees in the park, and an open letter is included from the Greater Austin Parks (GAP) coalition to the Austin City Council expressing a desire that the council update the Parkland Dedication Ordinance. In RNA business, the newsletter announced the annual RNA meeting, along with the officer and steering committee member nominations for 2016. There’s a reminder call for us to pay our 2016 dues ($10 per household) to help continue the association’s work to keep Rosedale a nice place to call home.

Read the newsletter →

Noise, trees, nominations, variances, and more at Oct 26th RNA meeting

Yarborough LibraryMonday, October 26th, is the next Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting. Come help the RNA keep Rosedale a great place to come home to. This month’s agenda likely contains issues that affect you. The meeting starts at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock. As always, all are encouraged to attend and participate.

The agenda for this month’s meeting includes:

  • Local noise issues
  • Tree planting and art event November 7
  • RNA Officer and Steering Committee nominations
  • BOA variance cases for 1403 W. 45th St. and 4217 Shoal Creek Blvd.

Other issues may also come up, including recent activity regarding the development at The Grove, and additional improvements in Ramsey Park. We look forward to seeing you!