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Rosedale home to be featured in ‘Cool House Tour’ on June 7


One of the ‘cool houses’ in Rosedale is to be featured as a part of the 19th annual Cool House Tour on Sunday, June 7th. The tour is self-guided, showcasing homes and projects designed and built to high standards of energy efficiency, comfort and attractive design. One of the homes on the tour is referred to as a “Rosedale rebuild” by its builder who has a nice write up with pictures detailing the recent redo. The Cool House Tour is a resource for learning how to live comfortably in the hot Central Texas climate.


City seeks your input on the future of Ramsey Park

IMG_7047If you’ve been to Rosedale’s recently improved Ramsey Park, you may have noticed City of Austin signs. We’re being asked to take a short survey about the park. The short seven question survey can be found at The more the city knows about the wishes of the users of the park, the more they can defend spending money to make improvements. Questions include how you use the park and your top three priorities for future improvements, park safety and cleanliness, and more.  Please take a minute and let Austin know your wishes for this jewel of the Rosedale neighborhood.


Free Shakespeare production in Ramsey Park starts June 11

Shakespeare in the Park Social MediaAn annual summer tradition returns to Ramsey Park! Something for Nothing Theatre presents Henry IV, Part 1 for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park. This will be the first theater production in the newly renovated Ramsey Park amphitheater. Shows begin at 8:00 p.m. for three weekends (Thursdays – Saturdays, June 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27, 2015). Admission is free and seating is first come, first serve. Highland Resources (a supporter of Ramsey Park and the developer of Lamar Central at 3800 North Lamar) is sponsoring this free event and has special treats planned for the showings on Saturday, June 13th and Saturday, June 20th. So bring friends and family, and join us for Shakespeare in the Park!

Rosedale Neighborhood meeting moves to Thursday May 28

may28 2015Normally Rosedale Neighborhood Association meetings happen on the fourth Monday of the month. That’s Memorial Day this month, a day set aside to honor the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers. Since the library is closed on Monday, the RNA May meeting will slide to Thursday, the 28th. As always, all are welcome. Note the change in time! We’ll meet at the Yarborough Library on Hancock from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The primary topics for the meeting will be planning for the upcoming July 4th  Carnival in Ramsey Park, and the RNA Newsletter. We would love to see you there.

Dale Gray
RNA President

Mopac improvements: Lots to know (and where to find it)

mopac_workCurious about what’s going on with the Mopac construction? The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has a great newsletter to keep you in the loop on what’s new with Loop 1, but it’s not easy to find. The most recent issue, from April, provides details of a massive bike/pedestrian truss bridge being installed near Parmer, sound walls being installed (or prepped for) along Mopac — including near 35th Street, new higher efficiency, longer lived LED lighting, and more. You can find the current issue, and back issues here (below the form!). And use the form to sign up for future issues. Happy driving and happy reading!

Austin Parks & Rec announce 2015 Ramsey Pool schedule

COA 2015 ramsey pool schedule2The Aquatic Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department put out its 2015 City of Austin Pool Schedule and June 8 is the official opening day for Rosedale’s Ramsey Pool. The document lists opening dates and times for pools all over the city. They maintain a web page linking to individual schedules for each city pool and aquatic facility, including one for Ramsey Pool. Weather, equipment, personnel, or other issues can always preempt opening of the pool on any given day, but it’s a good sign to have an official date. The city also reminds us that there are still lifeguard positions available and encourage anyone interested to contact them.

Property Tax Appraisal Forum: Tuesday, May 19th, 6 – 8 pm

PropertyTaxAppraisal_FlyerCommissioner Brigid Shea is inviting everyone to a special Property Tax Appraisal Forum, which will provide information on the current status of tax appraisals and the efforts underway to ease the burden. The speakers will address concerns and provide additional information that you may need for appeals, exemptions, and current legislation.

Speakers Include (but not limited to):

  • Brigid Shea, Travis County Pct. 2 Commissioner
  • Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor
  • Marya Crigler, Travis Central Appraisal District
  • Dick Levine, Center for Public Policy Priorities
  • Leigh Murrin, Real Values for Texas

Tuesday, May 19th, 6pm-8pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX 78756 (visit the site or download the TaxAppraisal Forum_Flyer)
More information? please call 512-854-9222 or email

RNA Meeting Minutes for April 2015 posted

rnameetingnotesThe minutes for the Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting on April 27th have been posted. Highlights include: A project update from (and opportunity to provide input to) the developer of The Grove at Bull Creek (the former state land); An update on the additional improvements still planned for Ramsey Park; Discussion about the air conditioner noise from the Health and Human Services Commission property; and Information about vandalism happening at the Rosedale School. The RNA website maintains minutes for many of the RNA meetings from the past few years, including the minutes for the April 2015 meeting.

Front page error puts former state land in Rosedale

Community compromise helps shape developmentIf you did a double take when the most recent issue of the Central Austin edition of the Community Impact newspaper arrived in the mail, you’re not alone. A front page article on the Grove at Shoal Creek development, planned for the former state land at 45th and Bull Creek, has the development in the Rosedale neighborhood rather than in Ridgelea, its true home. Rosedale’s top spot in terms of responders to the developer survey regarding possible plans for the land may have contributed to the misunderstanding. Ignoring that error, the article provides some great graphics and helpful information about the project. [Subsequent note: The city recognizes Continue reading