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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,
  • 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: The Yarborough page of the Austin Public Library is 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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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,

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:

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

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, send to Vicki Almstrum <>

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

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,


  • 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:

Explore July 4th – July 11th!

Share photos!


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

Live from Ramsey Pool It’s SATURDAY NIGHT POOL PARTY!

Ramsey PoolDear Rosedale Neighbors,

The ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL END-OF-SUMMER POOL PARTY at Ramsey Pool is a so on for this Saturday evening, August 18, from 6 to 8 pm. Come enjoy the pool, where the aerator has kept the water so refreshing this summer!

Enjoy pot-luck music, drinks, and snacks and friendly conversations for a couple hours while the sun sets languidly over the tennis courts. Bring a box or bag or pan of your favorite picnic-table goodies to share. We will provide paper cups and napkins and plates and drinks.

The pool closes for the season at the end of the party, so this is your last chance this summer to skip your Saturday night bath!

Rosedale’s 4th of July Promenade and Carnival

Rosedale 4th of July graphicCome one, come all to the annual Rosedale 4th of July event on Wednesday, July 4th. The parade begins at 10am at the amphitheater at Ramsey Park with a promenade around the park. Bring your competitive energy to the water balloon toss and win a family pack of gift certificates to Amy’s Ice Cream. Plenty of carnival games for young children, as well as baked goods, cold drinks and of course watermelon. Don’t forget your swimsuits for a dip in Ramsey Pool after the celebration.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up here:

Questions? Contact Rachel Gray at

RNA meeting 4/2/2018 at La Mancha with CodeNext report

La Mancha RestaurantDear Rosedale,

With the Yarborough Library is undergoing renovations, the Rosedale Neighborhood Association will meet at alternate locations and times this year.

RNA meets this Wednesday, April 4, in a private dining room at La Mancha restaurant at 2203 Hancock Dr, 78756. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm, and light snacks like nachos and guacamole will be provided. If you’d like food or drinks for the meeting, we recommend arriving a few minutes early to order.

The main item on the agenda is an in-depth presentation headed by Chris and Gina Allen on the new Draft 3.0 of CodeNEXT and how it would affect Rosedale.

We will also hear a brief presentation from state officials regarding state construction in the 51st St/Lamar area that is scheduled to start around May 1.

Other matters for discussion include an update on Grove developments and a report on our discussions with Rudy’s BBQ regarding smoke from the new Lamar location.

Mark your calendar and let me ( know if you have any questions. A big thanks to La Mancha for letting us use the room and making RNA feel welcome!

Jeff Archer
RNA President