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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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RNA meeting, August 16 at 7pm

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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 (

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 listserve or email me at

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’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 

RNA’s semi-monthly meeting August 20th, 7pm

Rudy's BBQ on North LamarTUESDAY AUG 20 — The RNA will hold its bi-monthly meeting 7:00-8:30 pm at Rudy’s BBQ on Lamar.  The agenda will be posted later, but we plan for an update on the new city-wide rewrite of the City of Austin zoning code, progress on the proposed footbridge over Shoal Creek connecting to the Grove, and many other important and interesting items relevant to folks in Rosedale.

All Rosedale residents are welcome as always.  Free BBQ and sides available!

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

Dear Neighbors,

A reminder about the celebration to close down Ramsey Park Pool for this summer. The party will be on Saturday, August 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Rosedale Neighborhood Association (RNA) will provide music, water, soft drinks, and snacks. Bring food to share or just come and say good-bye to the pool for 2019. See ya there!

Richard & Kim Relph
RNA Steering Committee Members 

RNA Meeting Tuesday, June 18 at Rudy’s

The next meeting of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association will be held in the back room at Rudy’s BBQ on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 pm. This is in lieu of the regularly scheduled meeting for June 4, which is cancelled.

The June 18 meeting will focus primarily on the City of Austin’s new rewrite of the Land Development Code. The current rewrite revisits many of the same goals and changes that were proposed by CodeNext, and has the same potential to profoundly change the way Rosedale and the remainder of the city develops. It is on a fast track, and has substantial council support. I urge everyone in Rosedale to become informed regarding this matter. 

Some comments from Council Member Leslie Pool regarding the new code rewrite are posted here:

Recent comments from Council Member Alison Alter are here:

The official site for the Land Development Code is:

Thanks everyone. Additional announcements will follow as we approach June 18.

Jeff ArcherRNA
President for 2019 

RNA Meeting Tuesday, April 2 at Rudy’s

Dear Neighbors,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association steering committee will hold its regular, now bimonthly, meeting on Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019, at 7 pm and should conclude by 8:30 pm (come at 6:30 pm for dinner if you’d like), at Rudy’s BBQ on Lamar in the Crockett Room (south end of the restaurant).

The agenda will include:

  1. The striping of Shoal Creek Blvd.
  2. The foot bridge over Shoal Creek and survey
  3. HHSC and Austin State Hospital Campus redevelopment
  4. Zoning and development issues

RNA Meeting Tuesday, February 5 at Rudy’s

Dear Neighbors,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association steering committee will hold its regular, now bimonthly, meeting on Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019, at 7 pm, at Rudy’s BBQ on Lamar in the Crockett Room (south end of the restaurant).
The agenda will include:

  1. A final vote on proposed changes to RNA’s bylaws, including proposals to streamline the annual meeting to select new officers and to update procedures for amending the bylaws, and other changes relating to the RNA’s officers and their roles.
  2. A discussion of the current status and recent developments related to the proposed footbridge to connect Shoal Creek Boulevard to the Grove on the other side of Shoal Creek.
  3. Discussion of the sidewalks being installed on 45th St, Ramsey, and 44th Street
  4. Brief updates on other local issues, such as the long-term design of Shoal Creek Boulevard bike lanes and the state’s plans for redeveloping the State Hospital.

Hope you can stop by!

Jeff Archer
RNA President for 2019