Grand Opening West Bouldin Creek Rock Hop – June 4th

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Please join us for the Grand Opening of the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Rock Hop on June 4th, at 10 am, 1200 South 6th Street.

The BCNA Parks Committee has worked with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) for almost four years to create an inviting entrance to the greenbelt, including an easier way to cross the creek without getting your feet wet (at least on most days). Please join us to look at the resulting plaza and our new rock hop.

Mayor ProTem Kathie Tovo, who served as the president of our neighborhood association when these plans for were first discussed, will officially open the crossing. Other invited guests include representatives from PARD, the Watershed Protection Department, Keep Austin Beautiful and the Austin Parks Foundation, as well as residents from the Zilker Neighborhood Association with whom we share the greenbelt.

Light refreshments will be served. In addition to celebrating work done so far, we will also unveil plans for a nature trail system in the greenbelt and ask for residents’ input. We are not planning to add infrastructure, but rather make it easier for more people to enjoy the green space.
After the ceremony, we will give tours of the existing trails that we hope to improve.

Proposed Historic District Delineations for Bouldin Creek Neighborhood

This map [http://www.bouldincreek.org/wp-content/uploads/Bouldin-prospective-districts-map-20160411.pdf] includes overlays, named by the architectural historian to reflect defining historic features in each area. The overlays are configured for the continuity of their structures, and by the fact that a good percentage of the structures in the area still retain their original character (at least as of April 2016) Any one or all of these areas, with majority approval by property owners, could apply for local historic district (LHD) nomination.

The accelerated demolition of original neighborhood structures reduces daily many opportunities for preservation and could easiy render these prospective dirticts and their protections unatainable. No LHD application process has begun anywhere in Bouldin, but if you’re interested in learning more about what LHD adoption means, please check http://www.austintexas.gov/department/local-historic-districts

You can have your Porch, and setbacks too …

Will be interesting to see how this plays out in practice.

http://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2016/01/planning-commission-oks-porch-change/

The idea is that a house on a corner lot can’t easily have a wrap-around porch because of lot-size limitations, so now the encroachment into the front setback (an encroachment which everyone who’s ever enjoyed a conversation on a shady porch with a neighbor can probably support) can wrap around to the side setback as well, encouraging a more “connected” style of home much like the traditional homes of yore.

Overall this seems like a good thing. But “what defines a porch?” will likely become the question. What do you think?

25th Annual Creek Cleaning

Since 1991 … a yearly tradition of hauling the flood-borne dreck from the creeks to make our little natural spaces a little more natural feeling and to send a clear message to dreck — not here, not now.

We’ll meet at the Gibson/South First entrance across from El Mercado and enjoy some freshly brewed coffee and snacks provided local restaurants and then teams will move to different parts of the two creeks (East and West Bouldin).

Around 11:30 AM we will meet back where we started for a lunch, once again provided by our business friends.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please dress in long pants to guard against possible contact with poison ivy and wear sturdy shoes. Please don’t forget mosquito spray. Be prepared to get muddy and dirty and have a good time. Kids, dogs, and family friends welcome.

Bonus: register on the Austin Parks Foundation site for our cleaning and you’ll get a nifty T-shirt out of it.