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It’s My Park Day celebration in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt 11-03-2018

It’s My Park Day celebration in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt

Neighbors,

Thank you to everyone who attended the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Open House on Saturday, November 3. We had a very good turn out – about 40 people, including several Zilker residents, explored the trails, looked at the new signage and got updates on future plans to improve the Post Oak Street Trailhead.

A thanks to Matt Coldwell for our new WBCGB sign ! View HERE

Take a look for yourself: https://flic.kr/s/aHskHKo4vi

Many thanks to those of you who helped clear the trails and pick up trash before the event and especially the BCNA Parks Committee members who created and installed our temporary signage.

The trails on the greenbelt will only stay open and weed-free if they are used – so take yourselves, your kids and your (leashed, please) pets for a walk, look for wildlife & native plants and enjoy this marvelous green space in the middle of our neighborhood

If you see anything that needs attention, please e-mails parkscommittee@bouldincreek.org

Thanks,

Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

WBCG cleanup 07-01-2018

Neighbors,

13 Bouldin residents met in the greenbelt this morning and collectively removed 6-8 large homeless camps: tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, clothing, styrofoam and plastic containers, toiletries, cans, card board – most of which had been there since our last creek cleaning at the beginning of March.  It was dirty, sweaty work and we had to haul everything well over half a mile to get it to one of the two entrances. PARD has been notified and will pick up the piles, hopefully by tomorrow.

After 2 hours in the heat, we ran out of steam. There are still some card board camps along the railroad tracks and we will most likely schedule another morning in about two weeks to get the rest. If you missed this one, come join us!

We are also discussing strategies to prevent the situation from getting as bad as it was today. Part of the problem is that Park Rangers hand out eviction notices, but the camp occupants will come back a few days later or others will move in. The only true deterrent seems to be to remove the camps immediately, and PARD lacks the resources to do that. I have asked them for referrals to community groups that can help out and will also reach out to Keep Austin Beautiful and the Austin Parks Foundation.

We want the greenbelt to be a safe place for residents to enjoy and we know that the more people do, the less camps we’ll have.

For now, please thank Ben, Danny, Gary, Matt, Michael/ Stacy/Cash, Ronnie, Thom, Kate,  and especially Scott & Liz who just bought a house in Bouldin and have not even finished moving in.

Ingrid Weigand, BCNA Parks Committee  512-663-4632

Parks Committee Minutes 5/02/2018

Parks Committee Minutes 5/02/2018

1) Roundabout maintenance – see photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjZPfvP

The guiding principal for each roundabout/median strip is to increase visibility of the device while maintaining a clear sigh line for oncoming vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

A single trunk trees surrounded by some type of low bushes and flowers or ground cover works well for most of them. Whenever possible, use native plants to reduce the need for maintenance, i.e. watering.

 

Action Item:

Almost all roundabouts show signs of damage from vehicles that came too close or plain ran over them. Individual tickets for each one will be submitted to 311 with a request to repair the curb and paint it with reflective paint.

 

It also helps to add large boulders or have reflective signs installed. Plants and a small tree on the median strip on Bouldin/Retama got decimated by someone moving a house. Since that most likely will happen again, we decided not to plant anything large in there – just low bushes and flowers, with the possible addition of some boulders.  The metal flowers at Mary and 2nd seem to be well received by neighbors; we might try to get other art work installed in other places.

Ronnie Dittmar reported that a neighbor adjacent to the Dawson/Retama Chicane requested it be removed and he thinks the City will do so.

 

2) N Dawson Maintenance

Cheryl will call for a workday in May – weeding and mulching. We can request mulch from PARD and can also make it available for roundabouts.

3) Grant for Mary Dawson Park

In order to apply for a grant that redevelops Mary Dawson – a border to the apartment complex, a bike/hike path leading from the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt (WBCGB) entrance to Dawson Road, maybe a pick nick table – we need design plans and quotes.  I did not hear back from the Austin Parks Foundation about a request for their new landscaping/design services until yesterday; they will make a decision by June 1st. If APF does not come through, we’ll need to find another source for those services. Both Thom Parker and Nancy Crow offered help with that.

 

4) Adopt-A-Creek, Adopt-A-Park

Nicholas Dawson and Mary Dawson also caused a discussion about Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Creek programs. Adopt-A-Park is run by PARD, Adopt-A-Creek by Keep Ausitn Beautiful (KAB). KAB recently offered an outside group a chance to adopt East Bouldin Creek in Nicholas Dawson Park. I contested that, since we have been taking care of the park and the creek for decades. The reason this is important is because it makes BCNA a stakeholder when City or development issues come up. We currently have Adopt-A-Park agreements for N. Dawson, the WBCGB and Ricky Guerrero. We also now have adopt-A-Creek agreements for N. Dawson and the WBCGB.

 

Action Item:

We need to seek an Adopt-A-park agreement for Mary Dawson  and the landlocked, undeveloped park by the PSW development; Melanie McNearney will get together with immediate neighbors and apply for an Adopt-A-Creek agreement for the East Bouldin Creek portion across from PSW.

 

5) West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Trail Maintenance

After discussion, we decided against any mulching of trails; instead, we will continue widening them twice a year by removing encroaching plants. Per Matt Coldwell’s suggestion, we might have a “stomp” party to help in that effort, with refreshments to be served afterwards.

 

6) West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Signage

A neighborhood teenager had selected installing signage at the WBCG  as his Eagle Project. The effort started almost two years ago and has not progressed, in spite of Matt stepping in and actively helping. The teenager will graduate this month, ending his engagement. If we have not seen any results by then, Matt will take the project over. It consists of: trail maps at both entrances; some directional posts where trails intersect; display with information about greenbelt features: native plants/wildlife plus the ephemeral spring.

Action Item: work on signage this year, with or without Eagle input

 

7) Ricky Guerrero Improvement Updates

Eric Radjef has followed up with City staff, asking for a progress report.

All the News that Fits February 2018

Hot off the press is the February Bouldin Bulletin

The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form, a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin.

2018-02 (Feb) Bouldin Bulletin.pdf

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Austin Marathon Sunday, February 18, 2018                  Downtown Austin, Texas  https://youraustinmarathon.com/

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27th Annul Creek Cleaning on Saturday, March 3

Neighbors,
We will hold our 27th Annul Creek Cleaning on Saturday, March 3, in conjunction with the Austin Parks Foundation’s It’s My Park Day. Registration is now open at https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/68954-Bouldin-Creek-27th-Annual-Creek-Cleaning-Party

Some logistics are still in flux while we are waiting to see how East Bouldin Creek recovers from the sewage spill and whether it will be safe to send volunteers  in for a clean-up.

If it is, we’ll meet at 8:30 am in N Dawson Park on the corner of Gibson and South 1st for coffee, then send crews into both East and West Bouldin Creek areas to collect trash. With enough volunteers, we’ll also be able to mulch trails in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt. (Alternate plan: meet at the South 6th Street entrance to the greenbelt and work only there.)

Please wear heavy shoes, long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect against poison ivy. We’ll provide gloves, tools and trash bags as well as coffee in the morning and refreshments at noon.
Hope to see you there,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

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Palmer Heavy Traffic February 2018

2018-02-(Feb)-Palmer-Heavy-Traffic.pdf

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL

Whether you’re interested in avoiding traffic, parking issues, or strolling to a good time, here are the websites to discover the goings-on of which to be aware:

LONG CENTER  http://thelongcenter.org/events/

PALMER AUDITORIUM  https://www.palmereventscenter.com/calendar/2018/02/

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Austin Chronicle “Your Plan for Pools-First, let’s all chip in $124 million” Article HERE

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CoA Information                                                                                                                                     Item 14: Approve third reading of an ordinance relating to special events and high capacity event venues-appears to have been pulled and needing more work.  Stay tuned.
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-council/2018/20180201-reg.htm#014

*New RPP info here for 2018:  http://austintexas.gov/page/permit-application-process-residential-permit-parking-program

*Curb Side Composting is coming, more info here: http://austintexas.gov/austincomposts

*Info here for your trash/recycle collection schedulehttp://austintexas.gov/page/my-collection-schedule

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Bouldin Bulletin for December-January 2017

2017-12 (Dec) Bouldin Bulletin.pdf

Headlines: Warren Wildlife Gallery, CodeNEXT, PSW agreement, Parks updates and more!
Older Bulletin Issues Located in our

Bulletin Library

26th Annual Creek Cleaning

26th Annual Creek Cleaning  was held March 4, 2017
in conjunction with the Austin Park Foundation’s
15th annual “It’s My Park Day” celebration.

 

Neighbors,
We had one of our most successful creek cleanings in years this last Saturday.
Thank you to everyone who participated! Also, a big thank you to Fair Bean Coffee whose donation got us started in the morning, as well as breakfast bars from Austin Parks Foundation/ Wheatsville Coop and finished with El Mercado’s tacos and Lucy’s fried chicken – our reward after the work was done.
About 80 people, neighbors and community volunteers, met at 8:30 am just as the rain was letting up. Together, we pulled over 200 bags of trash plus a few mattresses, card board boxes, etc., out of the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, Ricky Guerrero Park and Nicholas Dawson Park. We finished about 30 minutes before the rain started up again for good.
This is the cleanest our parks have been in a while and we would like to keep it that way. A suggestion – when you go for a walk in any of our green spaces, take a small bag and collect just a few pieces of trash along the way. It does not sound like much, but it really, really helps.
Note:  We are planning a Trail Completion Celebration in a few weeks.
Thanks,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee