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All the News that Fits June 2021

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

EVENTS:
The BOULDIN ART WALK June 12 11AM-6PM
Announcing the first ever Bouldin Art Walk, to be held Saturday, June 12 from 11:00am-6:00pm
The pandemic has marooned most of Bouldin’s Artists and artisans, but nonetheless we have continued to create art during the lock-down. Now we want to show the world what we’ve been up to during the past year.
For more information and to see the artists who are participating go to our FB page Bouldin Art Walk.
We are all so excited to be putting on this show and hope to see lots of our neighbors checking out the talented artists of the Bouldin neighborhood and taking home some lovely pieces!!!
The map is attached and is also on the FB page.
Map and more information HERE

Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally – June 10th through 13th is now being held at Circuit of The Americas.
https://www.republicoftexasmotorcyclerally.com/

Preservation Austin 2021 Virtual Homes Tour Thursday June 17, 2021
Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross: Black History, Living Heritage
Film premieres at 7pm, followed by a Live Q&A via zoom
More information HERE:
Last years Zoom tour was first class for a bunch of first timers and some really cool old Austin homes-worth the watch!

Notice of Event and Healthy Streets Program
From Thom Parker Traffic@bouldincreek.org
Sunday July 4th Austin Symphony and Fireworks Show sponsored by HEB
Vic Mathias Shores 8:00 PM

The July 4th HEB Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks Show is the first of two announced Special Events requiring barricades to enter neighborhood. Barricades will be placed at the Northern entries from Barton Springs at Bouldin Ave. and Dawson and on W. Gibson at Christopher, Bouldin Ave. and South 5th St.
At this time the only other announced event requiring barricades is Austin City Limits scheduled for the weekends of October 1st – 3rd and 8th – 10th. Traffic for the ACL weekends promises to be extremely heavy anywhere near Zilker park.
Residents living within the Orange and Pink Sectors located between Barton Springs on the North and Gibson St. on the South will receive 2- Bouldin 2021 Access Pass for each household within these two sectors. Delivery of passes will begin the week of June 14th. These passes allow residents to pass staffed barricades to get to their home.


Healthy Streets Program – Bouldin Creek Neighborhood
The Healthy Streets initiative located on Bouldin Ave and South 3rd Streets in the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood is funded through September 2021. It is unknown what will happen after September. Throughout the pandemic neighborhood residents have expressed an appreciation for the Healthy Streets program on Bouldin and South 3rd. Streets. Updates on the program can be found at https://www.austintexas.gov/HealthyStreets

Hot off the press is the June-August 2021 Edition of Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form.
Thanks to Matt Coldwell, our temporary Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, and Rob Clayton our web admin., for bringing us into a new world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin,
Also thanks to Sector Reps organizing the delivery volunteers and of course, thanks to the folks walking the neighborhood to deliver 2600 issues to our residents.
Plus a thanks to John Shobe our retired, long time Publisher!
Note that Bulletin will be published on a quarterly basis to match General Association Meetings.
Note: Meeting Minutes and the Bouldin Bulletins now available on website at ASSOCIATION/BULLETINANDMINUTES
(Tap Name to rearrange dates)

South Lamar Boulevard Corridor Construction
Neighbors,
Please see below and consider participating in the survey. Among others, it asks for input on plans to improve the intersection of Mary and S. Lamar.
Thank you,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632
Mobility Bond Funded Projects and Outreach
Your input is needed on place-making elements
for the South Lamar Boulevard corridor.
Information HERE:
More information HERE:
Note: Corridor Program Office corridors@austintexas.gov


The SoCo Parking Study
The SoCo Parking Study is not presently top of
mind for the Transportation Department as they focus
on Project Connect. They will reengage in late Summer
or early Fall. In the interim, the Steering Committee has
encouraged everybody to participate in the survey and
we will have this as an agenda item on our June 8 virtual
General Association Meeting. We need a lot of questions
answered but we do want to get a sense of where the
neighborhood stands. IMPORTANT that you provide feedback at the below feedback link ASAP.
Parking Strategy Link
https://downtownaustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/SoCoParkingStrategy_DraftRecommendations.pdf
Feedback Survey Link
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MTQNBK7

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/events/

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association
Meeting Schedules:

General Association:
2nd Tuesday every 3rd month, 6:45 pm on Zoom
2021 Dates: March 9, June 8, September
14, December 14.
(For Zoom watch the BCNAForum@groups.io
and Bouldincreek.org
Steering Committee:
1st Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings)
Zoning Committee:
2nd Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings).

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BCNA General Association Meeting

BCNA General Association Meeting
June 8 beginning at 6:45 pm
Meeting will be held via Zoom.
Please attend this important meeting as we are seeking input on the SoCo Parking Study and Protecting E. Bouldin Creek.
The zoom meeting link is listed below
Agenda
6:45 – Meeting Convenes and Introductions.
6:50 – March 9 General Association Minutes vote.
7:00 – Protecting E. Bouldin Creek (Matt Hollon – Division Manager Planning, Andrea Bates – Associate, Liz Johnston – Deputy Environmental Officer. All with Watershed Protection Department)
7:40 – SoCo Parking Study Discussion (Thom Parker VP External Affairs and Traffic, Safety and Parking Chair BCNA)
8:00 – Neighborhood Party discussion (Julianna Scruggs)
8:05 – Special Events Update (Thom Parker)
8:10 – Adjourn.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/8306733796
Meeting ID: 830 673 3796

All the News that Fits May 2021

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

Quick updates and repeats from April

BCNA General Association Meeting June 8 beginning at 6:45 pm Meeting will be held via Zoom. More information shortly

Zilker Masterplan Survey
Neighbors,
The City of Austin is embarking on a masterplan for Zilker. It will entail a lot of issues, from general use to transportation and parking, sustainability, maintenance, etc. There will be several opportunities for community input, but for now, it would be helpful if as many people as possible could fill out the online survey https://publicinput.com/ZilkerVision , open until June 1.
It seems it has been out for a while but has not been that well publicized to neighborhoods. I participated in a small Neighborhood Input meeting (w reps from Zilker, Barton Hills, Rollingwood) today; there was some talk of including Butler Shores in the master plan. What happens in Zilker impacts us in many ways, but even more so if Butler Shores is included.
At the meeting today, we asked for the opportunity to give additional input throughout the process.
Thanks,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Council OKs site for new Dougherty Arts Center
City Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve a site for the Daugherty Arts Center, close to the current ZACH Theatre at Butler Shores Park. The site, called 1A, was not city staffers’ first choice, but it was clear that staffers’ selection, 1B, had too many opponents, including the Save Our Springs Alliance.
District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen led the charge against staffers’ preferred option, which would have taken up considerably more parkland than the alternative. SOS attorney Bobby Levinski and SOS Executive Director Bill Bunch both urged Council to select the site farthest away from the hike and bike trail.
As Levinski noted in a letter to Council, “As much as Austin likes to market itself as a green oasis, we have a serious parkland deficiency. We simply do not have enough parkland to serve our expanding population.” He said a recent index showed that Austin ranked 37th among the largest American cities in meeting parkland needs for its residents. “With this perspective in mind, it is baffling to us that the city is – yet again – considering converting several acres of prime parkland along Lady Bird Lake into buildings and driveways for an art center, along with a parking garage to accommodate more single-family automobiles.”
SOS emailed its members earlier this week alerting them to the upcoming vote and asking them to contact their Council members and the mayor. Kitchen said her office had received about 300 emails on the subject.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Board and the Environmental Commission both passed resolutions expressing their concern about the 1B option because it would have taken up too much parkland. The Barton Place Condo HOA also wrote to tell Council its members supported option 1A.
Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center, on the other hand, wrote two letters, the first of which did not say which site it preferred. The second letter said that staffers’ preferred option “best addresses the variety of traffic/parking concerns expressed in past meetings by stakeholders.”
Environmentalist Roy Waley also addressed Council about the matter, urging them not to use any parkland at all. He suggested repurposing some currently underused Austin Independent School District buildings.
Kitchen said the scenario she chose preserves more green space and avoids additional impervious cover on parkland.
Parks and Recreation Department Director Kimberly McNeeley recognized the need to change staffers’ position, telling Council that option 1A was just fine with them.
Kitchen’s motion included direction to ensure that the new arts center would maximize green space, allow for future expansion plans, establish Riverside Drive as the primary public ingress and egress, and address challenges for parents picking up and dropping off their kids.
Staffers were directed to do a traffic impact analysis, with the goal of reducing single-occupancy vehicular traffic on the narrow Toomey Road. The analysis, Kitchen said, should acknowledge heavy bike and pedestrian use along that road.

Steering Committee Meeting Monday May 03 is Canceled.
paul strange via groups.io, to BCNA officers
We have been advised that Austin Transportation Department will not designate a representative to attend our SC Meeting and answer the multiple questions raised by the SoCo PTMD Study. Their refusal was based on needing to focus on Project Connect. They hope to circle back to the SoCo PTMD by late Summer/early Fall.
Since that was going to be the focal point of our meeting and I’m not aware of any other pressing issues, I’m cancelling the Monday’s SC Meeting.

VOTE: You know what to do and an email reminder from a neighbor!
Note from Ingrid Weigand via groups.io
to BCNAForum
“Today (Saturday) is Election Day. Please remember to vote if you have not already done so!
Municipal elections, especially ones with no candidate on the ballot, are typically sparsely attended (30 % seems to be considered “good”) so a few people get to make decisions for a lot of us. Be one of them….”
Ingrid
on Gibson

SoCo First Thursday
From the South Congress Improvement Association
We’d like to bring First Thursdays back to SoCo
starting Thursday, May 6!
First Thursday in May will be much like a soft opening. While we’re still building herd immunity statewide, we want to be cautious of drawing large crowds and we want to give everyone time to get back in the swing of things. We will hold off on any heavy promotion to traditional media for the First Thursday in May, and will instead stick to social media promotion.

Hot off the press is the March/April/May 2021 Edition of Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form.
Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, and Rob Clayton our web admin., for bringing us into a new world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin,
Also thanks to Sector Reps organizing the delivery volunteers and of course, thanks to the folks walking the neighborhood to deliver 2600 issues to our residents.
Note that Bulletin will be published on a quarterly basis to match General Association Meetings.

Note: Meeting Minutes and the Bouldin Bulletins now available on website at
https://www.bouldincreek.org/association/bulletin

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/events/

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association
Meeting Schedules:
General Association:

2nd Tuesday every 3rd month, 6:45 pm on Zoom
2021 Dates: March 9, June 8, September
14, December 14.
(For Zoom watch the BCNAForum@groups.io
and Bouldincreek.org
Steering Committee:
1st Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings)
Zoning Committee:
2nd Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings).

BCNA FORUM LISTSERV
To Subscribe, please go to:
https://groups.io/g/BCNAForum/join

All the News that Fits April 2021

Header All the News that Fits March 2021
Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

The Austin Marathon is this Sunday April 25th.
Austin Marathon https://www.austintexas.org/events/austin-marathon/
Get to know the course in advance with the official Marathon Maps there.
Also Austin Marathon Traffic Guide 2021 Attached HERE

From Matt Parkerson South Congress Improvement Association
Hey all –
The Austin Marathon is this Sunday. Please see the attachment for full details on lane closures; South Congress is on page 6.
For our area, the last runner will be through by 10 am, but getting to work, depending on where you are coming from, might take some planning, so take a look at the full race map.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Matt Parkerson
South Congress Improvement Association
512-923-2673

SoCo First Thursday
From the South Congress Improvement Association
We’d like to bring First Thursdays back to SoCo starting Thursday, May 6!
First Thursday in May will be much like a soft opening. While we’re still building herd immunity statewide, we want to be cautious of drawing large crowds and we want to give everyone time to get back in the swing of things. We will hold off on any heavy promotion to traditional media for the First Thursday in May, and will instead stick to social media promotion.

Hot off the press is the March/April/May 2021 Edition of Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:

Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, and Rob Clayton our web admin., for bringing us into a new world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin,
Also thanks to Sector Reps organizing the delivery volunteers and of course, thanks to the folks walking the neighborhood to deliver 2600 issues to our residents.
Note that Bulletin will be published on a quarterly basis to match General Association Meeting

Charter amendments
Austin City Council ordered special elections and agreed on ballot language for eight propositions. The elections will take place on May 1, 2021. Background
What is a charter? A municipal charter is a legal document that establishes a town and defines its powers. Think of it like the constitution of a city. Worth your consideration and vote!
From City of Austin:
https://www.austintexas.gov/news/council-orders-elections-eight-propositions-may-1-2021?mc_cid=95c756637b&mc_eid=d78e5e283e

Information here via South River City Citizens (SRCC) with explanations.
http://www.srccatx.org/2021/03/10/city-of-austin-charter-amendments/

Information here from the Zilker Neighborhood Association (ZNA)
With links to Website Supporting Strong Mayor and Website Opposing Strong Mayor
https://zilkerneighborhood.org/elections.shtml

Council Members respond to Proposition F
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/austin-city-council-prop-f-strong-mayor-system/269-11c51b04-3ff1-4202-bbfa-48b5033d15c7

Quick updates and repeats from March
Parks:
Keep Austin Beautiful Day will take place on
Saturday, April 10.

https://mailchi.mp/94973cab8b17/love-where-you-live-day-nov-249258?e=c2b7ebcb9f
Neighbors,
We will not have a creek cleaning this spring, but here is an opportunity to do some cleaning on your own as you walk our green spaces..
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Snakes coming out in spring:
Repeat from March but worth a reminder:
From KVUE:
https://www.kvue.com/article/life/animals/snakes-texas-copperhead-cottonmouth-rattlesnake-coral-venomous-what-to-do/269-4a72e797-1558-4b67-9e56-fdd4a54e34c8
Sneaky serpents: Texas Department of Agriculture reminds Texans to keep sharp eye out for snakes
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says that snakes start “emerging from their dens in late February or early March in Texas.”
When winter ends and the sun starts to come back out in Austin, so do the snakes.
Springtime in Central Texas is peak snake season, said local snake expert Tim Cole. Although the majority of alerts called into Cole’s Austin Reptile Service are nonvenomous, he said there is a chance Austinites might encounter a western diamondback rattlesnake or other venomous snake in their backyards this spring.
“They’ve gone the winter without eating, our daytime temperatures aren’t too hot, and for a lot of species it’s breeding season,” Cole said. “That’s why we see more in the spring than any other time of year.”
“Most of them are benefiting us by protecting homes from rodent damage,” Cole said. “And a lot of them are competing with venomous snakes for food. So if you remove a nonvenomous snake from the area, you may very well be inviting a rattlesnake or copperhead to come over.”

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/events/

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association
Meeting Schedules:

General Association:
2nd Tuesday every 3rd month, 6:45 pm on Zoom
2021 Dates: March 9, June 8, September
14, December 14.
(For Zoom watch the BCNAForum@groups.io
and Bouldincreek.org
Steering Committee:
1st Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings)
Zoning Committee:
2nd Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings).

BCNA FORUM LISTSERV
To Subscribe, please go to:
https://groups.io/g/BCNAForum/join

BCNA Steering Committee meeting Monday April 5th 2021

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

BCNA Steering Committee meeting Monday April 5th 2021
Bouldin Creek is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: My Meeting
Time: Apr 5, 2021 06:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/8306733796

Agenda:
6:45 – Meeting Convenes
6:50 – Vote on March SC and GA Minutes
6:55 – New Green Sector Representative (Wally Boston) Vote
7:00 – “Peacocks Welcome Here” sign discussion
7:10 – Healthy Street update
7:15 – Other
7:20 – Meeting Adjourns.
Meeting Minutes HERE  When certified by vote.

BCNA Meeting Schedules:
BCNA General Association Meeting:

2ndTuesday, Quarterly
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting:
1st Monday, each month
Unless moved for holidays
BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting:
3rd Monday each month
Meetings at 6:45pm
Held via Zoom for now.

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