Category Archives: Newsworthy

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

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival 2018

Austin Science Festival Theme

Hello neighbors,
This past February I had the opportunity to volunteer for the first
time at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival. I worked the
floor and in the process met a number  of students and was able to check out the displays. From the simple to the complex, a cool display of creativity, hard work and intelligence!
I remember two young ladies in particular, both Junior Level/middle school.
One had her project board of documentation of objectives, and results a nd a display of plants. Her project was to grow plants upside down withvarious nutrients and water. Fairly simple project but her goal was to use this as her first step to testing in zero gravity……desiring to become an astronaut!

The second was just a project board of documentation of objectives and results. Objective was to develop better algorithms for checksums.
Hmmmm, I understand the basics but definitely above my pay grade!

What a great bunch of kids and I definitely got out of the Festival as
much as they did.

You can view the 2018 video at http://www.sciencefest.org (click through the banners on the home page) and this fall, if interested, you can get information on general volunteering and judging by contacting Ingrid Weigand at ingrid.weigand@austinscience.org.
Stay posted for future information for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival  February 20-23, 2019.

Cheers, Gary Hyatt

P.S. more information below
News coverage
http://www.kxan.com/news/education/girls-rule-at-austin-energy-science-fair/1049706102

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest
regional science fairs with almost 3,000 students from 3rd through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community.
The 2018 video has been posted. You can view it at www.sciencefest.org
(click through the banners on the home page)

Austin Science Education Foundation
https://austinscience.org/
Purpose
The Austin Science Education Foundation (ASEF) was established in 2013 to support the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival (AERSF).
AERSF serves 3rd – 12th grade students from 11 Central Texas counties and 23 school districts, as well as private, home and charter schools.
Mission
ASEF will promote student’s knowledge of and involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by enabling participation in the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival and supporting students selected to advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.



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.

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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

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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

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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

 

 

BCNA Granted $16,000 for West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Trail Improvements

On Friday, January 6, The Austin Parks Foundation presented BCNA with a check for $16,000 – the grant we were awarded in November for West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt trail enhancements.
And the money is already spent – all work was completed in the last week of December. Look for a Grand Opening ceremony in March, once it warms up a bit and the greenbelt is “green” again. Above Image Features: Bill Stout, John Rooney, Ladye Ann Wofford (APF); Ingrid Weigand, Catie Mohn (BCNA Parks Committee), Cory Walton (BCNA President).

Our sincere thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation for their support!
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Austin Parks Foundation Grants Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Ass'n with a check for $16k
Bill Stout, John Rooney, Ladye Anne Wofford – Austin Parks Foundation
Austin Parks Foundation Grants Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Ass'n with a check for $16k
John Rooney, Ladye Ann Wofford (APF); Ingrid Weigand, Catie Mohin (BCNA Parks Committee), Cory Walton (BCNA President), David King (Zilker NA President)