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!
BCNA Parks Committee
The West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Biological Assessment and Restoration Plan, prepared by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation and Watershed Protection Departments and the BCNA is located here:
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
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?