Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The oaks are located in the North Star Greenbelt near Swearingen. A mitigation plan would include a landscaping design, plantings, and irrigation.
On Tuesday, 10/20, the GWNA committee will meet with the Austin Energy Forester to discuss mitigation plan requirements and options. The public is invited to attend. Walnut Creek Baptist Church Hall (north Lamar) at 7pm.
THIS IS AN OPEN MEETING. ALL RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
Background on the Trees to be Removed
There are seven live oak trees in the greenbelt between Swearingen and Bittern Hollow that were severely trimmed this summer. This greenbelt area is owned by Austin Energy. They also own a set of power lines running down the middle of the greenbelt. Austin Energy is responsible for the safety of these power lines, and for trimming the trees to a safe clearance distance from the power lines. Four years ago, neighborhood representatives and Austin Energy signed an agreement stating these trees would be trimmed every four years, and offering to remove and replace these seven oak trees for smaller native trees sometime in the future.
Recently, Austin Energy received several complaints about the agreed trimming project. GWNA was approached to review this situation and decide if the community wanted to continue having these trees trimmed every four years, or to have the trees removed now and replaced with other height appropriate native trees.
(Please do not call Austin Energy. They will be attending the meeting.)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11701 Tallow Field Dr
Join your neighbors for a potluck dinner in the park
This is an annual, nation-wide event designed to promote neighborhood safety
Where: From Braker Ln, go North on Metric Blvd, turn Right on Gold Wing Dr (2nd Right). The park is at the end of that block.
Who: Neighbors of all ages, APD officers, firefighters, EMS officials
Why: To encourage a safer community and get to know your neighbors
Bring: Your favorite dish and a chair or blanket. Or, bring a cooler of drinks in lieu of a dish. (If you’re unable to make a dish, please come anyway!)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
8:30 a.m. - Registration
Sign in at Bittern Hollow entry to the North Star greenbelt (11737 Bittern Hollow, near the drinking fountain). We will help you decorate your non-motorized bikes, strollers and wagons. Or bring your wagons pre-decorated. Prizes will be awarded for the best Red, White and Blue decorations. Please bring decorated cupcakes to share. Prizes for best-looking cupcakes.
9:00 a.m. - Parade
We will march along park path towards Parkfield and back to the water fountain (About 15 minutes)
9:30 a.m. - Awards & Refreshments
Awards for costumes, decorations and decorated cupcakes. Refreshments for all. Come enjoy iced watermelons, soda floats, cupcakes and mingling.
For information or to volunteer, contact Bill Glass 836-3330, email@example.com
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
You might be surprised to learn there are greenbelts and parks within the city that do not have walking paths, a drinking fountain, no Mutt Mitt dispensers, no trash cans, no more than one park bench, no workout equipment, street parking, no picnic tables or shaded pavilions and literally only two trees. You might also be surprised to learn that those neighborhoods or communities do not want anything other than what they currently have. Sometimes we lose sight; we have a tremendous amount to be grateful for to have such a nice greenbelt and park so close by that have many amenities, wildlife, trees and irrigation to water those trees. We have individuals, a neighborhood association and a neighborhood garden club all of who take pride in what we do have and when they are able, volunteer their time to help the neighborhood association and community continue to be good stewards of the greenbelt and parks in our area.
The North Star comprehensive plan will reflect the vision of our community and could include additional amenities, structures or other ideas that you include with your survey responses. Add anything you want to see (shade coverings over park benches that have no mature trees nearby, plant or tree identification markers, kiosks, a dog park, a plaque to dedicate a tree, bench or bridge, a succulent garden - add anything you think of). Keep in mind the fact that submitting an idea does not guarantee that it will become part of the plan. All community input will be provided to PARD; they will review it, look at the viability of the submittal and provide us with a draft for the community to review and approve before the plan is solidified. Cost and maintenance will be big factors in what the Parks department agrees to fund and support from Gracywoods input.
Your engagement is important; please take a few minutes to participate in this survey.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The inclusion of residents along Gracy Farms Ln west of Metric Blvd is giving us a seat at the table as the future of development between here and US 183 is decided. We'll soon be asking the membership for their opinions about how the city might improve the North Star Greenbelt. There's even talk of a parade that needs organizing, and who doesn't love a parade?
Click on the Membership link to the left to learn how to get in on the action.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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