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Dawson Neighborhood Should Adopt East Bouldin Creek

Calling For Volunteers!

East Bouldin Creek runs the full length of Dawson Neighborhood from Ben White Blvd to Oltorf, and beyond. While it creates obstacles for commuting and development, having this long band of greenspace is a blessing of wildlife habitat and tranquil, private spaces. Unfortunately, storm drains all along the way empty directly into it. Bouldin Creek needs constant care to keep it free of trash and blockage. Dawson Neighborhood is very proud of it’s lengthy portion of East Bouldin Creek, joining an annual Clean Sweep effort in selected sections of it.

Austin’s Keep Austin Beautiful organization, in partnership with the City of Austin Watershed Protection department, promotes healthy waterways by engaging citizens in the care of area creeks. They organize the annual Clean Sweep, and also promote a more comprehensive plan through the Adopt-a-Creek program.

Looking at Adopt-a-Creek’s map of adopted waterways, there is seen an enormous opportunity to step up our game and make a difference. About 10% of the length of E.Bouldin Creek which is within the ‘hood has been claimed – by nearby Bouldin Creek Neighborhood and the Colorado River Alliance. At this time, there appears to be no sponsorship by our own community!

Let’s stand together as a community and make a commitment NOW! By working together we can all make Dawson Neighborhood a better place to live.

We’ll form a team or teams to identify the most needed areas, and sign up to become their neighborhood custodians. KAB/Adopt-a-Creek will provide guidance, supplies, monitoring kits, and citywide recognition for our good deeds! See their website for full details.

Interested? Send your contact info to AdoptTheCreek@nullDawsonNeighborhood.Org, or comment on the neighborhood FB page:


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It’s My Park Day 2016 at Alpine Pond

Join Marisa Fushille and other neighbors between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM as we beautify Dawson Neighborhood at the Alpine Retention Pond. Parking is across from The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery and Crux Climbing Center at 121 Pickle Road, or on the 100 block of West Alpine Road.

Let’s take another step toward fulfilling the 20-year-old Dawson Neighborhood Plan to landscape the area with native plants. We have water, and we have ducks, and we hope to attract more native animals to call Dawson home. We will be picking up trash and pulling up weeds and other invasive species, so bring your gloves and tools!

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If you can’t make it to this event, keep Saturday, April 9 open between 9:00 and 11:00, when we return to Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood St. for Operation Clean Sweep to clean up Dawson’s section of East Bouldin Creek! Volunteers get a t-shirt and admission to the ginormous free BBQ party at Festival Beach in Town Lake Park!

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Austin Marathon 2016


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Race Weekend is here! Residents in Dawson Neighborhood prepare to be cut off from the rest of the world for several hours. Follow these tips (.pdf link) from Austin Marathon for getting around town while the Marathon is still going on.

There are 3 overlapping courses to follow; The Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and Paramount Break-A-Leg 5K. All races start at 7 AM. The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Start Line is now at 2nd and Congress. The Paramount Break-A-Leg 5K Start Line is now at 11th and Congress. The finish line is on Congress near 10th St.

This race wraps right around 3 of Dawson Neighborhood’s 4 borders, and all thru traffic will be closed while the race is underway. While you’re stuck in the ‘hood, come out and watch the runners go by! Fortunately, we are along the first 3 miles from the starting line downtown, so the streets will probably be re-opened before lunchtime. (more…)

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Tree Apartments in Dawson Wins AAA Award

Photo by: Austin Business Journal / Austin Apartment Association

Tree, 3715 South First Street.

Dawson Neighborhood’s own Tree luxury condos on South First St. has won a top award from the Austin Apartment Association. Built in 2013 by Greystar, but now owned by Canada’s Belkorp Holdings of Vancouver (a “family owned” entity), Tree has won “Best Mid or High Rise Project”. Tree’s 335 residential units were 94% leased at the time of sale to Belkorp around November, 2014.

The Dawson Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Plan Contact Team opposed Greystar’s development due to neighbor’s concerns, but the project eventually proceeded thanks to negotiations from our neighbor and DNPCT Boardmember Chad Cosper. Unfortunately, we do not deliver neighborhood newsletters to our neighbors in the Tree community, but count many of them in our online social forum.

6.3 acres in size and valued at over $44 million, Tree also features 5000-square-feet of retail space, including the ever-popular Porter Alehouse and Gastro Pub. Apartments rent between $1,400 to more than $2,000 a month.

Tree was named after the numerous protected oak trees which were preserved on the site. This was the former location of Oak Meadow Baptist Church, and the oaks were once sprinkled throughout a meadow beside the church.

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