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Dawson Neighborhood


Buzz Mill Pulls Out of Pickle Road

Despite construction being practically complete, Buzz Mill will not be opening it’s second 24-hour coffee and dining spot at 111 Pickle Road. This 15,000 square-foot space overlooks Dawson Neighborhood’s Alpine Pond, just West of South Congress Avenue. It would have joined Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery and Crux Climbing Center on the same 2-acre lot.

Owner Jason Sabala told Culturemap news site that an unsatisfactory relationship with the landlord resulted in further obstacles with the City in getting the cafe opened.

Buzz Mill continues to operate it’s original location, and is bringing a coffee shop to San Marcos, and another in Louisiana. Their management are behind the conversion of Midway Field House into popular music venue, Grizzly Hall.

Jason Sabala and associates continue to search for a new South Austin location to open Austin Buzz Mill #2.

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Bouldin Creek Clean-Up 2016

Article Updated With Location Change!

March 30 Update: The link to the volunteer form is now at the bottom of this page!

AKA Clean Sweep 2016

“Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a city-wide service day spanning 130+ sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and resulting in over 29 tons of trash removed by 4,000 plus volunteer who contribute 8,700 combined service hours.”

Join Keep Austin Beautiful and your Dawson Neighbors for Clean Sweep – Austin’s annual city-wide service day on April 9th where over 4,000 volunteers join together on an ordinary Saturday morning to make an extraordinary difference.  Dawson neighbors will clean East Bouldin Creek from 9AM-11AM beginning at Alpine Pond (meet on Alpine St.).  Meet your neighbors while having fun and making a noticeable impact. Volunteer and when you sign-up, give us your T-shirt size! For questions contact Site Leader Marisa at

Trash bags and litter-grabbers are provided. Please wear light boots (there will be muddy banks and wet rocks). Wear long-legged pants and long-sleeved shirts with gloves to protect you from poison ivy. Some folks like to wear a small backpack to carry water and energy snacks.

“The network of cleanups is followed by a not-to-be-missed volunteer party featuring free t-shirts, lunch, live music, children’s environmental activities, recycled art, a unique object contest, door prizes, and more!”

After the cleanups, volunteers are invited to a FREE volunteer party, 11AM-1:30PM featuring live music, free lunch (vegetarian food available), door prizes, and performance by Animal Facts Club showcasing the Biodiversity of Texas.

This is a HUGE party for the volunteers held at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia Street. You’ll get a ticket at the door, so your ticket number may be called for a door prize throughout the afternoon – stay late! The prizes range from little things to expense-paid vacations!

Sign Up Online

Click “sign up” in the section below for “Bouldin Creek Cleanup”. If that section isn’t appearing in the box, click this link and scroll down to it (it’s not fully in alphabetical order). (more…)

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Dawson Honors APD Chief Slain in 1928

88 years ago, on October 9, 1928, Austin Police Chief James Littlepage was shot by a mass murderer he was pursuing for killing two women on Elizabeth Street. Littlepage died of two shotgun blasts. The killer continued on to Newton Street where he killed once more, and then committed suicide before he could be apprehended.

Today, The Austin Police Officer Memorial Project placed a gray granite marker at Trinity Abundant Life Church, 412 Cumberland Road, near the spot where he died. Please view the touching dedication ceremony below:

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Crux Climbing Coming Early 2016

Under construction at 121 Pickle Rd 78704, Crux is a 22,000 sqft climbing facility opening in early 2016, which will feature bouldering, rope, yoga, fitness, and retail. They say they’ve compartmentalized youth, team/training, adult, fitness, yoga, lounge, and retail zones to reduce overlap and to keep things cleaner and more comfortable.

Crux’s general contractor has come online, and the wall contractor, “Vertical Solutions” (famed craftsmen of gorgeous birch walls), will be arriving in about a month so you’ll start to see a lot of development at the site. Reworking an old warehouse into a beautiful new building is challenging work. In line with giving things a new skin, they’re also crafting their new website to be unveiled in the next newsletter.

The building is part of a site redevelopment the occupants call “the Homestead”, a place that’s worth hanging out at for so many reasons. One of their neighbors, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Austin’s Urban Winery, has already opened their doors. These guys make award winning wine, and have created a really cozy space for you to lounge in while hanging with friends over damn good wine.

Crux features a caverounous main hall, offering unobstructed viewing for competitions and events like movie screenings. The main hall is adult access only (13+, team sanctioned, or with adult supervision) and sports a top-out bouldering corral, an expansive configurable bouldering wall that can offer fresh terrain for a season or secret angles for competitions, and a rope canyon with top rope, auto belay, lead and speed walls. Walkways and seating options will let you kick up your feet and take a break while off the wall.

The cave room is open 24 hours, and has all the roof you could want. It will be covered in holds for those open ended bouldering & training sessions.

The Discovery Room, also open 24 hours, is geared for kids and kids-at-heart having fun, exploring, and getting comfortable with climbing & just moving through space. This room is available for reservation.

The mezzanine also houses the lounge, which is open to relax or remote work, and the fitness area has a beautiful studio that can be used for yoga, fitness, presentations, and meeting assemblies.

The retail store will sell shoes and other gear.

See their current website here for proposed hours and rates.

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