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Dawson News Round-Up – Mid-June

Attacks at Dawson Elementary

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Harley Nussman’s dog Georgia has been attacked on multiple occasions by a female brown-and-white Boxer-mix at the informal dog park beside Dawson Elementary School. Georgia sustained a pretty nasty puncture wound, and Harley is afraid to use the dog park again. Neighbors are asked to keep a protective eye on their fur-babies when using this exercise area, and to politely let the unidentified owner of the offending dog know of our concerns.

“Secret” Creek Trail Closed

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For 62 years, Charles Swenson has permitted neighbors to cut through his property along Bouldin Creek from El Paso (at the bridge) to Wilson Street. This trail is handy for schoolchildren and nature lovers looking for a brief adventure. Mr. Swenson has truly been a generous person for allowing access through his land for all this time!

Unfortunately, there is an advanced problem with erosion there, which is largely held back by the roots of a single tree situated on the corner. Sadly, someone has begun cutting branches from this tree. Mr. Swenson estimates 60% of it has been hacked away over several occasions. He is concerned about the erosion damage which will result if this tree is lost, so he has barricaded the trail entrance. His property line is on the other side of the water, so he owns this segment of Bouldin Creek.

Mr. Swenson is willing to re-open the trail if the vandalism stops. He would like to have concrete steps or a ramp built, and will allow the City or members of the community to volunteer their time and materials to do this. A group of neighbors are circling ’round to work on the trail project, and it will be discussed August 8th at the next neighborhood meeting. Send your ideas and contact info to secret.trail@nullDawsonNeighborhood.org, and we’ll pass it along to the rest of the group.

Good-bye 2701 Stacy Lane

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The light green 1-story cinder-block bungalo on the corner of Cumberland and Stacy has been completely demolished.  Sadly, the demolition included a mature mesquite tree at least 25″ in diameter and an assortment of trees planted by the Austin Community Tree program and/or Tree Folks. Neighbor David Haun has been unable to find a permit for cutting the larger trees and worries that this was done illegally. The house was built in 1953 and last purchased Feb 23, 2016. We will let the neighborhood know when we hear what is planned for the property.

St. Ed’s Holding STEM Day Camp for HS Students

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Does your kid love actual rocket science? “SEU is partnering with Higher Orbits to offer a really neat day camp from 11 – 13 July.  The camp is designed for high school students as well as college freshmen and sophomores.  Teams will compete to design an experiment to be conducted in space.  The winning project will have a chance to be built, flown to space, and conducted on the International Space Station!  Retired NASA Astronaut, Mike Foreman, will be in attendance throughout as a mentor to the student teams. You can find out more information at http://goforlaunch.space.”

Register your kid by Friday, July 1st for $250 here.

Restaurant Inspections

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No restaurants in Dawson failed inspection in March, April or May! See which ones passed and failed here.

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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 mfushille@nullgmail.com

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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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!

Sign up at http://austinparks.givepulse.com, or email mfushille@nullgmail.com

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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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2015 Imagine Austin Annual Report

The Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan moves forward each year through a five-point implementation program: education and engagement, alignment, regulations, capital investment, and partnerships.

Just three years after adoption, the City of Austin and its partners have already moved the needle in our community in implementing the comprehensive plan across all eight priority program areas.  … four of the policies created with a 30 year vision have already been completed!

Fulfilling the big-picture vision of the comprehensive plan requires the City of Austin to take a more collaborative, cross-departmental approach to major initiatives. With this in mind, City staff has developed ways to better integrate department work programs, decision-making, and long-range budgets to align our work internally.

 

To read the entire 2015 Imagine Austin Annual Report online, click here. To download a PDF version, click here.

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