North Lamar Boulevard sidewalks (June 2017 update)

Construction is in progress to complete accessible sidewalks along much of North Lamar Boulevard from 183 to Braker Ln. This work is primarily funded by a grant which ADAPT and others worked to get in 2011.

There will be lots more improvements coming over the next several years, from the 2012 and 2016 bonds. Learn more about the North Lamar Boulevard 2011 mobility corridor study, including proposals for raised medians, complete sidewalks, more effective intersections, street trees, and pedestrian crosswalks.

Recommendation 75: Construct Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps at all intersections with sidewalks.
Objective T.6: Improve the safety of pedestrians traveling along North Lamar Boulevard.
Objective T.13: Provide transportation alternatives to those who live, work, or visit.
Objective T.8: Improve traffic flow along North Lamar Boulevard.

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Barrington Neighborhood Park improvements / Mejoras en el parque Barrington

Over the summer, Barrington Neighborhood Park will be getting new green features, designed to connect children and nature.
Durante el verano, el parque vecindario Barrington recibirá nuevas características verdes, diseñadas para conectar a los niños con la naturaleza.

El Departamento de Parques y Recreacion (PARD), el districto escolar Austin (AISD), la facultad de salud pública de la universidad de Texas, y otros trabajaron durante el año pasado para proveer recursos y entrenamiento en conectar a los niños con la naturaleza en los planes de estudios de la Primaria Barrington.
The Parks and Rec Department, Austin ISD, UT School of Public Health, and others worked during the past year to provide resources and training for connecting children with nature in Barrington Elementary‘s curricula.

Austin Voices and Austin Parks Foundation surveyed students and residents of nearby neighborhoods to identify the most desired park improvements.
Austin Voices y Austin Parks Foundation encuestaron a estudiantes y residentes de vecindarios cercanos para identificar las mejoras de parque más deseadas.

More information about Austin’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature grant

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Comida de verano para niños y jovenes / Summer meals for kids and teens 2017

Complete list / lista completa Eat right, find a site! / ¡Come Bien, Encuentra un Sitio!

watermelonSeveral schools, parks, and other sites in our area offer free, healthy meals during the summer to anyone 18 and under through a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. For more information, call 211 or text FOODTX to 877-877. That’s ANYONE 18 and under – it doesn’t matter where you’re from, where you live, where (or if) you go to school.

Varias escuelas, parques y otros sitos en nuestra área ofrecen comidas saludables gratuitas durante el verano a cualquier persona de 18 años o menos a través de un programa del ministerio de agricultura de EEUU. Para obtener más información, llame al 211 o text FOODTX a 877-877. Eso es CUALQUIER persona de 18 años y menos – no importa de dónde eres, donde vives, donde (o si) vas a la escuela.

Austin ISD sites and menus / sitios y menús

Cedars International Academy summer meal program / programa de comida de verano

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Agenda regular quarterly meeting / reunión trimestral May 14, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 4-6pm – regular quarterly meeting at YMCA. Meet and greet at 3:45pm, quarterly meeting starts at 4pm.

0. Introductions and purpose of neighborhood team
1. Approve minutes (March 4, April 8, April 10, 2017)
2. Neighborhood plan amendment status and next steps (LisaH, Julia)
3. CodeNEXT draft text and mapping (all)
4. Priorities for FY18 city and school district budgets (afterschool programs, health, TA Brown)
5. Parks and trees (Barrington, Brownie, medians, creek pocket park)
6. Public safety policies
– Rundberg Ln container ordinance
– juvenile curfew
– pedestrian near the roadway
– driving without a license
– SB4
7. Officer elections – Chair
8. Housekeeping (eg designate new officers to be on bank account)

Written updates on transportation and finances.

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DRAFT Minutes April 10, 2017 neighborhood plan amendment work session

NPA process code and rules (small)This called meeting was to discuss and make decisions about the latest round of comments from city staff on the amendments that we submitted in September 2016, in accordance with City Code.

We discussed many possible next steps. We decided to “Clean up plan by removing sections that have not been vetted by COA staff or relevant departments AND make the plan recommendations more SMART* or remove / roll them into objectives.”

Specific – target a specific area for improvement
Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
Agreed upon – specify who will do it.
Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

Complete DRAFT Minutes. Let Colin know if you have corrections.

Here is the link to our amendment text, with the city staff comments.

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DRAFT Minutes March 4 and April 8 2017 called meetings

Thanks, everybody, for your work to improve our parks, waterways, and school grounds.

It’s My Park Day at Brownie Park, March 4 draft minutes. Also, Larry found a possum skull.

Clean Sweep at Little Walnut Creek tributary, April 8 draft minutes.

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Ways to Participate / Formas de participación

volunteersThere are many individuals and small groups working on projects to improve our neighborhood. The North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood team chair can connect you to these and other opportunities.
Hay muchas individuales y grupos pequeños que trabajan en proyectos con fines de mejorar nuestro vecindario. La presidente del equipo de vecindario North Lamar/Georgian Acres puede conectarse a estas y otras oportunidades.

  • Dar a conocer Ayudar en comunicación bilingüe
  • Social media manager Maintain facebook account. Outreach through other media channels. Some Spanish useful but not required. Also opportunities for photographers.
  • Brownie neighborhood park development. Desarollo del Parque Brownie What do you want to see in our park and green space? Work with the Brownie team and the community to plan the equipment and facilities. ¿Qué quieres ver en nuestro parque y espacio verde? Trabajar con el grupo Brownie y la comunidad para planificar los equipos e instalaciones.
  • Throw a party Invite some people you don’t know yet.
  • Adopt-a-stop Maintain and improve a Capital Metro stop. Mantener y mejorar una parada Capital Metro. This might include litter collection, painting, planting, or advocating for improvements like lights and shelter.
  • Block captain/neighborhood watch organizer – Promotador de vigilancia de vecindario Work with APD to help residents and property owners keep their immediate neighborhood secure and connected. Training available.trees Trabajar con APD en ayudar residentes y dueños de propiedad a mantener su vecinidad segura y conectada. Tratamiento disponible.
  • Tree planting and public art. Artes y arboles publicos. Plan, install or maintain street trees, landscaping, or public art.
  • Mockingbird Hill Neighborhood Association Contact president Mona Noll directly
  • Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association Contact GANA directly
  • Georgian Manor Resident Council Contact president Rachel Martinez directly.
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