Teruko Nimura, Drawing Lines artist for District 7, and Council Member Pool celebrate the opening of Teruko's piece Wish Lantern at Beverly Sheffield Park on Feb. 28 (Photo by David Lovas).
Mark your calendars for the spring District 7 Town Hall on Saturday, May 21, from 11:30 to 1 pm at Northwest Recreation Center (2913 Northland Drive). Join Council Member Pool for an update on pools, trails, and transportation projects. We look forward to seeing you there!
Neighborhood Partnering Program Office Hours
Is there green space in your neighborhood that could bloom into a community garden or pocket park? The City's Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) will be holding office hours over the next few weeks to help turn neighborhood wish lists into reality. See a map of all office hour locations here. For more information, contact NPP Program Manager Justin Golbabai at 974-6439 or Justin.firstname.lastname@example.org. (See our "Community News" section below to learn about a District 7 neighborhood that was recently awarded NPP funds!)
Join the City’s Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) at community meetings to help plan for the future of Austin’s pools and water play areas through the Aquatic Master Plan. Feel free to show up at any time as these are open house meetings.
March 7, 2016 at Dove Springs Recreation Center (5801 Ainez Drive) from 4:30 pm – 8 pm
March 8, 2016 at Turner-Roberts Recreation Center (7201 Colony Loop Drive) from 4:30 pm – 8 pm
Congratulations to Milwood Neighborhood Association! This District 7 neighborhood is on its way to raising a total of $200,000 to improve Balcones Park through a combination of grants from the Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP), the Austin Parks Foundation, and the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as neighborhood “sweat equity” and fundraising. For more information, visit http://milwoodna.com/balcones-park-improvement/.
Vote Zilker for Best City Park!
Zilker Park has been nominated as one of 20 candidates for USA Today's Best City Park! Vote for Zilker once a day until the poll closes on March 28.
Photo: City of Austin Parks & Recreation
Cost of Electricity Reduced for AE Customers
More than 450,000 Austin Energy customers will see a decrease in their electricity bill on April 1, as the utility reduces what it collects to pay for electrical energy. Due to the cost of electricity on the statewide market continuing to fall, Austin Energy’s Power Supply Adjustment rate will be reduced 30 percent, a reduction that will save customers more than $100 million per year.
A residential customer charged for 1,000 kilowatt-hours will see a monthly reduction of $3.56, though actual savings depend on usage patterns (the average residential customer uses just over 900 kilowatt-hours). This reduction is automatically required by a policy of City Council.
Work on Justin Lane Planned for Summer 2016
The City’s Public Works Department, in collaboration with Austin Water Utility, will begin a project on Justin Lane in July. Justin Lane was identified by the Street and Bridge Division as a street in need of work during the 2006 Bond Program, and will undergo street reconstruction and water line improvements.
Neighborhood residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Thursday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Austin First Cumberland Presbyterian Church (6800 Woodrow Avenue) to discuss the construction project with City staff and ask any questions. More information on the project summary and timeline can be found here.
Update on Austin's Urban Forest
Did you know that Austin has an estimated 33.8 million trees, with tree canopy covering about 30 percent of the city? Benefits of our urban forest includes flood mitigation, air pollution removal, habitat for wildlife, increased public health and increased property values.
A presentation at February's Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Council Committee meeting demonstrated the concerted efforts that City staff have put into the maintenance of Austin’s urban forest. The city is known nationally for recognizing the tremendous value trees bring to our city beyond just aesthetic beauty, and was chosen by the USDA for their first Urban Forestry Analysis (viewable here).
The presentation also included an update on the City’s Urban Forest Plan. Adopted by Council in 2014, this plan was a significant achievement that had been over 20 years in the making. It is currently being implemented by staff, one outcome being the creation of a cross-departmental Forestry Leadership Team within the city that includes all primary players whose work touches on the city’s urban forest. Chartered over the last year, this team has developed an annual work plan to further support urban forest efforts.
To find more information on urban forest planning, visit the city’s webpage (and check out an urban forestry profile of District 7 here). Thank you to Michael Embesi, Division Manager for the Community Tree Division, and Emily King, Acting Forester for the Division, for their hard work and a great presentation.
Facts about Austin’s Urban Forest:
Compensatory value: $16 billion
Most common tree species: Ashe juniper, cedar elm, live oak, sugarberry, Texas persimmon
Tons of carbon stored: 1.9 million (valued at $242 million)
Impact on annual residential energy costs: Reduction of $18.9 million per year
Photo: Tree Canopy Cover in Austin
Source: Development Services Department
The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) installed speed cushions in February on Rockwood Lane between Primrose Lane and Steck Avenue in District 7. The installation is part of the Local Area Traffic Management program, a community-request program that aims to enhance safety by addressing speeding issues on neighborhood roads. In the next phase, a traffic circle will be installed at the intersection of Rockwood Lane and Stillwood Lane (Photo source: ATD).
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