Capital Metro is proposing a new service, Route 111 South MoPac Flyer, which would run parallel to South MoPac and travel to Downtown and UT during the morning with return trips in the afternoon.
Neighborhood stops would be located along LaCrosse, Escarpment, Slaughter, Beckett, Convict Hill, and Brush Country. Limited parking would be available at Dick Nichols Park. Service would begin on June 10.
Last week, Capital Metro surveyed customers who park at Oak Hill Park & Ride at US 290 and William Cannon and ride Route 171. A few customers who reside in Westcreek expressed interest in the proposed Route 111 South Mopac Flyer due to its proximity.
Please take the following customer survey to voice your opinion: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/capmetro111
Capital Metro staff might also be available to attend a future neighborhood meeting to provide additional information on the proposal and answer any questions. Please contact James Gamez if you have any questions.
After more than 3 years of work between the WNA board members and the City of Austin to make improvements to the Westcreek trail area, we are about to see some positive and tangible results that will enhance a very visible and central area of our neighborhood (Brush Country & Summerset Trail).
Background/History about this area
You may recall that the city’s trail area ‘safe route’ project was halted. The good news, however, is that the City of Austin agreed to work with the WNA board to make alternative, considerable improvements in this area. We’ve announced this alternative plan in the past but we are now seeing it really happen!
(For background info., see http://www.westcreekna.org/2009/02/brush-country-trail/city-puts-westcreek-trail-plan-on-hold-oak-hill-gazette/ andhttp://www.westcreekna.org/wp-content/uploads/1008WK.pdf and http://www.westcreekna.org/wp-content/uploads/trail-letter_022209.pdf andhttp://www.westcreekna.org/category/current-issues/brush-country-trail/ and http://www.westcreekna.org/wp-content/uploads/0608WK.pdf)
What kind of construction project is being done?
The City of Austin has informed us that construction will begin on or about October 1 for the removal of the Brush Country stub-out (Brush Country & Summerset Trail), which will mean the end of that ugly & often broken red & white barricade at the end of Brush Country. The project will include removal of the asphalt, extension of the sidewalk along Summerset, drainage improvements, and filling in the area with soil, and seeding with a native grass/wildflower seed mix. The board has been meeting with several city resources about this project.
How Westcreekers can help – Westcreek Neighborhood Enhancement Initiative
The board is excited to make this stub-out project one of the first beautification & conservation improvements in Westcreek. There is potential to do more projects in the future and aside from using WNA dues to further enhance Westcreek, we will also need volunteers.
We especially need your help with the following:
1. assistance from people who have an interest in and/or experience with (including associations with local businesses) landscaping design and/or installation, native / drought tolerant plants
2. donations of drought-tolerant native plants and small trees (we will provide a list of appropriate plants) for planting later this Fall
3. donations of mulch from trees being trimmed or removed from your yards – ask your tree service company if tree mulch can be donated for the trailhead area
4. signage design and/or donated services
5. volunteer to be on a WNA committee to handle long-term maintenance of this commons area.
If you are interested in helping with landscaping projects at the stub out (or even projects in the future), please let us know. Remember that the WNA is a non-profit organization and donations (monetary or in-kind) are tax deductible.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how you can be involved.
Submitted by Wesctreek resident Trudy Hasan on June 4, 2012
This is a little belated, but here’s a BIG THANK YOU for the great neighbors who worked on the trail on Saturday, June 2:
- Chris, Sean and Star (White Elm)
- Julie (White Elm)
- Bridget and Kevin (Dry Oak)
- Bob (Morning Dew)
- John (Cana Cove)
- David and Trudy (Sun Vista)
It was hot, sweaty work but everyone was still smiling at the end!
And can you believe the flowers are still blooming?
Submitted by Westcreek resident Jennifer Voss
Westcreek resident and WNA board member Barbara Huffman is shown above helping to improve the nature trail located at the end of Westcreek Drive. Barb and several other volunteers from the Westcreek Neighborhood Association and Oak Hill Trails Association (OHTA) got together on January 21 to spread bark mulch that had been donated by Davey Trees. Thanks to Barb, Jennifer Voss and her son Quinn, Trudy and David Hasan, John Mendenhall, and OHTA members Tom Thayer and Jim Hinshaw. The huge pile of mulch has now been reduced to just a big pile.
The trail area has been an ongoing project by the Westcreek Neighborhood Association and OHTA. The area is a combination of City of Austin right-of-way, AISD land and private land. The private land consists of the unimproved area behind the duplexes, and no improvements have been made to this area since it is privately owned. Many Westcreek residents and cyclists enjoy this area, since no motorized vehicles are allowed.
More work days will be scheduled in February and March, so stayed tuned for your chance to help out the neighborhood!
- Tuesday, April 26 – Schlotzsky’s 3-10 pm
- Thursday, May 5 – Craig O’s 5-9 pm
- Tuesday, May 24 – Schlotzsky’s 3-10 pm
The Clint Small Jr. Middle School annual Spring Plant Sale will be on Saturday, April 3 from 9am to 1pm in and around the greenhouse on campus. Lots of native and naturalized plants perfect for the Oak Hill area will be on sale.
The school needs potting containers of all sizes and bags of leaves. Drop these items off next to the yellow service drive gate on the north side of the school.
On Monday, January 3, near the corner of Jay’s Lane and Porsche Lane sometime between noon and 3:00 pm a cat was shot in the leg with a pellet gun. This is a family pet and he required surgery to remove the pellet and clean the wound. The good people at Travis Country Veterinary Hospital (fabulous, by the way!) were able to save the pellet for whatever evidentiary use it may provide.
If you see anyone shooting a weapon in the neighborhood please report the incident. It’s important to have some record on file in case a pattern develops or something more serious happens in the future. If you know anything about the incident last Monday please call 311 and refer to report number 115001980.
In accordance with the WNA Bylaws, notice is hereby given that nominations are invited from all Members of the WNA (Paid or Regular) for the following positions of WNA Executive Committee Officers (whose terms of office automatically expire on December 31, 2010):
- Member-at-Large #1
- Member-at-Large #2
Nominees must be Paid members of the WNA and reside in the Westcreek neighborhood. Nominations may be submitted via e-mail to any individual member of the present Executive Committee (please see page 2 of the Newsletter for e-mail addresses), or you can email the entire Board with your nomination at email@example.com
Elections of Officers will be held at the 2011 WNA Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Will Hampton Library on Convict Hill.
In the Fall of 2010, Westcreek Neighborhood Association and Patton PTA volunteers worked together to build a butterfly garden at Patton Elementary. To find out more about the project, click here to view the report.
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