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.
Patton Landscape Clean Up is this weekend! The Patton Landscape Committee will be on the grounds Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Bring your gardening tools if you have them and tools will be available if you don’t own some. There are projects for ALL skill levels! Come help beautify our school while getting some fresh air, exercise and socialization!
Next Saturday is our neighborhood garage sale. The WNA is placing ads in the Statesman, Oak Hill Gazette and Craig’s List. It starts at 7am and you are welcome to go as long as you want. We will also be placing signs at the entry to the neighborhood.
Next Saturday is the second day of the Eagle Scout project to improve our pocket park at the end of Brush Country and Westcreek Drive. The scouts will need wheelbarrrows, stiff rakes and shovels to help spread the mound of mulch made from last Saturday. If you have these items and want to loan or even help out, show up at the end of Westcreek Drive Saturday at 8am.
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