Category Archives: Parks and Environment

SRCC’s Parks, Schools and Environment Committee is concerned with major public institutions within our boundaries. PARKS is concerned primarily with the general health of our City parkland, from erosion control on the one extreme to beautification on the other. Parklands within SRCC include Little and Big Stacy Parks and pools, the Blunn Creek Greenbelt Trail connecting them, the Blunn Creek Nature Preserve, a wildflower trail between Academy Drive and Drake Avenue, and several discontinuous pieces of Town Lake Park including the Norwood Tract. SRCC is pushing the City to acquire a tract on Parker Land at Windoak Drive for a new, small park east of IH-35. Under the leadership of David Todd, Co-Chair for PARKS, the Blunn Creek Nature Preserve is being transformed steadily from an overgrown thicket back to native habitat.

SCHOOLS is concerned primarily with the health and vitality of the three public schools within SRCC boundaries, Travis Heights Elementary, Fulmore Middle and Magnet, and Travis High. Our schools are challenged continuously by very large issues such as State and local funding, SRCC’s very diverse socio-economic makeup, and demographic trends. These trends have been for 60 years to move to the suburbs when children reach school age. Lately, however, there is a movement back to inner city living all over the country, and this trend is supported by Austin’s City Council. SRCC wants to support and celebrate our schools, and is an available partner; we welcome ideas from parents and other school activists on how we can help.

ENVIRONMENT is concerned with the large domains of land, air and water quality. The members tend toward engineering expertise that helps SRCC interact with public staff as well as private landowners. The tenacity of member Jeff Kessel finally resulted in the City’s addressing the years-long backyard flooding problems of many residents along a small tributary of Blunn Creek, primarily in Sherwood Oaks/Area 5. Others have negotiated long and hard with big time developers Walmart and Home Depot to protect Blunn Creek when their developments went in in Area 8.

PARKS, SCHOOLS and ENVIRONMENT often work together on overlapping issues like the beneficial treatment of detention ponds and potential connecting trails on private and public lands for the preservation of and access to the headwaters of Blunn Creek in Area 8.

Co-chairs:
David Todd (Parks) 416-0400
Sherri Ancipink (Schools) 707-2627
Marty Christman (Environment) 912-0724

SWIM 512 Master Plan and Neighborhood Pools

In 2013, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department began an Aquatic Assessment which resulted in a phased approach to aquatic master planning. The Master Plan will help the Parks and Recreation Department decide how to manage aging pools … Continue reading

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Blunn Creek Preserve Trail Signs are up!

Thanks to David Todd and his volunteers! Trail signs installed in Blunn Creek Preserve!

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Why are my property taxes so high?

Taxparency: the condition of being transparent with respect to taxpayer dollars. Many folks in our neighborhood are being pushed out of their homes due to high property taxes. One reason why we pay so much in property taxes is because … Continue reading

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Update on Little Stacy Park renovations

A recent update from PARD indicates that the planned changes to Little Stacy Park will be delayed until late 2017. It has taken far longer to iron out many of the details and complete the construction drawings than PARD anticipated. … Continue reading

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SRCC: help with items or donations for Foundation Community in 78704

Foundation Communities’ new  living center, Bluebonnet Studios, (located at 2301 S. Lamar) opens  in October and will provide 107 affordable housing units to low income families and individuals. A percentage of residents are formerly homeless.  If you are not familiar … Continue reading

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