Neighborhood Garage Sale: Oct. 5, 2019

Don’t Miss Milwood’s Garage Sale on Saturday, October 5th, 2019!

It’s a GREAT time to find some wonderful treasurers at the best prices from your neighbors!

Thanks to all our participating homes! This list and map have been deleted.

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Walnut Creek Trail – Replace the Base!

02-02-2020 update – The Parks Board has taken an active interest in the proper completion of the trail project and we can report limited success in some areas following our presentation to the Board on Nov. 22, 2019.  Several Parks Board members visited the park and scheduled a staff update on the trail completion for the 1/28/2020 Board Meeting. At the 1/28/2020 Parks Board Meeting, staff asserted that the project is complete except for replacing a damaged sign post and revegetation of the ball field area.  Apparently this was not the case as the next day the contractor was out adding more erosion control blanket and have apparently been directed to continue revegetation efforts due to lack of stabilization along many areas of the trail.

Here is the current status of issues raised by the neighborhood:

Flex base erosion – the worst areas of the flex base (crushed limestone) erosion were replaced with vegetation and grass in November 2019, however the flex base was left in other parts of the park and continues to be tracked onto the pavement and washed into the creeks.  Staff have indicated they will monitor and maintain the trail shoulder as necessary.  We continue to maintain that periodically dumping another load of crushed limestone on the side of the trail is a terrible way to maintain a park and will just repeat the cycle of erosion and pollution.

Dead Trees and shrubs – approximately 41 trees and shrubs were replaced in mid January 2020. Since the contractor’s warranty period is about to expire, we have continually asked how the trees will be cared for and watered to make sure the $60,000 investment in landscaping is not wasted as occurred on the previous trail section (Scribe to Mopac).  Staff indicates that they are working on a plan to water trees and will look into how to address the trees that died in the Scribe to Mopac section.  We hope they will have a plan in place before summer arrives.

Other items, cracked pavement has been repaired, missing stop sign replaced, defective curb ramp at Scribe has been rebuilt.

Overall project restoration – the City code requires that all areas disturbed by construction be restored with perennial vegetation.  Restoration is considered ccomplete when the vegetation coverage reaches 95% with no bare areas larger than 16 square feet.  Most of the trail side areas have not reached this standard and the project has not been accepted by the environmental compliance inspector.

10-22-19 update – see videos of flex base runoff vs. vegetated shoulder at https://photos.app.goo.gl/ceieoERDVcegxsBp9

Several neighbors are planning to bring this issue to the Parks Board this evening at 6 PM.  Please email or call the parks board if you want the flex base replaced and to demand the dead trees planted along the trail be replaced and a tree care plan implemented.

9-23-2019 update as of this morning, Council Member Leslie Pool has engaged Public Works and Parks departments to address the issues identified here.   But we are not there yet- past efforts to correct the issues were met with empty promises.

Please thank CM Pool for her leadership and continue to contact department heads, boards and commissions (see the bottom of the Walnut Creek trail – Replace the Base! page for updated contacts).  Thank You!

9-22-2019 Attention Neighbors, Trail and Park users and Friends of Balcones Park

We have an urgent plea for your assistance!

http://milwoodna.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FIX OUR TRAIL.pdf

You may have noticed the shoddy state of the most recent section of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail in Balcones Park between Amherst and the ballfield by Scribe Drive.  After months of delay, the city has announced that they will be performing limited repairs beginning 9/30/19 as follows:

1-addressing erosion & drainage issues,

2-cracked slabs and portions of the trail that have been undermined,

3- runoff issues at Scribe Drive.

MNA has pressed the city repeatedly to provide clarification regarding fixing specific design defects that have led to gravel eroding from the side of the trail and washing onto the pavement and into the creek.

THE LATEST ANSWER FROM THE CITY IS THEY NOT GOING TO REPLACE OTHER AREAS OF THE ERODING TRAIL EDGE – please see the linked page for more information and what we need to do to get action on this issue!

Walnut Creek trail – Replace the Base!

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National Night Out Block Parties in Milwood – This Tuesday, Oct. 1

This year, National Night Out is Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm

National Night Out is a great opportunity to strengthen our neighborhood spirit and police/community relationships. It is also a great chance to get to know your neighbors better and share contact info. in case you should ever need it!

So on Tues. Oct 1st, please turn on your porch lights, lock your doors and spend the evening outside with us.

Thanks to all the hosts and participants! We hope to have a great showing this year!

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Sign Up for Milwood’s Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale: Sat. Oct 5

Don’t Miss Milwood’s Garage Sale on Saturday, October 5th, 2019!

It’s a GREAT time to clean out your closets and make some cash! Also mark your calendars so you can find some wonderful treasurers at the best prices from your neighbors! Sign-up your garage sale HERE or below.

Check Back as the Date Approaches for a List and Map of the Participating Homes or Join the Facebook Event Page to get notifications.

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Now is the time to Register YOUR Block Party for National Night Out on Tues, Oct 1st

If you are interested in hosting a Block Party for National Night Out on Tues, Oct 1st and you want Police, Fire, Code, EMS to stop by you must register with the city before Fri. Sept. 20. Click here to Register for National Night Out.

Also if you want MNA to help spread the word, click here to tell us the details and which streets you would like us to spread the word too. If you let us know about your event, we will also try to help you organize your block against crime. It’s easy, fun and worth it!!

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Balcones Park Project Updates

8/29/2019   Northern Walnut Creek Trail in Balcones Park PROJECT UPDATE

We have received word that the City has authorized the contractor to repair erosion along the newly completed paved trail section between Amherst and the ball field near Scribe, as well as replace sections of trail that shifted and cracked.  Parts of the trail will need to be temporarily closed for some of this work.  We will try to provide advance notice as soon as we find out when they will be starting the repairs.

8/29/2019 CREEKSIDE TRAIL PROJECT UPDATE

We are continuing to make progress working off the financial and volunteer time commitments made to secure the grant which enabled the repair of the creekside trail from Duval to the connection with the Northern Walnut Creek Trail.  New Trash cans with Recycling bins were installed this summer and volunteers patched trail, shored up the sides of the trail with rock, seeded wildflowers and natives grasses and more.

Please consider coming out on Nov. 2nd, for It’s My Park Day to help clean up the park, maintain trees/landscaping and make trail repairs.  Working in the park can be a lot of fun! It is a great way to meet neighbors and get some exercise too!

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July 4th Parade & Picnic

Thursday, July 4th is our 16th Annual Fourth of July Parade & Picnic!

Come watch, walk or ride in the parade, eat burgers/hot dogs, listen to Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, meet neighbors, win prizes, support our neighborhood & park and celebrate our Independence as a nation!!

The Patriotic Contest will be held for the best decorated walkers, riders and/or float so grab your friends and neighbors and get decorating!! The 1st prize will be Schlitterbahn tickets courtesy of Austin Kid’s Directory! Everyone in the parade is eligible and anyone can join in the parade – just gather at Milwood Baptist Church around 9:30am and fall in line. Parade kicks off at 10am.

Patriotic Music will begin soon after the parade arrives at the park. We are so very excited to have Austin Civic Wind Ensemble back this year!

Check in at the membership tables to get your Raffle Tickets and a Grand Prize Ticket either at the church or at the picnic at the park. So don’t forget your $15 for dues to support MNA and any extra for tipping the band. Additional Raffle Tickets can be purchased at $1 per ticket for the chance to win lots of other great prizes totaling over $1,000 in value! All the proceeds for MNA raffle tickets sold will go towards improvements at the park.

Volunteers and Shade Tents are needed. Sign-up here.

If you can’t make the picnic and want to pay your $15 dues click here. It is easy & secure.

Parade & Picnic Schedule – Thursday, July 4th
9:30am: Gathering for Parade at Milwood Baptist Church (12217 Cassady Dr) All are welcome to walk in the parade & win the Spirit Contest – just show-up & fall in line.
10:00am: Parade Begins & travels down Cabana Ln, left on Eton Ln, then into Park (Click Here for the Parade Map)
10:30am: Parade Ends at Balcones Park & Spirit Contest for Costumes, Bikes and Floats
10:30am: Austin Civic Wind Ensemble is BACK to play for us!
11:00am: Lunch Begins (Burgers/Hot Dogs/Vegetarian Option & Cold Drinks)
11:30am: Raffle Drawing Begins

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:
Habitat Hunters Realtor, Melissa Wile
Realty Austin, Shannon Reeve
TCP Real Estate, Samantha Mitchell & John Cotten
H&H Design & Build
Austin Diagnostic Clinic
Textruss, Inc
The UPS Store – Parmer/Mopac near HEB
Milwood Baptist Church

Thanks to our Entertainment, Food and Drink Donors:
Austin Civic Wind Ensemble
Covenant United Methodist Church
Silver Grill Cafe
HEB – Parmer and McNeil
Austin Kid’s Directory
Costco Wholesale

Thanks to our Raffle and Parade Prize Donors: (Over 20 prizes worth more than $1,500!)

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