Batteries, Oil, Paint & Antifreeze Collection Event – Sat. May 19, 8-10am

Make sure you use a little time this weekend to gather those leftover paint cans, used oil and oil filters, and dead batteries plus clean/dry styrofoam and plastic film!

Then bring it by on Saturday, May 19th, from 8:00-10:00am to St. Stephen’s Baptist Church.

We must close at 10am to be able to get the materials to the City site and unloaded before they close at noon.

The Milwood Neighborhood Association will only be collecting: Batteries, Oil, Latex Paint, Antifreeze, Styrofoam and Plastic Film.

We will not be accepting other household hazardous wastes including: oil-based paint, paint thinner or stripper, cleaning chemicals, pool chemicals, pesticides.

This event is free to MNA members that are current on their $15 annual dues or donate $10 or more to Balcones Park. Not a member? It’s easy to skip the line and join online or at the event. We are also accepting non-member drop offs for a suggested donation of $10+ as a park fundraiser. 100% of the donations raised will go to our Creekside Trail Repair Project in Balcones Park. We currently have $3,400 of the $9,700 needed to cover our part of the $117,700 grant for this project.

We’re also looking for volunteers for our collection event. We need folks to corral the cars, unload vehicles, load the collection truck, and assist with separating the collected materials. If you’re looking for a great opportunity to help serve your neighborhood, meet your neighbors, and protect the environment, come join us by signing up HERE! Any questions can be sent to mnaboard@milwoodna.com.

A BIG Thanks to Our Event Sponsor & Neighbor:

Thanks Karl Hanson for helping us make this event possible!

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Our Summitt Elementary’s BIG Spring Fling Fundraiser – All Welcome, This Sat. May 5, 6:30-9:30pm *Buy your ticket now!

Join the neighborhood in Supporting our Summitt Students. All are welcome to this very fun event! Come and win yourself a steal of a good deal!!!

Summitt Elementary’s PTA will hold its annual Spring Fling fundraiser to raise the salary for our wonderful technology instructor, Mrs. Barbara Neill. Catch up with your friends and neighbors in the Red Oak Ballroom at Norris Conference Center on Saturday, May 5 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. There will be delicious food, amazing silent and live auction items, and other surprises throughout the night.

Purchase tickets online now through May 1 for $30 each. Your ticket covers your entrance to the event, unlimited heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink. You may purchase additional drinks at a cash bar.

Whether you have a student at Summitt now or before or never, come join the fun this year. Plan to attend this great community event. And keep updated on Facebook.

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Balcones Park Trail Closures and Trail Construction Update

The City project to extend the Northern Walnut Creek Trail to Amherst is underway.  Construction is expected to last approximately 6 months.  This work has closed several trails so we have put together a map to help navigate around the work area:  2018 NCWT DETOUR   Please respect the “Trail/Sidewalk Closed” signs and “Restoration in Progress” signs.  Also, please do not cut new trails – if not properly located new trails can cause soil erosion and damage vegetation.  Some of the restoration in progress signs are a result of such trails.  We will work with the City after construction is complete to reconnect existing trails where possible.

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Milwood’s Neighborhood Garage Sale – THIS Saturday, April 7th

Don’t Miss the Chance to Find some Treasures from your neighbors!!

Thank you to all who participated!!

Map and List of 20+ Participating Homes. Make sure to check back on Friday for the Final List: Map and Addresses have been deleted after event.

It’s never too late to sign-up for Milwood’s Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale on Saturday, April 7th. Make sure you sign-up to be listed on the website which received more than 760+ views last garage sale. MNA will take care of purchasing an ad in the Statesman, posting general garage sale signs, marketing, craigslist postings, website and facebook listings. You just gather your stuff and get ready to make some extra cash. Though we have heard your traffic grows if you do an individual Craigslist post and Signs for your own sale. It is free to all current dues paying MNA members, so join now if you aren’t or if it is a moving sale pay $5, simply complete the form below and we will let you know if you are current: SIGN-UP HERE

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April 7, 9am-1pm: Pool Landscape and Trail Workday – Help Needed!

We need about 20 volunteers to help finish the pool landscaping and restore the newly repaired Creekside Trail (see details below).

Here is a link to sign up: https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/73493-Balcones-District-Park-Friends-of-Balcones-Work-Day%21

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Creekside Trail Repairs Complete!

Thanks to the grant obtained by the Friends of Balcones through the City’s NPP Program, the City-hired Contractor has completed* repairs to the “Creekside Trail” in Balcones Park. This is a great win for the neighborhood and park supporters. We started out with the goal to repair the dangerous chuckhole by the waterfall and were able to get a much larger section repaired. The trail is now open again. The completion is very timely as this section will allow for continued access from the Park to the Northern Walnut Creek Trail (NCWT) during construction of the NCWT extension to Amherst. This extension will start construction next month and be substantially complete in October. When complete, the two trails will provide a nice walking, running/biking loop and offer two different points of access to the NCWT which extends all the way to Walnut Creek Metro Park (with future extensions planned to I-35 and beyond).

In return for the grant, the neighborhoods have agreed to do volunteer projects to improve the Park and Greenbelt. We have a good start on the required volunteer hours with a great turnout for It’s My Park Day events in 2017 and 2018. We also cleared rocks and gravel from about 100 yards of the trail by the spring over the last year however there are some projects we need to do soon:

Pool Landscaping: we need about 6 volunteers to finish the pool entry landscaping – this project will completely transform the pool entrance!

Trail Restoration*
There is some restoration work needed along the newly repaired trail. The contractor hired by the city doesn’t have the expertise to properly restore the side slope of the trail and since we still need to contribute volunteer hours, we have agreed to finish this task. We need about 12 volunteers to roll rocks, rake soil, place seed, and mulch this area.

Wildflower restoration: the City’s contractor disturbed the eastern portion of a wildflower area because they had to use that area for equipment access. Unfortunately they seeded the area with bermuda grass which will compete with wildflowers. We need 3-4 volunteers to rake the seed/mulch mixture to expose the seed to drying. Then we will plant new native grass and wildflower seed.

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Meet the Contractor for Balcones Park Final Trail Completion Portion – Tues, March 6th

Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 1A – Meet the Contractor
Date: March 6, 2018
Covenant United Methodist Church
4410 Duval Road, 6:30 p.m.
Austin, Texas 78727

Project Description
This project is the final piece of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail Project that extends from Balcones District Park to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. The project will construct approximately 2,030 feet of ten-foot-wide concrete trail with two-foot shoulders from Amherst Drive through Balcones District Park to the existing segment on the south side of the baseball field in the park. It will also include 200 feet of sidewalk, retaining walls to maintain an acceptable slope, storm water facilities to accommodate existing drainage patterns, and will have environmental protections to safeguard existing protected species and sensitive areas.

Project Schedule –The project is anticipated to begin in mid-March and will take about 6 months to complete.

What to expect during construction
–The project staging area will be in Balcones District park off Scribe Lane.
–There are two construction entrances on this project to expedite construction. –The first is off Amherst Drive and the second will be located off Scribe Drive.
–Temporary access to baseball field will temporarily be off Stoney Drive.
–The trail will be closed once construction begins until further notice.

Communication Plan
–Monthly Status Updates via email & Public Works Department website https://www.austintexas.gov/page/walnut-creek-trail-system
–Social media, updates posted as needed on NextDoor and City of Austin Public Works Facebook page

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