The creek was so clean that the group of volunteers decided to spend their time clearing out an invasive species, bastard cabbage, around Alpine Pond. The top photo is a before picture with the bastard cabbage in all its blooming glory. While it is a showy and prolific bloomer (and edible!), it also chokes out many native species, including bluebonnets and other spring wild flowers. The middle picture is two happy volunteers in the midst of the removal filling up the compost bins provided to residents by the City of Austin. That bastard (cabbage) will not go to waste but, instead, will now become Dillo Dirt. The final picture is of the hard-working volunteers (sans photographer) with the results of their efforts to beautify Alpine Pond. Certainly, the pond’s purpose is to filter and clean the rainwater runoff before it flows into the creek, but it is also a lovely green space that attracts all sorts of wildlife, examples of which can be found here, and should be treated with care like all our precious urban green spaces. All in all, it was a great day in the Dawson Neighborhood to continue a decades-long tradition of beautifying our community.
A big thank you to everyone who made this year’s It’s My Park Day! a success for Gillis Park! Residents of the Dawson Neighborhood were joined by Dawson Elementary School teachers, their children and the school’s principal on the chilly but dry morning. Thanks to Julie Woods for organizing the event. Continue reading It’s My Park Day! was March 7th
Last week it was a surprise and very pleasing to see a work crew on Cumberland St. They are installing an ADA, wheelchair compliant sidewalk along the north side where none existed before. Now it connects South Congress with existing sidewalks.
Cynthia Medlin provided an update at the February Meeting of the Dawson Neighborhood on Sidewalks. (Apparently, we have a small fund from developments for sidewalks, but not enough yet for a feasible project). The section of sidewalk on Cumberland adds to our needed sidewalks identified in the Dawson Neighborhood Plan. Continue reading Sidewalk of Fame
Dawson neighbor David Eliot has spotted a pair of hawks (maybe Red tailed, actual photo hopefully coming to replace the place holder above) starting to nest on El Paso. The parents feed their chicks primarily rodents, so it’s very important that we do not use rat poison in order to avoid poisoning the chicks through their food. It would be a shame to lose these new residents in the neighborhood, and, since they eat rats, we can eradicate unwanted rats using nature’s food chain.
Update: Despite the inclement weather, lots of people attended the groundbreaking for Austin Habitat for Humanity’s new home in the Dawson Neighborhood, including CEO Kelly Weiss and Director of Operations Greg Anderson (who attended the Dawson Neighborhood Association’s February meeting), and a local news team was there to capture the event. Former DNA officer Mitchell Harrison and current DNA officer Sandy McMillan were there to represent the DNA. In addition to all the good work that Habitat does for our community, they also will certify their new building through Austin Energy’s Green Building Program! Continue reading Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking February 23rd