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.
We are very pleased to announce that the new council member for Dawson and District 3, Pio Renteria, has agreed to speak and perhaps respond to a few questions at the Dawson Neighborhood Association Meeting. This will be Monday April 13th 6:30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Center in Gillis Park at 2508 Durwood. What a great opportunity to hear his platform for representing the people of a large area of South and East Austin.
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Lovely day for flying kites and blowing bubbles preceded by student parades and a drone photo op of participants gathered to spell out “Dawson”! Continue reading Kite Day at Dawson Elementary, Friday, March 13th
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
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