Lots of exciting stuff is presently going on in our neighborhood.
I recently became a member of the group that is working with the Austin Police Department on their project, Riverside Togetherness Project. The program will be focusing on portions of the Riverside-Oltorf neighborhood for the next few years to create innovative crime solutions. The goals of this program are to increase trust between residents and the police, reduce violence and property crime, and improve community safety and engagement. As discussions roll out, I will begin to share the plans and notes with you all.
There are a lot of opportunities for our members to provide input and effort as it relates to community events. Right now, we have the opportunity to focus on helping Riverside Togetherness Project team plan a Resource Fair for our neighbors in mid-June. I have committed our organization to helping in any way we can. In addition, we are planning our annual Block Party for early November, a back to school Movie on the Hill in early September, and other events that are free of cost to all attendees. With all the new contacts of community groups that we have, police, city staff, and educators, we may be able to get some good data on our neighborhood, become more visible to residents and businesses, and build connectivity that is essential to our community.
Another important goal this year is to get more folks involved in our events. The burden of planning and execution has fallen disproportionately on some of our board members. More people doing a little will help us out greatly. As we move forward, we will be sharing the plans on how you can help. A shout out to our members that have stepped up as representatives for businesses, homeowners and renters, and also to those that made it to Bingo Night.
More very soon.
Bingo Night + Happy Hour Last month, we hosted a happy hour at American Bingo on Riverside Drive to bring friends, members and neighbors together. If you were unable to attend, make sure to check out our calendar on our website for future events! These type of gatherings are a great way to network and connect with your neighbors.
Country Club Creek Trail Update The Austin Public Works Urban Trails Program is working to expand Country Club Creek Trail to connect Lady Bird Lake to Mabel Davis Park.Two new sections of the trail are in progress: Burleson Road to Ventura Drive, and Elmont Drive to Oltorf Street.
Construction on Country Club Creek Trail from Burleson Road to Ventura Drive is nearly complete. This section should be finished in Spring 2019. The section from Elmont Drive to Oltorf Street is also in progress.
Ruiz Branch Library Programming Did you know the Ruiz Branch library has free programming for everyone in the community? Check out their calendar to find your next neighborhood event! They host events that involve anything from crafts, movie series, to storytime sessions: https://library.austintexas.gov/events/calendar/arz?month=2019-05
May Bike Month May is National Bike Month in Austin! Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more people to giving biking a try.
Before hitting the roads and trails this #BikeMonth, make sure your ride is in tip-top shape by doing a pre-ride inspection of your by checking your ABCs (air, brakes, chain). With the right tire pressure, properly working brakes and a clean chain, you'll be ready to ride.
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