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Fourth Annual Hyde Park Egg Scramble – March 26, 2016

Plan to attend the Fourth Annual Hyde Park Egg Scramble at Shipe Park on Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. This HPNA event is open to everyone in the neighborhood! Special shout out to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and all the volunteers from It’s My Park Day for keeping Shipe Park looking so beautiful and getting it ready for this event.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Grande Communications, there will be popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy, free for all attendees! There is a bouncy castle for the little ones and an obstacle course for the big ones. Neighborhood resident Jeffrey Jester, Balloon Professor, will set up next to the concessions to make amazing balloon creations for all. Sparkles Costello, provided by Trinity United Methodist Church, will also be on hand to decorate faces with paint creations such as rainbow unicorns, tigers, monkeys, and butterflies.

For those of you who are new to the neighborhood or who have not participated in the past, an egg scramble is basically a traditional Easter egg hunt – the only difference is that you provide the eggs yourself for your child’s age group. The egg hunt will start at approximately 10:45 am and be divided into three age groups: under 3 years old, 3 and 4 year olds, and 5 year olds and older. This year, there will be a maximum age limit of 8 years old for participation in the egg hunt. If your child is going to participate in the egg hunt festivities, please drop off one dozen plastic eggs filled with age-appropriate treats any time between Saturday, March 19 and Friday, March 25 in the bins marked by age group on the front porch at either 4307 Avenue F or 4402 Avenue F.

Each age group will have its own area in the park, marked with colored flagging tape. The younger age groups will be “hunting” in the large flat field area of the park. The oldest age group will be “hunting” in the grassy area with trees across the bridge. The playground, swings, and basketball court will still be open to people not attending the event.

This year, two children’s games will be added to the festivities: the Egg-and-Spoon Race and the Egg Toss. For interested children old enough to run and hold a spoon at the same time, eggs and spoons will be provided. Prizes for the winners! The Egg Scramble Bunny will arrive shortly thereafter to take pictures with families in the photo booth, provided by Carolyn Grimes of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

Special thanks to committee members Tim Luyet, Joanna Fitzgerald, Jennifer Suehs, and Sandy Kearns. Interested in volunteering? Please email Tim Luyet. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Sponsors for the event include Grande Communications; Trinity United Methodist Church; Carolyn Grimes of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors; Walgreens; Bounce Around Austin; Maury Sullivan and Todd Pruner; and Jeffrey Jester, Balloon Professor.

By Michelle Rossomando

It’s My Park Day! Saturday March 5, 2016

It’s My Park Day, the annual park cleanup and landscaping event sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016. Friends, neighbors, and volunteers from around the Hyde Park area are invited to join in the activities at Shipe Park, 44th Street and Avenue F, from 9 am to noon. This is a wonderful community event and a great way to get to know your neighbors through community service!

The Friends of Shipe Park, who organize the event annually for Shipe Park, are looking for hard-working volunteers who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty for the benefit of the park! Look forward to aerating soil, adding mulch around trees, removing invasive plants, removing leaves from the pool area, aerating and fertilizing the field, spiffing up the play-scape, and generally making the park beautiful.

Jack and Jill Nokes, Alison Young, Lisa Harris, Mark Fishman, and Adam Wilson are this year’s organizers. Lisa Harris is the contact person for information. To register for the event, go to www.givepulse.com.

The Austin Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to building partnerships to develop and maintain parks, trails, and open spaces in Austin.

HPNA Minutes – February 1, 2016

Before the meeting convened, members enjoyed a potluck dinner and social time.

The meeting was called to order at 7:32 pm by co-President Reid Long at the Griffin School, 5001 Evans Avenue.

The first agenda item consisted of brief presentations by the seven declared candidates for the State Representative District 49 vacancy left by the retirement of Elliott Naishtat.

  • Gina Hinojosa, a civil-rights and labor lawyer and the immediate past president of the AISD School Board, emphasized her interest in public education. She opposes school vouchers and supports an opt-out for public universities on the campus-carry gun law.
  • Huey Rey Fischer stressed his experience working for progressive Democrats in the legislature and stated his intent to promote a proactive agenda that includes health-care expansion and LGBT rights.
  • Aspen Dunaway, a trial attorney, detailed his neighborhood roots and declared that his primary interests were rebuilding the middle class through property tax and student loan debt relief and the expansion of health care funding.
  • Heather Way, a UT law professor with experience in community advocacy, described her main interests as countering right-wing extremism in the legislature, reducing the influence of interest groups, and addressing the growing economic divide.
  • Kent Johnson, who described his experience as prosecutor, judge, and attorney, emphasized the need to find solutions to growth in Austin, such as integrated transportation, flexible employment, and support for commercial ride-sharing options. He opposes the use of local tax dollars to support other school districts.
  • Matt Shrum, a former prosecutor now in private practice as well as a small-business owner, declared his primary interest as fiscal responsibility, public safety, transportation improvement, and economic growth. If elected, he wants to serve on the House budget committee.
  • Blake Rocap, a public-interest lawyer, emphasized that his ten years of experience working with the legislature enhances his ability to pursue an agenda that includes cutting property taxes, protecting the rights of public employees, and expanding early childhood education.

The second agenda item was consideration of a resolution to support the request for a zoning variance for development of a congregate care facility at the Triangle complex on 45th Street. Jeff Howard, an attorney representing the developers, who provided details of the proposed project at the January meeting, returned to HPNA to report additional revisions to improve drainage in response to members’ expressed opposition to reducing impervious cover that will exacerbate neighborhood flooding risks. Mr. Howard stated that the revisions included the addition to the proposed building of a holding tank that would enhance drainage capacity to the level of 80% impervious cover. The resolution published in the February issue of the Pecan Press was read and discussed. Several members requested amendments to the resolution to include more specific language about the drainage issue. The amendments passed unanimously with a vote of 28 in favor. The amended resolution reads as follows:

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association supports the request for The Village at The Triangle by W2 Real Estate Partners for a change in zoning and variance for impervious cover to build a congregate care facility on The Triangle property contingent upon the developers’ maintaining runoff at an 80% impervious cover level and enhancing detention capacity to reduce the rate of discharge. This development represents a significant need in our community while using a smaller impervious cover footprint than other potential developments on the property.

The resolution passed by a vote of 26 in favor, 1 opposed, and 1 abstention.

The third agenda item was a resolution on occupancy limits. Discussion was brief and no amendments were proposed. The resolution reads as follows:

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) supports maintaining the current occupancy limits of four unrelated adults in single-family zoned properties. The HPNA views the current occupancy limits as essential to maintaining affordable housing in the neighborhood because it removes the incentive to remove older, more affordable housing in favor of newer and more expensive housing stock. Furthermore, the current limit helps ensure that new housing stock is useful for all resident types rather than for a single segment of the residential population. Finally, the current occupancy limit of four unrelated adults has reduced incidents of excess trash, overflow street parking, noise disturbances, and the demolition of older homes.

The resolution passed with a vote of 22 in favor, 1 opposed, and 3 abstentions.

Announcements included concern about the movement of a perimeter fence at the UT Intramural Fields; it raised concerns about neighborhood access and excess water run-off. The upcoming Development Review Committee meeting agenda includes a proposed building project across from Baker School. Several upcoming Shipe Park activities include It’s My Park Day (March 5) and a City Parks Department presentation on the new Shipe Pool design (March 23, Griffin School, 5:30 pm). Cap Metro provided handouts about its Smart Trips program to reduce traffic. Finally, a moment of silence honored recently deceased neighbors.

The meeting adjourned at 8:42 pm.

Submitted by Susan Marshall
Co-Secretary, HPNA

Nancy Mims at the Ney

Striking floral panels by local artist Nancy Mims hung from trees on the grounds of the Elisabet Ney Museum during Valentine’s Day weekend. The installation of Nancy Mims: The Passed Looms Present marks the first time the Ney has participated in the Print Austin celebration of the city’s print art community, according to Museum Director Oliver Franklin.

Weaving - Susan Marshall

The panels are among thousands of flowers photographed by Mims with her cell phone during regular walks through the Hyde Park neighborhood.   Her goal was to capture blooms throughout the year at their brief “moment of perfection.” Using standard cellphone applications, she infused each photo with a dramatic dark background. A textile designer, Mims began sending the photos to her fabric printer “on a whim,” with instructions to make them bigger. She hung the resulting panels on a wall, but they felt stagnant. She decided to move her work outside.

weaving - Lorre Weidlich

Mims explained, “for years I’ve wandered by the Ney and had visions of my art in the trees.” She views the trees as her gallery walls and the wind as her collaborator, creating motion that brings the panels to life. As part of the installation, two large looms were constructed between trees and participants were invited to help reconstruct two of her photographs on a larger scale from fabric strips. Both weavings are on temporary exhibit on the Ney grounds north of Waller Creek, according to Oliver Franklin, who expressed enthusiasm for future outdoor art installations at our neighborhood museum.

By Susan Marshall

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