Presidents’ Letter – June 2015


This issue of the Pecan Press brings us to June, the start of summer. We have much to be grateful for this summer. Barring unforeseen circumstances, our pools will open on schedule, Shipe Pool on Monday, June 8, and Shipe Wading Pool on Tuesday, June 16. We can also look forward to the 7th Annual Shipe Pool Party and Movie Night on Saturday, June 20th this year. We still haven’t heard anything about the dates for constructing Shipe Pool anew, but the community engagement process for the design of the new pool should begin this winter.

We’re excited to announce the first recipient of our lifeguard scholarship, Alberto Edwards. Alberto already had a conditional offer of employment with the City of Austin Lifeguard Program, so he was a perfect candidate for one of our scholarships. Congratulations, Alberto!


The HPNA has an important resolution to vote on at our June meeting: Should Hyde Park volunteer to be a CodeNext test neighborhood? Four areas around Austin will be used as test areas to apply some of the CodeNext principles, to determine what effect the code would have on those areas. In the words of our May speaker, Jeff Jack (see related article on the facing page), “It’s going to be very important they pick (an area) with a neighborhood plan that has been adopted, that has a strong neighborhood association, has a strong contact team, and has all the characteristics that are going to exemplify what the code write is going to be: core transit corridor, proportion of residential that backs up to commercial strips, infrastructure.” Hyde Park certainly has those characteristics. Watching what effect the new code would have on our Neighborhood Plan, NCCDs, and LHD would be valuable to all of the central Austin neighborhoods.

We hope you plan to attend and to vote on the resolution.

Kevin & Lorre