Objective 5.1: Enhance the traffic triangles in the Upper Boggy Creek area to be aesthetically pleasing.
Objective 5.2: Preserve Boggy Creek and its creek bed as it runs from Airport Boulevard to Cherrywood Road.
- Action Item 65. If the City of Austin needs to alter any part of Boggy Creek as it flows through the planning area (including vegetation) due to erosion control measures, it should not use concrete channels or gabions along the creek as it runs from Cherrywood Road to Wilshire Boulevard (between Maplewood Avenue and Cherrywood Road). Low-impact bank stabilization measures should be taken to create as naturalistic a look as possible to keep the creek in as natural state as possible.
Objective 5.3: The Willowbrook Greenbelt (Boggy Creek as it runs from Cherrywood Road to East 38th ½ Street.; known to Watershed Department as “Willowbrook Reach”) is a neighborhood treasure that is large enough to accommodate recreational use—walking, dog-walking, jogging, relaxing, etc. It should be safe, clean and more aesthetically pleasing, and respond to people’s desire to enjoy the natural habitat. Issues surrounding the greenbelt should be resolved to the satisfaction of the nearby residents and those people who use it. This could be accomplished, in part, by communication between differing interests.
- Action Item 66. Those areas of Boggy Creek being affected by high levels of erosion, including the Willowbrook Greenbelt, should be stabilized using low-impact measures that create naturalistic results. Prior to these efforts, the proposed bank stabilization measures should be reported to the neighborhood.
- Action Item 67. The neighborhood will facilitate a planning process that will result in a vision and maintenance schedule for the Willowbrook Greenbelt and present to the City for implantation.
- Action Item 68. Provide dog waste bag dispensers and trash bins along the Willowbrook Greenbelt.
- Action Item 69. Install a footbridge across the creek approximately halfway through the Willowbrook Greenbelt.
Objective 5.4: Open spaces that are currently in a naturalistic state should be preserved to the greatest degree possible.
- Action Item 70. If the City needs to alter the vegetation on the Vineland cul-de-sac due to erosion control measures or possible fire hazards, it is highly recommended to preserve as much existing vegetation as possible in the right-of-way. Maintaining as much of the vegetation helps create a buffer from noise and provides a visual barrier to the railroad tracks for residents of the cul-de-sac.
Objective 5.5: Community gardens will continue to be neighborhood treasures while becoming safer places for residents to grow local organic produce. In particular, the Alamo Community Garden enjoys over ninety percent (90%) usage of its available plots by active gardeners and offers weekly gardening classes for neighborhood children. However, it needs to be more secure and more connected to the neighboring Alamo Recreation Center.
- Action Item 71. Work with Austin Community Gardens to make improvement to the Alamo Community Garden. These improvements should include:
- Repair or complete gaps in the fence. Install latched gates that open and close to prevent younger children from opening them.
- Two (2) benches for the garden.
- An educational composting site including four different types of bins or structures that can work as compost cookers
- A sand box and toddler playscape for a fenced in play area used by children while parents garden.
- A lawn mower and several weed slingers (weed whackers) to trim the Alamo Community Gardens
Objective 5.6: The tract of open space located at the northwest corner of Cherrywood Road and 34th Street, known as “Cherrywood Park” or “D.C. Reed Park”, and now referred to as Cherrywood Green is a long neglected neighborhood green space. It should be developed in a unique way that highlights native and well-adapted plant species as well as serving as a common area that fosters a sense of community. Neighbors are encouraged to become involved in the planning of the wildscape through the formation of a “friends of the park” organization. Other sources of assistance may come from interested people from the neighborhood, PARD, the Austin Master Gardeners, Tree Folks or similar third party group.
- Action Item 72. Develop a planting design for the park that would be landscaped and maintained by the neighborhood associations or other neighborhood groups that should include:
- Landscaping with native or well-adapted trees and shrubs, fruit trees and fruiting bushes, and/or wildflowers with species information on small signs
- Small trails or walkways should be incorporated into the garden design. No pesticides will be used to maintain the park’s plants
- Park benches should be installed in the area as well as a discreetly placed native-seed gumball-style machine that will uniquely encourage wildflower proliferation
- A dispenser with plastic bags for cleaning up after animals should be installed and neighbors should honor their responsibility to scoop up after their pets
- A community bulletin board with announcements of local events and information about the species planted.
Have local master gardener(s) help maintain the park and use it as a demonstration on local drought resistant organic gardening.
- Action Item 73. Re-position the telephone pole in the lot so the wires do not hang down and pose a safety hazard.
- Action Item 74. Removed from plan.
Objective 5.7: Improve the facilities and programs at Alamo Park and Recreation Center to enhance community interaction and access by residents of all ages.
- Action Item 75. Rehabilitate or replace the office space in the southern portion of the existing building (the original house donated for the recreation center) at Alamo Park and Recreation Center. These improvements should be of an integrated architectural design that supports the facility and should connect to new, multi-purpose rooms between the basketball court and the present recreation room that provide additional sound-proofed rooms for meetings, fitness training, a computer lab, an enlarged kitchen facility and additional storage space.
- Action Item 76. Removed from plan
- Action Item 77. Place an outdoor informational kiosk at Alamo Park.
- Action Item 78. Reduce traffic speeds and improve parking near the park and recreation center. Convert Alamo Street to a one-way between 21st and 22nd Streets. Construct nose-in parking on the east side of the street in front of the community gardens while designating the space immediately in front of the recreation center as “5-minute loading-or-unloading only.” Consider locating traffic humps around the park.
- Action Item 79. Place four additional picnic tables (possibly with chess board/checker designs embedded on each end) and two additional BBQ pits near the playscape.
- Action Item 80. Plant four new trees (2” to 3” calipers) along the west and north sides of the recreation center property.
- Action Item 81. Install two Martin birdhouses to be placed near the playscape to help control insects.
- Action Item 82. Removed from plan.
Objective 5.8: Patterson Park
Raise the quality of Patterson Park to the level of other major parks in Austin. People of all backgrounds and ages should enjoy the park. Members of the community should form a “Friends of Patterson Park” organization to help implement suggested improvements. Ensure that there is continued maintenance and care for the post oaks and other trees throughout the park.
- Action Item 83. Control the erosion on the west side of the park by installing a system of terraces or some other erosion control device and combine it with a gravel jogging path around the perimeter of Patterson Park.
Improve local access to Patterson Park
- Action Item 84. Install a wheelchair- and stroller-accessible path leading from the playscape area to Wilshire Boulevard on the west side of Patterson Park.
- Action Item 85. Complete the sidewalk at Patterson Park that is partially installed between the picnic shelter and Brookview Avenue.
- Action Item 86. Resurface Brookview Avenue as it enters Patterson Park.
Preserve and enhance the natural beauty and functionality of Patterson Park
- Action Item 87. Upgrade the playscape area at Patterson Park to promote its use by children of a variety of ages and their parents. These improvements could include:
- Replace the sand groundcover with pea gravel.
- Remove wooden playscape and replace it with one suitable for children ages 1-3.
- Remove metal playscape and replace it with one suitable for children ages 4-10 (as in Shipe Park or Maplewood Elementary playground).
- Install baby swings.
- Keep the tire and regular swings
- Action Item 88. Install a shade cover over the baby pool at Patterson Park.
- Action Item 89. Removed from plan.
Improve safety conditions of Patterson Park
- Action Item 90. Increase police patrols of Patterson Park to enforce the parks no alcohol rule.
- Action Item 91. Move the electrical boxes near the swimming pool to just behind the lifeguard station and erect a new fence around it.
- Action Item 92. Repair the manhole cover at Wilshire Boulevard (across from Wilshire Pkwy) to prevent further accidents.
Encourage responsible enjoyment and sense of stewardship of park by all users. In particular, encourage its users to uphold standards of cleanliness
- Action Item 93. Raise the awareness of picnickers in Patterson Park to clean up after themselves.
- Action Item 94. Install a dispenser for dog waste bags and raise awareness among dog-walkers for the need to use dog waste bags from a dispenser (or to bring their own bags) and to clean up after their dogs.
- Action Item 95. Minimize the number of signs in Patterson Park and strategically place them in areas that will gain the greatest exposure to park users.
- Action Item 96. Restrict the playing of loud music at Patterson Park before 12 noon on Sundays, out of deference to Genesis Presbyterian Church.
Increase community involvement in the improvement, maintenance, and upgrading of Patterson Park
- Action Item 97. Conduct a survey among Patterson Park users and neighborhood residents of their perceptions of needed improvements in the park including a community/recreation center
- Action Item 98. Install a community bulletin board/kiosk with announcements of local events and information about the vegetation found in the park. This would be a good place for community education about picking up litter and dog waste.
Objective 5.10: Maplewood Elementary School offers a great opportunity to enhance a large area of land that is used by school children, neighborhood. While there have been various short-term efforts to enhance the landscaping around the school, there needs to be a long-term plan.
- Action Item 99. Establish a five (5) year plan for improving the grounds of Maplewood Elementary. Areas of short-term interest have been identified below. There are a number of groups in the community that could facilitate this process. Among these are Tree Folks, teachers, and the Maplewood PTA.
- Enhance the existing plots around the early grades’ wing.
- Enhance the front entrance area by building up the soil and mulch around all trees and shrubs.
- Establish a process for ensuring long term commitment to watering young trees and plants that require attention during the early growing period. One means of accomplishing this would be to create an “adoption” process where individuals or groups may adopt a tree or trees.
- Recruit volunteers to assist in weekend “gardening workdays” and encourage people to offer their skills for an afternoon demonstration of composting, rainwater harvesting, and other techniques that enhance the gardening experience.