Category Archives: Events

July 4 parade

Join Northwood neighbors to celebrate July 4: decorate bikes or wagons, bring flags and meet at Oak Creek Cove (just west of Timberside) at 10:00 AM. We will walk/bike to Manhasset (side street past Silver Creek) then turn left onto Tamarack and right onto Poquoson. The parade ends in the middle of Poquoson  where refreshments will be available, courtesy of neighbors and the Neighborhood Association. Join us to celebrate the 4th and meet neighbors!

Northwood/NW corner July 4 parade

Join the Northwood / NW corner July 4 parade – all neighbors who live on this corner of Parmer/MoPac are invited to join the parade. We meet at 10 AM at the corner of Oak Creek Drive and Oak Creek Cove (west of Timberside). Bring flags, decorated bikes and marching music!

Parade route: from Oak Creek Cove, march down Oak Creek Drive to Manhaesset. Turn onto Manhasset, left onto Tamarack and right onto Poquoson. We’ll end the parade part way down on Poquoson in the front yard of some neighbors, where refreshments have been set up.

If you want to contribute to the refreshments, email northwoodna@gmail.com (purchases will be reimbursed).

Easter Egg hunt April 9, 2017 (rescheduled)

Update: The forecast for the original Easter Egg Hunt of April 2 looks like a rainy day so the hunt is now set for April 9 at 2 PM.

Mark your calendar for April 2 (rain date of April 9) for the Northwood Easter Egg Hunt.  The hunt begins at 2.00 at Balcones Park, at the corner of Amherst and Duval. Bring a basket for each child for all the eggs and candy!

Children of association members are free; children of non-members  pay $2.00 each (pay dues).  Questions? Want to help? email northwoodsecretary@gmail.com. Updates – including last minute rain date information – will also be available on our Nextdoor.com  site.

Balcones Park redesign plans discussed at 2 meetings

This information is from  the Milwood Neighborhood Assn website

Our dedicated landscape designers have been working hard using your feedback to come up with two potential site layouts for our new playground and pavilion. Two meetings will be held to discuss in detail both concept plans and gather final feedback on which option our community prefers along with other details. We hope you can join us!

– Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7pm at Milwood Baptist Church 
(map; from Amherst turn right onto Cassady; the church will be on the right side at the corner of Cassady and Coronet)
– Sat., Feb. 11 at 10 am at Milwood Baptist Church 
(child care MAY be available; **There is a chance that we will be able to provide childcare Saturday meeting so please let us know if you need it and would attend by RSVPing.)

RSVP here

If you cannot make one of the meetings, we hope to also make voting available online & at the library, but the meetings do allow for more details viewings, questions and feedback so we highly recommend trying to attend one of the meetings if you can. If you can’t attend, sign up here to get notified about an online survey.

Special thanks to our three amazing designers, Kristy Street, Neal Charles (a Northwood Neighbor), & Kim Gilbertson, for all of their hard work and dedication to this project. It is very much appreciated!!

update: Feb 2 City Council Oak Creek Apts Rezoning hearing-all attend!

Northwood was notified this week that the same developer will be going forward with the zoning case. The hearing will be held January 26  February 2 at City Hall. The earliest it will be heard is 2 PM.  4 PM ; we have a “time certain” for 4 PM, which means that 4 PM is the EARLIEST our case will be heard. It could be much later; that depends on the agenda items ahead of our case.  Please plan to attend! If possible, we will update the time as we learn it via NextDoor

The developer also applied for 2 projects to be funded for multifamily through the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs (the agency that manages the grants for subsidized housing) for 2017. One is for general affordable and the other is for supportive housing funding. Here is a link to the application spreadsheet on TDHCA:

http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/housing-tax-credits-9pct/docs/17-CompHTCPreAppLog.xls

The General Affordable is basically the project we have been dealing with (“reduced rent” units).

To the best of our knowledge and from what we have read, the TDHCA defines supportive housing as:

“125) Supportive Housing–Residential rental developments intended for occupancy by individuals or households in need of specialized and specific non-medical services in order to maintain independent living.

The services offered generally include case management and address special attributes of such populations as Transitional Housing for homeless and at risk of homelessness, persons who have experienced domestic violence or single parents or guardians with minor children.”

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE SHOW A LARGE REPRESENTATION AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING. THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. WE NEED TO SHOW THE UNITY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

With the Valid Petition still in place, 75%  – 9 Council Members – must vote in favor for this rezoning application to pass on the third reading. This is the first reading. We need 3 City Council members to vote against it on the third reading to defeat it.

Please email Nancy Grijalva at NorthwoodTreasurer@gmail.com  if you plan on attending the hearing on February 2 and if you either wish to speak or are willing to donate your 3 minutes to another speaker. Each speaker gets 3 minutes; others can donate time to increase that. Several of the officers and other planned speakers need more than 3 minutes.  Important: If you donate time to someone, you must be present when our rezoning case is heard or your donation doesn’t count.

Include the following:

subject: attending 2/2 meeting

1. Name
2. Address
3. Phone number
4. Do you need a ride and the time frame you can attend the meeting
5. Are you able to drive others if so how many and the time frame you can attend the meeting

Background information on the original rezoning case is available at the Oak Creek Apartments: Resources Summary page

Oct 29: Free Tree Giveaway of 1,200 Fruit, Shade and Ornamental Trees

TreeFolks, a local non-profit organization, is offering free trees to our community through its NeighborWoods programPlanting trees decreases energy bills, provides cooling shade during our hot summers, and makes our neighborhood more beautiful. Participation in the program is completely free. The only ‘catch’ is that you have to plant and care for the trees.

To get a free tree for your house, come to one of TreeFolks’ upcoming free tree giveaway events.  Trees are available at the events on a first come, first served basis, one per person.  Bring your friends and family and come early to ensure that you all get your trees.  If you can’t make it to one of the events, you can fill out this form to request to have trees delivered right to your door (also free).  All Austin Energy customers are eligible.

WHO:  TreeFolks & Austin Energy Customers
WHAT:  Free Tree Giveaway of 1,200 Fruit, Shade and Ornamental Trees
WHEN:  OCT. 29, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE:  Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market 
SHARE: Visit the Facebook event page here. 

WHO:  TreeFolks & Austin Energy Customers
WHAT:  Free Tree Giveaway of 1,000 Fruit, Shade and Ornamental Trees
WHEN:  JAN. 21, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE:  ACC Highland Campus
SHARE: Visit the Facebook event page here. 

Oct. 8, 2016 Neighborhood Garage Sale

The Northwood neighborhood garage sale is Saturday Oct. 8 from 8 AM – 4 PM, rain or shine. We are located at the NW corner of Parmer and MoPac; below is a map of homes with garage sales. Please drive carefully; there are many neighbors walking and children playing!

To reach Northwood from south or east of Parmer/MoPac, go west on Parmer after MoPac. Turn right on either the first (Tamarack) or second (Silver Creek) street. Silver Creek has a traffic light; eastbound Parmer traffic can enter the neighborhood at Silver Creek.

From the north, either exit the toll road at the Parmer exit, go west on Parmer and turn into the neighborhood on Tamarack or Silver Creek, as described above.
OR if you are already on the frontage road by MoPac Self Storage, turn right onto Oak Creek, the street immediately after the storage units.

The map below lists most of the homes which are participating in the sale. Click on a marker to show the exact address and what they are  selling.

Balcones Park Project Community Input Meetings

Join us at…
A Community Input Meeting for
BALCONES DISTRICT PARK IMPROVEMENTS

Dates & Times:
Saturday**, Aug. 13th at 9:30am
Tuesday, Aug. 16th at 7:30pm

Location:
Milwood Baptist Church
(Corner of Cassady & Cabana)

About the Project:
Balcones Park has been awarded $200,000 in NPP & APF grants and an additional estimated $300,000 in city funds to make the following improvements to Balcones Park within the next two years.
– Add shade to the pool
– Install a pavilion
– Install a new, larger playground

Due to the large scope of the projects and funding, the city requires a park concept plan with community input before implementing these improvements. We have been very fortunate to have 3 landscape designers, Neal Charles, Kim Gilbertson, and Kristy Street, willing to donate their time to create a concept plan for the park which allows the project to move forward full-steam ahead after we acquire solid feedback from stakeholders, like yourselves.

Community Input:
Community input is imperative in this process! We need your ideas! Please come participate, share your ideas, and help shape our wonderful park. Your input is necessary for creating a long-term vision for our park as well as for solidifying the details of the three large improvements listed above.

RSVP at:
www.balconespark.org
balconespark@gmail.com or 512-636-9176

** Supervised play will be available for children over the age of three at the church’s gated playground for theAugust 13th meeting. Children are welcome at the meeting as well. Please RSVP above if you plan to have a child attend that needs supervision so we can be certain we can accommodate you.

If you can’t make one of the face-to-face meetings, we hope to have an online survey posted shortly so send us an email at BALCONESPARK@GMAIL.COM to make sure you are on the email list.

July 4, 2016 Parade

Join Northwood neighbors to celebrate July 4: decorate bikes or wagons, bring flags and meet at Oak Creek Cove (just west of Timberside) at 10:00 AM. We will walk/bike to Manhasset (side street past Silver Creek) and then continue to Poquoson where refreshments will be available, courtesy of the Neighborhood Association and Poquoson neighbors.. Join us to celebrate the 4th and meet neighbors!