Wooten Neighborhood Association meets Monday, July 11 at 7pm. Please come!
The agenda will include reports about neighborhood events, safety and crime, and Wooten Park activities. Last meeting, we heard from our District 7 councilmember’s office, and our police District Representative Judson Chapman — along with lots of other news from neighbors. (Look for meeting minutes below.)
Meeting will be at Redeemer School, 1500 W. Anderson (parking lot opens onto Burrell) — look for the sign in the parking lot. Here’s where to find it:
Presently we’ve submitted our neighborhood preferences for traffic calming to our city council member representative Leslie Pool, which includes traffic calming on Fairfield. Michael Joseph Gaudini is our point person on this issue in her office.
The Transportation Department first has to put together a proposal to make a bulk purchase of the calming devices, which Council will then approve in the next few months. After that, they’ll get to work installing all of the devices, though they don’t know yet how they’ll prioritize the installation scheduling.
Wooten Park is in need of a shade structure in order to allow parents relief from Austin’s notorious sun while watching their children at the adjacent playground, and improved trash amenities to help keep the park clean.
Wooten Park is a beloved asset in the heart of a diverse neighborhood that contains no other public space. For the many nearby residents who live in large apartment complexes, the park is the only natural space accessible to them. Ours is a neighborhood with many young families, recent immigrants, and low-cost apartment complexes. Wooten Elementary School, which borders the park, serves a student body composed of 92.8% economically disadvantaged students and 80% English language learners. Park access is crucial for child development, physical fitness, and improved mental health, making it all the more important for neighborhoods whose residents are already under significant economic and social stress.
For most of us, car keys represent freedom and independence. According to the American Association for Retired People, more than 95 percent of seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible, but the key to remaining independent is transportation. When driving is no longer an option, running simple errands like getting to the grocery store, doctor’s office, or beauty shop is a critical challenge. Staying connected is essential to healthy aging, but without transportation, many seniors feel stuck and alone.
Every day, more than 10,000 Americans turn 65. In Austin, the number of people age 60 and older is growing and expected to more than double in 10 years, creating a significant mobility gap. For thousands of senior citizens in our community, not having transportation may mean they are no longer able to stay in their own homes. Sometimes, public transportation isn’t available where they live or when they need it, and often there is simply no one available to give them a ride.
Volunteering to be a Drive a Senior driver is easy and flexible.
No long-term commitment is required
Choose the times and locations most convenient for you
Organize drives around your schedule – weekly, monthly, or as convenient
Schedule drives from your computer or by phone
Drive seniors living nearby (area bounded by Burnet Road, FM 1325, IH-35 and W 45th Street)
To volunteer, please call 512-453-2273, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.driveasenior.org. Drive a Senior is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Reminder: Wooten Neighborhood Plan Contact Team meets tonight (May 16) at 7 pm at Shu Shu’s. We’ll catch up on administrative / paperwork stuff, review any new notices from the city, and work on putting a plan in place for collecting feedback from our neighbors on ranking the priorities outlined in our 2004 Neighborhood Plan with the city.