We had a lovely turnout for this year’s July 4th Parade at Wooten Park. We even had a visit from a festive T-Rex!
Reminder: Wooten Neighborhood Plan Contact Team meets Monday, September 19 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.
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.
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