The WootenNews newsletter was retired in 2016 but we’re reviving it this year to keep our wonderful neighbors up to date with what’s going on in the ‘hood.
Read about park updates, a calendar of important dates, volunteer opportunities, and more in the newest edition of WootenNews!
Download the May 2018 WootenNews (PDF)
Wooten Neighborhood Association meets next on Monday, May 14 at 7pm in Wooten Park. Please come and learn more about your neighborhood!
NOTE: Because Redeemer Lutheran Church is under construction, we will NOT be meeting at our usual location (the Redeemer cafeteria).
Instead, we’re having a picnic in the park! Join us at the south side of Wooten Park, near the trail between the playground and the corner garden bed. We’ll provide some snacks and drinks but feel free to bring your own food and (non-alcoholic) beverages. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to lounge on. Your kids can even play at the playground!
You can park along Dale St or Burrell Rd – or walk!
The agenda will include reports about neighborhood events, safety and crime, and Wooten Park activities. We usually hear from District 7 councilmember Leslie Pool or her staff, and our police District Representative Judson Chapman — along with lots of other news from neighbors. (Click here to read the minutes from the last meeting.)
***In case of bad weather, check wootenna.com for an alternate location.
We’ve recently updated the Wooten Park History page. So much has happened in the last few years: new swings and a crushed granite walking trail were added to the park, water fountains were updated, additional trees were planted, we’ve held several fundraisers and volunteer opportunities to beautify our park!
Jeff M. and Heather H. add soil and mulch to one of Wooten Park’s new trees.
And soon construction will begin on a new shade pavilion! This pavilion couldn’t have happened without the support of our wonderful neighbors.
You can help future park projects by donating to the WNA Park Fund. We even have a few “We Love Wooten Park” yard signs still available!
We Love Wooten Park yard sign
As past WNA President Chris Gregory stated eloquently at the end of his term:
“WNA is a group of good (and interesting, funny, and caring) people who happily welcome all neighbors into their group and make them feel that they are a part. If you have thought about serving WNA as an officer, or becoming a member, please consider joining us at our September meeting when we elect officers.” Continue reading
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.
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 email@example.com or go to www.driveasenior.org. Drive a Senior is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.