The ball is rolling for master planning Highland Neighborhood Park! Norris Design, the master planning consultant, will hold the first of three community meetings Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30-8 at Reilly Elementary. The format will be an open house with the goal of listening to what the community would like to see at the park. This meeting will be followed with another in February presenting initial concepts and getting feedback, and a final meeting in March to refine the concepts.
We will be posting here and on the listserve, Facebook, and Nextdoor closer to the meeting date. We would also like to pass out a one page meeting notification flier door to door to get as much involvement as possible from the neighborhood. If you would like to volunteer to deliver to a street in Highland please email me (Marla) at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone, and the street or streets you would like to deliver to. Based on newsletters it should only take no more than 20 minutes per street. We need your help in letting all our neighbors know about the meetings.
If you have a chance before the meeting, go visit the site and imagine what you would like to see. Summer has brought many wonderful changes for the park. Much of the fencing and some of the dugouts have been removed from the north field, leaving a wide open space for us to run and play, and greatly opening up the space surrounding the trees. A portable restroom has been placed on site and PARD will be installing some picnic benches and trash receptacles. The HNA has officially adopted the park as Friends of Highland Neighborhood Park and opened an account with the Austin Parks Foundation, allowing tax free donations online or by mail.
Our very first deposit was a $2000 check courtesy of Highland resident Timothy Schwader and his company Capital CDC, a non profit which facilitates small business loans and encourages economic development. Through the City of Austin cost share program, Capital CDC’s $2000 grant will grow to $6,667, helping provide amenities at the park when master planning is completed. We are so grateful to Capital CDC for their interest and generosity! Capital CDC Supports New Community Park. The grant was presented at the July 4th picnic, and it was quite a celebration with a keg donated by Blackstar Coop and enough free pizza to feed the whole neighborhood generously provided by Texas Pizza, Pasta, and More, located in the Highland Village.
The park is looking more and more like a neighborhood amenity, so go check it out for yourself! This is a HUGE opportunity to build a brand new park in the urban core in an area particularly lacking in park amenities. Come out November 17th and tell us about the park of your dreams!