AUSTIN (KXAN) – A number of local organizations are partnering with the city of Austin on projects to improve their neighborhoods.
This week, Austin announced eight projects in the South, Central, East and North Austin areas:
- The Austin Texas Bike Polo Social Club multipurpose polo field in Metz Park
- New Colony Park Neighborhood Association entrance and trail extension for Colony Park District Park, Turner Roberts Recreation Center and Overton Elementary School
- Agave Neighborhood Association cycle paths along the Sendero Hills Parkway
- Beautification of Blackland Neighborhood Association roundabouts with landscaping along East 22nd and East 20th streets
- Public Green & Wild’s new sidewalks on Englewood Drive
- Reconstruction of the garden bed at the Adelphi Acre community garden
- Dove Springs Proud landscaping and installation of neighborhood signs
- The Onion Creek Homeowners Association sidewalk extension on Pinehurst Drive
The Neighborhood Partnership Program helps communities partner with the city to share the costs of the project. These projects were all part of the Neighborhood Cost Sharing Program, in which local organizations work to improve municipal properties. The “cost-sharing” portion of the program could include cash or in-kind contributions, as well as volunteers who work on the project, according to its website.
Past projects have included adding a pavilion at Brentwood Park, a mosaic of flamingos at Patterson Park, and lighting the Shoal Creek Greenway. Based on a city map of the projects, there are 63 in total that are either completed or in progress, including the above eight.
The city reviews project applications twice a year, and they are assessed on the basis of “community participation, cost sharing, improvement of quality of life, incorporation of city initiatives and geographic equity ”. The next round of applications is expected on October 1.