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December General Membership Meeting

The December 2014 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 2, 2014, from 6:45pm to 9:00pm at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

Agenda items include the election of the 2015 Steering Committee, discussion of a rezoning request for the AT&T property, and discussion of upcoming improvements for West Austin Park. The complete agenda is online in the current OWANA Owl newsletter.

Pease Park Conservancy Fall Gala Fundraiser

The Pease Park Conservancy will hold its sixth annual Fall Gala fundraiser from 6:00 to 9:00pm, on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the landmark Caswell House, 1404 West Avenue. The event will feature live jazz music by the Liz Morphis Trio and food by 34th Street Catering. Tickets are $75.00 per person and $125.00 per couple. They can be purchased either at the door or online.

For more information about the Pease Park Conservancy, please visit www.peasepark.org.

Pease Park Master Plan Update

The Pease Park Conservancy, in close partnership with City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department (PARD), has released the final draft of the Master Plan for Pease Park and an adjoining section of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt north of the park.

The final draft proposal is currently set for presentation to the Austin City Council on October 16, 2014. Prior to this meeting, several municipal commissions and committees will make recommendations with respect to the Master Plan, including the Austin Parks & Recreation Board.

The Master Plan provides a long-range vision for this historic green space in central Austin. "The draft Master Plan not only preserves and protects the natural environment of the area, it also dares to dream," said Andrew Gill, the Conservancy’s executive director.

Among other things, the conceptual blueprint includes an expanded shade canopy, including the conservancy of existing legacy trees and the planting of new trees; the renovation of the preserved 1920s-era Tudor Cottage as a multi-purpose public meeting space; the addition of new shaded shelters and bathrooms; an improved and expanded trail system; the addition of new pedestrian bridges; and the creation of welcoming gateways to access the park.

Public input into the development of the Master Plan began in the fall of 2013. “During this process, we heard from over a thousand Austin residents,“ said Gill. “It's critical that the people of Austin continue to voice their support for the Master Plan, particularly when the City Council considers the matter in mid-October.”

To date, the Conservancy has received several letters in support of the Master Plan from neighborhood associations, community leaders, and the Austin Parks Foundation, among others.

Interested persons may review the final draft of the Pease Park Master Plan report and its appendices on the City of Austin website.

October Steering Committee Meeting

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held Monday, October 6, 2014, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Pauline Brown/Clarksville Neighborhood Center (1807 W. 11th St.). Agenda items include a presentation on the 5th Street AT&T property, discussions of 1631 Palma Plaza, and 1117 Enfield Road, and other committee updates. The meeting is open to all interested OWANA members.

September General Membership Meeting

The September 2014 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

Agenda items include discussion of a rezoning request for the AT&T property, rezoning of the 710 Augusta, and an update on the neighborhood plan. The complete agenda is online in the current OWANA Owl newsletter.

June General Membership Meeting

The June 2014 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

Agenda items include discussion of the Town Lake Animal Center, an update on the Lamar Beach Parkland Master Plan, and information about the Art in Public Places project for the Pressler Extension. The complete agenda is online in the current OWANA Owl newsletter.

March General Membership Meeting

The March 2014 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

Agenda items include the information from CapMetro and the Mopac constructino project and presentations about the Armstrong-Odom property and 501 Oakland. The complete agenda is online in the current OWANA Owl newsletter.

December General Membership Meeting

Posted Saturday, November 23, 2013

The December 2013 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2013, from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

Agenda items include the election of the 2014 Steering Committee members, a Cap Metro Presentation, and discussions of the Pressler Street Extension Project, the Nightcap Dessert Lounge at 1401 W. 6th St., and the MoPac Managed Lane Project.

December 2013 OWANA Owl Newsletter

Posted Saturday, November 23, 2013

Read or download the PDF version of the December 2013 newsletter.

September 2012 OWANA Owl Newsletter

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Read or download the PDF version of the September 2012 newsletter.

2014 Steering Committee Members

  • Paul Seals, Chair
  • Joe Loiacono, Vice-Chair
  • Paula Hern, Treasurer
  • Taylor Perkins, Secretary
  • Judy Alexander
  • Daniel Armendariz
  • Christine Buendel
  • Janice Burckhardt
  • Larry Halford
  • Mitch Lee
  • Kevin O'Hanlon
  • Thom Person
  • Christopher Rankin

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Individual Memberships

OWANA is open to all with an interest in the Old West Austin area. All members receive the quarterly newsletter, the OWANA Owl.

There are three types of individual memberships:

  • $20 for one year
  • $50 for three years

You can join or renew online, or you can do it by mail. Questions? Contact George Warmingham, OWANA Membership Chair.

One-Year Membership

Individual membership dues are $20 a year. Memberships of residents within the OWANA area bring voting rights to two household individuals.

Three-Year Membership

Save some money and get a three-year membership for $50. Memberships of residents within the OWANA area bring voting rights to two household individuals.

Five-Year Membership

Save even more money and get a five-year membership for $80. Memberships of residents within the OWANA area bring voting rights to two household individuals.

Join By Mail

Complete the individual membership form [pdf] and mail it to:
OWANA
P.O. Box 2724
Austin, TX 78768-2724

Business Memberships

Becoming an OWANA Business Member shows support for preserving the vitality and character of the neighborhood that is shared by individual OWANA members and can benefit your business with advertising in the OWANA Owl newsletter.

Business Membership levels and benefits are outlined in the OWANA Business Member Application [pdf].

To join, complete the application form [pdf] and mail it to:
OWANA
P.O. Box 2724
Austin, TX 78768-2724

Questions? Contact George Warmingham, OWANA Membership Chair.

OWANA thanks all its business members for their continued support.

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OWANA
P.O. Box 2724
Austin, TX 78768-2724

Documents

General Membership Meeting Minutes

The quarterly General Membership meetings are held the first Tuesday of March, June, September, and December.

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

The Steering Committee generally meets the first Monday of each month when General Membership meetings are not held (i.e., March, June, September, December).