Parking Permits on Cherrywood Rd., Community Garden at Patterson OK’d by City

Written by Steve Wilson (re-posted from The Flea)

So much for a lazy summer. In the (not as) hot (as they could have been) months, Cherrywooders received approval for a Residential Parking Permit program on Cherrywood Rd. AND the long-awaited go-ahead for the Patterson Park Community Garden, a process several years (and much rancor) in the making. Let’s take a look-see at what these two decisions mean for our fair hood.

Patterson Park Community Garden

Mark Smolen, who’s spearheaded the community garden idea through years of struggle, sent this update to the Flea: “Austin Park and Recreation Department has given approval to proceed with the garden application. Application fees have been paid, the garden water tap plan (provided by Catellus) has been submitted to Austin Water Utility, and we are awaiting approval of our water tap plan to secure a Site Development Plan exemption from the City.”

“Ahead of the exemption approval, PARD is permitting us to solarize the site to remove bermuda grass ahead of garden construction. Solarization is planned to be done in two stages, and as each stage is completed a cover crop will be planted to fix nitrogen in the soil your time, but consider these and to prevent erosion.”

“A grant request with the Austin Parks Foundation, which will furnish much of the needed construction funds, is planned to be made this coming September.” Interested in a plot? Contact the man himself at .

Patterson Park community garden coming soon. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

Parking Permits on Cherrywood Rd.

Meanwhile, after analyzing the parking situation on Cherrywood Rd., the Austin Transportation Department granted neighbors the Residential Parking Permits for which they applied. The city sent this notice:

“RPP restrictions will be installed on the east and west sides of Cherrywood Road, in the 2900-3100 blocks, from Manor Road to West 32nd Street. As the application requested, the signage will read “No Parking –6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday–Friday, and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday–Sunday, except with Area 32 Residential Permit.”

We prattled on about this in the last issue of the Flea, but to recap:

  • Residents apply and pay ($10 each) for up to two permanent stickers or hang tags that let them park in the restricted area. They can request free extra hangtags for one-time events and construction on the street.
  • RPP is already in effect on two southwestern streets in Cherrywood to cope with UT daytime parking, and three other neighbors are considering or have already applied for RPPs in their blocks, including the first block of Lafayette after 381?2 Street.
  • Though RPPs often “push” the traffic to the following block (a cascading effect that may dump the problem on adjacent areas once removed from congestion), other streets will likely consider this program as more businesses move into Cherrywood.

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