Category: Community

    Happy Anniversary to Festival Beach Community Garden!

    Congratulations to the Festival Beach Community Garden on reaching their first anniversary! The garden held an official  Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, June 4th. Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed the day “Festival Beach Community Garden Day.” Sustainable Food Center Board President Sara Bohn, Austin Parks and Recreation Director Sarah Hensley, Austin Parks Foundation Board President Jill Nokes, and many garden experts also presented!

    Hundreds of gardeners and guests were served food and drinks prepared by neighborhood restaurants and others businesses throughout Austin. The party featured music, garden tours, and lots of laughter!  Thanks to the many neighborhood businesses who contributed donations especially Eastside Pies who used vegetables grown in our garden as toppings on the pizzas they donated.

    The garden is located on Waller St. at Cleremont St. We welcome you to drop by the 2nd Saturday of each month, when we conduct our monthly workdays. You are welcome to bring a pair of gloves and pitch in, or just stop by for a quick garden tour. For more information,visit the Festival Beach Community Garden website or email

    RBJ Senior Residential Center Master Plan update

    The RBJ Senior Residential Center Master Plan update is now online!

    Community meetings for residents and neighbors held over the last few months have been very positive. Continued support by our neighborhood could possibly double the number of truly affordable housing units for seniors, as well as add services that could be used by RBJ  residents and those neighbors who want to bike or walk to local retail outlets.  The next community meeting is in the works for later this summer. You can learn more about the goals of the Board of Directors who will ultimately decide what to do with their land or get on the meeting notice list by contacting Ashley or visiting the updated RBJ website. See or call or email  Ashley, (512) 477-1018. Se habla español.