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Ron Rigsby Park: Its Past and its Future
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August 20 NACA General Meeting
YMCA to Propose Takeover of Recreation Center

The main topic of the August 20 NACA meeting was a joint venture proposed by the YMCA with Austin PARD to operate our new Recreation Center.

Mark Schruben of the City was on hand, with representatives of the YMCA.

There had already been lively e-mail debate (updated 9/27), hosted by Martha Dempsey, as to the pros and cons of this proposal. The debate centered around the fact that the recreation center is already funded by voter-approved bonds for the benefit of the entire community, which is fully involved in its development. The YMCA already has a facility only a block away which it is free to operate under its own rules and restrictions.

In addition, there is the misunderstanding that our proposal to have "pool" was not a wet hole in the ground, but pocket billiards. The addition of a wet pool would greatly add to the expense of construction and upkeep and, as there is already a pool available at Lanier High, was not initially considered an option.

For information on the meeting of August 20, see the Meeting Minutes.

Ron Rigsby Park

Its Past and its Future

Neighbors enjoy the Garden Club's picnic at Ron Rigsby Park
An Open Letter from Cecil Rigsby
On May 30, the NACA Garden Club hosted a picnic at Ron Rigsby Park to discuss how we might develop the park as a neighborhod beautification project. A survey is being prepared to gather suggestions; you'll see it here soon.

Meanwhile, we present a letter from Cecil H. Rigsby, the father of Ron, that will give you the history of the park and what may happen with it in the future.

   When our son, Ensign Ronald Cecil Rigsby, was killed in a Navy aircraft accident on April 1st, 1977, at age 26, I was working for the Northrop Corporation and living in Saudi Arabia with my family. We had leased our house at 9001 Collinfield Dr. and of course we returned to the States for Ron's funeral. He was buried with full military honors at Austin Memorial Park. It was some months later when we returned to Austin on leave, driving through the neighborhood we noticed the sign, Ron Rigsby Park. We had no notice what-so-ever of this Honor bestowed on our son. It is indeed an Honor and the family appreciates the efforts of the North Austin Civic Association (NACA) who made it possible.

   On my return from a combat tour in Vietnam in May, 1971, I was assigned to 12th Air Force Headquarters, Bergstrom Air Force Base. We found a house we liked in Quail Creek and moved in May 1971. It was not long before a number of us in Quail Creek formed the North Austin Civic Association to battle the construction of apartment complexes in our area. We lost our original fight because the apartments had already been approved by the City Planning Commission. But it was the beginning of many battles to follow.

   I was one of the founding members of NACA and served on the Board for several years. Ron Rigsby lived at home, graduated from University of Houston in June 1972 with a BA Degree, and took a job in State Government. At the request of the Board Ron attended City Council Meetings, City Planning Commission Meetings, passed out Newsletters and worked the elections. He was as interested in the Neighborhood as the leaders of our Association. He volunteered his time like the rest of us who battled to keep undesirable commercial ventures out of our Neighborhood.

   The Rigsby family is impressed and grateful to present NACA Members who have expressed a desire to improve the appearance, utility and desirability of Ron Rigsby Park. Some have sought our views on what if anything should be done. After a family conference, here are a few thoughts for your consideration....

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NACA Meetings
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The next NACA meeting
will be
November 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM

at Little Walnut Creek Library,
835 W. Rundberg.

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New Arts Organization in North Austin
From the MANA website (

   Manifold Arts in North Austin (MANA) is a multi-disciplinary arts organization devoted to bringing together the communities of North Austin by developing programs, hosting events, and creating artistic environments to explore issues of community building and fostering unexpected friendships.
   MANA expressly encourages cross-cultural communication, especially between people who speak English as a primary language, and those who speak English as a second language. MANA also focuses on taking a multi-generational approach to community arts, promoting events, exhibitions, and opportunities for arts and learning that brings people of all ages together to grow from one another's experiences.

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The Friday Morning Coffee Group meets at Kiefer's Cafe, 2007 Kramer Lane (near Metric) every Friday morning at 9 am. Come by and join in!
And don't forget the Little Walnut Creek Book Club! It meets monthly at the newly renovated Library. Click for details.
UPDATED: NACA has a new Garden Club! Check out Ye Olde Quail Creek Garden Club for the latest news and gardening tips!
Saturday, Sept 26th at 10:00am at the Little Walnut Creek Library - Master Gardener Margarine Beaman will discuss Fall Gardening

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