2015 Spring Hancock Native Plant Swap

Mother's Cafe & Garden just confirmed that we can have the Spring Plant Swap on April 18th, 7:30-9:30am.

The wet weather should make digging up baby plants easy next week!

If you've never been, here's how it works:

  • pot up and label some transplants, cuttings, or bring seeds
  • set them in the appropriate area: Sun, Shade, Part Sun/Shade, or Water
  • look around for plants that you would love to have
  • Take as many home as you brought

Many people just hang out the whole time talking about plants, helping others id mystery plants, and generally enjoying their coffee, free doughnut holes, and all things gardening.  Master Gardeners and NWF Habitat Stewards will also be there to assist with plant identification.

Our mission is to make all yards in our neighborhoods more beautiful and easier to maintain, while consuming less water...for free!  

The Hancock Native Plant Swap is now in its fourth year.
What do you think of the swap?  Is it a worthy cause?
If you think so, please come out with a plant or two to show your support.

Free doughnut holes, BYOC.   

Hope to see you there!  Please forward to people/groups that might be interested.

more info:  Hancock Native Plant Swap  "Like" us to get updates on plants that will be there.
No Fall swap this year, so don't miss this one!

Thank you to regular Hancock participants and a special thank you to Rosemary Vaughn, Hancock resident and Master Gardener, for always volunteering to assist.

Carleen Edgar
NWF Habitat Steward - Class of 2009
Hancock resident

Waller Creek Clean-up Saturday, December 6, at 9:00 am

Waller Creek Clean-up

Saturday, December 6, at 9:00 am

Meet at 38th and Peck in the Hancock Golf Course


We will pick up trash along the creek banks.

An hour of your time would be a big help.


Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Candle Light Trail

Hancock Recreation Center invites you to join us for our annual Candle Light Trail. This fun, free family event will be held December 5th and 6th, from 6 - 9pm, and will feature tasty treats and special guests.

If any groups would like to volunteer to help us put the candles in the luminaries Friday and Saturday afternoon, please contact Jessica Gilzow or Ben Rustenhaven at 512-453-7765.

We hope to see you there!

Hancock Recreation Center Staff

5/1/14 NA Stakeholder's Meeting with TXDOT & Consultants

Jim Rankin represented HNA in the recent NA Stakeholder's Meeting by TXDOT & their Consultants , HNTB, Etc. on 5/1. Following are his notes:

Here are the TXDOT proposed IH-35 re-designs between 15th/290E for everyone in HNA to see on the website. Quick link:

Some items I list might not be all that was discussed (see TXDOT posted plans and options for complete picture):

IH-35 through Austin is #1 in Texas Static Traffic Congestion (Go Austin, We're #1).

35% higher accident rate than Texas Average.
200,000 Vehicles/day currently.
2012-2013 Fastest growing City in US, 2.6%.

Current plans:

  1. ADD two lanes in center of lower deck and full miles of IH-35 between Kyle/Georgetown for "FTC (Future Transportation Corridor)" that has not been defined exactly what those lanes entail (toll, HOV, etc., rail was a participant's comment). So 4 lanes each direction. Lower deck retaining walls would need to be more vertical and ALL bridge abutments must be rebuilt for wider clearance. Upper deck structure was not built to carry weight of any additional lanes.
  2. Rebuild ALL bridges over the lower deck, bridge design not settled but should allow the current cross-traffic, probably U-turn lanes to avoid the traffic lights, safer peds/bikes lanes, and wider abutment opening at lower deck level.
  3. No IH-35 Northbound onramps between the current one N. of 15th st/new one N. of Airport. Northbound offramps remain at Manor/32nd, and N. of 38th. Tentative Off-ramp Option just N. of 32nd (where onramp will be deleted) , would take some access frontage lots as accessroad must shift east, but would have 1/2 depth of those lots remaining to figure out sound barrier buffer. Tentative removal of on-ramp from MLK to upper deck, but many in meeting stated they would like that one to remain.

Second Annual Ney Day Saturday, May 3

COME CELEBRATE Elisabet Ney, her art and her legacy, with music, art, performances, hands on activities and more! ALL FREE

Featuring live music from SeVana Marimba, Rosie Flores, Jennifer Cook, Yes Ma'am Brass Band, and Fiddlisa and Friends!

Activities include trapeze, hula hoopers, clay and limestone sculpting, food trucks, jugglers, technology activities, bookmaking, and more! A highlight is a spray-paint art performance. Booths from GirlStart, Girls' Rock Camp, Austin Bookmakers Guild, The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata, Amy’s Ice Cream, UT Press, the Asian American Resource Center, the George
Washington Carver Center, and more!

Presented with assistance from Texas Folklife and support from Texas Commission on the Arts

SECOND ANNUAL NEY DAY! Saturday May 3 from noon to 5PM!

Free! Come see it!!/events/1496304067259705/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Hancock Spring Native Plant Swap Saturday, May 3rd

Hancock Native Plant Swap - free event

Who: You, this event thrives with your participation.
What: Bring any plants* that do well here but are not invasive**, you get to take that many plants home.  You'll also get a free 6-pack of milkweed.
Where: Mother's Cafe & Garden  4215 Duval Street, 78751

Attached is a picture of a small sampling of plants that I have so far for the swap: Fall Aster, American Elderberry, Mexican Feathergrass, Skullcap, Cowpen Daisy, LOTS of milkweed to be given away to swap participants (will send pics of milkweed seedlings later).

More at

Spread the word...the more people that know about it, the more great plants to choose from!

Hancock resident
NWF Habitat Steward

Cap Metro Public Open House Saturday, February 8

Just wanted to follow-up with you and let you know that a public open house has been set for Saturday, February 8th at ACC Highland from 9:30AM-12:00PM.

More details to follow, but please mark your calendars if you would like to attend and feel free to pass along the information to your fellow neighbors.

As a quick update for you, per the CCAG meeting last Friday, the two alignments under consideration in the Hancock/Hyde Park corridor are Red River and Duval. The modes under consideration range from urban rail to streetcar to articulated bus.

Whether these are mixed use or dedicated lanes has not been decided. Whether these are below ground, above ground, or require expanding roads to compensate similarly has not been decided. We are in the early stages of the project so please do come and voice your preferences or concerns.

Willie Cecil
Cap Metro, Community Involvement
Work: 512.389.7525
Cell: 214.674.8181

Hancock Golf Course Luminaria December 6th and 7th

The traditional Hancock Golf Course luminaria trail will be be active December 6th and 7th from dusk to 9 PM. Please see the announcement on the CoA website for more information.

Stop Stealth Dorms Update

Stop Stealth Dorms update document provided by Mary Sanger.

Five Minutes for $5 million in Park Funding

Park Lovers, as you may know, APF and numerous other environmental organizations are fighting to increase city funding for parks. We've been told our collective voices have been heard at city hall, and now, in the last days before the final budget decisions are made, is the time for our last collective push.

If you think parks are underfunded, contact the Mayor and city council members THIS WEEKEND with this message:

I'm a voter, and I strongly and loudly support the GAP effort to raise an additional $4.75 million in funding for Austin PARD to care for our trees, trails, pools and parks.

If we don't fix the problems we have now, we can only expect them to get worse. Part of what makes Austin such a wonderful place to live is the abundance of parks and outdoor space and we need to take care of what we have before we lose it.

Email them all at once, or individually and please give them a call, even if you have already! We need to make our voices heard between now and Monday! We can do this, Austin, together!

For more information on the GAP effort, visit

Austin Parks Foundation
507 Calles Street, Ste. 116
Austin, TX 78702

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