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Nicholson08
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Who's Using Our Amenities?
by Nicholson08 on April 13th, 2008

I have a question...our pools, playscapes, trails etc...they are not open to the public correct? I'm guessing that when everything is up and running, people who are not living in the Mueller community will try to use the playscapes, walking/bike trails, pools etc.

Before I go on and on, does anyone know how Mueller is handling this?
 
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John Guest
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Re: Who's Using Our Amenities?
by John Guest on April 14th, 2008

I certainly have no expertise in answering your question, but my assumption is that people will be using many of the features of the Mueller community even when they do not have a home here. The pool, however, will be fenced and gated and the neighborhood association will need to establish rules and fees for pool use by guests. Access to the pool will therefore be controlled. Rather than organizing a Mueller Minuteman Militia to roust out the "undocumented" users of the walking trails and park facilities, I would recommend that we welcome people to our neighborhood just like we'd like them to welcome us to theirs. I am enjoying living in a neighborhood rather than in an enclave.
 
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ccosart
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Re: Who's Using Our Amenities?
by ccosart on April 14th, 2008

I'm pretty sure that, once activated, the sunflower death rays or the giant robot spider will take care of them. We should check with Jim Walker, he will know.
 
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langhugh
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Re: Who's Using Our Amenities?
by langhugh on April 14th, 2008

Not to let this thread hang out there too long, I would like to reaffirm that all of our public community spaces are, in fact, public with some likely varied degrees of "publicness". I would refer you the first several posts of the previous dicscussion linked below for a little more detail on the particular amenities:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=274&p=768
 
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ccosart
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Re: Who's Using Our Amenities?
by ccosart on April 16th, 2008

Certainly with the pools, and possibly to some degree with the pocket parks, I don't think it's actually unreasonable to have limited access, especially given the suburban HOA funding model. Still, it's a tricky PR issue for Mueller. Most central Austin parks and pools are city run and thus belong to all of us - we couldn't afford an outhouse in Travis Heights but use Little Stacy Park all the time. Same with Pease.
 
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defmc
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Re: Who's Using Our Amenities?
by defmc on May 3rd, 2008

Hi Nicholson, I have been using "your" amenities with great pleasure, since before your houses were built. A few years ago Mueller was a redeveloping prairie as the runways and warehouses became deserted, and the wildlife returned. I would see Killdeer nesting along the ground, and Barn owls nesting in the top of the tower where the windows had been broken. Below the tower native sunflowers returned as far as the eye could see. I collected seeds over the years and now the descendants of those Mueller flowers are part of my wildscape. My neighbors and I continue to walk the runways-turned-trails as they become developed, and we welcome the new faces of neighbors moving into the neighborhood.

As others have said above, the parks and trails are open to everyone. You may not know the history, but for more than 10 years (15?) good folks like Jim Walker and others in the Mueller Neighborhoods Coalition worked to create the Mueller that you have now come to know. They worked tirelessly to make sure that we "others" from the surrounding neighborhoods would be represented in any new development at Mueller. Thanks to them (and many others) we all have a wonderful new part of the neighborhood to enjoy, with parks and trails and ponds galore.

In the interest of protecting these new parks I posted recently on the original Mueller listserve, concerning several issues related to the Southwest Greenway. Please see that topic here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mueller_redevelopment/message/1678 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mueller_redevelopment/message/1678

By the way the spider sculpture is up, near Pershing @ Manor on the E side of the pond of the SW Greenway. It is spectacular!

Thanks and take care, your neighbor,

Dianne Folkerth
Tower View @ Manorwood
 
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langhugh
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Re: Who's Using Our Amenities?
by langhugh on May 5th, 2008

Dianne,

Thank you for your message, and I'm certain you'll find your Mueller neighbors to be reverential bunch. By and large, we have come to understand the dynamics of Mueller, and appreciate all that have contributed to its progression from Airport to Slice-of-Heaven.

As the years and generations pass, we'll need to work together to pass along Mueller's history to those that settle here after the dust is settled.

Dusty
 
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