Castlewood Oak Valley Neighborhood Association

Summer Picnic

June 24, 2017

Join us for our annual picnic on June 24th at 4pm. There will be a bounce house, shaved ice, yard games and live music. The shaved ice truck will be on-site from 4:30-5:30 and the live music will begin at 6pm. Come out to meet long-time residents and our newest neighbors. There will be a pie contest for the bakers in the neighborhood. The “Best Baker in Castlewood Forest-Oak Valley” will be awarded a gift card and bragging rights!

COVNA will provide BBQ (meat, pickles, onions, and sauces) and a vegetarian option, chips, and drinks. Please feel free to bring your favorite sides (potato salad, cole slaw, beans, etc) & desserts to share. Bring seating.

Location: 9409 Queenswood Drive

Contact Paco Bertsch with questions -

Call for Neighborhood Makers/Crafters/Artisans

COVNA would like to invite our neighborhood crafters/artisans/makers to bring a table to sell their wares. If you are interested, please RSVP by emailing

We would also like to thank our neighbors, Jonray and Barb, for providing the sound equipment at this year’s event. Visit their website for more information:

Austin Water Restrictions

A reminder that the City of Austin is currently under Conversation Stage water restrictions. For residential properties this means that you may water with automatic irrigation once a week and with hose-end sprinklers twice a week according to the schedule below.

Automatic Irrigation Even Address - Thursday Odd Address - Wednesday

Hose-End Sprinklers Even Address - Thursday, Sunday Odd Address - Wednesday, Saturday

Hours Midnight - 10am 7pm - Midnight

Tree bubblers, hand watering, and drip irrigation are allowed any day/any time. Home car washes are allowed with buckets or auto-shut off hoses.

Cowan and Bond Election Update

As of the printing of this newsletter, the Cowan Elementary repairs and renovations had been removed from the bond package that is currently being considered for the November ballot. The Cowan project is going to address repairs to systems (roof, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, etc.) that are now beginning to fail mostly due to age as the school approaches a 20 years. The renovation/expansion is one part of a large over-crowding problem that the district is dealing with in the entire southern part of Austin. Final up and down vote for the ballot initiative is on Monday, June 19 and we implore parents and community members to reach out to the entire board at to plead for inclusion in the bond package.

Neighborhood Pools

Dittmar, Garrison and Dick Nichols are now on extended summer hours through August 19. Take advantage of affordable swim lessons (for kids and adults), swim team, and swimming to cool off now that the summer heat has set in. You can check pool hours and fees here: