Tennis & Swim Center Hours and Guest Use

Effective Monday, September 21, 2020, the Tennis and Swim Center will return to normal business hours, Monday – Friday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am – dusk. Member guests will also be allowed for Tennis & Swim only. Pickleball is currently at capacity and will not be allowed guests at this time. Guest fees for Tennis during peak hours (8:00 am – 12noon / 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm) is $10 and $5 for all other hours. Swim guest fee is $3 person all day.

Gallup Park Gazebo

The Gallup Park Gazebo painting and repair project has been completed. The termite damaged wood post were replaced, and repairs made to the wrought iron railing. The Gazebo was also painted and is now ready for homeowners to enjoy.

Cabot Monument Lighting

The large Nellie Gail Ranch monument located at the top of the hillside on Cabot Road near Oso received an upgrade in lighting this week. The deteriorated fixtures and lights were replaced by solar-powered LED lighting. Stop and a look the next evening you are in the area.

Statements

Driving Safely in Nellie Gail Ranch

As an equestrian community, we have a myriad of unique crosswalks and trail crossings. The crossing at the Equestrian Center has flashing beacons to warn drivers while other crossings have signage and white painted triangles on the pavement delineating the crossing. Still, other crossings have warning signage but no painted markings on the street. The next time you drive through the community, please take note of where the crossings are and the different kinds of crossing identification between your home and where you normally exit or enter the community. Keep the following in mind as you drive:

  • Expect to see a horse or pedestrian using the crossing. Even if you rarely see the crossing used, expecting to see a horse or pedestrian will result in a safer speed. Notice in the above photo the car going through the crossing in front of the Equestrian Center while the beacon lights were flashing.
  • Slow down and stop well before the crossing if possible and be patient allowing the horse to completely cross. A car passing close behind a horse midway through a crossing can cause it to startle. Horses are flight animals and can bolt forward or sideways at high speed and often into the street when startled.
  • Be aware of your speed! Look for “Watch Downhill Speed” signs. When descending some of our steep streets it takes definitive braking to maintain 25 MPH. When ascending, you need extra power to get up the hill and that sometimes translates into higher speeds especially once the grade changes to level. Be aware of your speed.
  • Be aware of your site lines as you drive through the community. Change speed according to curves, elevation changes, the number of cars parked on the street, and especially proximity to crossings and parks.
  • Do you have traffic safety signs in front of your home? Is your home on a corner? Look for tree branches or other landscaping that may block or partially block crossing signs, street signs, speed limit signs or lighting. Look at the signs from the perspective of a driver and maintain your landscape accordingly.

Human nature is to increase awareness when we are in unfamiliar places. Unfortunately, that translates to a false sense of security when we drive through our own community. Signs and speed are often filtered out of our consciousness.

Let’s all commit to a renewed focus on safety in the Nellie Gail Ranch Community. Try teaching your children and make it more fun for yourself by making a game of locating the different traffic signs or being the first to spot a horse.

Vegetation Management

Have We Forgotten?

A message from Captain Issac Wyatt, submitted by Karen Robbins, Chairman, TEAM DARKHORSE
Sept. 11th was a reminder that this experiment of a constitutional republic isn’t beyond failure. That every day, we as Americans would need to fight to keep it.

It was a reminder that our principles of freedom are not naturally occurring in the world. The history of man can largely be characterized by violence, bloodshed, and oppression. And that there are still many who wish that to be the case.

It was a reminder that this nation collectively and consciously agreed to pursue liberty and morality. And a love for our fellow man.

For 19 years, we have told ourselves, ‘Never Forget.’ And I don’t doubt that we remember the great sacrifice made by those who died that day. But the attacks were not merely an attack on human life—they were an attack on the principles that were supposed to unite all of us.
Have we forgotten? I hope not, because reminders are devastating.

Gallup Park Gazebo Repairs & Painting

Gallup Park Gazebo repairs and painting is scheduled to take place beginning Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The Gazebo will be closed for wood & wrought iron railing repairs and painting. The project is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Swim Center Fence Painting

The Swim Center perimeter fence repairs and painting is scheduled to take place beginning Monday, September 14, 2020. The crews will work 7:30 am – 3:00 pm.

The Swim Center will remain open during repairs and painting. The project is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

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