Full Draft Long Range Plan

by jzontini, 9 months ago
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  • jacobaronowitz 9 months ago
    Golf courses like Hancock and Morris Williams should be turned into affordable housing and multiuse parks for the whole community
  • gjannene 9 months ago
    Given limited land, growing park needs, and long-term uncertainty about water availability, the City's large stock of municipal golf courses makes little sense to retain. The sport is waning in popularity and use, and the courses run losses regularly. The Jimmy Clay-Roy Kizer Municipal Golf Courses could be turned into full parks integrated with McKinney Falls State Park. With this and better ties to Onion Creek Metro, southeast Austin could have its own Zilker scale and quality park, with little additional cost.
  • Tom Thayer 9 months ago
    Please enforce leash laws. PARD could solve any budget problems on a few weekends going to popular parks and fining people with off leash dogs or those who don't pick up their dog's poop. Consider additional dog parks, but balance that with strict enforcement of the current laws. It breaks my heart to see all of the cars parked on the grass at Zilker Park. Yes, there is limited parking at the park, but using green areas for parking is not a solution. There are other ways to get to the park - even driving, there are places to park vehicles outside of the park where one just needs to walk a little bit. Existing parking should be first come-first served, and after it's full, people need to find other ways to get there. It is especially appalling that scooters and eBikes are prohibited from parks, yet vehicles can just park on the grass. I would rather see people "scooting" and riding eBikes to the parks than polluting vehicles. Also, many of the trails in our parks, such as Town Lake Hike/Bike Trail and Shoal Creek Trail are used as transportation - prohibiting electric devices from these trails discriminates against those who are unable to ride a regular bike or walk long distances, such as the elderly and disabled. Regular bikes can go about as fast as eBikes and scooters anyway - if there are problems, it is the users, not the mode. PARD should partner with Austin Watershed to utilize Water Quality Lands for low impact recreation, like is allowed at Slaughter Creek Wildlands. There are huge amounts of open space that could be utilized for hiking, mountain biking, and enjoying nature without degrading water quality (just ban dogs). Williamson Creek should be connected from SW to SE with greenbelts and natural trails. Much of the land is already public - it would not be too difficult to acquire the remaining tracts (which will be flood prone) or negotiate easements. Many of the neighborhoods along Williamson Creek (especially in south central Austin) don't have a whole lot of public parks nearby. This would also be a safe corridor across south Austin for locals to travel. Overall, PARD need to work with other public entities (inside and outside the city) such as Transportation, Watershed, and AISD to improve access to parkland for all Austinites. PARD is not an island unto itself in city government - it needs to be integrated with the plans from other city departments and needs to work with other departments/entities to accomplish the City's goals.
  • Pawinston 9 months ago
    Please get the dogs in parks under control. Dog feces and dogs off leash. Start punishing those breaking the rules. I love taking my dogs and kid don’t eat me wrong. I also love the off leash areas. But, it’s getting gross and out of control those who don’t abide and litter the trails. Throwing bags or not using them at all. Also letting dog run wild up and down the trails. Monitor it. Do something.
  • Kate Mason-Murphy 9 months ago
    Look at Pg 15…EVERYONE gets love but Williamson Creek! The greenbelt was acquired by PARD in 1971 and we are the ONLY creek on that timeline that hasn’t been improved, except for (white) Oak Hill and (white) Sunset Valley. Glaring example of “codified racial segregation”, something Austin is still struggling with in lower income areas. I spent hours reading the LRP cover to cover, digesting the maps and I am compelled to a stand up for my community. We are not accurately represented in this document that is intended to guide PARD for the next decade. We are Southwood neighborhood and we are split among 3 City Council districts (3, 5 and 2), where Williamson Creek and the main UP rail meet. Pg 54…including the area between I-35 and Manchaca (area 16) as Southwest is completely inaccurate and it makes it sound like our neighborhood is affluent. It is not. Our two elementary schools are both Title I. If you look at the lack of parks, sidewalks, trails and other basic amenities, our neighborhood MFI ($48k), and our high % of poverty and risk of displacement, we are much more similar to Dove Springs than with Circle C. Lumping us in that category ensures that we never get any amenities. Staying consistent with 26 planning areas allows PARD to see a more complete picture over time, especially with regard to equity. It should at least be included in the appendix. Page 56…our District Park (Garrison) does not have major (or any) indoor facilities, as per the definition. All in all...I applaud PARD staff for their hard work and willingness to engage the community!
  • kristinm 9 months ago
    I'm amazed that our City Council approved spending $25M+ to build a new Dougherty Arts Center at S. Lamar / Riverside when there are several schools being closed that could be re-purposed. Re-purposing the schools would cost taxpayers significantly less, it recycles existing structures AND would be aligned with stated goals such as: - A1 – Adding Parkland - B6 – Achieving better geographic distribution of facilities - D3 – Increase the number, diversity and equitable distribution of Arts and Culture programs - D4 – Partnership strategies to increase low-income access to PARD programming.
  • leilal 9 months ago
    I concur with the goals that have resulted. I believe acquisition of park space is essential. The loss of the green space on Shoal Creek along Bull Creek Blvd and 45th Street has been devastating for wild life. Hundreds of monarchs came through there every spring and fall; thousands of birds. Where do they go now? If Camp Mabry becomes available, it must not also end up in developers' hands. If humans are to thrive in Austin, there must be wildlife as well. We cannot continue causing mass extinctions.
  • Patricia Potyka 9 months ago
    OMG we cannot go to the Gillis Park anymore because it is overrun with drug deals, weapons, and seedy people. It's quite scary. PLEASE STOP THE HOMELESS FROM TAKING OVER. The bathrooms are inaccessible because the homeless have set up camps. It's very disappointing.
  • beskrowni 9 months ago
    It's frustrating to see that there is nothing about enforcing park rules in Barton Creek Greenbelt. The current free-for-all atmosphere that has been allowed to flourish when the creek is flowing has a lot of careless visitors leaving behind cigarette butts, beer cans and dog poop, and is driving away people who who want to be able to spend time with their families in the park. The city already has this amazing asset that I've not found in any other city --- a wilderness park pretty much in the urban center that is almost completely secluded city itself --- and it does so little to protect it.
  • bcbers 9 months ago
    Save Palm School for good use as low cost housing for the best teachers. Brenda
  • bc-richard.depalma 9 months ago
    Page 12 correction - The Parks and Playground Commission was created on June 14, 1928. The $700,000 parks bond was passed in May 1928. Email me if you need the backup materials. Also, clarify on the other projects if the year represents when they were opened or construction began.