Station Four: Investing in Existing Parks

about 1 year ago
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  • cjw over 1 year ago
    My hope is that Austin will affective and efficiently spend the bond dollars that voters approved. With the increase in demand and high cost of the land available, I'm concerned that the bond dollars won't go far to acquire and preserve more land.
  • silver about 1 year ago
    Please remove the bathroom shelter at Gillis Park on Durwood St. PortaPotties have been set up there for a few years now. the building for the plumbed bathrooms has become a homeless permanent camp & they're destroying the park area with litter, trash & alcoholic's congregating everyday. It's a disgusting situation & the bathroom's in the building are locked every night to prevent homeless from sleeping & doing drugs in them. Please do something NOW!
  • JAR about 1 year ago
    I love that you are planning to score each park! I love how AISD assessed each school to prioritize needs, and I think the parks could use this assessment as well. I also hope you will put these into an area map to show regional access to types of facilities. For example, I live in Great Hills. It is 2.2 miles to my neighborhood Great Hills park if I'd like my children to enjoy a playscape. I live 2.4 miles to Bull Creek District Park if I want to go for a hike, with a few access points closer. But none within walking distance because I refuse to walk to a park on 360. I live 2.6 miles from Anderson High School if I hope to play tennis during non-school hours. During school hours I could head to Northwest park (4.7 miles away). If I'd like to swim in a public pool, I could head to Murchison, a distance of 3.6 miles away.

    Personally, I think these distances are a bit far to consider that I have local access to a park.

    I do have a nearby fire station on Bluegrass that has a decent stretch of grass with some shade trees 0.5 miles away. It sure would be nice if it had a play structure, perhaps a basketball court, or some calisthenic machines for the neighbors and the local fire-fighters.

    I imagine others in more recently annexed areas can claim worse commutes to nearby park facilities.
  • John about 1 year ago
    Please make adequate funds available for city pools also. City pools in some areas of the city seem neglected, which causes over crowding at better maintained pools within the city.
  • mngirwin about 1 year ago
    Green space is so valuable. We need to continue to provide areas that protect that space.
    Golf courses in the Austin area are green spaces too. I would like to see that Lions stays a green space in central Austin.
    There are many misconceptions about golf courses not being green spaces and environmental responsible areas. There are so many changes from practices years ago in golf courses that now promote more environmental responsibility. Those misconceptions are hard to change but if you look, you will find that this is true.
  • Jen about 1 year ago
    Overall I think the focus areas and the scorecard performance metrics are on point. My one concern is that public safety will need to be a higher priority as the City's population increases. Having always lived in greater populated areas and a park person, I've always noted the crime that occurs in them. The City of Austin in generally spends the least budget on public safety and health and human services. Therefore, City of Austin Parks and Recreation [PARD] as residents who live near parks where crime occurs, find that 'crimes on parkland' aren't always a priority to a system already stretched in resources. PARD might want to start looking at how more populated cities make sure their parks are safe during hours or curfew as well as how they are monitored should a crime take place to help in the pursuit of justice. I also recommend PARD consider small neighborhood parks or parks in certain districts be open to a different set of rules to others. A great example is hours of operation seasonally with parks that have no lighting in a challenging part of town.