Station Three: What we've heard- are we right?

22 days ago
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Do you agree that these themes should be priorities?
  • cjw 4 months ago
    Overall the comments from everyone seems right and doesn't surprise me. I most enjoy the natural spaces in Austin and the trails. It's important for us to have specific types of facilities to gather, play sports, and experience culture.
  • dsp44 3 months ago
    I do not want any off-leash dog areas in 78744.
  • MH 3 months ago
    Off leash areas for dogs are not a high priority. Preservingand increasing safe, accessible, minimally developed greenspace is top priorities
  • cmh 3 months ago
    I agree that safe, undeveloped green space with trails is my top personal priority. Most do not want more concrete, and I agree whole-heartedly, but I also want to speak out for kids who need access to inexpensive swimming pools in the summer. It's hot and kids need a good, clean way to be active and have fun. Most cannot afford to join private clubs or to have a pool in their back yard. It's important for Austin to maintain its pools. With the explosive growth of our city, I favor investing in new parks and our pools over making improvements to existing parks such as the patio you plan to install at Bull Creek District Park. Not only is it unnecessary to install a patio there to accommodate the neighborhood's desire to show movies in the park, it is an inappropriate use of this fabulous natural gem. It's unlikely that anyone other than the local neighborhood would schedule a movie there, and it's unfair to let them preempt the tranquil meditative experience of others so they can use a public resource for their private neighborhood event. Put the money where it's needed most - in purchasing more land, and installing and maintaining our pools and trails.
  • JAR 3 months ago
    I agree that investing in new parks, play structures for children and pools are important. As I look at the map, I am struck by how few of parks and pools are located in Northwest Austin and other areas recently annexed. I also note the lack of a community center in this area. I agree with the other comment that not everyone can afford to join the private neighborhood pools located in some of these areas. I'd like to see investment made in purchasing land (or private club facilities from these neighborhoods if that makes more sense) for future parks, and developing play and swim space in areas of Austin that don't have them.
  • John 2 months ago
    Please make sure there is a generous amount of parking for a growing population, so everyone who wants to can enjoy Zilker park is able to. Parking around Zilker is an issue, especially at Barton Springs pool in the summer. Maybe think creatively on ways to incorporate more parking in an urban area like Seattle has with the city park built around the Intercity highway system.
  • Ano23 2 months ago
    The debate about space for dogs is interesting. I see an equity issue beneath it, where families who do not house domesticated socialized animals don't need to take public park space for their dogs on or off leashes. But they do need open space for families to run and play. And safe parks. So if dogs need a safe area with a fence, in order to keep the other areas for families safe, then perhaps that should be the driving reason for fencing the dogs. But don't forget to provide more space for families than for domesticated pets. https://www.usnews.com/news/cities/articles/2019-05-22/how-dogs-help-keep-multiracial-neighborhoods-socially-segregated
  • JDH 2 months ago
    Higher priority should go into pleasant, relaxing, verdant park space in the center of Austin. Space where people would enjoy strolling around, snapping photos, resting on a park bench. It's not so relaxing if the bench faces a trail full of joggers, power walkers, and bikes. The kind of parks and public gardens found in cities (smaller and larger than present-day Austin) of Europe, Canada, and Australia, and many U.S. cities too -- where they are popular with all age groups. "An oasis in the heart of the city" is a typical but true slogan. Such parks give non-central dwellers one more reason to consider coming downtown and are all-the-more needed as Austin densifies. We have the makings of such parks but much more monetary support is needed, and most are a little far to walk to (e.g. Zilker Botanical).
  • mngirwin 2 months ago
    I am a golfer. I play the COA golf courses. With the growth of Austin, I think there needs to be a plan include more golf courses in Austin. With the loss of Lions in the future, where will there be opportunities to play golf? There are many misconceptions about golf in this community. Golf courses are so much more environmentally friendly than in years past. Golf is a sport that translates to the broad range of ages and abilities. Golf is not an elitist sport awn many think. Golf is an opportunity to be more diverse in culture, race, and gender than any other sport that the city of Austin supports.
  • Jen 2 months ago
    Another priority is every park should have a quiet zone or meditation area with a special feature like a botanical garden or fountain. A healthy city is not only one of physical or cultural activity. As the city grows, so does the noises along with it. 2011 World Health Organization report called noise pollution a “modern plague." In silence we tap into our brain's natural auto default mode or what scientists refer to as “self-generated cognition” that is when we daydream, meditate, fantasize or create.
  • ijwtcaeog@gmail.com 2 months ago
    I can't read any of the slides, but Austin needs more places for bikes to play off road, such as Mountain Bike Trails, Flow Tracks, Pump Tracks. I live in Mueller and there are no single track mountain bike trails within 5 miles of my home. So that means that if I want to go mountain biking, I have to drive my bike to the trails.