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HOLD ON.

SO LET'S SEE.

TODAY IS,

[CALL TO ORDER]

UH, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD.

IT IS 6:07 PM.

WE ARE THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD WE'RE MEETING, UH, BY VIDEO CONFERENCE.

AND I'LL GO AHEAD AND JUST, UM, CALL ROLE, UM, BOARD MEMBER PHARSIGHT BOARD MEMBER, DEPALMA BOARD MEMBER.

RENAULD THE BOARD MEMBER OF THE CARLO BOARD MEMBER.

MASON MURPHY.

GREAT.

GOT ONE BOARD MEMBER FAUST PR OR MEMBER MORGAN.

WHO MEMBER LUCA HERE, OR MEMBER TAYLOR AND BOARD MEMBER CYBIL HERE.

OKAY.

WE ARE.

SO YOU GOT THAT SEMI? YES, CHERRY DID.

THANK YOU.

SURE.

OKAY.

SO, UM, AND SO SEND ME, DO WE HAVE SOME

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

CITIZEN COMMUNICATION? YES, CHAIR.

WE DO.

UH, MR. JEAN SMITH IS ON THE LINE.

GIVE US JUST A SECOND TO MUTE ON MUTE HIM.

AND, UH, MR. SMITH, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES AND YOU'LL HEAR A BUZZER GO AT THE END OF IT.

UH, WHEN YOUR TIME IS COMPLETE.

SO MR. SMITH, WE'RE READY FOR YOU.

OKAY.

YOU HEAR ME? OKAY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, YES, YES.

WE CAN HEAR YOU.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, HELLO, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND, UH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

MY NAME IS JEAN SMITH AND I AM THE OWNER OF AUSTIN PARTY CRUISES ON LAKE AUSTIN.

UH, YOU MAY VISIT MY WEBSITE@AUSTINPARTYCRUISES.COM FOR PICTURES AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

UM, I ALWAYS TO PRESENT TO THE BOARD A PLEAD TO CONSIDER POSSIBLE OPTIONS TO SAVE MY BUSINESS ON LIKE AUSTIN FOR OVER 25 YEARS, AUSTIN PARTY CRUISES HAS BEEN PROVIDING EXCURSIONS ON LIKE AUSTIN FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING WEDDINGS, RECEPTIONS, BUSINESS FUNCTIONS, AND FAMILY PARTIES.

MY COMPANY HAS PROVIDED A POPULAR RECREATION OF BENEFIT TO THE CITY THAT SHOULDN'T SIT.

THAT SHOULD BE PRESERVED DUE TO THE SIZE OF MY BOAT.

MY BUSINESS RELIES ON ACCESS TO THE DOCK AT WALSH BOAT LANDING.

IT IS THE ONLY LOCATION ON LAKE AUSTIN WITH A LARGE PUBLIC DOCK THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE LARGE BOATS LIKE MINE AND HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

FOR MANY DECADES, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT BEGAN REQUIRING AND ISSUING PERMITS FOR RENTED BOATS TO ACCESS THE LANDING OFF.

SOME PARTY CRUISES HAS BEEN RECEIVING THIS PERMIT FOR THE PAST NUMBER OF YEARS.

HOWEVER, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF WALSH, TOLD LANNY ESSENTIALLY DISCONTINUING PERMITS AND DENYING PUBLIC ACCESS TO ANYONE IN A RENTED BOAT.

THE PARKS DEPARTMENT DIRECTED ALL BOAT RENTAL BUSINESSES TO RELOCATE ELSEWHERE ON THE LEG.

THE PONTOON AND PARTY BARGE BUSINESSES FORTUNATELY WERE ABLE TO COMPLY DUE TO THE SMALL SIZES OF THEIR BOATS AND THEY HAVE SINCE RELOCATED SUCCESSFUL.

HOWEVER, MY BOAT IS UNIQUE.

MY BOAT IS LARGE AND IT RELIES ON THE DOLLAR AND WASCO LANDING.

MY BUSINESS IS NOT RELOCATABLE ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE LAKE.

I WILL HAVE TO CLOSE MY BUSINESS.

IF MY PERMIT IS NOT RENAMED, THIS WILL BE FINANCIALLY DEVASTATING AND EMOTIONALLY UPSETTING TO BECOME A SPLICE AFTER DECADES OF SERVICE.

I'VE EXPRESSED TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT THAT I'LL HAVE EXHAUSTED EVERY OTHER POSSIBILITY ON THE LEG.

I AM NOT SEEKING PERMISSION TO DO ANY FORM OF SALE OR CONCESSION ACTIVITY ON SITE.

AUSTIN PARTY CRUISES HAS NEVER CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE DOCKS OR PROPERTY.

WE DO NOT REQUIRE THE USE OF THE SANITATION STATION AND ALL TRASH IS TAKEN OFF SITE.

WE TYPICALLY USE THE LANDING ONLY A FEW TIMES A WEEK, AND RARELY IN WINTER.

MY MOST RECENT PERMIT STOPPED WHEN THE LANDING WAS BEING RENOVATED AND IT WAS FURTHER DELAYED BY COVID RESTRICTIONS.

BUT MY PERMIT CYCLE BEGINS MID MARCH WHEN THE SEASON BEGINS.

THESE HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT TIMES INDEED, BUT WE ARE ANXIOUS TO GET BACK TO WORK.

WE ARE NOW ABLE TO OPERATE WITH REDUCED CAPACITY AND WE ARE RECEIVING REQUESTS FOR RESERVATIONS AS MARCHES UPON US.

I SINCERELY REQUEST THAT THE BOARD HEAR MY PLEA AND WORK WITH ME TO FIND A SOLUTION THAT WILL SAVE MY BUSINESS.

I AM OPEN AND EAGER TO WORK, SO THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN IMPORTANT RECREATIONAL ASSET TO THE CITY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

UM, ALL RIGHT THEN, UM, AND ALSO SEE ME.

DID YOU SEE THAT BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR CON IS TRYING TO GET IN? WE WILL GO AND GRAB HER REAL QUICK FROM THE LIST.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO NOW WE'RE MOVING ON TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES,

[A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

SO HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY'S HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THOSE.

AND IF SO, DOES ANYBODY WANT TO MOVE TO APPROVE OR DID THEY HAVE ANY CHANGES OR PERFECT BOARD MEMBER MORGAN TO APPROVE AND BOARD MEMBER FAUST SECOND.

AND SO ALL IN FAVOR, EITHER RAISE YOUR HAND OR SAY I, IF WE CAN'T SEE HI, AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? OKAY, SO THAT PASSES.

OH, THERE'S BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR.

GOOD.

YOU GOT IT.

OKAY, GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT, THEN.

SO THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED AND MOVING ON TO NEW BUSINESS.

THE FIRST ITEM IS DISCUSSION

[B.1. Discussion and possible action regarding Commission on Seniors Recommendation Number: 20210113-O3B regarding seating in parks, greenbelts, trails and other open spaces. Presenter: Janee Briesemeister, Chair, Commission on Seniors]

AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE COMMISSION ON SENIORS RECOMMENDATION NUMBER (202) 101-1303 B REGARDING SEATING IN PARKS, GREENBELTS TRAILS, AND OTHER OPEN SPACES.

AND DO WE HAVE, UM, CHENEY BREECE MEISTER? YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE.

AND THANK YOU, CHAIR LEWIS FOR INVITING ME TO ADDRESS THE BOARD.

MY NAME IS JANIE BREEZE MEISTER, AND I'M CHAIR OF THE COMMISSION OF SENIORS.

I'M SPEAKING TO YOU ABOUT A RESOLUTION THAT WE ADOPTED RELATING TO CD IN PARKS, OPEN SPACES AND ON TRAILED.

UM, LATE LAST YEAR, ONE OF THE COMMISSION'S WORKING GROUPS MET WITH STAFFERS FROM PARK FOR AN UPDATE ON PARK PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND ACQUISITION AND DISCUSSION.

DURING THAT MEETING LED TO THIS RESOLUTION, THE IS FRIENDLY ACTION PLAN, WHICH WE'VE DEVELOPED IN COUNCIL ADOPTED IN 2016 CALL FOR MORE SEATING AND PARKS, GREENBELTS TRAILS, AND OPEN SPACES WE'VE NOTICED.

AND WE HEAR FROM OLDER ADULTS QUITE OFTEN THAT SEATED IF LIMITED OR THERE'S NONE AT ALL IN MANY PARKS, THE NON TRAILS.

UM, AND THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE AWAY FROM THE CENTRAL CITY.

MORE SEATING WILL ACTUALLY, WE THINK WE'LL BRING MORE OLDER ADULTS AND OTHERS TO USE OUR PARKLAND SEATING ACTUALLY ENCOURAGES WALKING AND ACTIVITIES BECAUSE IT GIVES PEOPLE WHO NEED A REST, A PLACE TO TAKE A WRATH.

UM, WE BELIEVE THAT MORE SEATING WILL ENHANCE ENJOYMENT OF PARKS AND TRAILS FOR EVERYONE.

SO THE RESOLUTION ASKS TWO THINGS FIRST THAT CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO SEATING, UM, WHEN PLANNING INTO SIGNING PARKS AND TRAILS AND OPEN SPACES.

AND SECOND, WE ARE VERY MINDFUL OF THE CONSTRAINTS ON THE CITY BUDGET ON SEATING AS AN AREA THAT MAY BE APPROPRIATE FOR SPONSORS.

OUR SUGGESTIONS INCLUDE EXPANDING AND PROMOTING THE MEMORIAL BENCH PROGRAM AND ALSO ENCOURAGING THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, AND GROUPS TO ALSO SPONSOR BENCHES.

SO WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION.

AND I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING AND SPEAKING.

SO DO WE HAVE, UM, ANY QUESTIONS ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO ASK BOARD MEMBER? UM, TAYLOR? NO, I'M GOOD.

THANK SIR.

REMEMBER LUCA.

UM, IS THERE A COST ESTIMATE WITH THIS, UH, PROPOSAL? NO.

UH, WHEN WE SPOKE WITH STAFF, UH, IT WAS OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT THE, UH, PLANNING AND DESIGNING DIDN'T ADD AN ADDITIONAL PROCESS NECESSARILY.

AND, AND AGAIN, YOU HAVE THE IDEA OF EXPANDING MEMORIAL BENCHES AND HAVING SPONSORSHIP OF BRANCHES.

SO WE THINK THAT THERE ARE WAYS FOR THE BRANCHES TO BE SUPPORTED OUTSIDE OF THE CITY BUDGET.

AND DO YOU HAVE KIND OF, UH, THE HIT LIST OF WHERE YOU WANT TO START THE PROGRAM? YEAH, I MISS THAT.

NO, WE DID NOT.

WE, UM, WE ARE VERY, WE, WE ACTUALLY WORK WITH PARK QUITE A BIT ON THEIR SENIOR PROGRAM SIDE AND WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE VERY RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF OLDER ADULTS AND WE FELT IT WAS BETTER TO

[00:10:01]

LET A LOT OF HARD WORK THROUGH THE LOGISTICS OF HOW TO IMPLEMENT THIS.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS UP.

I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

UM, I KNOW THAT, UH, THE PARKS THAT I ATTEND, UH, THERE IS SEATING, BUT THEY'RE SPREAD OUT.

AND SO YES, SOMETIMES, UH, YOU KNOW, YOU A LITTLE REST OR IF YOU HAVE A TODDLER WITH YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE YOU USE A LITTLE SLOWER, UM, YOU KNOW, YOU NEED TO FIND A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO TAKE A BREAK.

SO I THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER MORGAN.

I THINK YOU'RE MUTED.

YOU'RE MUTED.

SO I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

MY QUESTION IS IF I WANT TO SPONSOR AGREEMENTS, HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST ME TO SPONSOR IT? OKAY, WELL, I REMEMBER IS THIS IS KIMBERLY MCNEALY.

I'M SORRY, JENNY.

I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IN OUR FEE SCHEDULE, THERE IS A, A MEMORIAL BENCH FEE THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAM THAT I THINK THAT, UM, SENIORS, THE COMMISSION ON SENIORS IS, IS RECOMMENDING, AND I BELIEVE IT'S $2,400, BUT I WOULD HAVE TO CHECK THE FEE SCHEDULE.

YEAH.

BUT THERE IS A PIECE THAT THERE IS A SCHEDULED WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THIS.

YES.

OR THERE'S AN ESTABLISHED VRN.

YES.

OKAY.

OKAY.

GREAT.

K BOARD MEMBER, MRS. MURPHY, FOLLOW UP ON A BOARD MEMBER.

MORGAN'S QUESTION.

SO 24, IS THAT A, WHAT TYPE OF A BENCHES BACK FOR $24 TO MEMORIAL BANK? SO WE CAN GET YOU THIS CLASSIFICATIONS, BUT IT'S A SPECIFIC, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A STANDARD, UM, THERE'S A STANDARD TYPE OF BENCH THAT WE WOULD PUT THROUGH OUT OUR PARK SYSTEM.

IT NEEDS THE PARK SYSTEM STANDARDS TO MAKE SURE THAT IT CAN ENDURE USAGE AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS.

AND IT ALSO ALLOWS OBVIOUSLY IF IT'S A MEMORIAL BENCH FOR THEM TO BE SOME RECOGNITION.

SO IF YOU'D LIKE THE STANDARDS, WE'LL HAVE TO GET THAT TO YOU.

AND IN A DIFFERENT, I DON'T HAVE THEM IN FRONT OF ME, BUT WE COULD GET THEM TO YOU, BUT THEY WERE METAL WOOD CONCRETE.

YEAH.

I'LL GET YOU THE STANDARDS.

I'M NOT, I'M NOT A HUNDRED PERCENT SURE.

I THINK THEY MIGHT BE MADE OUT OF RECYCLED MATERIALS, BUT I'LL FIND OUT FOR YOU.

WE'LL MOVE.

OKAY.

AWESOME.

AND THEN, UM, A COUPLE THINGS I NOTICED, CAUSE I REALLY DO LOVE THIS WHOLE IDEA OF MAKING OUR SPACES MORE AVAILABLE TO SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY CHALLENGES.

UM, I DEALT WITH THAT WITH A FORMER BOARD MEMBER TONE DONOVAN.

AND, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAD NOTICED THAT MIGHT FIT IN HERE IS THAT IF YOU'RE MAKING THINGS COMFORTABLE AND INVITING FOR SENIORS, IT MAKES SENSE SORT OF AT THE SAME TIME TO MAKE IT COMFORTING AND INVITING AND WELCOMING FOR OUR YOUNGEST PEOPLE.

AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAD CONSIDERED, AND THEN NEXT TO IT, MAYBE, UM, A LITTLE EXTRA TRAIL PIECE OF EQUIPMENT, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS FOR THE CHOPS OR A PARK CORE TYPE NATURE ELEMENT, SOMETHING LIKE THAT BECAUSE I DID HEAR BOARD MEMBER LUCA SAY, YOU KNOW, THEY WANT TO SIT DOWN AND IF THEY HAVE A TODDLER WITH THEM AND YOU KNOW, YOU WANT THE CHILDREN TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO TOO.

I THINK THAT WOULD REALLY INCREASE, YOU KNOW? UM, AND THEN ON THE, UM, PARKLAND GREEN BELTS AND STUFF, I DID WANT TO POINT OUT THAT A LOT OF THAT LAND IS NOT PARKLAND.

IT'S OWNED BY THE WATER DEPARTMENT.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF IT WAS INCLUDED THERE IN THIS RESOLUTION TO WORK WITH THEM ON THESE SAME ISSUES AND THAT'S ALL, BUT I LOVE THE IDEA.

LOVE IT.

AND JUST RESPOND TO YOUR LAST POINT.

WE ALSO NOTICED SANTA SOME OF THE TRAILS ARE UNDER TRANSPORTATION AND NOT PARTS AS WELL, BUT I GET THROUGH THE MOST THAT MAKES SENSE TO START WITH PARKS, I GUESS IS WHAT I'M SAYING AS FAR AS GETTING SUPPORT ON THE TEST SOLUTION.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER.

UM, CUTTING SIDE.

YES.

I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT THAT I LIKED THAT THIS HOW THIS DOVETAILS, WE WERE TALKING LAST TIME ABOUT, UM, NAMING FACILITIES AND, AND I THINK THIS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO NAME, YOU KNOW, TO, TO MEMORIALIZE PEOPLE OR TO HONOR PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT WOULD SORT OF GO NICELY WITH WHAT IS,

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WHAT IS NEEDED ALONG THE TRAIL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MR. FAUST.

I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

I'M VERY SUPPORTIVE.

I APPRECIATE THE COMMISSION ON SENIORS BRINGING THIS TO US.

UM, I, MY PARENTS LIVE IN AUSTIN AND SO I SPEND QUITE A TIME QUITE A BIT OF TIME WITH THEM AND THEIR FRIENDS.

AND YOU DO SPEND TIME OUT, THEY THOUGHT THE OUTDOORS, WHAT ARE THE PLACES WE CAN GET GOING AND GET SOME OUTDOOR ACTIVITY.

AND THAT ALSO HAVE A PLACE TO SIT FOR THE MOBILITY CHALLENGE, CHALLENGED PEOPLE.

I ALSO REALLY HAVE APPRECIATED THE MEMORIAL BENCH PROGRAM FOR A LONG TIME.

THERE'S A FEW OF THOSE, LIKE WHEN I WAS READING THIS, UM, I THOUGHT ABOUT ARE ACTUALLY VERY SPECIAL TO ME THAT I STILL VISIT FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE.

SO I'M SUPPORTIVE.

IF THERE AREN'T OTHER QUESTIONS I WOULD MOVE APPROVAL.

GREAT.

I'LL START THAT.

GREAT.

OKAY.

SO, SO GREAT.

SO SARAH, ARE YOU GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE TO SUPPORT THE SENIOR COMMISSION AND WITH THIS RESOLUTION THAT THE PARSON COMMISSION BOARD WILL OFFICIALLY SUPPORT IT? YES.

I WOULD MOVE UP, RECOMMEND THAT WE SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION.

PERFECT.

AND, AND YOU WANT TO Y'ALL UM, SECOND ONE NUMBER COTTON CYBIL YES.

YES.

GREAT.

OKAY.

WELL THAT'S ALL.

I WAS JUST GONNA, JUST ALSO INDICATE MY SUPPORT, I THINK.

UM, AND I THINK THAT THE INPUT THAT PEOPLE PROVIDED WAS REALLY GOOD.

I THINK, I MEAN, I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM MADE OUT OF RECYCLED MATERIALS IF POSSIBLE, BUT I LIKE THE MEMORIAL BENCH.

I LIKE A PLACE FOR SENIORS, SMALL CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO BE ABLE TO REST.

SO I THINK, UM, IF ANYBODY REALLY, SO I THINK IT'S A FABULOUS IDEA AND THANKS FOR BRINGING IT TO US JANIE.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THAT.

SURE.

SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND HAVE A BOAT.

SO ALL IN FAVOR OF FORMER PASSES RESOLUTION, SAY AYE OPPOSED.

OKAY.

IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

GOOD LUCK.

I HOPE IT GOES WELL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OKAY.

MOVING ON.

WE SEE THE NEXT ITEM IS

[B.2. Presentation and discussion regarding update on Zilker Train. Presenter: Ladye Anne Wofford, Chief Mission Officer, Austin Parks Foundation]

A PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION REGARDING THE UPDATE ON THE ZILKER TRAIN.

DO WE HAVE LADY IN WALFORD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS? I JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO, UM, TO INTRODUCE BOTH LADY ANNE AND CARLIN FROM THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION.

AND JUST TO REMIND THE BOARD THAT, UM, THIS, UH, OPPORTUNITY CAME ABOUT VIA A COUNCIL THAT PROVIDED DIRECTION TO THE CITY.

I'M SORRY TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, UM, TO WORK WITH THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THEM, UM, HELP US AND HELP THE CITY GET THE, UH, THOSE, THE ZILKER, THE FORMERLY, THE ZILKER ZEPHYR.

I THINK THEY'LL TELL YOU SOME OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TRADE, UH, UP AND RUNNING.

SO IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU NOW AND NOW TAKE OVER FROM YOU.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, KIMBERLY.

UH, I, I DON'T HEAR LADY ANNE, SO I'M AFRAID MAYBE SOMEHOW.

OH, YOU'RE HERE.

OKAY.

THANKS FOR THEM.

UM, SO, UH, THANKS FOR HAVING US TONIGHT.

UM, IT'S NICE TO SEE EVERYONE.

I THINK I KNOW MOST OF YOU, UH, I'M COLIN WALLACE, I'M THE CEO OF THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION.

UM, AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE A PRESENTATION WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL SHOW UP HERE IN A MOMENT, UH, THAT WILL KIND OF WALK YOU THROUGH, BUT, UH, WE'RE HERE TODAY TO, UM, JUST GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE, UH, THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION IN REGARDS TO, UH, BRINGING A TRAIN BACK TO ZILKER PARK.

UM, SO NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO, UH, AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO ONE MORE SLIDE IF YOU DON'T MIND.

UM, SO AS YOU ALL KNOW, UH, ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO IN MAY OF TWO 19, 2019, UH, THE TRAIN STOPPED WORKING BECAUSE THERE WERE SOME PRETTY SIGNIFICANT EROSION, UH, AT THE TURNAROUND SPOT.

UM, AND PRETTY IMMEDIATELY WHEN THAT NEWS HIT THE HIT THE PRESS, UH, YOU KNOW, WE WORKED VERY, THE PARKS FOUNDATION HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT NOW FOR 30 YEARS.

UM, WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH KIMBERLY AND ALL LEVELS OF HER TEAM.

UM, AND WE WERE PRETTY IMMEDIATELY IN HER OFFICE ASKING HOW WE CAN HELP, UH, GET THE TRAIN RUNNING AGAIN.

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UM, AND IT WAS A BIT OF A LONG DRAWN OUT PROCESS, BUT WHERE WE ENDED, UH, AT SOME POINT WAS THAT THERE WAS A AS I'M SURE YOU ALL REMEMBER, UH, THE NEWS STORY WAS SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT OF ABOUT $300,000 WORTH OF REPAIRS NEEDED TO THE TRACKS TO, TO REPAIR THE, THE CURRENT ITERATION OF THE TRAIN.

AND WE INITIALLY OFFERED TO HELP FUND IT, RAISE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT.

UM, BUT WHAT BECAME CLEAR OVER, UH, AND KIMBERLY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JUMP IN AND CORRECT ME WHEN I SAY SOMETHING IDIOTIC OR WRONG.

UH, BUT IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THERE WERE SOME OTHER ISSUES THAT WERE, THAT WERE BEING NAVIGATED AND, UH, PART ULTIMATELY CAME AND THE CAME TO AN END, UH, TO THE CONTRACT WITH THE LAST CONCESSIONAIRE.

UM, AND BASICALLY THE PARKS FOUNDATION WERE ASKED BY THE COUNCIL TO IF WE WOULD BE WILLING TO SORT OF STEP UP AND, AND GET THE TRAIN BACK ON TRACK.

AND SO, UH, HERE WE ARE NOW A YEAR OR SO LATER, UM, WE, WE MADE A PRETTY, UH, GENUINE EFFORT TO WORK WITH THE FORMER CONCESSIONAIRE, UH, TO EITHER BUY THEIR TRAIN OR FIGURE OUT A WAY TO WORK WITH THEM.

AND UNFORTUNATELY IT JUST, IT DIDN'T WORK OUT.

UM, UH, THEY REALLY WEREN'T INTERESTED IN RUNNING IT ANYMORE AND THE, AND THE PRICE THEY WANTED FOR, UH, THE TRAIN THAT THEY OWNED WAS DIDN'T MAKE SENSE FOR US.

AND SO WE, WE WENT DOWN THE ROAD OF BASICALLY STARTING OVER AGAIN AND, AND GETTING A NEW TRAIN BUILT, UM, AND NEW TRACKS, UH, AND REALLY RETHINKING KIND OF EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.

AND SO, UH, NEXT SLIDE WOULD BE GREAT.

UM, SO WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM.

UM, I KNOW ALL OF, YOU KNOW, LADY ANNE, UH, WHO'S REALLY HEADED THIS PROJECT UP FOR US, BUT, UH, AND I'M GONNA HAND THIS OFF TO HER TO SORT OF CONTINUE FROM HERE, BUT WE ARE, OUR TEAM IS SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS.

WE ARE.

UM, AND, AND YOU'LL LEARN THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION THAT EVERYTHING'S A TRAIN PUN.

UM, BUT EVERYTHING'S ON TRACK RIGHT NOW, UH, FOR US TO BE ABLE TO GET THIS THING UP AND RUNNING IN AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

OBVIOUSLY WE'VE GOT SOME PERMITTING ISSUES THAT WE NEED TO WORK THROUGH BEFORE WE CAN GET THERE, BUT WE FEEL CONFIDENT THE FUNDRAISING HAS STARTED OFF REALLY STRONG.

UM, PEOPLE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.

UM, I'M NOT FROM AUSTIN, BUT I'VE BEEN HERE FOR 30 PLUS YEARS AND EVERYBODY THAT'S BEEN IN AUSTIN FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME HAS A STORY ABOUT THE TRAIN, LOVES THE TRAIN, RODE THE TRAIN WHEN THEY WERE A KID, THEIR KIDS RAN, RODE THE TRAIN.

SO IT'S A REALLY EXCITING PROJECT TO BE A PART OF.

UH, AND AS I SAID, I'M GONNA, I'M GOING TO KICK IT OVER TO LADY ANNE TO KIND OF TALK THROUGH SOME OF THE DETAILS, UH, OF, OF WHERE WE ARE.

THANKS, COLIN.

UM, WELL, HELLO, EVERYONE.

AND THANKS FOR HAVING US.

UM, SOME OF YOU, IT'S BEEN QUITE SOME TIME SINCE I'VE TALKED TO AND GIVEN AN UPDATE AND, YOU KNOW, FIRST AND FOREMOST, I HOPE, UH, EVERYBODY, UM, WEATHERED THE STORM.

OKAY.

UM, BUT AS COLIN SAID, UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE HAVE STARTED FROM SCRATCH AND IT'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN, AND I'M SUPER EXCITED TO KIND OF TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW.

SO, UM, WE HAVE, UH, IN ADDITION TO MYSELF, OUR PROJECT LEADS, WE HAVE BOBBY COMENITY, UM, WHO IS ON OUR BOARD AND SHE'S ALSO A SEASONED TO COO.

AND SO WE'RE VERY THRILLED TO HAVE HER, UH, EXPERTISE IN BUSINESS OPERATIONS.

WE HAVE KATIE ROBILLARD WHO, UM, IS ON THE APS STAFF AND SHE IS OUR IN-HOUSE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT.

SHE HAS DONE SOME FABULOUS WORK.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE TWO MCCOMBS, UM, MBA FELLOWS, UM, WHO ARE HELPING US REALLY THINK THROUGH OUR STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE, UH, IN ACCORDANCE WITH, UM, YOU KNOW, THE MANUFACTURER'S GUIDELINES.

SO LET'S GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO AS FAR AS OUR PROJECT EXPERTISE, WE ALSO, UM, JUST WANTED TO KIND OF LET YOU ALL KNOW WHO'S KIND OF ON OUR LARGER TEAM OUTSIDE OF THE APF STAFF.

SO THE RAILWAY FACTORY IS CUSTOM BUILDING OUR TRAIN THEY'RE OUT OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA.

WE HAVE DUNAWAY ASSOCIATES HERE IN TOWN DOING OUR CIVIL CONSTRUCTIONAL ENGINEERING.

WE HAVE FRANK AND VICTOR, UM, WHO ARE, UH, DOING OUR BRAND DEVELOPMENT.

UM, I KNOW YOU'RE ALL EXCITED TO HEAR WHAT THE NEW NAME OF THE, UH, OF THE TRAIN IS GOING TO BE.

AND SO ARE WE, UM, WE ALSO HAVE TWO CONSULTANTS FROM MCKINSEY, STEPHEN SMITH AND STANLEY, AND THEN GIANT NOISE WHO DOES APS, UM, PUBLIC RELATIONS IS ALSO ON BOARD TO DO, UM, PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR THE NEW TRAIN.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT.

NEXT LINE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO COLIN HAS ALREADY TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT

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THIS.

UM, YOU OBVIOUSLY KNOW WHY WE ARE HERE AND THAT, YOU KNOW, WE REALLY SEE, UM, OUR MISSION IS GETTING THE TRAIN UP AND RUNNING AS SAFELY AND QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO HERE'S OUR PROJECT TIMELINE.

SO IN THE SUMMER, UM, AND I DID HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH, UM, WITH SEVERAL OF YOU, UM, DURING THE SUMMERTIME TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON KIND OF WHERE THINGS WERE, BUT WE WEREN'T ABLE TO COMPLETE ALL OF THAT KIND OF ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH PHASE OF THE PROJECT.

SO THEN IN THE FALL, WE REALLY FOCUSED MORE ON DESIGN WORK, DEVELOPING THE NEW TRAIN ROUTE.

UM, AND WE ALSO, HOPEFULLY YOU ALL NOTICED THAT WE LAUNCHED THE TRAIN NAMING CONTEST.

UM, WE HAVE THIS ENTIRE TIME BEEN WORKING ON THE CONCESSION AGREEMENT.

UM, SO THAT DID START ACTUALLY IN THE, UM, OR, YOU KNOW, EARLY SUMMER.

SO, UM, WE'RE NOW IN PERMITTING FOR THE NEW ROUTE.

UM, AND DON'T WORRY, I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU, UH, UM, SOME DRAWINGS OF THAT LATER.

UM, BUT WE'RE ALSO, YOU KNOW, REALLY KIND OF BUILDING THE STRUCTURE AND THE FRAMEWORK, UM, FOR OUR OPERATIONS IN THE SPRING.

UM, WE'RE HOPING THAT WE HAVE SECURED OUR PERMITS, UM, SO THAT WE CAN BEGIN CONSTRUCTION AND I'LL GO INTO A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL ON THAT.

AND SOME FUTURE SLIDES, AND THEN OUR HOPE IS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO LAUNCH, UM, AT THE END OF THE SUMMER, UM, HOPEFULLY IN Q3.

AND AGAIN, YOU KNOW, AS, AS COLIN SAID, WE'VE ALREADY KICKED OFF OUR FUNDRAISING AND WE ARE PLANNING TO CONTINUE THAT, UM, UP UNTIL OUR LAUNCH.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO BEFORE GO BACK AND IF YOU DON'T MIND GOING BACK ONE, UM, THE, OUR APPROACH SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO, UM, I DID, ONCE YOU ALL TO SEE THAT THIS IS THE LOOK OF THE, UM, THE NEW TRAIN.

SO IF ANY OF YOU GUYS ARE HISTORY BUFFS OR INTERESTED, UM, I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS, THIS IS KIND OF MODELED AFTER, UM, THE MOPAC EAGLE, UM, W WHICH BEFORE THAT WAS, UM, WAS, UH, I THINK THE SUNSHINE EXPRESS.

UM, SO ANYWAY, I JUST THOUGHT THAT IT WAS REALLY COOL THAT IT HAD THE SAME LOOK AS A HISTORIC, UH, TRAIN HERE IN TEXAS THAT WENT THROUGH THE AUSTIN AREA.

ALL RIGHT.

GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE SOME KEY FOCUS AREAS ON HOW WE REALLY WANT TO APPROACH THE PROJECT.

SO, UM, FIRST WE WANT TO PRESERVE THE TRADITION.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE BRINGING THIS BACK, IT'S GOING TO BE BACK IN THE SAME PLACE.

UM, AND THAT'S REALLY, UM, SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE I THINK AS AUSTIN CONTINUES TO, TO GROW AND CHANGE, PEOPLE WANT TO HAVE THOSE LIKE FAMILIAR, LIKE CHERISHED PLACES AND MEMORIES, UM, AND IN AUSTIN.

AND SO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO BE BRINGING IT BACK, BUT WE WANT TO IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE, UM, FOR OUR NEW GUESTS.

UM, ANOTHER PRIORITY IS FOR US TO TAKE SAFE AND PROMPT ACTION.

AND THEN, UM, FINALLY, UH, WE WANT TO, WE WANT TO FUND THIS THROUGH THE COMMUNITY SO THAT IT'S NOT THE BURDEN ISN'T BEING TAKEN ON BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO, UM, IN REGARDS TO PRESERVING THE TRADITION AND JUST BRINGING BACK THE TRAIN, UM, WE ARE HAVING THE TRAIN CUSTOM BUILT TO FIT THE CURRENT SITE.

UM, WE ARE REPLACING ALL OF THE RAILWAY THAT HAD BEEN REMOVED BY THE PREVIOUS CONCESSIONAIRE.

SO THERE WILL BE ALL BRAND NEW TRAIN, RAIL AND TIES.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EXISTING DEPOT, UM, TO MAKE IT MORE BEAUTIFUL AND ALSO A VERY FUNCTIONAL SPACE FOR OUR STAFF THERE.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO BE, UM, MAKING SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TUNNELS, TO, TO BEAUTIFY THEM AND MAKE IT A MORE INTERESTING AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR GUESTS.

ALSO BE DOING SOME WORK TO THE LANDSCAPING AROUND CAUSE THERE'S CURRENTLY SOME DRAINAGE ISSUES.

THERE'S A LOT OF TREE TRIMMING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, THE LANDSCAPING RIGHT NOW IS JUST NOT WHERE WE WANT IT TO BE.

UM, SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, THERE'S SEVERAL WAYS THAT WE ARE GOING TO IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE.

SO THE FIRST WAY IS BY IMPROVING THE ADA ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE TRAIN AND FOR THE DEPOT.

UM, AND THAT MEANS MORE PLACES FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOBILITY CHALLENGES TO ACTUALLY RIDE THE TRAIN.

SO WE'LL HAVE A GREATER CAPACITY, BUT ALSO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED THAT BECAUSE OF THE RECENT WORK THAT WAS DONE ON THE CAFE, THERE'S ACTUALLY BETTER ACCESS NOW, UM, FROM THE PARKING LOT.

AND SO WE WANT TO CONTINUE THAT ACCESS STRAIGHT UP TO THE DEPOT AND ONTO THE TRAIN.

UM, WE'RE LOOKING AT MOVING FROM A CASH ONLY SYSTEM TO A SYSTEM THAT WILL, UM, ALLOW PEOPLE TO USE DIFFERENT PAYMENT OPTIONS AND ALSO TO, UM, PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE.

UM, WE ARE ALSO HOPING THAT WE CAN, UM, HAVE A TICKETING SYSTEM THAT WILL ACCOMMODATE GROUPS BECAUSE WE KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL WANT TO HAVE SCHOOL TRIPS AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

UM, SO ALSO, YOU KNOW, THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE WANT TO HAVE SPECIAL EVENTS AND SPECIAL DISCOUNTS

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FOR LOCALS.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO HERE'S THE AMENDED ROUTE, AND THIS IS OUR SOLUTION, UM, TO GETTING THE TRAIN UP AND RUNNING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, AS OPPOSED TO TRYING TO DO THE ENGINEERING WORK, WHICH WAS SO COSTLY, UM, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, FIX THE WASHOUT AREA INSTEAD, WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING TO DO.

AND THIS IS CURRENTLY IN PERMITTING IS TO JUST MOVE THE ROAD OVER A TEENSY BIT, UM, THERE AT LA LUNA POINT AND TURN THE TRAIN AROUND RIGHT THERE AT THAT LITTLE BEAUTIFUL SPOT SO THAT YOU JUST GET A GLIMPSE OF THE RIVER BEFORE YOU, UM, TURN BACK AROUND.

SO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE WRITTEN THE TRAIN, YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THAT THERE'S A, UH, A GENTLEMEN WHO OFTEN PLAYS THE GUITAR AND SINGS HERE.

AND SO THAT'S THE SPOT, UM, THAT WE'RE, WE'RE HOPING THAT THE TURNAROUND WILL BE.

UM, SO NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS IS REALLY CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROJECT.

SO, UM, AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION IS LIKE WE SAID, LAUNCHING OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN.

WE'VE ALREADY HAD A LOT OF INTEREST.

UM, WE THINK WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN RAISING A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE FUNDS.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO PART OF THE RESOLUTION IS THAT WE WILL, UM, WE ARE COMMITTING TO, UM, REINVESTING A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE TRAIN TICKET SALES BACK INTO ZILKER PARK AND TO OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK WITHIN SILVER PARK.

THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE'RE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT IS THAT WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR CREATIVE REVENUE SOURCES FOR OUR PARKS.

UM, AND SO I THINK THAT THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO, UM, YOU KNOW, TO, TO, TO USE THIS PROJECT AS A WAY TO, UM, SUPPORT SOAKER PARK AND ALL THE GREAT WORK THAT WE'D LIKE TO SEE IN ZILKER PARK.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

UM, NEXT, WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR OPERATIONS.

SO, UM, W YOU KNOW, WE, WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT THIS AS, UM, THROUGH A LENS OF, OF A LONG-TERM VISION.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE HAVE, UM, YOU KNOW, AS WE'RE BUILDING THE CONCESSION AGREEMENT, UM, WE'RE LOOKING AT A MINIMUM OF A FIVE YEAR AGREEMENT, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT, THAT WE WANT THE TRAIN TO LIVE ON MUCH, MUCH LONGER THAN THAT.

AND SO WE'RE REALLY THINKING AHEAD, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE TRAIN IN THE ZILKER VISIONING PLANNING PROCESS.

UM, BECAUSE WE DO THINK THAT THERE'S, UM, A LOT OF POTENTIAL, UM, FOR THE TRAIN TO BECOME MORE THAN JUST A SHORT RIDE, BUT IT COULD POSSIBLY BECOME A PEOPLE MOVER, UM, WHICH WE THINK COULD REALLY HELP WITH ADDRESSING SOME OF THE, UM, PARKING ISSUES AND OTHER CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE HAVE HAD ABOUT ACCESSING DIFFERENT PARTS OF ZILKER PARK AT BEING SO LARGE AND THE PARKING BEING SO LIMITED.

SO WE'RE OPEN TO THOSE IDEAS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO ROBUST, UM, YOU KNOW, CONVERSATION WITHIN THE, UM, THE VISION PLANNING PROCESS.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, UM, PART OF THE SUCCESS IS GOING TO DEPEND ON OUR MARKETING STRATEGY.

AND SO JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE, UM, REALLY KIND OF GOTTEN, WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO THE END OF THE EDUCATION AND AWARENESS PHASE.

UM, IN MARCH, WE ARE GOING TO BE LAUNCHING THE NEW NAME AND THE BRAND RIGHT NOW, FRANK AND VICTOR IS WORKING ON THE LOGO AND THE LOOK IN THE FIELD.

UM, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WE'LL BE JUST KIND OF CONTINUING TO WORK TOWARDS GETTING PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW TRAIN AND, UM, YOU KNOW, HAVING CULMINATING WITH A GRAND OPENING, UM, IN, IN PHASE FOUR IN AUGUST NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, UM, IT IS, UH, QUITE A FINANCIAL UNDERTAKING.

AND SO I JUST WANTED YOU ALL TO SEE WHAT THE CAPITAL, UM, ESTIMATED CAPITAL BUDGET IS.

SO WE'RE LOOKING RIGHT NOW AT ABOUT 800,000, UM, FOR THE, UM, THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THERE, UM, FOR THE LOCOMOTIVE, THE PASSENGER COACHES, THE RAIL, AND TIES THE INSTALLATION AND THE DEPOT IMPROVEMENTS.

NOW, AGAIN, UM, THIS IS AN ESTIMATED BUDGET BECAUSE WE DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE A PERMIT, SO WE DON'T, AND WE DON'T HAVE BIDS FOR ALL OF THESE THINGS.

AND THIS ALSO DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OF THE OPERATING COSTS.

UM, SO THIS IS A VERY LARGE, LARGE SCALE PROJECT FOR AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION.

UM, AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE COMMITTED TO TAKING IT ON.

WE'RE VERY EXCITED, BUT I JUST WANTED YOU TO ALL BE AWARE OF THE, UM, THE MASSIVE SCOPE, UM, FOR US, IT'S A, QUITE, QUITE A LARGE UNDERTAKING.

AND NEXT SLIDE, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO SEE IF ANYONE HAD ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME OR FOR CALLING.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK

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YOU, LADY.

AND YES, W WHAT I'LL DO IS I'LL JUST GO AROUND AND ASK BOARD MEMBERS IF THEY DO HAVE QUESTIONS.

SO, UM, AND I KNOW THAT, UM, WARD MEMBER TAYLOR MAY HAVE TO POP OUT.

SO DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME? UM, YES, I DO.

SO I STILL GET THAT THE CAPITAL COSTS, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER COSTS? SO I SAW THAT YOU HAVE A PR COMPANY AND, UM, SOME OTHER, UH, CONSULTANTS, UH, ATTACHED TO THIS, AND JUST CURIOUS HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE PAID FOR, IS THAT GOING TO BE PAID FOR, FOR REVENUE FOR THE TRAIN OVER TIME? AND CAN YOU TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THAT? SURE.

SO FOR OUR STARTUP COSTS RIGHT NOW, UM, WE DON'T LOOK LIKE THERE'S SOME OPERATING COSTS THAT WE JUST, WE DON'T HAVE, UH, WE DON'T HAVE COSTS FOR YET.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, OUR PERSONNEL AND OUR, UM, OUR TICKETING SYSTEM, WE'RE STILL RESEARCHING THE SYSTEM THAT IS GOING TO BE THE BEST FIT FOR THIS SITE.

AND SO I D SOME OF THE COSTS SUCH AS I DON'T HAVE YET, UM, WE ALSO ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT THE APPROPRIATE STAFFING MODEL IS GOING TO BE.

UM, YOU KNOW, HOW MANY PEOPLE WE NEED, UM, HOW MUCH SHOULD WE PAY THEM, ALL OF THAT.

AND SO, UM, THERE'S A LOT ON THE OPERATING SIDE, BUT WE'RE, THAT'S KIND OF THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW IS TRYING TO FIGURE ALL OF THAT OUT.

UM, BUT YES, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION CURRENTLY, UM, WE KIND OF SEE IT AS WE'RE TRYING TO, WE'RE TRYING TO GET IT, UH, WE'RE TRYING TO GET IT LAUNCHED.

AND THEN, UM, THE TRAIN, IDEALLY THE TRAIN OPERATIONS, YOU KNOW, SHOULD PAPER, PAPER ITSELF, RIGHT.

ONCE WE'RE MOVING FORWARD.

HMM.

COLIN, DID YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING TO THAT? NO, I THINK YOU, UH, HIT IT AND I MEAN, I THINK I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T POINT OUT THAT OUR ENTIRE TEAM HAS ESSENTIALLY PUT OUR OTHER JOBS, THE AUNT HOLD, UH, THIS IS, UH, THIS HAS BEEN A AS LIGHT AND SAID A HUGE UNDERTAKING FOR US.

AND OBVIOUSLY WE ARE NOT IN THE TRAIN BUSINESS NOR HAVE WE EVER BEEN IN THE TRAIN BUSINESS BEFORE THAT, NOR DID WE EVER ANTICIPATE BEING IN THE TRAIN BUSINESS.

SO WE'RE ALL LEARNING AS WE GO.

UM, IT TURNS OUT THE TRAIN WORLD IS A VERY STRANGE, UH, AND VERY ACTIVE PLACE, BUT, UH, AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S A LABOR OF LOVE AND WE THINK IT'S WELL WORTH THE TIME AND ENERGY.

AND I'LL JUST ADD THAT.

IT'S LIKE THE TRAIN COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SO FRIENDLY AND SO WILLING TO SHARE INFORMATION AND NOW HAVE FRIENDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE TRAINED OPERATORS.

UM, I'VE JUST LEARNED SO MUCH FROM THEM.

IT'S REALLY, IT'S BEEN A BLAST.

SO, YEAH.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

UM, BOARD MEMBER CON SEIBEL, I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU GUYS, BECAUSE I CAN SEE WHAT AN UNDERTAKING THIS HAS BEEN.

AND I KNOW FROM JUST HEARING THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY OUTSIDE OF PEOPLE ARE TO GET A DRAIN BACK.

SO YES, I AGREE.

AND I THINK EVERYBODY IS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING, UM, SOMETHING FUN AND SOME, SOME HAPPY NEWS RIGHT NOW.

SO POOR MEMBER MASON MURPHY.

OH, I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

UM, I HAD A COUPLE THINGS AND GET TO SEE YOU LATER.

UM, ON THE END YOU DID ADDRESS IT ON THE IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE.

ONE THING THAT MIGHT PUT ON YOUR RADAR IS TO CONSIDER INVESTING THE JOURNEY FROM WHERE YOU, SO IT'S LIKE A REALLY FUN, COOL, 10 MINUTE WALK WITH KIDS, IF YOU DON'T WANT EVERYONE ALWAYS TRYING TO PARK IT SO FAR, THE ACCESS TO THE TRAIN.

SO YOU DID ADDRESS IT FOR LONGER TERM IF IT IS A PEOPLE MOVER, BUT WE MIGHT, UM, BE PROACTIVE AS TO WHERE WE WANT PEOPLE TO PARK.

AND IT S IN THAT TURN, BUT THAT WAS MORE WHEN YOU WERE NAME IS ANNOUNCED, HAVE YOU CONSIDERED WORKING WITH OUR, UM, LOCAL MUSIC COMMUNITY TO COME UP WITH SONG OR A JINGLE OR SLOGANS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF THEM ARE LOOKING FOR WORK AND, UM, I HAD LOTS OF IDEAS.

SO WHEN YOU, I I'M A TRAIN UP.

SO, UM, POLAR EXPRESS EVENT DURING THE WINTER TIMES REALLY AWESOME.

SO, YEAH, THAT'D BE FUN, BUT LET ME KNOW HOW I CAN HELP.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, KATE AND I, I CAN'T, I CAN'T SHARE TOO MUCH, BUT WE'RE DEFINITELY ALREADY, UM, TALKING ABOUT PARTNERS TO HELP WITH THE TRANSPORTATION PIECE.

I LOVE YOUR IDEA ABOUT, UM, GETTING THE MUSIC COMMUNITY INVOLVED AND I HOPE, YOU KNOW, UM, I DEFINITELY HOPE WE CAN DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

UM, BUT YES.

UM, I'M ALL

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YOURS LOVE TO HEAR Y'ALL'S IDEAS AND THEY'RE, UM, WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THEM TOO.

GREAT.

UM, SAMMY, I THINK SOMETHING HAPPENED TO BOARD MEMBER FOUL.

SHE'S GOT OFF THE SYSTEM SOMEHOW.

SHE SAID SHE CAN'T UNMUTE, SO, OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

SO GO AHEAD.

LET ME HEAR MORGAN, A GREAT PRESENTATION.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

MY FOUR YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER, LUCA.

I THINK, UM, ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE, I'M VERY EXCITED AND I SEE THE PUBLIC WILL BE TOO.

THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.

THAT'S YOUR BACK THINGS.

HI, UH, I DON'T HAVE THE VIDEO CAPABILITY, MY APOLOGIES.

UM, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE SINCE COLIN THREW DOWN THE GAUNTLET AND HIS INTRODUCTION, I WAS GOING TO SHOW Y'ALL A PICTURE OF ME AT MY FOUR YEAR OLD BIRTHDAY PARTY RIDING THE TRAIN.

UM, SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I GUESS THE, THE THINGS I WAS, I DIDN'T GET TO SEE ALL OF IT CAUSE I HAD TO GET OFF.

I HOPE THAT THE, UM, THE MODIFICATIONS TO THE DEPOT WILL, YOU KNOW, SORT OF BE A PUBLIC PROCESS THAT WE CAN NOT IF CLOSED, BUT JUST KEEP EVERYBODY INFORMED.

AND, UM, I THINK THAT THAT'S PROBABLY SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT SOMEWHAT IN THE ZILKER VISION PLAN, AS WELL AS, UH, THE PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION COMPONENTS THAT THANK YOU.

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

SURE.

YEAH.

YOU KNOW, WHEN I SAY MODIFICATIONS TO THE DEPOT, IT'S REALLY JUST TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN WHEELCHAIRS AND IT'S NO LIKE, UM, NO CHANGES TO THE BUILDING WHATSOEVER.

IT'S MORE OF JUST MAKING IT LOOK A LITTLE MORE, MORE BEAUTIFUL.

IT NEEDS PAINT AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO IT'S MORE OF MAINTENANCE WORK, UH, THEN SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO THE BUILDING ITSELF.

OKAY.

UM, I MEAN THE ONLY OTHER THING I CAN THINK OF IS THERE'S BEEN TIMES, AND I KNOW OTHER PARENTS HAVE TO HEAR WHAT THE TUNNELS WHERE THERE'S LIKE SOME KID KIND OF RUNNING THROUGH.

AND SO I KNOW YOU SAID YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOME WORK ON THE TUNNELS, SO HOPEFULLY THAT CAN BE SORTED OUT AS WELL.

YES.

YES.

WE HAVE, UH, UM, DEVELOPING OUR SAFETY PLAN AND OUR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PIECE RIGHT NOW.

SO THAT'S DEFINITELY BEING THOUGHT OF, OKAY, THANK YOU.

OF COURSE.

AND HEY, PLEASE EMAIL US THAT PICTURE.

SEE IF I WANT IT IN THE PERMANENT RECORD, BUT WE WANT TO SEE IT IN MY MIND, I'M IN THE THROWS OF A JOURNEY, A PASSIONATE THREE-YEAR-OLD ABOUT TRAINS.

SO ALSO I FEEL, YEAH.

AND I WOULD JUST ADD TO LADY ANNE'S POINT ABOUT THE SORT OF SITE IMPROVEMENTS.

I MEAN, I THINK IT'S LARGELY, UH, THE SITE IMPROVEMENTS ARE ALL ABOUT MAKING THE FLOW OF WAITING IN LINE, BUYING A TICKET.

UM, JUST BEING THERE ON SITE KIND OF FLOW BETTER.

WE'VE ALSO ALREADY REACHED OUT TO THE CONCESSIONAIRE WHO'S GOING IN AND THE ZILKER CAFE.

UM, AND WE STARTED HAVING DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM ABOUT HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON THE OVERALL SITE EXPERIENCE AND KIND OF CROSS PROMOTE AND WORK WITH THEM TO, YOU KNOW, CAUSE IT'S REALLY ALL ONE SITE AND IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF THE SAME PEOPLE.

SO WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY COLLABORATIVELY WITH THEM TO, UH, TO MAKE THE EXPERIENCE BETTER FOR EVERYONE.

GREAT.

WELL, I JUST WANT TO, UM, EVERYBODY'S, UM, GRATITUDE FOR WHAT Y'ALL ARE DOING FOR TAKING THIS ON, BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S JUST BEEN AN AUSTIN INSTITUTION FOR SO LONG AND WE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE IT, UM, GO AWAY AND YOU GUYS JUST CAME IN THERE AND GRABBED IT AND WENT WITH IT.

AND WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THAT.

I DID HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

SO THE TRADE ITSELF, IS IT GOING TO, HAVE YOU DECIDE, IS IT GOING TO BE ANOTHER, IS IT GOING TO BE AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE? IS IT GOING TO BE ELECTRIC OR IF Y'ALL MADE THAT DECISION YET? YES, IT'S GOING TO BE ELECTRIC.

GOOD, GOOD.

AND THE SEATS BE A LITTLE BIT WIDER SO THAT THERE'S A LITTLE MORE SPACE FOR IT, BUT, UM, IT'S JUST NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF THE, UM, THE, THE TUNNEL, THE UNDERPASS THAT GOES UNDERNEATH THE BARTON SPRINGS ROAD.

UM, WE'RE VERY LIMITED ON HOW WIDE THE, UM, THE CARS CAN BE.

AND SO IN TRAIN MODELS, YOU CAN HAVE A 16 INCH GAUGE OR YOU CAN HAVE 24 THAT'S

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FOUR WAS TOO BIG.

SO 16 WAS OUR ONLY OPTION.

OKAY.

OKAY.

AND WITH THE ELECTRIC, WELL, THERE'LL BE A CHARGING STATION THERE THEN THERE AT THE PARK THAT YOU'LL HAVE TO INSTALL TOO.

IS THAT, IS THAT YEAH.

UM, AND SO WE'VE, WE'RE ALREADY WORKING WITH, UM, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT ON THE ELECTRIC, YOU KNOW, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE ELECTRIC CAPACITY, EVERYTHING LOOKS GREAT.

IT'S ALREADY THERE.

SO WE JUST HAVE TO PUT THE PERSECUTION IN AND IT'LL BE JUST LIKE A FEW, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PLUGGING IN YOUR CAR.

NO, I LOVE THAT WHOLE CONCEPTION OF AN ELECTRIC MOPAC EAGLE.

THAT'S REALLY, UM, THAT'S GREAT.

AND THEN ONE MORE AND I JUST WANTED TO ALSO JUST FOLLOW UP WITH, UM, SHE MENTIONED THAT THERE MAY BE SOME OPPORTUNITY TO EXTEND THE ROUTE AT SOME POINT, BECAUSE I DO THINK GIVEN ALL THE ISSUES THAT WE'RE HAVING WITH PARKING, PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY, IT WOULD BE REALLY NICE IF WE COULD HAVE A TRAIN THAT COULD SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WOULD HAVE ASSETS TO.

AND VERY NICE.

AND, AND HAVE YOU BEEN, HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE, OR SEEN ANY OF THE SILVER MASTER PLAN JUST TO SEE THAT THIS KIND OF IS COMPATIBLE WITH THAT OR, YEAH.

NUMBERS, IF I COULD JUST TAKE THAT ONE REAL QUICK.

SO THE ZILKER VISION PLAN IS STILL UNDERWAY, RIGHT? IT HASN'T EVEN STARTED.

AND PART OF THE ZILKER VISION PLAN IS FOR THE LONGER TERM, UM, SITUATION RELATED TO THE TRAIN.

SO SHOULD THERE BE A DIFFERENT ROUTE? SHOULD IT BE A POOP PEOPLE MOVE OR SHOULD IT JUST SIMPLY BE, UM, AN AMUSEMENT TRAIN? SO I JUST WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT AS THAT PROCESS MOVES ALONG, I'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE DIRECTOR'S REPORT AND SEE IF IT GIVES YOU A LITTLE, UH, TRY TO HIGHLIGHT THE WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THAT VISION PLAN FOR YOU TONIGHT.

BUT, UM, THE REASON WHY THE TRAIN IS WHERE IT IS TODAY IS BECAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT TO MAKE ANY KINDS OF, UM, MAJOR CHANGES TO THE PATH, UM, TO THE, THE TRACKS AND TO THE PATHWAY OF THAT CHAIN UNTIL WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE THE FULL ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, WHICH IS JUST ABOUT TO BE CLICKED OFF.

BUT I, I SUSPECT THAT FOLKS, I DON'T WANT TO MAKE ANY PREDICTIONS, YOU KNOW, AHEAD OF TIME, BUT I DO SUSPECT THAT FOLKS WILL TELL US IN THAT, IN THE VISION PLAN THAT THEY'D LIKE TO SEE THAT TRAIN IS MAYBE A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN IT IS TODAY.

GREAT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, DIRECTOR NEARLY.

ALL RIGHT.

ANY MORE QUESTIONS FOR, UH, FOR LADY ANNE OR COLIN? ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH.

WE REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING AND THANKS FOR KEEPING US.

WE REALLY WERE GRATEFUL FOR THAT TOO SO FAR.

THANKS FOR HAVING US.

AND WE WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS AND GIVE YOU ANOTHER UPDATE.

SO EVERYBODY REALLY KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON AND FEELS IN THE LOOP.

THAT WOULD BE DEBATE.

THANK YOU.

THANKS.

Y'ALL AND I, I ALSO JUST WANTED TO SAY A BIG THANKS TO KIMBERLY AND HER ENTIRE TEAM.

THEY'VE BEEN AS ALWAYS REALLY GREAT TO WORK WITH AND, UH, REALLY, REALLY DROPPED THINGS TO HELP THIS, THIS KEEP MOVING ALONG SO BIG.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

MOVING ON TO ITEM NUMBER THREE,

[B.3. Discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to the City Council of the preferred design scenario for the Dougherty Arts Center Replacement Project. (PARD Long Range Plan Strategies – Relief from Urban Life, Urban Public Spaces, Park Access for All; SD23 Outcomes – Health & Environment, Culture & Lifelong Learning) Presenters: Kevin Johnson, Acting Project Management Supervisor, Parks and Recreation Department and Robert Byrnes, Principal, Studio 8 Architects]

AN IMPOSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE PREFERRED SCENARIO FOR THE DOWERY ARTS CENTER REPLACEMENT PROJECT.

OKAY.

AND DO WE HAVE KEVIN JOHNSON AND ROBERT BURNS.

OKAY, GOOD EVENING.

THIS IS KEVIN JOHNSON HERE.

I DON'T KNOW.

YOU CAN SEE AND HEAR ME.

AND I SEE ROBERT'S ON THE CALL AS WELL.

AND WE WERE ALSO LOOKING TO GET JONATHAN PEARSON FROM STUDIO EIGHT ARCHITECTS, AND I BELIEVE LEANNA JUST JOINED AS A PANELIST AS WELL.

IT MIGHT KICK OFF THIS DISCUSSION.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, LEANNA CAN ROCHA ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AT THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO BRIEFLY INTRODUCE THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA, THE DISCUSSION POSSIBLE ACTION FOR THE DIRTY ART CENTER REPLACEMENT PROJECT.

AND AS A REMINDER IN MAY OF 2019, UH, FOLLOWING, UH, PLANNING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UH, CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE BUTLER SHORES LOCATION AS THE SITE FOR THE NEW, UH, DOCK AT THE SAME TIME AT THAT MEETING COUNCIL PROVIDED DIRECTION, UH, TO PART, TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES AND RETURN FOR, UM, APPROVAL.

AND TODAY THE PROJECT TEAM WILL PRESENT THESE ALTERNATIVES AND SEEK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE BOARD.

I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE PROJECT IS STILL IN THE PRELIMINARY PHASE, WHICH MEANS THAT THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IS NOT RESOLVED YET.

A DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER, UH, AN ALTERNATIVE HAS BEEN SELECTED.

AND WITH THAT, I WILL PASS IT ON TO

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KEVIN JOHNSON WHO SERVES AS THE PROJECT MANAGER FOR THE DOCK.

AND KEVIN WILL INTRODUCE ALSO THE OTHER, UH, MEMBERS OF THE TEAM THAT ARE WITH US TONIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, LEANNA.

AND AS THE PRESENTATION COMES UP, I'LL, I'LL JUST SAY THANK YOU TO THE BOARD AS WELL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE THE PRELIMINARY DESIGN UPDATE.

I LEANNA SAID THE CONTEXT WELL THAT WE ARE STILL EARLY IN OUR PROCESS AND WE ARE MOVING TOWARD A CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION TO SEEK APPROVAL, TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A BETTER VETTED DESIGN SCHEME.

THEN, UM, THEN WE SHOWED IN 2018, WHICH WAS REALLY MORE OF A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PHASE TO SHOW THAT, UM, THE DAX REDEVELOPMENT AT THE BUTLER CHORES PARK SITE WAS FEASIBLE.

UM, SO FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN ON THE BOARD FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT IT WAS SPRING OF 2019, THAT WE CAME AND PRESENTED TO YOU AND STARTED THIS DISCUSSION TO RELOCATE THE, THE DECK TO, UM, BUTLER SHORES PARK.

AND, UM, THE BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL WERE ULTIMATELY, UH, IN APPROVAL OF THAT.

SO WE'RE EXCITED TO BE IN A POSITION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A MORE CERTAIN FUTURE FOR THIS FACILITY.

UM, IN THAT TIME WE'VE RELEASED RFQ FOR BOTH A, UM, PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DESIGN TEAM AND A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK, BOTH OF WHOM ARE UNDER CONTRACT NOW, UM, STUDIO EIGHT ARCHITECTS IS THE LEAD ARCHITECT FOR THE DESIGN TEAM, AND THERE'LL BE JOINING US ON THE CALL TONIGHT AND BARTLETT COCKE IS OUR CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK.

WHO'S UNDER CONTRACT NOW JUST FOR, UH, PRE-CONSTRUCTION SERVICES.

UH, NEXT TIME PLEASE.

AND AGAIN, FOR THOSE OF YOU, YEAH, AND I'VE BEEN ON THE BOARD FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, THIS MAY BE FAMILIAR, BUT THIS IS JUST A SITE MAP THAT PROVIDES SOME CONTEXT FOR OUR DISCUSSION TONIGHT.

THE EXISTING DOHERTY SITS, UM, AT THE LOCATION OF THE PURPLE ASTERISK ON THIS MAP.

AND THE NEW SITE FOR, UM, THE, TO YARD CENTER IS WITHIN BUTLER SHORES PARK NEAR THE YELLOW ASTERISK.

UM, JUST TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THE USES OF THE SITE, THE THREE LITTLE LEAGUE BALL FIELDS TO THE WESTERN EDGE OF BUTLER SHORES WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE, UM, BY THE SOUTH AUSTIN LITTLE LEAGUE, THE LIMITS OF INSTRUCTION FOR THE DIRTY SIDE ARE REALLY THE TWO AISD SOFTBALL FIELDS THAT ARE ORIENTED IN THAT NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION.

UM, THEY'RE BOUND BY A TUMI ROAD ON THE SOUTH SIDE, BY THE ZACH SCOTT THEATER COMPLEX ON THE EAST, AS WELL AS THE PARDON MAIN OFFICE AND, UH, LADY BIRD LAKE AND THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL TO THE NORTH.

UM, THERE IS A LITTLE RIVERSIDE DRIVE RIGHT AWAY EXTENSION THAT COMES INTO THE SITE ON THE NORTH SIDE AS WELL, WHICH YOU'LL SEE IN THE SCHEMES THAT WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU TONIGHT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO JUST QUICKLY TO REVISIT THAT WHAT LIANA SET UP AS FAR AS CONTEXT THAT WE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THE PREVIOUS DIRECTION FROM CITY COUNCIL AND THE GRAPHIC THAT YOU'RE SEEING ON THIS SCREEN WAS THE CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT SCENARIO FROM THE PLANNING PROCESS AND 2018 AND 2019.

LIKE I MENTIONED THAT THIS WAS REALLY A HIGH LEVEL PLANNING PROCESS TO BE SURE THAT, UM, THIS WAS A SUITABLE LOCATION FOR THE DOHERTY TO BE RELOCATED, UH, IN TERMS OF ITS BUILDING FOOTPRINT AND SOME OF THE, OF VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE SITE WHILE ALSO, YOU KNOW, MAINTAINING THIS, UM, SITE AS A, AS A CULTURAL PARK ASSET FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, SO THE BUTLER SHORES LOCATION WAS APPROVED IN MAY.

AND WITH THAT APPROVAL, THERE WAS AN AMENDMENT THAT WE STUDY SOME ADDITIONAL ALTERNATIVES TO SEE HOW THE BUILDING COULD, UM, COULD ADJUST ON THE SITE IN SOME WAYS.

AND THOSE ARE A NEW ONE THROUGH THREE, AND AS JONATHAN PRESENTS OPTIONS LATER IN THE PRESENTATION, UM, THIS GAMES WILL ALIGN WITH THE DESCRIPTIONS ON THESE NUMBERS, ONE, TWO AND THREE.

SO MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO TRY TO KEEP THOSE IN MIND IF POSSIBLE.

BUT, UM, THE FIRST OPTION IS A SCENARIO IN WHICH THE DOHERTY'S IT'S ON THE SITE AND THE EXISTING PART MAIN OFFICE REMAINS, UM, AS IT IS TODAY.

AND THE PARDON MAIN OFFICE IS SHOWN IN THE BLUE RECTANGLE ON THE, ON THE GRAPHIC YOU'RE SEEING HERE.

UM, THERE'S A SECOND OPTION THAT COUNCIL ASKED US TO STUDY, WHICH WAS THAT A NEW DECK AND A NEW PART OF MAIN OFFICE MIGHT BE REBUILT ON THE SITE.

AND I DID WANT THE CLEAR, THE NEW PART MAIN IS NOT FUNDED.

UM, THE COURTYARD CENTER WAS FUNDED IN THE AMOUNT OF $25 MILLION AND THE 2018 BOND, BUT THE INTEREST AND POTENTIALLY REMOVING OR REBUILDING THE PART MAIN OFFICE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT OUR DEPARTMENT IS FUNDED FOR.

THE THIRD OPTION IS SIMILAR, UH, THAT THE NEW DECK WOULD BE LOCATED ON THE SITE, BUT IT SUPPOSES THAT THE EXISTING CARD MAIN OFFICE IS RELOCATED, UM, OR REMOVED FROM THE SITE ALTOGETHER.

AND AGAIN, THAT'S ANOTHER

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OPTION THAT, UH, OBVIOUSLY OUR DEPARTMENT IS NOT FUNDED FOR, BUT THESE OPTIONS EXPLORE.

AND THE INTEREST IN EXPLORING THESE, UM, CAME FROM A COUPLE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS.

AND I BELIEVE THAT IT, IT WAS PRIMARILY ROOTED IN, UM, REMOVING SOME CONGESTION FROM THE TUMI ROAD SIDE OF THE SITE, AND MAYBE PULLING THE CENTER OF MASS OF THIS DEVELOPMENT NORTH ON THE SIDE, CLOSER TO THE RIVERSIDE DRIVE ENTRANCE.

UM, SO THERE'S DEFINITELY AN INTEREST IN BALANCING THE, UM, VEHICULAR IMPACT TO THE SITE WITH THE ADDITION OF THE DOOR TO THE ARTS CENTER HERE, JUST KNOWING THAT, UM, ESPECIALLY DURING FESTIVAL SEASON AND WHEN THE EVENTS THAT ZACH'S GOT THEATER ARE TAKING PLACE, THERE IS A LOT OF YOUTH IN THIS AREA OF TOWN.

SOME ADDITIONAL DIRECTION WE WERE ASKED TO LOOK AT WAS A CONSOLIDATED PARKING SOLUTION THAT WOULD NOT ONLY MEET THE NEEDS OF THE DOOR OF THE ARTS CENTER, BUT ALSO POTENTIALLY REMOVE SOME EXISTING SURFACE PARKING AND PICK UP SOME OF THE CURRENT NEEDS OF BOTH THE ZAK EIGHT OR COMPLEX.

AND THE ADJOINING PARK USES ON THIS SITE.

UM, YOU MAY BE AWARE THERE'S QUITE A BIT OF SURFACE PARKING THAT SUPPORTS THE, UH, EXISTING BASEBALL FIELDS.

AND SO WE DO HAVE A TRAFFIC ENGINEER AS PART OF OUR TEAM.

THAT'S BEEN STUDYING A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION FOR THIS SITE, UM, A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAILED THAN WE THAN WE INTENDED TO GET INTO TONIGHT, BUT I DID JUST WANT TO MAKE A NOTE THAT WE HAVE A TRAFFIC DEMAND MANAGEMENT PLAN AS A PART OF THIS DESIGN PHASE THAT WE'VE PUT FORWARD ABOUT THE INTEREST IN A PARKING STRUCTURE ON THIS SITE, WE WERE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO LOCATE THAT UNDERGROUND, TO MAXIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF OPEN SPACE ON THE SITE.

AND WE WERE ALSO, UM, DIRECTED SEEK SOME ALTERNATIVE FINANCING MECHANISMS TO DELIVER ON ITEMS LIKE THAT, UM, UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGE, AND ALSO TO SEEK AN INTEREST IN PHILANTHROPIC DONATIONS, UM, FROM THE COMMUNITY.

AND THAT IS A CONVERSATION THAT WE'VE INITIATED WITH THE FRIENDS GROUP OF THE DOOR YARD CENTER, AND WE'VE CONNECTED THEM WITH OUR NONPROFIT PARTNERS TO, UM, BE IN POSITION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN IF INDEED, THAT, UM, INTEREST IS THERE.

AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THE DESIGN PHASE FIVE, PLEASE, I WANTED TO SPEAK TO THE EXISTING PART MAIN OFFICE BECAUSE WE WERE INSTRUCTED TO LOOK AT A FEW SCENARIOS THAT SUPPOSES THAT THIS BUILDING WOULD GO AWAY, UM, FROM THE SITE.

AND THE BUILDING WAS ORIGINALLY CONSTRUCTED IN 1959 AND LATER HAD AN ADDITION BUILT ONTO IT, BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST PERMANENT HOME OF THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IN THE CITY.

AND IT HAS SOME CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE THAT MAKES IT ELIGIBLE FOR CULTURAL AND ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE THAT MAKES IT ELIGIBLE FOR LISTING ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS FACT ALONE IS NOT THE PRIMARY, UM, CONSTRAINT OR CONSIDERATION AS WE WERE PUTTING THESE SCHEMES TOGETHER, BUT WE DID WANT EVERYONE TO BE AWARE THAT, YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO SERVING AS OUR OFFICE, UH, CURRENTLY THERE IS A HISTORIC CONTEXT THAT WE NEED TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION AS WE LOOK AT THESE OPTIONS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS IS A QUICK, A LOT OF THE STAKEHOLDER AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THAT WE'VE DONE IN THIS MOST RECENT PHASE OF DESIGN, UH, THE INTEREST IN, YOU KNOW, STUDYING ADDITIONAL SCENARIOS ON THE SITE, WARRANTED THAT WE MEET AGAIN WITH THE COMMUNITY.

AND, UM, WE HOPE YOU HAVE MANY FORUMS FOR THE CONVERSATION, UM, COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS AND ELECTRONIC SURVEYS, BUT I WANTED TO POINT OUT SPECIFICALLY THE SMALL GROUP MEETINGS THAT WE HELD.

UM, WE REALLY WANTED OUR PROJECT TEAM TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE MEETING WITH ALL OF THIS SPECIFIC STAKEHOLDERS OF THE DECK AND BECAUSE THEIR ARTS PROGRAM IS SO BROAD, THERE'S JUST A WEALTH OF INFORMATION THAT THEY BRING TO THE TABLE ABOUT HOW THE FEEDER AND GALLERY PROGRAMS NEED TO BE ACCESSED, TO OPERATE MOST EFFICIENTLY, UM, HOW THE ART STUDIOS NEED TO OPERATE TO, UM, EXCUSE ME, JUST LOST MY WINDOW, OKAY.

TO DELIVER THE BEST RESULT FOR, FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO THESE SMALL GROUP MEETINGS WERE REALLY INSTRUMENTAL IN, UM, PUTTING OPTIONS THAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT.

AND I JUST WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT EFFORT THAT OUR TEAM WENT TO, TO REALLY