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SO

[CALL TO ORDER]

THIS IS THE MEANING OF THE PERSON, UH, RECREATION BOARD.

IT IS APRIL 27TH, 2021.

WE ARE, I THINK IT'S BEEN A YEAR SINCE WE'VE BEEN MEETING VIA THE WEBEX.

SO WE'LL SEE HOW LONG THAT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN.

SO I'LL GO AHEAD AND JUST SEE WHO IS HERE.

LET'S SEE, UH, VICE-CHAIR FOR OUR SET.

AND IF YOU COULD JUST SAY, I CAN'T SEE EVERYBODY.

SO IF YOU COULD JUST SAY HERE, WHATEVER, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

UH, UH, BOARD MEMBER, BUT DIPLOMA HERE, BOARD MEMBER RINALDI HERE, BOARD MEMBER DECARLO HERE, BOARD MEMBER.

MASON MURPHY.

OKAY.

OR MEMBER FAUST, IR BOARD MEMBER.

UM, MORGAN OR MEMBER LUCA HERE, BOVINE RETAILER HERE AND BOARD MEMBER COTTONS.

CYBIL HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO DID YOU GET THAT? SEND ME, I THINK WE'RE MISSING, UM, VICE CHAIR FOR ASSAULT AND, UH, BOARD MEMBER MORGAN.

YES.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

SURE.

OKAY.

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

SO DO WE HAVE SOME CITIZEN COMMUNICATION? WE DO CHAIR LEWIS.

WE HAVE ADAMS SPARKS ON THE LINE TO ADDRESS YOU IN GENERAL CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

ADAM, IF YOU WANT TO UNMUTE YOURSELF, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

HI THERE.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR TAKING MY CALL TODAY.

MY NAME IS ADAM SPARKS.

I'M WITH THE HANCOCK CONSERVANCY.

WE'RE THE GROUP THAT'S ADVOCATING FOR A FUTURE USE OF HANCOCK GOLF COURSE AS A GREEN SPACE AND PASSIVE PARK.

UH, NOW WHEN THIS PROCESS BEGAN A YEAR AGO, WE THOUGHT WE COULD TAKE WHAT'S THE LEAST UTILIZED GOLF COURSE OF A GOLF COURSE IN AUSTIN AND MAKE IT THE CROWN JEWEL OF AUSTIN PARKS, A 45 ACRE GREEN SPACE FOCUSED ON NATURE, UH, PLACES FOR TRAILS AND, UH, YOU KNOW, UNPLANNED PLAY A WALNUT CREEK RUNS RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF IT.

SO WE'VE BEEN SPENDING A YEAR ADVOCATING FOR THAT AND, AND WE'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF, UH, INTEREST FROM THE COMMUNITY.

NOW I SIGNED UP TO SPEAK.

WHEN WE THOUGHT THAT TODD WAS GOING TO BE PRESENTING, IT LOOKS LIKE THAT'S GOING TO COME UP IN JUNE, BUT I JUST THOUGHT, I'D TAKE A MOMENT HERE TO FILL YOU IN ON WHAT WE'RE DOING.

UH, WE'VE HAD THREE AND A HALF THOUSAND FOLKS SIGN OUR PETITION, UH, INTERESTED IN TURNING HANCOCK INTO A PARK.

AND WHILE WE KNOW THAT THAT KIND OF FUTURE TRANSITIONAL YOUTH, UH, REQUIRES A, A BIG CHANGE AND WE WANT TO BE THERE AS THE COMMUNITY, PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO FUNDRAISE ON BEHALF OF THAT.

RIGHT NOW, WE'RE TRYING TO THINK ABOUT WAYS THAT WE CAN INCREASE THE ECOLOGICAL BENEFIT OF HANCOCK AND PASSIVE PARK USES FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO DON'T PLAY GOLF.

SO ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW, OR REALLY EXCITED IS LOOKING AT WALNUT CREEK.

UH, NOW WE'VE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH WATERSHED AND THE WATERLOO GREENWAY, AND THEY'RE BOTH EXCITED.

AND, UH, THE IDEA OF LETTING WATER CREEK THROUGH HANCOCK BECOME A GROWTH ZONE.

ACCORDING TO WATERSHED PROTECTION, CREEKSIDE RESTORATION PROGRAM.

THIS IS AS MANY OF YOU PROBABLY KNOW A FULLY FUNDED PROGRAM THROUGH KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL WHERE LOCAL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS, SUCH AS OURSELVES CAN HELP, UH, INCREASE THE CREEK SIDE, UH, AREAS ON EITHER SIDE OF WALLET.

WE THINK THIS CAN GO INTO THE CURRENT GOLF COURSE WITHOUT DISRUPTING GOLF PLAY.

IT WILL HAVE LESS MOWING AND WE'LL HAVE NUMEROUS ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS.

AND EVENTUALLY IF THIS LAND DOES BECOME A PARK, THEN YOU COULD PUT A BEAUTIFUL TRAIL ON EITHER SIDE OF WALNUT CREEK AND ALREADY HAVE HAD FIVE, 10 YEARS OF GROWTH OF NATIVE PLANTS.

SO, UH, WE HOPE TO PRESENT BEFORE YOU AGAIN, UH, IN JUNE WHEN PART PRESENTS THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY, BUT I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WHILE WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR A FUTURE USE AS A NEW, AMAZING PARK IN THE CENTER OF BOSTON, WE ALSO WANT TO PROVE OUR PARTNERSHIP TO THE CITY, UH, AS GOOD STEWARDS OF THIS LAND BY TRYING TO IMPROVE THESE, THE GREEN ASPECTS OF THE LAND AND INCREASE ITS USAGE FOR EVERYONE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN.

UH, WITH ME AGAIN, OUR WEBSITE IS IMAGINE HANCOCK PARK.ORG.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YOU CAN EMAIL ME@ADAMEASTBARKSATGMAIL.COM.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO YOU.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO.

THANK YOU, MR. SPARKS.

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO, TO, UM, COMMUNICATE WITH US.

OKAY.

ANY MORE CITIZEN COMMUNICATION SAMMY? NO CHAIR LEWIS.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO MOVING ON

[A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

TO APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES AND HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY HAD TIME TO LOOK AT THE MINUTES AND SEE IF THERE WERE ANY CHANGES AND IF NOT, IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO MOVE TO APPROVE, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

I'LL MOVE TO APPROVE.

OKAY.

SO BOARD MEMBERS

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IS TO APPROVE.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND AND BOLINGBROOK.

COTTON SEIBEL SECONDED.

ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

AND I GUESS BOARD MEMBER.

MASON MURPHY.

CAN YOU JUST SAY, I KNOW SAM GOT TO HAVE AN OFFICIAL COUNT.

OKAY.

IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE NOT GETTING ANY AUDIO OUT OF KATE MURPHY.

IT'S OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

CAN YOU, DO YOU HAVE SOME ODD, CAN YOU FIX YOUR SPEAKER? I THINK THEY CAN HEAR YOU.

UH THEY'RE THERE YOU WERE THERE FOR JUST A SEC.

I'LL WORK ON IT.

YEAH.

WELL, NOW I CAN HEAR YOU NOW.

CAN, CAN WAIT FOR ME.

OKAY.

LET'S FIGURE IT OUT.

OKAY.

PERFECT.

OKAY.

SO

[B.1. Discussion and possible action regarding the Parks and Recreation Department Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget.]

MOVING ON TO NEW BUSINESS, WE HAVE TWO ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

ONE IS DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, FISCAL YEAR, 2021 THROUGH 22 BUDGET.

AND THE OTHER ONE IS DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL FOR THE NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY FOR THE OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE, AND PROGRAMMING FOR KINGSBURY COMMONS WITHIN PEACE DISTRICT PART.

DOES ANYBODY WANT TO PULL EITHER ONE OF THESE ITEMS? YES.

REMEMBER CLINTON SEIBEL.

I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HAVING A BRIEF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY PARTNERSHIP, BECAUSE I WASN'T PRIVY TO THAT DISCUSSION, BUT IT'S IN MY DISTRICT.

GREAT.

OKAY.

PERFECT.

AND AS FAR AS, UM, ITEM ONE, DOES ANYBODY WANT TO PULL THAT FOR DISCUSSION OR SHOULD WE GO AHEAD AND VOTE? ALL RIGHT.

WE CAN GO AHEAD AND, UM, VOTE ON THAT ONE THEN.

UM, BOARD MEMBER, UM, FASTER.

DO YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING BEFORE WE VOTED JUST A BRIEF, ANYTHING ABOUT HOW THE FINANCE COMMITTEE CAME TO THIS DECISION? I CAN'T, I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

SORRY.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, MATT, WITH THE, UM, WITH THE STAFF AND WE'RE ABLE TO VOTE TO RECOMMEND THE FISCAL YEAR OPERATING BUDGET.

AND WE, THEY ALSO RECOMMENDED, UM, THAT THE CITY COUNCIL MAKE ADDITIONAL ALLOCATIONS AND THE OTHER ARE LISTED AS UNDER RESOURCED NEEDS.

UM, AND, AND THE PACKETS, THERE'S, UH, A RECOMMENDATION THAT LISTS SOME OF THE STRATEGIC DIRECTION INITIATIVES THAT ARE BOTH HOLDING THE BUDGET OR THE GOALS OF THE OPERATING BUDGET.

AND IT ALSO ATTACHES THE, UM, JUSTIFICATIONS FOR THE UNDER RESOURCE NEEDS.

AND, UM, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH THAT LANGUAGE A LITTLE BIT AND TO MAKE A PRESENTATION TO COUNCIL, RIGHT.

SO THAT THIS IS THEIR MO MO GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS.

SO WE CAN GO AHEAD AND SINCE NOBODY PULLED IT, WE CAN GO AHEAD AND HAVE A VOTE ON THAT ONE.

ALL, UM, ALL IN FAVOR.

YES.

CHAIRED.

YEAH, I DO NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND.

OKAY.

I WAS JUST THINKING, I THINK I NEED A MOTION.

SO DO, UM, I'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE TO, UM, FOR THE RECOMMENDATION.

AND CAN I HAVE A SECOND I ONE SECOND.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE TWO SECONDS, SO ALL IN FAVOR AND IT IS UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

[B.2. Discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to the City Council for the negotiation and execution of a partnership agreement with Pease Park Conservancy for the operations, maintenance and programming for Kingsbury Commons within Pease District Park.]

SO WE'LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO THE PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY.

AND YOU REMEMBER COTTON? I KNOW.

UM, DID YOU WANT TO HAVE ANY THE PRESENTATION OR DID YOU JUST WANT TO ASK QUESTIONS OR WHAT WAS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BEGIN? I'M WONDERING IF SOMEONE COULD JUST GIVE ME A BRIEF RUNDOWN OF SOME OF THE KEY POINTS THAT WERE DISCUSSED IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THAT TOO.

WE HAVE, UM, CHRIS, COULD CHRISTINE DO THAT FOR US? YES.

HI.

CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME AWESOME.

YES.

THANK YOU.

UH, HI, I'M CHRISTINE TO CANOLA AND I AM WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

I'M THE PARTNERSHIP MANAGER AND I AM IN, IN THE PLANNING DIVISION OF THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE HERE AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

WE HAVE A HEATH RIDDLES, UH, WITH THE PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY AS WELL.

SO, UM, SOUNDS LIKE YOU WANTED SOME, SOME, DID YOU WANT TO JUST KIND OF GO OVER SOME HIGH LEVEL OF THE AGREEMENT OR DO HA DID YOU HAVE SOME PARTICULAR QUESTIONS YOU'D LIKE ME TO ANSWER? I DON'T WANT TO MAKE THIS DRAWN OUT OR ANYTHING, BUT I JUST WONDERED IF THERE WAS ANY DISCUSSION THAT WE SHOULD MAYBE I'LL BE

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PRIVY TO.

AND THEN I DID HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS, BUT I KIND OF WANTED TO LET OTHER PEOPLE TALK FIRST BEFORE I ASK THIS QUESTION.

SURE.

WELL, LET ME, I CAN GO OVER SOME OF THE, UH, KIND OF HIGH-LEVEL PIECES OF THE AGREEMENT AND SOME OF THE DISCUSSION POINTS THAT WITH THIS WE HAD AT THE COMMITTEE, UM, THE AGREEMENT IS, UH, PART OF THE PARTNERSHIP CONFIGURATION, WHICH, UH, DIRECTOR MCNEELY AND I PRESENTED ON A FEW MONTHS BACK.

SO THIS IS THE PARTNERSHIP PIECE PART CONSERVANCY HAS MET THE CRITERIA FOR PARTNERSHIP A AND THEN YOUR BACKUP.

YOU DID SEE KIND OF THE BASE TERMS FOR A PARTNERSHIP, A ORGANIZATION.

UM, SO THE AGREEMENT IS BASED ON THOSE KINDS OF THAT CRITERIA AND THOSE BASE TERMS. AND SO FOR HE'S PARKED CONSERVANCY WILL BE OPERATING AND MAINTAINING AND PROGRAMMING THE PARK, UH, PART WE'LL BE PROVIDING TRAIL MAINTENANCE AND, AND WASTE HAULING AS A PART OF THE AGREEMENT AS IT IS CURRENTLY DRAFTED.

UM, AS A PART OF THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES, PEACE PARK WILL BE, UH, PROVIDING ANNUAL PLANS TO THE PAR DIRECTOR FOR BOTH THE PROGRAMMING, AS WELL AS THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE OF THE PARK.

THOSE PLANS WILL BE PROVIDED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS FOR PART APPROVAL.

THERE WILL BE AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MADE UP OF BOTH PARD STAFF, AS WELL AS PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY STAFF THAT WILL MEET QUARTERLY TO DISCUSS THE PLANS AND IMPLEMENTATION AS WELL AS THE, UH, THE NEXT YEAR'S PLAN BEGIN DRAFTING THE NEXT YEAR'S PLAN.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF COLLABORATION AND ALSO FORMALIZING THAT PARTNERSHIP THROUGH THE AGREEMENT, UH, THROUGH THE PEACE PARKS RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE, AS I MENTIONED TO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THE PARK, THEY WILL PROGRAM THE PARK PROVIDING FREE AND LOW COST AND EVENTS, UH, WITH A NATURE BASED PROGRAMMING, AS WELL AS COLLABORATING WITH COLLABORATING WITH UT AND AISD ON SOME LONG-TERM PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE PARK, THEY WILL MANAGE RENTALS AND PER THE AGREEMENT, ALL REVENUE EARNED UTILIZING THE PARK SPACE WILL GO TOWARDS DIRECTLY TO THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE OF THE PARK.

UM, THEY WILL ALSO MANAGE THE VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT, DID THE DAILY SERVICING OF THE PARK.

SO THAT'S OUR TRASH AND BATHROOMS. UM, THERE IS ANNUAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, AS WELL AS THE ANNUAL CONTRACT DESK REVIEW THAT WILL BE REQUIREMENT PER THE AGREEMENT.

UM, AND I MENTIONED ALREADY, THEY WILL ALSO BE MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

UM, ANY, CAN I, ANY MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT? I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

UM, SO THERE IS A QUARTERLY ADVISOR COMMITTEE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE THINGS I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT WHO WAS OVERSEEING IF THERE DECISIONS MADE ON AN ONGOING BASIS.

UM, MY OTHER QUESTION IS SORT OF MORE GENERAL.

UM, I HAVE A LITTLE CONCERN WITH THESE PARTNERSHIPS.

UM, I KNOW THAT WHEN WE WERE WORKING ON THE POOL, THERE WAS SORT OF A PUSHBACK FROM PARD BECAUSE IF WE HAD HELP FOR ONE POOL THAT OTHER POOLS DIDN'T GET HELP, IT WAS VERY INEQUITABLE.

AND SO I'M WONDERING AS WE DO THESE PARTNERSHIPS, THESE PARTNERSHIPS, HOW, UH, PEACE PARK, WHICH IS IN A, IN A, YOU KNOW, UPPER ECONOMIC AREA OF TOWN, HOW THAT'S GONNA TRANSLATE WHEN WE HAVE THESE OTHER PARKS THAT NEED SOME OF THESE SAME AMENITIES, BUT THAT ONE'S GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION.

SO I GUESS THAT'S ONE OF MY QUESTIONS THROUGH THESE, UH, THROUGH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, THIS ALLOWS FOR PARK CITY FUNDING THEN TO BE ALLOCATED TO PARKS OTHER PARKS.

SO, UH, PARD WOULD NORMALLY BE PROVIDING FUNDING TOWARDS, FOR EXAMPLE, A BRAID, A PLAYSCAPE REPLACEMENT AT PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY, OTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE VISION PLAN THAT WAS ADOPTED BY COUNCIL IN 2014.

AND BECAUSE OF THE FUNDRAISING ON BEHALF OF THE PARK BY PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY, PARDON FUNDING, CITY FUNDING IS ABLE THEN TO BE ALLOCATED TO PARKS, DO NOT HAVE A SITE SPECIFIC NONPROFIT RAISING FUNDS ON BEHALF OF THAT PARK.

SO IF I COULD ALSO, UM, IF I COULD ALSO ADD TO WHAT CHRISTINA SAID, AS I RECALL THE PROPOSAL THAT WAS BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE, UM, UH, BOB AUSTIN POOLS, I THINK WAS THE NAME OF THE GROUP.

AND I APOLOGIZE IF I'VE, IF I'VE GOTTEN THAT NAME WRONG, THAT WAS SPECIFICALLY TO KEEP CERTAIN COOLS OPEN FOR CERTAIN AMOUNTS OF TIME.

AND IT WAS SPECIFIC TO SOME CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND SO THE CONCERN THAT THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAID, THIS IS A DISTRICT PARK, WHICH THEN HAS A DIFFERENT RADIUS, RIGHT? IT HAS A DIFFERENT SERVICE AREA.

IT IS A, IT SERVES MORE INDIVIDUALS.

AND JUST LIKE, UM, JUST LIKE CHRISTINE, IT ALLOWS US TO REALLOCATE.

THERE WAS NO OTHER FUNDS THAT WE COULD HAVE REALLOCATED FOR THE SWIMMING POOLS.

THE PROPOSAL WAS SIMPLY LET US RAISE FUNDS FOR THIS POOL.

AND THEN WE CAN KEEP

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OUR NEIGHBORHOOD POOL OPEN LONGER THAN EVERY OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD POOL.

AND I BELIEVE THAT THAT WAS THE PROPOSAL THAT THE DEPARTMENT PUSHED BACK ON.

NO, I HAVEN'T.

I HAVE TO CLARIFY IT.

THAT WAS NOT PART OF LABASA POOL OF LOVE.

AUSTIN POOLS WAS ABOUT KEEPING ALL THE POOLS OPEN WHEN THERE WAS A, UH, UH, CONSULTANCY THAT CAME IN TO TRY TO CLOSE DOWN 14 OF THE POOLS DIRECTOR.

I'M SORRY TO CORRECT.

CLARIFY THAT.

I THINK WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IS THERE WERE SOME FRIENDS OF POOLS THAT CAME UP AND THAT, THAT WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT, BUT THIS WAS EVEN WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT RAISING MONEY, THAT WOULD BE EQUITABLY EXCHANGED.

AND THEY SAID, NO.

SO I, I WAS JUST WONDERING HOW THAT'S DIFFERENT WITH THESE PARTNERSHIPS AND HOW WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THIS, YOU KNOW, WELL-LOVED PARK PIECE GETS ITS FUNDING, BUT I ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ATTENTION IS SHARED WITH SOME OF THE LESSER KNOWN, YOU KNOW, PARKS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY THAT NEED ATTENTION.

SURE.

SO IF WE GO BACK TO YOUR PROPOSAL ABOUT SWIMMING POOLS, I JUST WANT TO GO ON RECORD AS SAYING IF THAT'S A PROPOSAL THAT THE, UM, THAT A POOL, UH, ENTITY WANTS TO BRING FORWARD, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE ABILITY TO KEEP POOLS OPEN ACROSS THE CITY LONGER.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND SECONDLY, UM, AGAIN, THIS, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO NOW REALLOCATE FUNDS THAT WE USE TO INVEST IN PEACE PARKING TO OTHER LOCATIONS.

AND SO BY WAY OF EXAMPLE, BECAUSE OF THE INVESTMENT THAT HAPPENED HERE AT PEASE PARK, AS FAR AS BOND MONEY GOES, WE WERE ABLE TO REINVEST MONEY IN OTHER LOCATIONS THAT ARE ALSO JUST PARKS THAT ARE NOT IN THIS, THAT ARE NOT, UM, WEST ALIVE, 35, BUT INSTEAD ARE EAST OF TO MAKE SOME ADDITIONAL PARK IMPROVEMENTS AND ANY MONIES THAT WE HAD INVESTED IN PEACE PARK CREATE PRIOR TO THIS, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN TREES OR THOSE SORTS OF THINGS, ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE USED NOW TO MAINTAIN OR TO, UH, TO HELP OPERATE THESE PARK AND I'LL BE REINVESTED SOMEWHERE ELSE, IT CAN BE REALLOCATED ANYWHERE.

AND, UM, SO, SO THE, THAT THE VERY SPECIFIC MISSION OF PEACE PARK, RIGHT, IS FOR PEACE PARK, WHICH IS A DISTRICT PARK.

AND AGAIN, IT HAS A SERVICE AREA THAT IS NOT JUST A NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIFIC, BUT AS IS, UH, SPANS MUCH DIFFERENT.

SO, UM, IT ALLOWS US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REINVEST, BUT IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT FOR THESE PARKS MISSION TO, TO FUND OTHER PARKS.

ALTHOUGH I THINK THAT THERE, AT LEAST IN MY CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY, THEY'RE OPEN TO THOSE SORTS OF CONSIDERATIONS.

I CAN LET FRANKLY I SHOULD PROBABLY LET, UM, PEACE PARK TO SPEAK TO THAT, BUT I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT MY UNDERSTANDING OF THAT THERE, UM, VISION MUNITIONS.

CAN I, CAN I JUST JUMP IN FIRST BEFORE WE HEAR FROM A PEACE PARK? IS THAT POSSIBLE CHAIR? ABSOLUTELY.

YES.

PLEASE GO AHEAD.

I WAS LIKE NOW, UM, YEAH, I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION RELATING TO EQUITY, UH, AT SOMETHING THAT I'VE BEEN REALLY FOLLOWING.

AND I WAS WONDERING WITH, UH, BOARD MATT BOARDMAN OR IN MEMBER COTTON CYBIL, IF THERE'S A FRAMEWORK THAT YOU CURRENTLY ARE FAVORING, LIKE IF IT'S IN RPAS FRAMEWORK OR TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND, ANY OF THE EQUITY FRAMEWORKS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT OUT THERE THAT YOU'VE REVIEWED AND THAT YOU THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT? NO, IT WAS MORE OF A GENERAL QUESTION.

I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT THAT.

THERE'S A LOT OF FOCUS ON THIS AND I SEE A LOT OF REALLY NEAT STUFF GOING ON, BUT IT JUST MAKES ME SAD THAT THERE'S NOT SOME OF THAT STUFF GOING ON AT THE OTHER PARKS.

SO THAT'S WHAT MY QUESTION WAS REGARDING.

OTHER THAN THERE ARE SOME FRAMEWORKS THAT ARE OUT THERE, BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH ANY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS ON BRINGING THOSE FORWARD.

BUT THESE HAVE BEEN VETTED IN HOW WE LOOK AT EQUITY ACROSS THE BOARD, UH, TAKING CONSIDERATION IN, IN OUR CASES, DISTRICT AND METRO, BUT THEN ALSO WE'RE LOOKING INWARDS AS WELL ON, ON HOW WE PROGRAM SPACES, WHICH GROUPS WE REACH OUT TO WHEN WE PROGRAM SPACES AND DO OUR SERVICES AND ENGAGE.

AND, AND THIS ALL IS TO BRING MORE FOLKS OF COLOR INTO OUR PARK SYSTEM.

UM, THAT THERE'S A FANTASTIC EXPERT.

UH, THAT'S OUT OF IT.

I BELIEVE THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, UM, WHO HAS BEEN WORKING IN THIS AREA FOR OVER, I THINK SINCE 1967.

SO HAPPY TO WORK ON IT.

HERE'S WHAT I AM IMPRESSED WITH WHEN TALKING ABOUT PEACE PARK.

UM, I UNDERSTAND THE, THE CHALLENGES AND THE CONCERNS, BECAUSE, BECAUSE OF JUST WHERE IT IS LOCATED, I MEAN, HECK YOU GOT THE STATE REP ONE OF THE STATE REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET.

UM, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PROGRAMMING AND THE MESSAGING AND THE INTENT IT'S OUTWARD FACING, IT'S NOT INWARD FACING.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN REALLY IMPORTANT.

AND FRANKLY I'VE HAD EXPRESSED, UM, THOSE CONCERNS AND HAVE BEEN MET CONSISTENTLY WITH SUPPORT FROM BOTH THE BOARD AND THE LEADERSHIP, UM, OVER THE YEARS, UH, REALLY SINCE MY COMING ON THE BOARD BACK IN 2015.

AND SO JUST FOR AN EXAMPLE

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FOR THE BOARD MEMBERS, UM, YOU KNOW, AND I JUST QUICKLY JUST STARTED A COPY COPYING AND PASTING, YOU KNOW, HILL COUNTRY RIDE FOR AIDS IN APRIL, UH, ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL SIDE, UH, ABOUT TEXAS SKIES AND INFORMED ME FOLKS ON THAT OFFSETTING COSTS RELATING WITH AUSTIN TREE EXPERTS COMING IN, REMOVING DEAD TREES, WORKING WITH THE OTHER ONES FOUNDATION TO HELP DOING CLEAN UP AND DEBRIS, UM, WORKING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT WHILE I'M GONNA GET BACK TO THIS ONE, HAVING THE, YOU KNOW, STARTING THE CONVERSATION LAST SUMMER RELATING TO THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR CONSERVANCY'S MISSION TO RESTORE, ENHANCE, MAINTAIN THIS PUBLIC SPACE FOR SUITABLE USE AND ENJOYMENT OF ALL, AND CANNOT BE TRULY COMPLETE UNTIL RACISM IS ARREST AND ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR FEEL SAFE OUTSIDE.

THESE ARE THINGS I JUST, I HAVEN'T JUST, THEY HAVEN'T BEEN WORDS.

IT JUST I'VE SEEN THEM.

AND THEN YOU HAVE THE ECOLOGY LIKE PEACH PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM, BUT THEN NOT RUNNING AWAY.

AND I THINK THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, NOT RUNNING AWAY FROM THE, THE PATH OF PEACE PARK, THE PAST OF GOVERNOR PEACE AND, YOU KNOW, THE HISTORY.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, BACK IN JULY OF LAST YEAR QUESTION, DO YOU KNOW THAT CULTURAL HISTORY OF PEACE PARK INCLUDES SLAVERY, RIGHT? THE SEGREGATION AND EXCLUSION EAST PARK CONSERVANCY AND AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT HAVE WORKED TO DEVELOP AN INTERPRETIVE KEVIN TURBOT A PLAN TO ACKNOWLEDGE ITS HISTORY AS IMPORTANT TO CREATE A PUBLIC SPACE AS WELCOMING ACCESSIBLE AT ALL.

THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE'RE NOT AS A DEPARTMENT ADDRESSING FULLY.

I THINK WE SHOULD BE.

AND I, AND YOU KNOW, I GOT A QUESTION WHERE THE, SOME OF OUR OTHER PARTNERS ARE AND ADDRESSING THESE REALLY TOUGH CHALLENGES.

SO I DO APPLY THAT THE WORK THAT PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY IS DOING THE LEADERSHIP AND THIS ISN'T, I MEAN, THIS IS JUST, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEM IN THIS STAGE BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT.

IT'S MEANINGFUL FOR ME, UM, THAT THEY HAVEN'T RUN FROM THESE CHALLENGES AND THESE CONVERSATIONS THEY'VE RUN TO THEM.

SO ANYWAYS, I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND I MAKE A, I'M AN OWN THIS POINT PLACE.

I THINK THAT'S ALL VERY HELPFUL.

AND, UM, I THINK PROBABLY, I, I DON'T WANT TO SPEAK FOR BERLIN WERE COTTON.

CYBELE, I'LL SPEAK FOR MYSELF.

I THINK WHAT, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST, UM, NOT ONE OF THE FIRST, BUT THIS IS VERY SIGNIFICANT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS.

THAT PART IS ENTERING AND WE HAVE THE COUNCIL DIRECTION TO PURSUE THESE PARTNERSHIPS.

AND SO I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY, UM, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, THERE'S NO INDICATION THAT PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY ISN'T, YOU KNOW, DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB AND I APPLAUD THEM AS WELL FOR ALL OF THE EFFORTS THAT YOU'VE MENTIONED.

I THINK WHAT, WE'RE, WHAT WE'RE, WHAT I'M INTERESTED IN.

AND, AND THIS IS WHAT YOUR COMMENT BOARD MEMBER DEPALMA WAS IN THE BEGINNING WAS IN MODELS WHERE AS WE MOVE INTO THESE SIGNIFICANT PARTNERSHIPS, WE CAN LOOK AT, UM, SHARING THE WEALTH, SO TO SPEAK AT HOW THESE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE SO ADEPT AT FUNDRAISING.

AND SO ADEPT AT EXPLAINING HOW OUR PARKS CAN BE BETTER UTILIZED AND DEVELOPED AND, AND THE PROGRAMMING, YOU KNOW, IF WE CAN GET THEM TO DO SOME CAPACITY BUILDING OR GET THEM TO DO SOME, SOME FUNDRAISING FOR OTHER PLACES.

I THINK, I THINK IT'S A LITTLE BIT HARD.

I THINK FOR ME TO SAY OUTRIGHT, ALL OF THE MONEY THAT IS RAISED TO DEVELOP THIS PART UNDER THIS VISION PLAN IS MONEY THAT IS NOW SAVED IN THE PART BUDGET AND CAN BE SPENT ON OTHER PARKS.

IT IT'S A, IT'S A, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL ELABORATE SPACE.

UM, IT'S GOT A LOT OF VERY COOL ELEMENTS TO IT, BUT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH JUST CITY MONEY.

AND SO I THINK WHAT WE'RE GETTING AT IS LIKE, I JUST, I DON'T QUITE BUY THAT IT'S IT'S DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR MONEY SAVED.

THAT'S IN THE, IN THE PARK SYSTEM FOR ANOTHER PART, IT'S DEFINITELY MONEY SAVED ON OPERATIONS.

IT'S DEFINITELY MONEY SAVED ON REPLACING THE PLAYGROUND AND, UM, OTHER STRUCTURES AND, AND, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE WITH THE TUTOR COTTAGE.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO PAY FOR ALL OF THAT AND BOND MONEY.

BUT I, I THINK THERE'S JUST AN ELEMENT OF LIKE, AS WE'RE MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS SYSTEM, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST LET'S, LET'S START THINKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN USE THE SYSTEM WE'RE ENGAGING IN TO BENEFIT, UM, PARKS CITY-WIDE.

AND IT DOES JUST SO HAPPEN THAT WE'RE LIKE LOOKING AT THIS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, WE'RE GETTING INTO THE FINISHING UP OF THE WATERLOO PARK, WHICH IS A DIFFERENT STRUCTURE, BUT IT'S ALSO A REALLY ELABORATE

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SYSTEM.

THAT'S A MILE AND A HALF FROM THIS ONE.

UM, AND SO THAT'S WHERE I'M COMING FROM.

I WAS GOING TO RAISE THE SAME POINT.

SHE DID THAT.

I'M HOPE, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT PARTNERSHIP STRUCTURES AND MODELS AND OTHER CITIES.

I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN ABOUT THEM.

I DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC STRUCTURE I CAN RECOMMEND TONIGHT, BUT I DO WANT TO RAISE IT WITH THE DEPARTMENT AND THE REST OF THE BOARD AS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THESE.

YEAH.

I MEAN, WHERE I'M GOING IS TRYING TO GET MORE INFORMATION AS TO IF THERE WAS SOMETHING VERSUS, I MEAN, I THINK THAT THE QUESTION RELATING TO EQUITY HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP A FEW MONTHS NOW.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, OUTSIDE OF JUST HAVING THE CHALLENGE AND THEN GIVING IT TO SO FIGURE IT OUT OR, YOU KNOW, IF IT WAS AN EXTREME SITUATION, LIKE LET'S NOT DO ANYTHING.

AND I KNOW THAT'S NOT IT NOBODY'S SAYING, NOBODY'S SAYING LET'S NOT DO ANYTHING.

UM, YOU KNOW, BUT YOU KNOW, IF THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT THAT WOULD BE THE EXTREME SITUATION.

SO THAT'S WHERE I'M GOING TO SAY, LET'S WORK TOGETHER.

I AM ABSOLUTELY DOING IT.

I MEAN, WE CAN BE HAPPY TO WORK PART OF THIS THING.

UM, IF FOR ALL OUR PARTNERS, NOT JUST PEACE, BUT YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S SHOAL CREEK WATERLOO, UM, AND THEN JUST EVEN THE SPEND THAT MAYBE THE PARKS FOUNDATION DOES AND MAKING SURE THAT DECISIONS ON WHERE THAT MONEY GOES AS AN EQUITABLE LENS TO IT.

SO, UM, OKAY.

NO, HE, EXCUSE ME.

I THINK HE WANTED TO SAY SOMETHING.

SO I'M GONNA LET HIM SAY SOMETHING REALLY QUICKLY.

SURE.

AFTER HE'S DONE A BOARD CHAIR, I'D LIKE TO JUST, UM, ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT THE NUMBER OF FILES AND BOARD MEMBER COTTON CYBIL SAID.

ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY TAKE TOO MUCH TIME.

I, I JUST WANT YOU TO, JUST TO FURTHER ARTICULATE THE CONSERVANCY, OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IN THIS SPACE, I WILL JUST SAY WHAT I'VE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE THAT NOT A SINGLE DECISION IS MADE AT PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY THAT DOES NOT HAVE THIS LENS LAID OVER IT.

HOW IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING HERE, GOING TO MAKE THIS SPACE MORE SAFE, MORE WELCOMING, MORE ACCESSIBLE TO MORE PEOPLE.

HOW IS THE DECISION WE ARE ABOUT TO MAKE GOING TO EXTEND THE SERVICES THAT PART IN THE CITY PROVIDE AND BRING MORE PEOPLE INTO THE SYSTEM AND IT DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH THOSE THINGS.

WE DON'T DO IT.

AND, UH, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARDS TO FUNDRAISING AND HOW SORT OF, YOU KNOW, THIS, THIS CONCEPT OF HOW CAN THE RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL THE BOATS IN THE HARBOR.

IT'S ANOTHER, UH, UH, THING THAT WE ARE ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO.

AND I THINK A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT IS THINGS LIKE, WELL, FOR EXAMPLE, THE PARK SPACE INITIATIVE, YOU KNOW, WHEN, WHEN DESIGNERS CAME TO US AND WANTED TO DO PARK SPACE WITH THE LITTLE, YOU KNOW, THE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE SPRAY PAINTED, UH, GEOMETRIC DESIGNS THAT WERE COVID FRIENDLY, UH, OUR INSISTENCE THAT, UH, OTHER PARKS THAT, THAT AN EAST SIDE PARK, FOR EXAMPLE, UH, BE BROUGHT INTO THAT PLAN IS WHAT LED TO ROID RURAL PARK, UH, BEING INVOLVED AND OUR INVESTMENT IN THAT PROJECT, OUR INVESTMENT OF RESOURCES IS WHAT ALLOWED THAT TO HAPPEN.

I THINK THINKING EVEN MORE BROADLY IN THE FUTURE, THE CONSERVANCY IN, IN OUR SCALING UP TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE, AND THESE PARKS ARE DEVELOPING THINGS LIKE LAND STEWARDSHIP PLANS, RIGHT? TEMPLATES FOR HOW THESE GREEN SPACES CAN BE MANAGED MORE EFFICIENTLY IN THE FUTURE, THAT WE WILL THEN BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH OTHER PARKS WHO DON'T HAVE CONSERVANCIES WITH FRIENDS, GROUPS, AND SMALLER PARKS, UH, WHO MAY BE STRUGGLING, WHO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THESE TYPES OF RESOURCES.

THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE WILL BE ABLE TO BE PASSED ON IN A WAY THAT WILL BE OF GREAT, GREAT BENEFIT TO THE ENTIRE SYSTEM AND TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

SO IF I COULD ADD TO WHAT, WHAT, UM, WHAT HE HAS SAID, AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE, WE'RE NEVER CAUGHT IN THE SEIBEL ON BOARD MEMBER FILES.

I TOOK YOUR QUESTION VERY NARROWLY.

AND, UM, WITH THE, UH, WITH THE WAY THAT BOARD MEMBER FAST WAS ABLE TO EXPAND UPON IT.

I THINK I UNDERSTAND THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT A SINGLE LOCATION AND EQUITY IN A SINGLE LOCATION, BUT IT'S LOOKING AT IT SYSTEM WIDE.

SO I CAN APPRECIATE WHAT IT IS THAT YOU SAID AND WANT TO ADD TO THE COMMENTS IN THAT THE PERSON RECREATION DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZES THAT THERE'S MUCH CAPACITY BUILDING TO, UM, TO HAVE THROUGHOUT OUR SYSTEM, RIGHT? WE HAVE, THAT'S WHY WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL THAT PARTNERSHIP PATHWAYS, RIGHT? CAUSE WE HAVE SOME SMALL, SMALLER ENTITIES OR SOME LESS, UM, ENTITIES THAT KNOW HAVE LESS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT, UH, HOW CONSERVANCIES OR HARD PARTNERSHIPS WORK THAT NEED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HELP THEM BUILD CAPACITY AND ALSO PROBABLY NEED SOURCES FOR FUNDING.

AND SO WE HAVE MULTIPLE PROGRAMS WITHIN THE PARK SYSTEM AND WITHIN THE CITY TO BE ABLE TO HELP GET PEOPLE GOING.

SO WE HAVE THE NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERING PROGRAM.

WE WORK WITH THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION THROUGH, UM, COMMUNITY ACTIVATED PROJECTS THAT ALLOW PEOPLE TO GET A TASTE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO FUNDRAISE.

HOW DO YOU MOVE THROUGH A PROJECT? HOW DO YOU DO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT? AND WE BEGIN TO SLOWLY WITH, REMEMBER WE HAVE JUST CHRISTINE, BUT BEGAN TO SLOWLY HELP BE ABLE TO BUILD CAPACITY SO THAT SMALLER GROUPS CAN BECOME STRONGER AND STRONGER AT

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A TIME WHEN WE WERE NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF COVID.

WE HAD QUARTERLY MEETINGS THAT, UM, WE'LL BE ABLE TO, WE WERE ABLE TO MEET WITH ALL PARTNERS.

WE BROUGHT TOGETHER PROGRAM PARTNERS.

WE BROUGHT TOGETHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT PARTNERS, BIG AND SMALL.

AND WE TALKED ABOUT SUBJECT MATTERS TO HELP AGAIN, BUILD CAPACITY AMONG THOSE PARTNERS.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT ABSOLUTELY CHRISTINE AND I WANT TO BEGIN AGAIN, ONCE COVID IS OVER AND SHARING RESOURCES.

WE THINK THAT SOME OF OUR LARGER PARTNERS JUST LIKE PEACEFUL, JUST LIKE HEATH DESCRIBED WITH PEACE PARK, HAVE MUCH TO OFFER IN THEIR, UM, THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND THEIR SKILL SETS TO BE ABLE TO GUIDE, UM, OUR SMALLER PARTNERSHIPS THROUGH THIS CAPACITY BUILDING.

SO I THINK WHAT I'M HEARING YOU SAY IS, BOY, WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SPREAD THE WEALTH.

AND ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE CAN DO THAT IS TO HELP SMALLER ENTITIES THAT HAVE GREAT VISION AND BE ABLE TO BUILD THEMSELVES INTO SOMETHING LIKE PEACE PARK USING FACEBOOK, PERHAPS AS I KEEP SAYING THAT OUT LOUD, BUT REMEMBER EVERYONE REMEMBERS WAY BACK WHEN THEY STARTED AS PEAS TREES, RIGHT.

AND THEN BUILD THEMSELVES INTO PIECE PARKS.

SO THEY HAD, THEY HAD A MENTOR OR A CAPACITY BUILDING OPPORTUNITY, AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT FOR OTHER ENTITIES.

SO I SEE THE BROADER PICTURE AND I WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY PERHAPS IN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TO TALK ABOUT THOSE KINDS OF STRUCTURES AND HOW WE CAN STRENGTHEN THEM FOR THE ENTIRE PARK SYSTEM.

AND I DO APPRECIATE BOTH OF YOUR QUESTIONS AND THE FACT THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO EXPAND UPON THEM TO ALLOW ME TO BETTER UNDERSTAND IT.

WASN'T JUST ABOUT A SINGLE SPACE, BUT ABOUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM.

SO I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AND APPRECIATE IT.

CAN I, CAN I ALSO, UH, ONE, ONE ITEM THAT WE'RE ALSO DOING AT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IS MEETING WITH FUNDING ENTITIES.

SO MEETING WITH FOUNDATIONS, UM, AS WELL AS TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT, THAT ALSO HAS A DIFFERENT FUNDING MECHANISMS TO MAKE THEM AWARE OF OUR PARTNERSHIP MODEL AND THE DIFFERENT STRUCTURES AND HOW WE PARTNER WITH, YOU KNOW, SMALLER COMMUNITY GROUPS TO NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, TO NEWER NON-PROFIT, UM, TO, YOU KNOW, REALLY SHOW THAT, TO GIVE THEM A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN HOW THEY'RE FUNDING, UM, BECAUSE A LOT OF THAT IS THE FUNDERS WHO ARE MAKING THESE DECISIONS ON WHO TO FUND.

SO WE FELT LIKE HAVING THOSE MEETINGS TO REALLY BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW THE, HOW PART IS WORKING WITH THESE GROUPS AND, UM, HAVING A FEASIBILITY REVIEW AND WORKING THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS FOR COMPLEX PRO PROJECTS, UM, HAS REALLY HELPED TO BRING AWARENESS OF OUR PARTNERS AND THE DIFFERENT MODELS WE HAVE.

THANK YOU.

DOES ANYBODY ELSE WANT TO ADD ANY COMMENTS? I JUST WANT TO, UM, UM, OH, SORRY.

SARAH, DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, IS IT, IS IT ON THIS ISSUE? I HAD SOME SEPARATE QUESTIONS, SO I WASN'T SURE IF WE WERE RIGHT.

NO, I WANTED TO, IF WE COULD.

I, I MEAN, I, LET ME JUST SAY, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN SAID ON THIS WITH EQUITY AND, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT.

I THINK THAT'S, BUT I, I WOULD LIKE TO KIND OF MOVE PAST IT.

I THINK WE'VE MADE THAT POINT AND MOVE ON.

SO, BUT GO AHEAD FOR NUMBER, UM, RINALDI.

YEAH, NO, I, I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I REALLY APPRECIATED, UM, ALL OF THE REALLY GREAT DETAILED QUESTIONS THAT BOARD MEMBER FAUST SENT OVER EMAIL.

I THINK IT'S ALL, THIS IS ALL REALLY GREAT STUFF FOR US TO BE TALKING ABOUT AND HELP TO HELP US UNDERSTAND, UM, HOW THIS WORKS AND WHAT IT'S GONNA LOOK LIKE, UM, AND IMPLEMENTATION.

AND, YOU KNOW, I, I WANT TO JUST SAY THAT, I THINK NOW IS THE TIME TO REALLY BE LEANING INTO THESE, UM, THESE STRUCTURES THAT ALLOW US TO LEVERAGE RESOURCES THAT ARE EXTERNAL TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT ITSELF.

UM, AND KEEP HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW WE CAN DO IT IN A WAY THAT BENEFITS THE ENTIRE PARK SYSTEM.

UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE'RE, I THINK SOMETHING THAT WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE ABOUT IS HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO GET THE RESOURCES JUST TO, UM, YOU KNOW, TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CITY IN TERMS OF ACCESSING PARKS.

AND I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THESE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS AND, UM, AND, YOU KNOW, SEE HOW THEY WORK AND KEEP LEARNING FROM THAT.

SO I THINK NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO BE DOING THAT.

THAT'S TRUE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER FELLS, DID YOU HAVE SOME, SOME QUESTIONS OUTSIDE OF THAT? YES.

AND I SUBMITTED SOME IN WRITING AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE STAFF AND I'M SURE THE CONSERVANCY STAFF ALSO FOR PROVIDING THOSE WRITTEN RESPONSES SO QUICKLY IS VERY HELPFUL.

I DID JUST WANT TO TRY TO GET A LITTLE BIT, UM, FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON EVENTS AND CLOSURES.

UM, IT'S, I'M JUST, I'M TRYING TO, TO, TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE AS TO HOW FREQUENTLY

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IT CAN BE CLOSE TO HER EVENTS, WHAT THE RENTAL POLICIES WILL BE AND WHAT BASICALLY I'M TRYING TO SORT OF ON A BIGGER PICTURE, UNDERSTAND, IS THAT PART OF THE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT THAT'S GOING TO BE EXECUTED OR IS IT SOMETHING, I MEAN, WILL THERE BE LIKE MAXIMUM NUMBERS OF DAYS THAT THINGS CAN BE CLOSED OR USED FOR EVENTS OR IS IT SOMETHING THAT'S JUST REVIEWED AS PART OF THE QUARTERLY COMMITTEE AND JUST AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PARKS DEPARTMENT? UM, I'LL JUST GO OUT AND SAY THERE WAS SOME LANGUAGE YOU GUYS PROVIDED THIS REALLY, UM, I KNOW, I UNDERSTAND IT'S A DRAFT OPERATIONS OR PROGRAMMING DOCUMENT, AND THERE'S LIKE A NARRATIVE PAGE TALKING ABOUT CLOSURES, WHICH I DID READ PRETTY CLOSELY.

AND UNFORTUNATELY I STILL DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND, UM, BECAUSE IT DOES SAY IN OUR PILOT YEAR, FEWER THAN HALF OF THE DAYS WILL ANY TYPE OF CLOSURE IN KINGS, VERY COMMONS AT ALL.

IT'S PROBABLY MOST TO SAY A CRADLE.

AND THEN IT ALSO SAYS THAT, UM, EACH FEATURE OR AREA IS 100% FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, ROUGHLY 330 DAYS OUT OF THE YEAR WITH A PORTION OF THOSE DAYS DEVOTED TO PROGRAMMING BY PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY TRUST IN OUR PARTNERS, THAT'S FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

SO I GUESS THAT MEANS THERE'S 35 DAYS A YEAR THAT IT'LL BE CLOSED OR VENTED.

AND I WANTED TO KNOW LIKE ARE THE 35 DAYS ALL ON WEEKENDS.

UM, AND IT'S, I DON'T KNOW, THERE'S JUST KIND OF A NARRATIVE HERE ABOUT CLOSURES, BUT I WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE WAS ANY LIKE SPECIFICS THAT'LL BE NEGOTIATED IN AGREEMENT.

UM, I THINK WE MENTIONED THIS IN THE ANSWERS, SO THAT WAS ANOTHER QUESTION.

I'M SORRY.

SO YOU REFERRED A COUPLE OF TIMES TO BE AGREEMENT.

OH, WE, WHERE WE PROVIDED THE AGREEMENT IN THE BACKUP.

I DON'T BELIEVE WE DID AGREEMENT IS CURRENTLY UNDER DRAFT AND IT'S BEING NEGOTIATED.

RIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT I THINK, UM, IN THE AGREEMENT THERE, IF VERO FORECLOSURES OF THE PARK OF KINGSBURY COMMENTS, UM, AND THEN THERE IS GOING TO BE FIVE MINIMALLY OPEN, AND I DON'T HAVE THE DEFINITION IN FRONT OF ME, BUT WE DID PROVIDE IT IN THE, THE, UM, IT SAYS MINIMALLY OPEN IS MORE THAN 50% OF THE PARK CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC ONLY AVAILABLE TO TICKETED PATRONS.

SO MINIMALLY OPEN IF I CAN JUMP IN IS LIKE THE NEXT, MOST SEVERE TO LIKE A CLOSURE, RIGHT.

SO WE'LL NEVER HAVE IT COMPLETELY CLOSED.

AND WE'LL ONLY HAVE IT CLOSED AT THE LEVEL BELOW THAT A MAXIMUM OF FIVE TIMES, THOSE SORT OF 30 TIMES THAT YOU'RE SEEING IN THERE, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE ARE, I THINK IT'S, IT'S, IT'S NEXT TO BEING A HUNDRED PERCENT OPEN.

IT'S BASICALLY WHERE WE MAY HAVE A FEATURE WHERE WE ARE CONDUCTING SOME SORT OF A SEMINAR OR A CLASS, OR PERHAPS IT MAY BE RENTED, BUT IT WOULD STILL BE OPEN AND AVAILABLE TO OTHER PEOPLE TO USE AT THE SAME TIME.

SO THERE WOULD BE NO REAL CLOSURE OR, UH, INTERRUPTION IS, WILL THE FACILITIES BE AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL, FOR EVENTS OR JUST FOR PROGRAMMING WHERE IT'S SOME KIND OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY OR A CLASS, BOTH.

I THINK MOST OF THE TIMES WHERE IT'S PROGRAMMING THAT WILL BE OX RIGHT, OR HAR, UM, YOU KNOW, TH THE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EVENTS OR PROGRAMMING WOULD BE THINGS THAT ARE CONDUCTED BY US, BUT THERE WILL BE A LIMITED NUMBER OF TIMES WHERE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE TUTOR COTTAGE, WHICH IS GOING TO BE, YOU KNOW, IT'S CLOSED MOST OF THE TIME ANYWAY, WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR RENT FOR A PRIVATE EVENT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND THAT IS PART OF THE FIVE DAYS THAT IT WOULD BE MINIMALLY OPEN OR PART OF THE 30 TIMES IT WOULD BE HARD.

WELL, SO THAT PARTICULAR FEATURE WOULD, IF IT WERE LIKE, THAT'S NOT CONSIDERED A FULL CLOSURE, IF THAT PARTICULAR FEATURE IS NOT AVAILABLE, FOR EXAMPLE, BECAUSE THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE BARK IS STILL OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE.

AND I DO WANT TO POINT OUT BECAUSE IT WASN'T REALIZED WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT IT.

UH, TODAY, UH, PEACE DISTRICT PARK IS 84 ACRES.

UH, THE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, AND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS FOR THE SEVEN ACRES OF KINGSBURY COMMENTS.

UM, AND SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE, UH, MINIMALLY OPEN FIVE MINUTES LATE, MINIMALLY OPEN, WE'RE ALSO ONLY TALKING ABOUT A COMMENTS.

RIGHT, RIGHT.

SO THERE WOULD ONLY BE FIVE TIMES I CAN KEEP THIS VERY COMMONS

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WOULD BE MINIMALLY OPEN, RIGHT.

THE RESTAURANT.

YEAH.

I, I SORT OF UNDERSTAND.

SO IF I RENTED THE THEATER COTTAGE AND LIKE THE PATIO AREA, THAT'S NEXT TO IT, AND I WANT IT TO HAVE A PARTY THERE.

DOES THAT INCLUDE THE PICNIC TABLES? NO.

NO.

OKAY.

BUT NOT NECESSARILY, YOU WOULD BE AVAIL LIKE YOU WOULD HAVE THE COTTAGE ITSELF AVAILABLE.

YOU WOULD HAVE THE COTTAGE AND THE TERRACE, YOU KNOW, IF YOU WANTED TO RENT, UH, BOTH OF THEM, MOST OF THE AVAILABILITY FOR PRIVATE RENTALS ON THOSE WOULD BE ON WEEKENDS.

AND ALSO IT'S WHAT IF YOU JUST WANT TO HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE PICNIC TABLES, CAN YOU JUST TURN UP OR DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE A RESERVATION THAT FORMAT WOULD BE INLINE WITH WHAT THE SEE CURRENTLY, RIGHT.

THEY ARE RESERVABLE, THEY WERE OBSERVABLE.

THEY HAD MOVED TO RESERVE.

WELL, YEAH.

UM, WELL, I, YEAH, I GUESS, I MEAN, I WAS, UM, ABLE TO SORT OF OBSERVE THE CONSTRUCTION SITE TODAY AND IT LOOKS, IT LOOKS, IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY NICE FOR SURE.

AND I CAN SEE WHERE IT WOULD BE A NICE EVENT SPACE.

UM, AS YOU CAN TELL, I JUST HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT PUBLIC PARKS BEING USED FOR EVENTS.

AND, AND I, I GET THAT.

IT'S JUST THE TUTOR COTTAGE, BUT IT'S PRETTY CLOSE TO THE PLAY AREA.

AND IT JUST, I HOPE THAT IN PILOT YEAR, WE CAN DEFINITELY LOOK AT HOW MUCH CLOSURE THERE IS AND MAKE SURE THAT IT'S, THE PUBLIC SPACE IS ACCESSIBLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

I MEAN, IT IS TRUE.

IT'S A BIG PARK, BUT ALL OF THE PLAY STRUCTURES ARE IN THIS ONE AREA.

UM, I MEAN, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL NATURE OF SPACE AND THE REST OF THE PARK.

THAT'S ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL TO VISIT TOO.

RIGHT.

YOU KNOW, CONCERNS MY CONCERNS AS THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH EVENTS TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE OPERATIONS.

SO MINE'S, MINE'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

I MEAN, THIS IN ORDER TO DO EVERYTHING, THE PROGRAMMING AND THE MAINTENANCE AND THE OPERATIONS AND THE OPERATIONS, IT'S GOING TO REQUIRE SOME SORT OF PROFORMA.

AND SO I'M, THAT'S MY CONCERN.

AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN, WHEN THE BOARD REVIEWS IT IN A YEAR, I HOPE THAT THEY REMEMBER, REMEMBER THAT LENS AS WELL.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND OUR, OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PARK IS AVAILABLE TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS MUCH OF THE TIME AS POSSIBLE.

WE ARE NOT DEPENDING HEAVILY IN OUR INITIAL PILOT YEAR ON ANY SORT OF EARNED REVENUE TO GO, YOU KNOW, TO GENERATE REVENUE, TO, TO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THE PARK.

THAT IS MONEY THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE EARNING.

WE DO HAVE A MODEST, UH, LINE ITEM IN OUR PILOT YEAR, UH, FOR EARNED REVENUE.

THAT WILL BE A RESULT OF THESE.

AGAIN, IT IS OUR INTENTION FIRST AND FOREMOST, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PARK IS AVAILABLE TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS MUCH OF THE TIME AS POSSIBLE.

I MEAN, ONE OF THE THINGS I NOTICED AT THESE EVENTS, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SQUARE FOOTAGE USAGE FOR AN EVENT, YOU GET A HIGHER USAGE OF AUSTINITES THAN YOU DO OTHERWISE.

BUT, UM, BUT THAT'S JUST, THAT'S JUST MY, MY THOUGHT THEN.

AND MANY OF THE EVENTS THAT YOU SEE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE CONSERVANCY WILL LIKELY HAVE AN ANNUAL SORT OF FAMILY FRIENDLY, FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, UH, COMMUNITY EVENT IN THE SPRING.

SO A LOT OF THOSE, UH, SORT OF PARTIAL CLOSURES AND BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AND WE'LL BE EXTENDING SERVICES THAT ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.

OKAY.

WELL, I, I DON'T WANT TO PROLONG THIS DISCUSSION TOO MUCH LONGER.

I JUST WANT TO JUST BRING UP ONE, JUST ONE THING THAT I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS, AND THAT IS, YOU KNOW, YOU DID GET CONCERNED FROM THE PUBLIC.

THE PUBLIC HAS A LEGITIMATE FEAR THAT OUR PUBLIC PARKS ARE GOING TO BE PRIVATIZED.

AND, AND, AND SO I THINK THAT'S, IT IS A FINE LINE THAT YOU HAVE TO WALK TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS YOU'RE LISTENING TO THEM BECAUSE THEY REALLY ARE THE PEOPLE THAT COME AND USE THE PARK ARE THE ONES THAT WE REALLY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT.

AND SO WITH THAT, WITH THE, I KNOW YOU HAVE AN ADVISORY GROUP, BUT I WOULD HOPE THAT THAT WOULD CONSIST OF PEOPLE FROM NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER PEOPLE THAT REALLY ARE VESTED IN, UM, IT'S PARKS AND CARE ABOUT THESE PARKS AND WANT TO BE ABLE TO USE THOSE PARKS AND ALL CLASSIC CAPACITY, BECAUSE, I MEAN, I'M GOING TO BE HONEST.

UM, KEITH, WHEN YOU GUYS WITH YOUR BLUE TREES, UM, WHEN Y'ALL WERE GOING TO DO YOUR BLUE TREE, UM, EVENT, YOU WOULD HEAR FROM PEOPLE THAT WERE UNHAPPY ABOUT THAT, AND THEY DIDN'T FEEL LIKE THEY HAD A VOICE AT THE TABLE TO EXPRESS ANY OF THOSE CONCERNS.

AND I KNOW COMMUNITY OUTREACH IS, CAN BE CHALLENGING SOMETIMES,

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ESPECIALLY IN THE AGE OF COVID, IT WAS ESPECIALLY CHALLENGING, BUT I DO THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO NOT JUST DO THE OUTREACH, BUT TO ENGAGE THESE PEOPLE.

AND SO THAT YOU ARE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE RESENTFUL AND FEEL LIKE THE PARK'S BEING TAKEN OVER BY THE CONSERVANCY.

AND, AND THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO USE IT IN THE CAPACITY.

THEY WANT TO HAVING SAID ALL THAT.

I I'M, I WANT TO JUST BACK UP AND SAY HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALL WHAT YOU'VE DONE AND WHAT YOU'VE PROVIDED FOR THE PARK AND YOUR INVESTMENT IN IT, AND THE WORK THAT EVERYONE ON YOUR STAFF HAS PUT INTO IT.

I DO APPRECIATE THAT, BUT I DO THINK IT, UM, IT JUST BEARS CONSIDERATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT IT'S A VERY INCLUSIVE, UM, ADVISORY GROUP.

SO YOU'RE LISTENING TO AS MANY VOICES AS POSSIBLE.

WELL, I'LL JUST SAY WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.

AND WE TAKE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT VERY SERIOUSLY.

AND EVEN, EVEN ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES, PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS THAT YOU SEE LISTED IN THE CURRENT PROGRAMMING PLAN FOR OUR PILOT YEAR ARE BASED ON EXTENSIVE CONVERSATIONS, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

I MEAN, WE, WE NEVER EVEN TOOK PEN TO PAPER TO BEGIN TO DESIGN A KINGSBURY COMMENTS WITHOUT EXTENSIVE ROUNDS OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, INCLUDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTERPRETIVE PLAN, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAMMING PLAN AND TO THE POINT THAT WAS MADE EARLIER AFTER THIS PILOT YEAR, WE WILL CERTAINLY GO BACK TO THE PUBLIC AND ASK AGAIN, I DON'T THINK YOU CAN DO THAT ENOUGH.

AND IT'S OUR INTENTION TO SET THE HIGHEST BAR, UH, WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND TRYING TO BRING AS MANY PEOPLE TO THE POP-UP, TO THE TABLE AS POSSIBLE TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT THE, UH, PUBLIC NEEDS ARE IN THE SPACE AND HOW WE CAN BEST ADDRESS THEM.

OKAY.

DOES ANYBODY ELSE WANT TO, UM, MAKE ANY COMMENTS? ALL RIGHT.

SO WE WANT TO, DO I HAVE A MOTION ON, DO WE HAVE A RECOMMENDATION? OKAY.

I'LL MAKE THE MOTION TO, UM, RECOMMEND TO CITY COUNCIL FOR THE NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY FOR THE OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE AND PROGRAMMING OF KINGSBURY COMMENTS WITHIN PEACE, UH, DISTRICT PARK.

UH, AND DO, DO WE HAVE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND, SECOND.

AND BY BOARD MEMBER DICARLO AND ALL RIGHT, THEN, THEN WE, UM, WE HAVE A MOTION.

WE CAN GO AHEAD AND VOTE ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED IT'S UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT.

Y'ALL DO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

OKAY.

[B.3. Discussion and possible action regarding election of Parks and Recreation Board Chair and Vice Chair.]

MOVING ON TO THE NON-CONSENT AND DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE ELECTION OF PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD CHAIR, AND VICE-CHAIR IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE WE HAVE TO, UM, GET OUR OFFICERS IN PLACE.

SO, UM, I WILL, I LIKE TO MAKE A NOMINATION.

I LIKE TO NOMINATE DON LEWIS AS OUR, OUR CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

I'LL SECOND THAT, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WELL, WE HAVE THAT COMBINATION AND, UH, ANNA, AS I, UM, I'M REALLY APPRECIATE THAT, BUT LET'S GO AHEAD AND VOTE AND SEE WHETHER, AND THEN I'LL MAKE MY COMMENTS.

SO ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

WHAT ABOUT FOR MYSELF? OPPOSED? THANK YOU.

I DO WANT TO SAY, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

I, THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL BOARD AND I OBVIOUSLY I'M VERY MUCH A, BUT WE ARE A TEAM AND EVERYBODY PULLS THEIR WAY HERE AT NIGHT.

I AM INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR IT.

AS I SAID BEFORE, THIS IS NOT MY, UM, MY LIFE DREAM TO DO THIS FOREVER AND EVER.

SO I DO WANT PEOPLE TO REALLY START THINKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED AT SOME POINT TO, UM, TAKE THE REINS, BUT IN THE MEANTIME WE DO NEED, AND YOU HAVE A VICE CHAIR.

AND SO DO I HAVE A MOTION TO ELECT OUR, UM, UH, VICE CHAIR BOARD MEMBER? TAYLOR, CAN I, CAN I MAKE ANOTHER NOMINATION? OH, DO YOU NEED THE MOTION TO ELECT FIRST? WHICH DEAN? SO, OKAY.

I'D LIKE TO NOMINATE, UM, A BOARD MEMBER OF DIPLOMA TO BE A SURE.

OKAY.

THEN WE HAVE A SECOND.

WE HAVE A SECOND WITH BOARD MEMBER, UM, COUNTING SEIBEL ALL IN FAVOR.

WE HAVE A VICE CHAIR.

CONGRATULATIONS.

UM,

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WHERE MAYBE DIPLOMA, I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE ASKED YOU IF YOU WANTED TO ACCEPT, BUT I, MY ASSUMPTION WAS YES, BUT HOPEFULLY I'M NOT WRONG.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

YEAH, WE'RE HAPPY TO ACCEPT.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, WELL THAT WAS YOU FOR THE BOARD MEMBER, THE BOARD MEMBERS WHO NOMINATED AND SECONDED.

OKAY.

NOW OF COURSE, LET ME JUST, WE ARE MOVING ON.

AND I ACTUALLY, MY, UM, YOU KNOW, HOW I ALWAYS TEND TO HAVE THESE TECHNOLOGICAL ISSUES.

GUESS WHAT I HAVE MY, UM, AGENDA IS NOT MOVING DOWN, BUT I'M PRETTY SURE I LOOKED AT THIS.

I'M PRETTY SURE THE NEXT THING ON THE AGENDA WAS ITEMS FROM BOARD MEMBERS UNDERWEIGHT.

SO I'M GOING TO NEED SOMEBODY TO HELP ME

[B.4. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to the City Council for the adoption of the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural & Genealogy Center Facility Expansion Plan.]

UNTIL I CAN CHAIR.

THE NEXT ITEM IS AGENDA NUMBER FOUR IT'S BEFORE PRESENTATION DISCUSSION POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL OR THE ADOPTION OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON, CARVER WASHINGTON.

CARVER.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB SO FAR AS VICE CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

SO, SO BOARD MEMBERS, WELL, SAMMY WORKS TO BRING OVER THE CONSULTANT TEAM AND THE PLANNING TEAM.

UH, I'M JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT, UM, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH, UM, THE COMMUNITY, WHICH WILL BE OUTLINED IN THIS PARTICULAR PRESENTATION TO BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT, UM, THIS VISION PLAN IS REFLECTIVE OF, OF, UH, WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY, BOTH CULTURALLY AND HISTORICALLY.

AND I'M VERY PLEASED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT, UM, GREG WAS THE LEAD OF STAFF MEMBER FROM THE PLANNING SECTION THAT IS HELP GUIDE THIS.

AND I'M ALSO PLEASED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT LAURA, AS FAR AS, UH, ALLOW THEM TO INTRODUCE THE, THE CONSULTANTS, BUT LAURA ESPARZA, WHO IS THE, UM, DIVISION MANAGER FOR PROGRAMS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR CULTURAL CENTERS IS, IS ALSO, UH, ON THE LINE IN CASE THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PLAYER OR PROGRAMMING AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL HAND IT OVER TO GREG AND LAURA AND THE CONSULTANT TEAM.

THANK YOU, KIMBERLY GOOD EVENING BOARD MEMBERS AND, UH, GREGORY MONTH IS, IS, UH, KIM MENTIONED, UM, I'M WITH THE PERSON REC MINING DIVISION PROJECT MANAGER ON THE CARVER, UH, MUSEUM FACILITY EXPANSION PLAN, UH, AS KIMBERLY POINTED OUT, UH, WE'RE JOINED BY, UH, OTHER STAFF MEMBERS FROM THE PARKS DEPARTMENT OF OUR SPARSER FROM, UH, THE CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION, UH, KERRY ADAMS CURATOR AT THE MUSEUM AND MEGAN ECKARD, WHO IS FROM THE PLANNING DIVISION, ALL WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS PROJECT, UM, AND CONTRIBUTED A LOT TO THIS PROJECT.

UM, I'D ALSO LIKE TO, UH, INTRODUCE OUR, UH, CONSULTANT TEAM, UM, THAT WERE HIRED TO ASSIST WITH THIS PROJECT SPOKEN COMPANY, ARCHITECTS FROM HOUSTON, UM, WERE LED BY TERRY SMITH.

HE'S THE LEAD ARCHITECT ON THIS PROJECT, AS WELL, AS FAR AS WHITE WILLIAM SMITH AND COMPANY WHO SERVE AS THE PROJECT MANAGER ON THIS PROJECT.

WE ALSO HAVE, UH, STEPHEN COLSTON FROM, UH, PERKINSON WELL DESIGN AND PLANNING FIRM, UH, WHO SERVED AS A SUB CONSULTANT ON THIS PROJECT.

UM, CURRENTLY, UH, THIS PROJECTS GOING THROUGH THE APPROVAL PROCESS, WHICH IS WHY WE'RE BEFORE, UH, ALL OF YOU TONIGHT.

UM, AS FAR WE'VE PRESENTED TO A VARIETY OF COMMISSIONS, WE'VE GONE BEFORE THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMISSION LIBRARY COMMISSION DESIGN COMMISSION.

WE ALSO PRESENTED TO THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE AND PRESENTED TO THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR OF ROOSEVELT WEEKS ON HIS EXECUTIVE TEAM.

WE DO PLAN TO GO TO CITY COUNCIL NEXT MONTH FOR FINAL APPROVAL.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, THE PROJECT, UH, HAS BEEN WELL RECEIVED THUS FAR.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO PRESENTING THE PROJECT TO ALL OF YOU TONIGHT WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO HAND IT OVER TO TERRY SMITH AND KNOW THAT, UH, WE ARE AVAILABLE, UH, AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PRESENTATION.

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, TERRY? THANK YOU, GREG.

AND GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

I'M VERY HONORED TO BE HERE AND TO BE WORKING WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN ON THE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER EXPANSION, AS GREG SAID, MY NAME IS TERRY SMITH.

I'M WITH SMITH AND COMPANY ARCHITECTS.

AND, UH, WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CONCLUSION OF THIS PROCESS AND ON TO THE NEXT PHASE, WORKING WITH THE CITY, UH, I'LL GO THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION RATHER BRISKLY AS I'VE DONE SEVERAL OTHER TIMES, AS GREG MENTIONED, UH, I TEND TO WANT TO HIT THE HIGHLIGHTS

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AND GIVE EVERYONE TIME TO ASK QUESTIONS IF WE WANT TO GET INTO FURTHER DETAIL.

SO WITH THAT, LET'S GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AS GREG SAID, UH, THIS HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL PROCESS WORKING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, UM, AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DEPARTMENT WITH SEAT OF AUSTIN FOR ALMOST A YEAR.

NOW, UH, THIS ENTIRE PROCESS HAS BEEN VIRTUAL.

UH, WE'VE NOT HAD ONE IN-PERSON MEETING, WHICH HAS BEEN A VERY, UH, UNIQUE PROCESS FOR ALL OF US, UH, AND A UNIQUE CHALLENGE, BUT WE THINK WE'VE MET AND EXCEEDED THAT CHALLENGE.

UM, WE STARTED ALMOST A YEAR AGO, A LITTLE OVER YOU GO, UH, BY DOING A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF THE EXISTING CARVER BUILDING.

WE HAD SEVERAL SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS, UH, AND THEN WE MOVED ON TO PUT TOGETHER SOME PLANNING CONCEPTS.

WE HAD THREE, UH, PRIMARY COMMUNITY MEETINGS THAT YOU CAN SEE THERE AT THE BOTTOM.

AGAIN, THEY WERE ALL VIRTUAL, UH, BUT, UH, WE DID A VERY GOOD JOB AT SOLICITING COMMENTS FROM THE COMMUNITY IN EACH ONE OF THOSE MEETINGS.

UM, WE JUST, UH, MAYBE, UM, A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO DRAFTED A REPORT WITH PLAN.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE BRINGING FORTH TO YOU ALL TODAY, AS WELL AS TO THE OTHER COMMISSIONS THAT GREG MENTIONED, WE HOPE TO WRAP THIS UP NEXT MONTH WITH A FINAL PRESENTATION TO CITY COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR.

UH, AND THEN WE'LL PUT A BOW ON THIS PLAN AND MOVE FORWARD.

NEXT UP, NEXT SLIDE.

AS I SAID EARLIER, WE'VE HAD A VERY ROBUST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS ON THIS CARVER EXPANSION PLAN.

WE HAD THREE COMMUNITY MEETINGS OR GROUP DISCUSSIONS.

UH, YOU CAN SEE ALL THE SMALL GROUPS THAT WERE, UH, INVOLVED, LISTED THERE ON THE RIGHT.

UM, WE ALSO HAD A TECHNICAL ADVISORY