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FAIR LOUIS.

YES.

IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE A QUORUM.

SO ARE WE GOOD WITH OUR AUDIO AND VISUAL VIDEO AND EVERYTHING HE'S READY TO GO.

SO IF EVERYBODY ON THE SCREEN WOULD LIKE TO DO A REALLY QUICK MIC CHECK, JUST SAY HI, WE SHOULD BE READY TO GO.

I BELIEVE ATX 10 IS GOOD.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THEY JUST ME DO THAT.

SO I WAS A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED DURING MY MIC CHECK AND HELLO, THIS IS KATE.

HEY, THANK YOU, NANCY.

GOOD.

OKAY.

WELL I THINK WE GOT EVERYBODY.

I KNOW THAT, UM, TAYLOR'S GOING TO BE LATE AND I'M NOT SURE WHO ELSE YOU HEARD FROM, UM, SAMMY, BUT LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT TO DO TODAY AND WE NEED TO JUST KEEP THIS ON THE, SO THIS IS TUESDAY,

[CALL TO ORDER]

MAY 25TH.

IT'S 5:32 PM.

AND THIS IS THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD WE'RE MEETING VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE.

SO I'LL GO AHEAD AND CALL RURAL, UM, VICE CHAIR, DIPLOMA, BOARD MEMBER RINALDI, PRESENT BOARD MEMBER DICARLO, PRESENT BOARD MEMBER MASON MURPHY, PRESENT FOR A MEMBER FOR A SET, NOT HERE.

BOARD MEMBER FAUST, PRESENT BOARD MEMBER, BARNARD PRESENT AND BOARD MEMBER, UH, COTTON SEIBEL, CHAIR LEWIS.

I JUST RECEIVED A TEXT.

A BOARD MEMBER CAUGHT HIM IS HAVING SOME STRUGGLES GETTING IN.

SO I'M GOING TO TRY AND WORK WITH HER AND SEE IF WE CAN TROUBLESHOOT THAT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO, UM, WELCOME EVERYBODY.

I HOPE EVERYBODY IS DOING WELL.

AND BEFORE WE GET STARTED WITH, UM, CITIZEN COMMUNICATION, WHICH I'LL PASS OVER TO VICE CHAIR, UM, DIPLOMA, I WANTED TO JUST, UM, WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBER OR MEMBER, UM, NANCY BERNARD, DISTRICT SEVEN.

SO WELCOME NANCY.

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

DO YOU JUST WANT TO TELL US JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF BEFORE WE GET STARTED? SURE.

MY NAME IS NANCY AND, UH, I LIVE IN A DISTRICT SEVEN AND I'M SUPER, SUPER EXCITED TO BE A PART OF THIS BOARD.

I REALLY LOVE OUR PARKS.

I THINK AUSTIN'S REALLY LUCKY BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF, UM, REALLY, REALLY GOOD PARKS AND JUST NATURE.

SO I'M VERY EXCITED TO WORK WITH ALL OF YOU.

THANK YOU.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

WELL WELCOME.

WE'RE REALLY HAPPY THAT YOU'RE HERE AND UM, HOPEFULLY WE, WE, THIS MEETING WENT TO HER FOR YOU AND YOU'LL COME BACK.

SO, UM, I THINK

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

I'LL JUST PASS IT OVER TO, TO VICE, TO, UM, DIPLOMA TO SEE IF WE HAVE ANY CITIZEN COMMUNICATIONS.

GREAT.

WELL, WELL THANK YOU CHAIR.

UM, JUST AS A REMINDER FOR THOSE WHO'VE SIGNED UP VERSUS SINCE COMMUNICATION, IT'S GOING TO BE BY THE AGENDA ITEM AND, AND IF IT IS AN ITEM THAT HAS NOT BEEN POSTED, THE BOARD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO, UH, ASK QUESTIONS OF YOU.

SO WHEN YOU DO NOT HEAR A RESPONSE AFTER YOU HAD MADE A QUESTION OR USED YOUR THREE MINUTES TO DISCUSS YOUR ISSUE, IT'S NOT FOR A LACK OF CARING.

THAT IS WHERE, UM, IN BEING IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT.

SO WITH THAT, DO WE HAVE ANY, UH, ANYBODY WHO SIGNED UP UNDER GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS IS IN COMMUNICATION? YEAH.

VICE CHAIR DIPLOMA.

WE DO.

AND MOST OF OUR INDIVIDUALS ARE ON THE CALL.

UM, OUR FIRST SPEAKER WILL BE MALCOLM YATES, UH, UNDER GENERAL CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

HE HAS A PRESENTATION.

SO GIVE US TWO SECONDS TO GET THAT UPLOADED AND THEN WE'LL HAVE HIM COME ON THE LINE AND HIS THREE MINUTES WE'LL START.

HMM, SOUNDS GOOD.

AND MALCOLM, I HOPE YOU'RE DOING WELL.

WE CAN'T SAY THAT.

THANK YOU.

I'M HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

THE PRESENTATION IS UP AND WE ARE ALL LOOKING AT THE FIRST SCREEN.

SO WITH THAT,

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YOUR, YOUR TIME HAS BEGUN.

THANK YOU.

THIS IS MALCOLM YATES.

I'M A VOLUNTEER INVOLVED IN CLEANING UP PARKS AND SOUTHEAST AUSTIN.

THE FIRST SLIDE, NUMBER ONE, THIS IS A HISTORY OF HOW VOLUNTEERS TRANSFORMED A TRASH DUMP IN, INTO A PARK IN 2016, THE CITY PURCHASED TWO PROPERTIES IN SOUTHEAST AUSTIN TO PROTECT THE HEADWATERS OF COUNTRY CLUB CREEK SLIDE.

NUMBER TWO, THESE PROPERTIES HAD BEEN NEGLECTED FOR YEARS AND MULTIPLE LARGE TRANSIENT CAMPS WERE ESTABLISHED IN THE GREEN BELT.

SLIDE THREE.

THIS IS A PANORAMIC 180 DEGREE PHOTO OF JUST ONE OF THESE CAMPS.

THE NEXT FOUR SLIDES SHOW HOW VOLUNTEERS WORKED FOR FOUR YEARS TO CLEAN UP ALL OF THE TRANSIENT CAMPS IN THE GREEN BELT SLIDE.

NUMBER EIGHT BY 2019, THE ENTIRE GREEN BELT HAD BEEN CLEANED UP AND VOLUNTEERS BUILD A MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL IN THE GREEN BELT.

IN JULY OF 2019, COUNCIL STOPPED ENFORCING THE CAMPING BAN IN PARKS AND GREEN BELTS.

AND THE TRANSIENT CAMPS RETURNED THIS CITY.

COUNCIL ACTION WAS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE GIVEN UP THEIR SATURDAY MORNINGS OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS TO CREATE THIS PARK SLIDE NINE.

THIS IS WHAT THE VOLUNTEERS FOUND WHEN THEY CLEANED UP THE TRANSIENT CAMPS.

THESE CAMPS WERE USED TO DISMANTLE STOLEN BICYCLES, SLIDE 10, A FIRE THAT STARTED IN ONE CAMP IN THE GREENBELT GOT OUT OF CONTROL AND BURNED A LARGE AREA.

SLIDE 11.

THE LOCATION OF THIS FIRE WAS IN AN INACCESSIBLE AREA ABOVE A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD.

IF THE FIRE HAD CONTINUED TO SPREAD, THERE WAS NO WAY TO STOP IT BEFORE IT DESTROYED THE HOUSES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

SLIDE 12 IN MARCH OF 2020, THE JOGGER WAS ATTACKED IN THE GREEN BELT BY A PACK OF DOGS THAT LIVED IN ONE OF THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED TRANSIENT CAMPS.

SLIDE 13.

THIS IS WHAT THE VOLUNTEERS FOUND IN MARCH, 2020 WHEN THEY PARTICIPATED IN THE LAST GREENBELT CLEANUP BEFORE ALL CLEANUPS WERE STOPPED BY THE PANDEMIC.

THIS IS A TOILET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CREEK SLIDE 14.

THIS TOILET WAS LOCATED IN THE HEADWATERS OF THE COUNTRY CLUB CREEK.

THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS LIVE DOWNSTREAM FROM THE APARTMENTS THAT GLIDE IN THE CREEK.

THE CREEK FLOWS THROUGH ROY GUERRERO PARK CHILDREN PLAY IN THIS CREEK.

SLIDE 15, PLEASE RECOMMEND TO CITY COUNCIL TO ENFORCE THE CAMPING BAN IN PARKS AND GREEN BELT CAMPS IN PARKS CREATE PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARDS, PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARDS, WATER, QUALITY, DEGRADATION, AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CRIME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

PERFECT TIMING.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, SAMMY, DO WE HAVE ANY, ANY OTHER SPEAKERS UNDER GENERAL ASSISTANCE COMMUNICATION, VICE CHAIR DIPLOMA? WE DO NOT.

ALL THE REST OF THE SPEAKERS ARE RELATED TO AGENDA ITEM B ONE.

PERFECT.

AND AS PER POLICY WORK OR RULES FOR THE REMOTE MEETINGS, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND TAKE ALL OF THEM RIGHT NOW.

ALL RIGHT.

SOUNDS GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

THIS, THIS, THIS IS RELATING TO, I'M GOING TO GO OUT AND ANNOUNCE WHAT THE AGENDA ITEM IS JUST, AND THEN WE CAN GO BACK TO IT AS A POINT OF DISCUSSION.

SO THIS IS NOT WHERE WE'RE AT IN THE AGENDA, BUT WE'RE GOING TO LIKE CITIZENS' COMMUNICATION IS COMING IN, HAVE TO PROVIDE INPUT AND THOUGHTS RELATING TO AGENDA ITEM B ONE, WHICH IS A NON-CONSENT ITEM, PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR TO APPROVE THE CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY VISION PLAN WITH THAT.

GO AHEAD AND START OFF WITH THIS FIRST SPEAKER.

DO YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES? STEVE, ARE YOU ON THE LINE? AND IF YOU CAN UNMUTE YOURSELF, MR. .

HELLO.

HI, YOU'RE THREE MINUTES.

WE'LL BEGIN.

THANK YOU.

UM, GOOD EVENING BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS STEVE PRAISER AND I LIVE ON WINSOME CREEK IN THE SOUTH AND CHALK AND NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE OF COMMUNITY GARDENS IN THIS AREA, THERE'S VERY LITTLE IN THE WAY OF USABLE PARK SPACE.

THIS DECISION PLAN THAT YOU'RE CONSIDERING TONIGHT, UM, IS MANY YEARS OVERDUE.

IT WAS CALLED FOR

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IN THE 2005 SOUTH CONGRESS COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN.

AND AGAIN, IN 2014 AND THE SOUTH AUSTIN COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN AFTER MUCH PUBLIC INPUT.

SO THIS IS A PARK DEFICIENT PART OF SOUTH AUSTIN.

I FEEL THAT PARENTS WHO LIVE ON ST ELMO'S SHOULDN'T HAVE TO GET IN THEIR CAR AND DRIVE THEIR KIDS UP TO TRAVIS HEIGHTS TO FIND A FUNCTIONAL PARK.

I'M EXCITED THAT WE NOW HAVE AN OUTLINE FOR CHANGING THAT, UM, A WAY FORWARD FOR ENHANCING AND PRESERVING THIS GREAT RESOURCE, THIS CREEK CORRIDOR AND THE OPEN SPACE, LOTS THAT HAVE BEEN SOMETIMES NEGLECTED AND, AND UNDERFUNDED.

AND I'LL CONCLUDE BY THANKING EVERYONE WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PLAN.

MY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHO CAME TO THE MEETINGS ONLINE MEETINGS, MADE COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS.

ALSO THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP, AND STAFF FROM THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND WATERSHED PROTECTION.

I DOUBT IF ANYONE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD CAME AWAY WITH EVERYTHING THEY WANTED, BUT IF THERE'S NOT SOME GIVE AND TAKE AND COMPROMISE, WE'D NEVER BE ABLE TO CREATE A PARK OR GREENBELT AND AUSTIN.

SO THANK YOU BOARD MEMBERS FOR YOUR TIME, AND I URGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS GREATLY NEEDED PARK PLAN FOR SOUTH AUSTIN.

SO WHAT'S THAT? THANK YOU.

OH, I WAS SAYING, THANK YOU, MR. PRATHER FOR SENDING THE EMAIL TO THE BOARD.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

ALONG WITH THE SEDIMENTS EXPRESS WITH THAT.

IS THERE A, UH, ANOTHER SPEAKER SAM, YOU UNDER ITEM B ONE? YES, VICE CHAIR.

AND THIS ONE HAS A PHOTO SLIDESHOW.

SO JUST BEAR WITH US FOR A SECOND WHILE WE GET THAT UPLOADED.

AND THEN, UH, MR. LARRY MURPHY, UM, IF YOU WANT TO LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE ON THE LINE AND GIVE US TWO SECONDS, WE'LL GET YOUR PHOTOS PULLED UP.

HEY, EVERYONE.

LARRY MURPHY HERE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME, MR. MURPHY, GIVE US JUST A SECOND BEFORE YOU START YOUR COMMENTS SO WE CAN GET THE TIMER GOING AND THANK YOU FOR SENDING THE LINK EARLIER RELATING TO THESE PHOTOS.

GIVE US JUST A SECOND.

IT'S TAKEN A MINUTE WITH ALL OF THE PHOTOS.

TEN FOUR STANDBY.

MR. MURPHY, WE ARE READY.

WE'LL JUST END UP ADVANCING THE SLIDES BECAUSE WE CAN GET THE SLIDE.

SO SLIDESHOW FUNCTION TO WORK.

SO IF YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN, WE WILL START THE TIMER HERE AT CITY HALL.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

YES, LARRY MURPHY HERE.

THANK YOU.

PARKS BOARD MEMBERS.

UH, THANK YOU, COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

HEY, THANK YOU, MALCOLM.

I WAS PRESENT AT A COUPLE OF THOSE, UH, COUNTRY CLUB, UH, CREEK CLEANUP.

UM, SO THANK YOU, MALCOLM, FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE.

UH, COUNTRY CLUB CREEK IS A RESOURCE NOW THAT WE'VE GOT THE PARKS BOARD ON, WE NEED TO FIX THAT SITUATION

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OVER THERE AT COUNTRY CLUB CREEK.

HELLO, AND WE NEED A BRIDGE BACK.

I MEAN, WE'VE HAD THE ACCESS NOW HAD LACK OF ACCESS FOR EIGHT OR NINE YEARS OVER THERE AT ROY GUERRERO PARK, BUT, UH, THANK YOU ALL FOR, FOR WHAT WE DO.

AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP, UM, FOR A VERY NICE SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATION, SOME VERY NICE PHOTOS, HIGHLY MARKETABLE, UH, VISION PLAN.

THAT BEING SAID IT IS ENTIRELY BASED IN VIRTUALITY.

UH, WE DID NOT REALLY HAVE AUTHENTIC PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, PUBLIC INPUT.

WE DIDN'T REALLY INCLUDE, UM, ALL OF OUR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND THE WORK OF OUR COMMUNITY AS STEVE PRATER, UH, REFERENCED GOING BACK TO THE COMBINED SOUTH AUSTIN NEIGHBOR, SOUTH AUSTIN NEIGHBOR, COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING PROCESS, UM, GOING BACK TO ADVOCACY WITHIN A BICYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL AND THE MADISON, THE BICYCLE MASTER PLAN FOR WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENBELT.

OUR VISION FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

THAT'S BEEN REFERENCED BY MANY PEOPLE MULTIPLE TIMES IS A CONNECTED TRAIL, A NATURAL SURFACE TRAIL, OR PERHAPS A NATIVE MULCH SURFACE TRAIL THAT CONNECTS WILLIAMSON CREEK.

THAT POSSIBILITY FROM THE Y AND OAK HILL THROUGH SOUTH AUSTIN, DOWN TO OUR STATE PARK IN OUR URBAN AREA, MCKINNEY FALLS, STATE PARK AND ON THROUGH DEL VALLEY AND THROUGH THE COUNTY PARK TO OUR COLORADO RIVER.

AND BEYOND THIS TRAIL IN THE GREENBELT SOMEHOW GOT CONFUSED AND WRAPPED INTO A GREENWAY VISION PROCESS BY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS AND THE COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP.

AND THE INTERESTING THING IS THESE PEOPLE AREN'T FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND THEY DON'T REALLY KNOW WILLIAMSON CREEK.

SO RATHER THAN A DEAL ON THE, ON THE SLICK PICTURES AND THE SLICK PRESENTATIONS, MY PICTURE IS FOCUSED ON THE ACTUAL REALITY RIGHT NOW OF OUR WILLIAMSON CREEK.

IF YOU NOTICE THESE PICTURES, IT'S DISCOURAGING, THERE ARE SOME STOLEN BICYCLES GOING BY RIGHT NOW THAT BIKE WAS STOLEN FROM LA FITNESS ON SOUTH LAMAR.

NEXT DAY, I PHOTOGRAPHED IT IN THESE CAMPS.

THERE'S SOME OF THE TRASH.

YOU SEE THAT THAT IS HOW OUR WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAS LEFT WILLIAMSON CREEK.

THERE'S AN OPEN AIR LATRINE TRAIN RIGHT THERE ON THE CREEK.

THERE'S TOILET PAPER AND HUMAN FECES, THE COUNTRY DFA, UM, WHERE I'M GOING WITH THAT IS I'VE BEEN A LONG-TIME COMMUNITY ADVOCATE.

FATHER PARENTS RAISED MY CHILDREN HERE, BORN HERE, LIFELONG, TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE EMPLOYEE WORKED FOR CITY OF AUSTIN, NATURE TRAILS, NATURE TRAILS, NATURE TRAILS, AND PUBLIC ACCESS IS WHAT I BELIEVE IN MY CHILD, NOAH, UM, USED WAVES AND CREEK TO SAFELY GET TO SMALL MIDDLE-SCHOOL BECAUSE OF INCREASING PRESSURE, GENTRIFICATION AND REDEVELOPMENT PRESSURE.

IN OUR AREA OF SOUTH BOSTON, OUR SCHOOLS HAVE COLLAPSED FROM AUSTIN SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM LACK OF PLANNING, FROM LACK OF COORDINATING WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN THAT CARED FOR THE COMMUNITY, NO CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY THAT ACTUALLY LIVES HERE.

RIGHT? WE'VE BEEN NEGLECTED, HARASSED, BUT MISERABLY, THEY WATERSHED YOU HIT.

YEAH, YOU YOU'VE HIT YOUR, YOU JUST WENT A LITTLE OVER THREE AT THREE OR THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

BUT WHERE I'M GOING WITH THIS, WE WANT A NATURAL SURFACE TRAIL.

WE WANT OUR CREEK CLEANED UP.

WE DON'T WANT YOUR MOUNTS.

I MEAN, WE WANT BICYCLE TRAILS FOR OUR PEOPLE.

WE NEED A CLEAN CREEK.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

I'M GOING TO POSE THE PLAN.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, SAMMY, DO WE HAVE THE NEXT SPEAKER? WE SURE DO.

JESSICA SAGER IS ON THE LINE, JESSICA, IF YOU'LL UNMUTE YOURSELF AND, UH, WE'LL START THE TIMER HERE AT CITY HALL.

OKAY.

OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS JEFFREY FAGER FAGER.

THANK YOU FOR LETTING US SPEAK ABOUT THIS PLAN.

I AM THE FOUNDER OF HEARTLAND COMMUNITY GARDEN.

I BACK UP UNTIL WILLIAMSON CREEK ALSO AND FOUNDED THE FIRST, UH, COMMUNITY GARDEN IN ON WATERSHED ON 25 YEARS WATERSHED PROPERTY.

AND I'M SPEAKING UP IN SUPPORT OF THE VISION PLAN AND THE COMMUNITY WORK THAT WE DID TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY.

UM, I LIVED IN MY HEARTWOOD AREA.

WE, I PERSONALLY PUT OUT LOTS OF FLYERS, UM, DIRECTING PEOPLE TO JOIN, TO GET INPUT, UM, SHARED IT WITH ME, HAD POPUPS AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN AND ON BEHALF OF THE WHOLE WORKING GROUP THAT KNOCK TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY AND GET THEIR INPUT.

AND ABSOLUTELY WE CAN'T GET EVERY, LIKE I WOULD LOVE A LOT OF THINGS AND I WOULD LOVE A NATURAL TRAIL.

UM, SO NOT THAT I DON'T WANT THAT, BUT I THINK THAT THIS VISION PLAN IS A REALLY GREAT STEP IN, UM, SHOWING WHAT OUR VISION IS FOR THIS AREA.

UM, AS STEVE SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, IT IT'S REALLY PARKED DEFICIENT PART OF SOUTH AUSTIN, UM, AND THAT THIS IS GREATLY NEEDED IN OUR AREA.

SO ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS VISION PLAN, IT WAS DO THEY WELL FACILITATED FOR A LONG-TERM COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS DURING VERY TREACHEROUS TIMES, YOU KNOW, VERY TRYING TIMES OF COVID.

UM, AND SO IT, IT DOES TAKE IN A LOT OF INPUT FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT IDEAS.

UM, SO

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WE'VE CREATED A REALLY BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF IT.

AND I THINK THAT THERE'S A LOT OF POTENTIAL, UM, FOR OUR SPACE BECAUSE OF THIS PLAN.

SO I HOPE YOU SUPPORT IT.

THANK YOU.

GREAT.

THANK YOU, MS. SAGER, DO WE HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS? OKAY.

YES, WE HAVE TWO MORE.

ANNA PATALA ARE YOU ON THE LINE? ANA PATALA YES.

OH, GOOD.

YEAH.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

MA'AM HERE THREE MINUTES.

WE'LL START RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

GOOD EVENING.

BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS ANA PATELLA AND I'M A NATIVE AUSTINITE AND HAVE LIVED IN THE SHOP WOOD NEIGHBORHOOD FOR OVER 20 YEARS IN SOUTH AUSTIN FOR OVER 50 YEARS.

I'M A MEMBER OF THE WILLIAMSON CREEK WORKING GROUP AND HIGH HOPES FOR THIS PROJECT.

IN THE BEGINNING, I'VE SHARED A YOUTUBE VIDEO WITH A BOARD THAT EXEMPLIFIES MY NEIGHBOR SENTIMENT ABOUT OUR BELOVED WILLIAMSON CREEK.

AS YOU CAN HEAR IN THE VIDEO, EVERYONE SHARED THEIR LOVE OF ITS NATURAL STATE.

I'D RECENTLY HEARD FROM MULTIPLE NEIGHBORS THAT FEEL THAT THEY SHOULD SURRENDER TO MAJORITY ROLE AND FILL OUT, VOTED IN THE DIRECTION THAT THIS MASTER PLAN IS TAKEN.

THIS IS A FALSE REALITY BECAUSE THIS OUTREACH FAILED.

THIS IS WHERE I FELT AS A MEMBER OF THE WORKING GROUP AND WHERE THE PROFESSIONALS COMMUNITY POWER WORKSHOP FAILED OUR WORKING GROUP.

THE MAJORITY OF THE NEIGHBORS THAT WILL BE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THIS MASTER PLAN WERE NEVER CONTACTED COMMUNITY POWER WORKSHOP PUBLISHED IN THE MAY 20TH NEWSLETTER, THE QUANTITY OF COMMENTS AND VOTES.

THESE NUMBERS ARE MISLEADING.

WHAT IS MISSING FROM THESE STATEMENTS IS THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED NOT THE NUMBER OF COMMENTS.

I WOULD LIKE THE BOARD TO ASK COMMUNITY POD WORKSHOP.

HOW MANY ACTUAL NEIGHBORS PARTICIPATED IN TOTAL? NOT HOW MANY TIMES ONE PERSON COMMENTED, NOT HOW MANY TIMES ONE PERSON ATTENDED.

NOW, HOW MANY TIMES ONE PERSON VOTED.

I GUARANTEE YOU, IT IS NOWHERE CLOSE TO THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTS, WHICH IS THREE 30, 1,400 AND THE 2010 CENSUS TRACK THE TOUCH, THE SCOPE OF THIS MASTER PLAN.

I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO DO THE NUMBERS BASED ON THEIR ANSWER, TO DETERMINE THE PERCENTAGE OF NEIGHBORS WHO WERE CONTACTED AND MUCH LESS ENGAGED IN THIS PROCESS.

I JOINED THIS WORKING GROUP WITH LITTLE EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND DEPENDED ON COMMUNITY PROUD WORKSHOP TO LEAD US, TO TRAIN US AND TO SHARE HOW TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY.

WE FAILED THIS TASK.

OUR WORKING GROUP WAS GIVEN THE TASK OF PUTTING OUT DOOR HANGERS, BUT NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TO MAKE A DENT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

WE NEVER SENT OUT POSTCARDS TO THE NEIGHBORS IN THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS.

WE NEVER CONTACTED THE AMERICAN STATEMENTS.

WE NEVER CONTACTED THE CHRONICLE.

WE NEVER CONTACTED THE LOCAL NEWS STATIONS.

THE ONLY MERYL OUT I'M AWARE OF HAPPENED ON FRIDAY, APRIL 22ND TO CHURCH'S APARTMENT COMPLEXES IN SOME COMMUNITY GROUPS WITH AN INVITATION TO THE THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH, LAST ZOOM COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, MIND YOU, THE CHURCHES WOULD HAVE RECEIVED IT TOO LATE TO SHARE WITH THEIR CONGREGATIONS.

THEN THE ZOOM MEETING WAS CANCELED, CITING SAFETY IN A VIRTUAL MEETING, DESPITE THE FACT THAT IF THERE WERE ANY ISSUES, THE MUTE BUTTON COULD HAVE BEEN USED AND PEOPLE COULD HAVE BEEN KICKED OUT OF THE ZOOM CALL.

ONLY THE NEIGHBORS HAD SIGNED UP FOR THE CANCEL MEETING, WHEREVER REACHED OUT TO AGAIN FOR AN INTIMATE, PRIVATE ZOOM MAKE-UP MEETING BY COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP.

I'D LIKE TO BRING YOU BACK TO THE ANIMATION THAT I SHARED WITH YOU.

MY NEIGHBORS SHARES THE WILD NATURE OF OUR CREEK AND TO QUOTE THE SANCTITY OF MY BACKYARD, THIS MASTER PLAN, TURNING OUR GREENBELT INTO A GREENWAY DOES NOT REFLECT WHAT OUR NEIGHBORS CHERISH.

IF THEIR VOICES HAVE BEEN HEARD, THIS MASTER PLAN WOULD HAVE LOOKED VERY DIFFERENT.

IT SADDENS ME, BUT I CAN NO LONGER SUPPORT THIS MASTER PLAN AS IT IS WRITTEN WITHOUT THE VOICES OF MY NEIGHBORS.

IT DOES NOT RESPECT IT, BUT STEWARDSHIP THIS OUT TO AUSTIN IS BUILT ON.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

RIGHT.

AND THEN WE'LL HEAR FROM OUR LAST SPEAKER.

YES.

VICE CHAIR.

UH, MARY OLMSTED IS ON THE LINE.

SHE WILL BE ADDRESSING YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL REGISTERED SPEAKER, AND I BELIEVE THAT SHE WANTS TO SHARE A VIDEO.

SO GIVE US TWO SECONDS TO PULL UP THAT VIDEO AND IT DOES RUN 18 SECONDS OVER.

WE'RE TRYING TO, UH, GET THAT AS CLOSE TO THREE MINUTES AS POSSIBLE.

MARY.

UM, IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE, UH, PLEASE GO AHEAD AND UNMUTE YOURSELF.

IF NOT, WE WILL JUST START THE VIDEO.

OKAY.

FIRST OF ALL, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

UM, SO I ASKED YOU AS MY THREE MINUTES TO SHOW THIS ANIMATED VIDEO THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER FOR THE WILLIAMSON CREEK, UH, WORKING GROUP VISION PLAN.

UH, MANY OF US FELT IT WAS, UH, THE, THE JEWEL, CAUSE IT REALLY REFLECTS THE LOVE AND THE WARMTH THAT THE COMMUNITY FEELS FOR OUR TRAITS.

SO WE DID MAKE A LOT OF MISTAKES ALONG THE WAY.

WE DID THE BEST JOB WE COULD GIVEN THE INFORMATION WE HAD OUTREACH WASN'T QUITE ENOUGH, BUT, UM, PLEASE ENJOY THIS VIDEO.

UM, THE LEVEL OF COMMUNITY

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SHINE THROUGH IN IT.

THANK YOU.

NO, I'VE BEEN LIVING FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS.

I'VE ALWAYS ENJOYED BIRDS.

MY FATHER WAS A BIRD, MY GRANDMOTHER, SHE KNEW HER BIRD WHEN I SEE SOMETHING AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS.

I TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS.

WE HAVE LINEAR CRITTERS ON BACK.

WILLIAMSON CREEK RUNS IN A WEST TO EAST DIRECTION.

SO ESSENTIALLY WE HAVE A HIGHWAY FOR WILDLIFE.

IT'S LIKE HAVING A LITTLE PARK IN SYDNEY AND I COME HOME STATE PARK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY, YOU KNOW, BEHIND MY HOUSE, WE FISH DOWN THERE AS KIDS.

WE COULD JUMP OFF THE ROCKS INTO THE WATER, REAL DOG PADDLE IN THE RAPIDS WHEN WE HAD A GOOD RAIN AND I'LL BE LOOKING AT MY BROTHER, HIS HEAD STICKING UP, BUT IT WAS KIND OF, WELL, I LIVED IN NEXT WEEK.

IF THIS CHILD, ALL THE KIDS ON THE BLOCK AND PRETTY MUCH STARTING DIRECTLY AFTER THEY PUT IN THE SEWAGE SYSTEM, NO CREEK COMPLETELY DIE.

AT THAT TIME, IT WAS JUST FULL OF TRASH WASHING MACHINE CARS, BICYCLE PARTS, TIRES, THE STOLEN VEHICLES AND APPLIANCES THAT HAD BEEN THROWN IN THE CREEK OVER THE YEARS AT ALL, FORMED A DAM.

WELL THAT SNAPPED HURRICANE CAME THROUGH AUSTIN AND A WALL OF WATER CAME HIGH ENOUGH UP TO FLOOD THE HOUSES AND SOMEONE ORGANIZED A CLEAN SWEEP CREEK CLEANUP.

THAT WAS THE START OF TRYING TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A CREEK AGAIN, IMPROVING ANY PARK IS JUST A MATTER OF INVOLVING YOUR NEIGHBORS.

AND WE GOT TWO TONS WHERE THE TRASH OUT OF THE CREEK, AFTER THAT INITIAL CLEANUP, YOU START TO NOTICE THE BIRDS AND THEN YOU'RE NOTICING COYOTES AND WE'VE SEEN EAGLES, CHICKADEES CARDINAL, GREAT BLUE HERONS, LESTER BLUE, HERONS GREEN HERONS, NOT TO MENTION THE TURTLE, GETTING WISE TO THE FACT THAT THERE'S NEED FOR NATURAL SURROUNDINGS.

YOU KNOW, WHAT IS IT THAT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WANTS? THERE'S NO QUESTION ON, ON NICE DAYS.

WE WOULD CERTAINLY TAKE THE STUDENTS DOWN THERE AND A COUPLE ACOUSTIC GUITARS AND GO AND USE IT MORE.

I ACTUALLY AM PROBABLY OVERDUE FOR A WALK DOWN THERE, A PLACE WHERE I SAFELY FELT LIKE I COULD SAY, HEY BOYS, GO RUN TWO LAPS.

BEFORE YOU COME BACK FOR DINNER.

IT'S A, IT'S A TREASURE RUNNING THROUGH SOUTH AUSTIN AND WE'RE HOPING MORE PEOPLE WILL BECOME AWARE OF IT AND LOVE ON IT AND USE IT ANYTIME SOON.

SANCTITY OF MY BACKYARD TO ME.

THAT'S THAT WAS TIMESHARE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, CHAIR.

I DON'T BELIEVE WE HAVE ANY FURTHER INDIVIDUALS VERSUS THIS COMMUNICATION.

OKAY.

WELL THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR SPENDING THE TIME TO COME SHARE WITH US, WE REALLY WERE VERY GRATEFUL.

OKAY.

SO BEFORE WE MOVE

[A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ON TO THAT PLAN, WE DO NEED TO, UM, LOOK AT APPROVE THE MINUTES.

SO HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY HAS SOME TIME TO LOOK AT THE MINUTES AND SEE IF THERE WERE ANY CHANGES, NOT IF I COULD GET A MOTION TO APPROVE.

THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER RENALDI.

THANK YOU.

SO I HAVE, UM, BOARD MEMBER RINALDI MOVES TO APPROVE.

DO I HAVE A SECOND OR MEMBER? UM, CAPTAIN SEIBEL.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AND I KNOW SAMMY NEEDS YOU TO, I THINK EVERYBODY HAS THEIR VIDEO ON JUST RAISE YOUR HAND.

I THINK WE'RE GOOD.

SO WE ARE UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON

[B.1. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Department Director to approve the Central Williamson Creek Greenway Vision Plan.]

TO THE NEW BUSINESS AND, UM, THE FIRST ITEM IS, UH, THE PRESENTATION DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR TO APPROVE THE CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY VISION PLAN.

AND WE HAVE, UM, CLAIRE EDELMAN, HEATH, I BELIEVE, AND, AND HER TEAM CHAIR LEWIS GIVE US TWO SECONDS.

WE GOT A BIG GROUP OF PEOPLE.

WE GOT TO MOVE OVER.

OKAY.

SO FORTH.

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CAN WE CHECK THAT? UM, MARY IS ON, SHE WAS HAVING TROUBLE CONNECTING TO, UM, A WEBEX, BUT SHE TRIED CALLING IN AND SHE, UH, WAS ON CITIZENS COMMUNICATIONS BEFORE MARY, ARE YOU ABLE TO CONNECT STILL? UM, I'M STILL HERE.

OKAY.

AWESOME.

AUDIO.

YEAH.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

I THINK WE'VE GOT EVERYBODY AT LEAST TO GET STARTED.

WE MAY HAVE TO BRING SOME PEOPLE OVER, UH, WHEN IT'S THE QUESTION TIME AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION, RIGHT? THANK YOU.

AND JUST, IF YOU COULD PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF WHEN YOU SPEAK, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

GOOD EVENING.

BOARD MEMBERS, GOOD EVENING.

BOARD MEMBERS.

I'M GREG MONTES WITH PARK PLANNING AND A MEMBER OF THE CITY WORKING GROUP OR THE CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY VISION PLAN.

WE'RE EXCITED TO BRING THIS COMMUNITY LED VISION PLAN BEFORE THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD, AS IT HIGHLIGHTS A COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY NATURE CONSERVANCY IN OUR WORKSHOP TO KURT ROBINSON AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT'S WORTH MENTIONING THAT THE PLAN SUPPORTS SEVERAL PART LONG RANGE PLAN STRATEGIES, SUCH AS ENSURING PARKS ACT AS A RELIEF FROM URBAN LIFE, EXPANDING AND IMPROVING PARK ACCESS FOR ALL.

AND ALIGNING PROGRAMS WITH COMMUNITY INTEREST PLAN ALSO SUPPORTS ONE OF OUR CITY'S SIX PRIORITY STRATEGIC OUTCOMES, THE HEALTH ENVIRONMENT, WHICH STATES THAT EVERY AUSTINITES SHOULD ENJOY A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTHY LIFE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY.

LASTLY, THE PLAN ALIGNS WITH THREE COUNCIL APPROVED SOUTH AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD PLANS, ALL OF WHICH ACKNOWLEDGE WILLIAMSON CREEK AS A PRIORITY AREA FOR TRAILS AND ENHANCING ACCESS TO THE GREENBELT.

SO AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE KATIE COIN WITH AS A CORE ROBINSON TO SAY A FEW WORKS.

THANKS GREG.

HELLO EVERYONE.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME TO HEAR FROM US TODAY.

IT'S NICE TO SEE A COUPLE OF FAMILIAR FACES.

MY NAME IS KATIE COIN.

I LEAD AN AWARD-WINNING PRACTICE THAT OFTEN OCCURRED AT ROBINSON CALLED THE URBAN ECOLOGY STUDIO.

WE'RE KNOWN FOR DOING EQUITY DRIVEN PLANNING AND DESIGN WORK.

I'VE SERVED AS PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE ON BEHALF OF OSCAR ROBINSON ON HIS PROJECT AND HAVE OVERSEEN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PLAN WITH MY COLLEAGUES FROM START TO FINISH.

I REALLY COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF MY STAFF'S WORK AND THE WORK OF COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP AND THE WORK OF COUNTLESS COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND TECHNICAL ADVISORS EACH AND EVERY PERSON INVOLVED HAS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HONOR THE POSSIBILITY IN THIS PLACE.

THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE PARKS PLAN BUILDING ON YEARS OF COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS.

THIS PLAN INTEGRATES ECOLOGICAL THINKING ALONGSIDE RIGOROUS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN A WAY THAT IS UNPARALLELED IN AUSTIN AND REALLY IN ANY WORK THAT I'VE BEEN A PART OF TO DATE.

UH, SO I JUST WANTED TO OPEN WITH THAT AND I'LL HAND IT OFF TO CHAVONNE TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE.

THANKS, KATIE.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS CHAVONNE WITH AT ALL.

I'M THE COMMUNITY COORDINATOR AT COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE ON THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD.

UM, COMMUNITY POWER WORKSHOP IS AN AUSTIN BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS ALONGSIDE COMMUNITIES TO CREATE POWERFUL AND EQUITABLE PLACES THROUGH COLLABORATIVE PLANNING.

AND OVER THE LAST YEAR COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP HAS FACILITATED THE CONVENING OF THE COMMUNITY AND CITY WORKING GROUPS WITH A GOAL TO BUILD LONG-TERM COLLABORATIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS.

AND THROUGH THIS PROCESS, WE ENGAGED AROUND 2300 PEOPLE, PRINTED 4,300 MATERIALS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH DISTRIBUTED 3000 DOOR HANGERS MET WITH SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS AND WORKED WITH PARTNERS TO INCLUDE THE VOICES OF THE UNHOUSED LIVING ALONG THE CREEK IN THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, UM, ENGAGEMENT INCLUDED, STORYTELLING ACTIVITIES, FIVE VIRTUAL EVENTS, SIX VIRTUAL CREEK CHATS, AND THREE SOCIALLY DISTANCE MEETUPS.

AND NOW PASS IT OFF TO MARY OLSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE PROCESS OF CREATING THE VISION PLAN.

ALL RIGHT.

HELLO EVERYBODY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

HELLO? OKAY.

YEAH.

SORRY.

I'M NOT ON VIDEO AND I DO HAVE SOME PROMPTS FOR SLIDES.

SO THE INTRO SLIDES SHOULD BE PUT UP RIGHT NOW.

SO GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS MARY ARMSTEAD.

I'M A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK WORKING GROUP.

AND, UM, THE VISION PLAN THAT WE CREATED IS A CULMINATION OF SEVERAL YEARS OF WORK BY RESIDENTS AND VOLUNTEER GROUPS.

THE PROJECT ENCOMPASSES 58

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ACRES OF PARKLAND ALONG WILLIAMSON CREEK AND 16 ACRES OF FLOODPLAIN BUYOUT WORK BY RESIDENTS AND VOLUNTEER GROUPS.

I'M SORRY.

AND, UM, 16 ACRES OF FLOODPLAIN BUYOUT PROPERTIES ALONG THE CREEK AND TRIBUTARIES FROM MANSHACK ROAD TO SOUTH CONGRESS.

THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, RESIDENTS HAVE DISCUSSED AND IMAGINED WAYS TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THIS CORRIDOR AND MAKE IT MORE CONNECTED AND ACCESSIBLE IN 2019 COMMUNITY LEADERS IN THE SOUTHWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERED WITH SEVERAL VOLUNTEER GROUPS AND NONPROFITS, INCLUDING POWERED WORKSHOP, PUBLIC GREEN AND WILD, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO ENGAGE NEIGHBORS ALONG THE CREEK TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR VISION FOR THE BUYOUT PROPERTIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE IN 2020, A GRANT WAS AWARDED BY THE ST DAVID'S FOUNDATION AND THE NATURE CONSERVANCY FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING A VISION PLAN FOR THE GREENWAY OF COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP OF EIGHT RESIDENTS AND THE CITY WORKING GROUP OF DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES WERE CREATED TO GUIDE THE PLANNING AND ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

THE GROUP SELECTED US OCCUR.

ROBINSON IS THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT FOR THE PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING PROCESS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND CITY STAFF, MAINLY FROM WATERSHED PROTECTION AND PARKS AND REC WERE PLACED ON EQUAL FOOTING AS A WAY TO BALANCE COMMUNITY PRIORITIES WITH THE LOWEST POSSIBLE IMPACT TO THE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT.

AND THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, THE PLAN WAS SHAPED BY INPUT FROM 131 COMMENTS FROM NEIGHBORS ON AN INTERACTIVE MAP, 2200 VOTES THAT PRIORITIZED IDEAS AND 700 COMMENTS AND VARIOUS ITERATIONS OF THE VISION PLAN.

THE END RESULT WAS A COMMUNITY LED PROCESS WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND LOCAL NON-PROFITS.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, I'M CLAIRE EDELMAN.

HEATH.

I AM A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT.

I'VE BEEN THE PROJECT MANAGER WITH ASSA KERR ROBINSON.

AND, UM, WE WANTED TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME THIS EVENING.

UM, HERE WE HAVE WHAT MARY JUST DESCRIBED.

UM, THIS IS A REPRESENTATION OF HOW THAT ENGAGEMENT AND A GRADED, UM, INTO THE DESIGN PROCESS OVER THE LAST YEAR.

UM, BEGINNING LAST JUNE, WE BEGAN AN IN-DEPTH SITE ANALYSIS, UH, AND WORKED WITH THE CITY, UH, COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, AND ALSO HAD AN EXTENSIVE MAPPING EXERCISE MOVING ON FROM THIS EARLY PHASE.

WE DEVELOPED THE FOUR DESIGN GOALS THAT I'LL SPEAK ABOUT SHORTLY, BUT THESE BECAME THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE VISION.

UM, WE ALSO DEVELOPED, UH, CREEK IDEA CARDS FROM ALL OF THE ENGAGEMENT.

UH, WE HAD HEARD SO FAR.

THESE WERE IDEAS THAT HELPED US REALLY, UM, FINE TUNE THE VISION, UH, OF THE, UH, ULTIMATE DESIGN.

AND AFTER WE GOT CONSENSUS ON THOSE CARDS, UH, WE BEGAN TO APPLY THEM TO PHYSICAL LOCATIONS BASED ON COMMUNITY INPUT AND CONSIDER INPUT TO THE, UH, VISION PLAN ITSELF.

AND SINCE THEN WE HAVE BEEN REFINING IT BASED ON FEEDBACK, UM, AND HAD MANY VERSIONS AS WELL AS WRITTEN CONTENT.

UM, UNTIL WE HAD THE VERSION THAT WE'RE PRESENTING TO YOU TODAY, UH, ADVANCED TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UM, A QUICK VIEW OF THE EXTENTS OF THE AS DESCRIBED.

SO IT BEGINS ON THE EAST SIDE OF MENCHACA ROAD AND CONTINUES, UH, THE STREAM FLOWS WEST EAST.

SO IT FLOWS, UH, EAST TO SOUTH CONGRESS AND IT'S A SERIES OF HARD PROPERTIES AND WATERSHED PROTECTION FLOODPLAIN BUYOUTS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, WHEN I SPOKE TO THE FOUR GOALS EARLIER, UM, THESE ARE, UH, THESE ARE THE GOALS DEVELOPED BY THE COMMUNITY.

SO GO ONE AS A RESTORED AND BIO-DIVERSE GREENWAY, UM, TWO AS A COMMUNITY CENTERED GREENWAY THREE AND ACCESSIBLE AND VISIBLE GREENWAY AND FOUR, AN ACTIVE AND CONNECTED GREENWAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE CREEK IDEAS, UH, WERE CONCEPTS FOR THE GREENWAY AND EACH ONE IS MEANT TO SUPPORT ONE OF THE VISION STATEMENTS.

UM, WHAT YOU SEE ON SCREEN ARE THE, UH, MOST PREFERRED VISION, UM, CREEK IDEAS THAT WE HEARD FROM, UH, PUBLIC INPUT.

UM, WHILE THERE ISN'T AN EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF THESE, UM, IDEAS, WE DID FIND THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE OVERLAP.

FOR EXAMPLE, NATURE PLAY, UH, ALSO SERVES AS AN ACTIVITY GOAL.

SO IN THAT WAY, WE FOUND THAT THERE WAS A REAL BALANCE AND REPRESENTATION OF ALL GOALS THAT THE COMMUNITY WANTED TO

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SEE WITHIN THE GREENWAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UM, NOW WE COME TO AN OVERALL VIEW OF THE VISION PLAN.

UM, IT'S A SERIES OF AMENITIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS LINKED BY TRAILS.

WE HAVE A MULCH NATURE TRAIL REPRESENTED BY THE WHITE LINE, A SINGLE TRACK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL, AND A HIGH WATER ROUTE REPRESENTED BY AN ORANGE LINE.

THE PURPOSE OF THE HIGH WATER ROUTE IS TO PROVIDE CONNECTIVITY DESPITE, UH, STORM EVENTS WITHIN THE GREENWAY.

UM, THERE ARE ALSO A SERIES OF TRAILHEADS AND AMENITIES, UM, WITH DISTRIBUTION THROUGHOUT THE GREENWAY.

SO WILDFLOWER PLANTING AND BASE OF SPECIES REMOVAL, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY IDEAS, SUCH AS A LABYRINTH OR MUSIC GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION AND WAY FINDING SIGNAGE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FITNESS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, WE BROKE THESE, UH, WE DIVIDED THE VISION PLAN INTO THREE TIERS OF FOR IMPLEMENTATION.

TIER ONE ARE COMMUNITY LED COLLABORATIONS WITH CITY OF AUSTIN LANDOWNERS, UH, WITH THEIR APPROVAL, UM, TIER TWO, OUR PROJECTS THAT WOULD BE LED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, BUT MIGHT HAVE VOLUNTEER INPUT, UM, AND WOULD BE $50,000 OR LESS TIER THREE, OUR LONGER TERM GOALS, SUCH AS LARGE SCALE STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WOULD TOTAL GREATER $50,000.

UM, AND WOULD IT REQUIRE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AS YOU CAN SEE THE MAJORITY OF THE IDEAS FALL UNDER THE TIER ONE.

SO WE TRIED TO, UH, PRIORITIZE, UH, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WITHIN THE VISION OF THE GREENWAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THANKS TO THE LOW IMPACT NATURE OF THE IDEAS AND VOLUNTEER LED INITIATIVES.

UM, WE FIND THAT THIS WILL BE A VERY AFFORDABLE GREENWAY, A VERY AFFORDABLE VISION OF, UM, WITH THE TOTAL COST BEING ABOUT $2 MILLION WITH POTENTIAL FOR REDUCTION WITH PARTNERSHIPS LIKE FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES, SUCH AS KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL AND THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, FINALLY, A WORD ON SUSTAINABILITY.

WE DESIGNED THE GREENWAY TO MEET, UH, ONE OF THE HIGHEST, UH, GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION, SUSTAINABLE SITES FRAMEWORK, UM, AS IT'S DESIGNED AND PRESENTED, IT WOULD MEET THE CRITERIA FOR PRE-CERTIFICATION AND IMPLEMENTED, UH, WOULD BE IN THE RANGE OF, UM, GOLD TO PLATINUM, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST SCORING OF THAT STANDARD.

I KNOW SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, LAST, I WANT TO CLOSE WITH A VIEW, UM, PROVIDED BY STEVE PREY THERE FROM A WINTER STORM, HARRY, UH, JUST ANOTHER LOOK AT, UM, SOME OF THE WONDER THAT'S WITHIN THIS GREEN WAY.

UM, AND NOW WE'LL OPEN IT UP TO QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE, UH, THE PRESENTATION AND I'M SURE WE DO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.

SO I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND JUST GO AROUND AND, UM, AS I SEE YOU ON THE, ON THE GRID, SO THAT WOULD START WITH YOU, UH, BOARD MEMBER DECARLO.

I KNOW YOU HAD HAD SOME QUESTIONS EARLIER.

I'M NOT SURE IF THEY WERE ADDRESSED OR NOT THE PLEASE, UM, GO FOR IT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

LOVING THE FIRST.

UM, OKAY.

WELL, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE AND FOR THIS, UH, PRESENTING THE VISION PLAN.

I KNOW IT'S A LONG AWAITED, UM, PROJECT FOR ALL THE RESIDENTS IN SOUTH AUSTIN AND ALONG THE CREEK.

UM, I SEE, YEAH, A LOT OF GREAT THINGS IN THE VISION PLAN.

UM, A LOT OF GREAT ELEMENTS.

UM, I, I DID APPRECIATE ALL OF THE, THE VARIETY OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UM, THAT WAS OFFERED LIKE THE VIDEOS, THE PHOTOS, THE MAPPING, THE CREEK CARDS.

UM, I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER REALLY SEEN THAT, THAT LEVEL OF VARIETY AND OTHER VISION PLANS, UH, SINCE I'VE BEEN ON THE BOARD.

SO THAT WAS, THAT WAS COOL TO SEE.

UM, YEAH, I DID HAVE SOME QUESTIONS THAT I HAD POSED AND I'M NOT SURE WHO EXACTLY ANSWERED THOSE, BUT THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING THOSE QUESTIONS FOR ME.

UM, I GUESS I WOULD SAY AFTER HAVING MY, SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS ANSWERED, UM, SOME OF MY, MY, YEAH, CONCERNS MIGHT BE THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PIECE.

UM, IT'S, I MEAN, IT'S A LITTLE CONCERNING THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, A MEMBER OF THE, THE WORK GROUP HAS EVEN EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT THAT.

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UM, AND, AND AS OPPOSED TO THE PLAN.

SO, UM, I GUESS, YOU KNOW, IT'D BE HELPFUL TO HEAR MAYBE A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UM, AND ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS CREEK PLAN HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE THIS PAST YEAR.

AND SO IT'D BE HELPFUL TO HEAR ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW SOME OF THE PREVIOUS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WAS ALSO INCORPORATED INTO THIS PLAN.

UM, AND THEN IT WAS MY OTHER, AND THEN I GUESS MY, MY OTHER CONCERNS ARE JUST, YEAH, THE KIND OF CURRENT STATE OF THE CREEK.

UM, I HAVE BEEN OUT THERE RECENTLY.

I WAS ABLE TO GO OUT THERE WITH BOARD MEMBER MASON MURPHY, AND, AND I MEAN, THOSE, THOSE PICTURES THAT A LOT OF THE, THE CITIZENS SHARED ARE, ARE ACCURATE, YOU KNOW, LIKE IT'S, IT LOOKS PRETTY BAD IN A LOT OF THE AREAS.

UM, SO JUST, I DON'T KNOW.

SO, SO I GUESS MY OTHER CONCERN IS JUST KIND OF THE CURRENT STATE OF, UH, REALLY THE CITY.

I KNOW IT'S, IT'S MORE THAN JUST THIS PARK, IT'S THE ENTIRE CITY, UM, DEALING WITH, UM, THE ISSUES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND, AND HOW BEST TO ADDRESS THAT.

ESPECIALLY, YOU KNOW, WHEN TRYING TO IMPLEMENT A NEW, A NEW VISION PLAN LIKE THIS.

UM, SO IF ANYONE WANTS TO SPEAK TO THAT, THAT'D BE GREAT.

AND THEN I, UM, AFTER Y'ALL ADDRESSED THAT, I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS FROM THE SOUTHEAST COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD CONTACT TEAM THAT THEY SENT ME SOME QUESTIONS.

SO I'LL, I'LL SHARE THOSE WITH Y'ALL, UM, IN JUST A MINUTE AS WELL.

HELLO, THANK YOU FOR, UH, YOUR, YOUR QUESTION AND WE, UM, COLLECTIVELY RESPONDED TO YOUR QUESTION BEFOREHAND.

SO THANK YOU FOR SENDING THAT IN AND, UM, OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT F UH, PRIMARILY FOCUSED FOR THIS ROUND OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOCUSED ON THE IMMEDIATE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY FOR THIS SECTION OF WILLIAMSON CREEK.

UM, AND THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DURING THE TECHNICAL REVIEW PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTATION.

UM, SO WE WORK ALONGSIDE THE COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP TO ENGAGE NEIGHBORS IN THEIR, UM, SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND THIS HAS BEEN A COMMUNITY LED PROCESS SINCE ABOUT 2017, OUR ORGANIZATION COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP AT THE TIME AUSTIN COMMUNITY DESIGN DEVELOPMENT CENTER, UM, WAS APPROACHED BY RESIDENTS IN THE SOUTHWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD TO, UH, PARTNER WITH THE NATURE ON LEADING, UM, A SERIES OF COMMUNITY WALKS CALLED EXPLORER, WILLIAMSON CREEK.

AND IT WAS FROM THESE CONVERSATIONS THAT LED TO THE DEVELOP TO THE DESIRE TO PUT TOGETHER A VISION PLAN.

AND THAT'S HOW WE WERE INVITED INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO ENGAGE RESIDENTS FROM THAT INITIAL SERIES OF ENGAGEMENT AND, UM, F FROM HERE WE'VE, UH, CONTINUE TO ENGAGE WITH OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS.

UM, AND I'LL, I'LL EMPHASIZE THAT THERE'S OPPORTUNITY FOR CONTINUED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AS NEIGHBORS START TO COLLABORATE AND ORGANIZE AROUND IMPLEMENTING TIER ONE IDEAS, WHICH AS CLAIRE WAS TALKING ABOUT, UM, OUR VOLUNTEER LED, UH, MORE QUOTE UNQUOTE LOW-HANGING FRUIT IDEAS THAT CAN BE LED BY NEIGHBORHOODS.

SO THERE, OUR ROLE IN THIS EFFORT WAS TO, UM, BUILD LEADERSHIP TRUST COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND CITY WORKING GROUPS, SO THAT AS WE TRANSITION OUT OF THE PROCESS, THAT THEY ARE SET UP TO CONTINUE, UM, WORKING TOGETHER, UH, FROM RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, PRIORITIZING WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE.

AND FROM THE CITY WORKING GROUPS PERSPECTIVE AS LAND MANAGERS, THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING THOSE IDEAS IN A FLOOD PLAIN.

SO, UM, THAT WAS THE INTENT OF THE COLLABORATIVE WORKING GROUP.

UM, AND SO W WE HOPE THAT, UM, PEOPLE CAN TAKE IT AND RUN WITH IT AND CONTINUE BUILDING ON WHAT THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN TALKING TO THEM ABOUT AND HOPING FOR THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND, UM, WE'VE BEEN HAPPY TO WORK WITH OUR TEAM AND SUPPORT IT UP TO THIS POINT.

YEAH.

AND JUST TO BUILD ON THAT, UM, CHAVONNE, I DON'T KNOW IF NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO MAYBE JUST TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE NUMBERS ON OUR ENGAGEMENT.

UM, I'M HAPPY TO PASS IT BACK TO YOU, OR I CAN GO THROUGH THOSE AS WELL.

UH, YEAH, SO WE ENGAGED ABOUT 300 PEOPLE AND WHAT WE COULD DO, UM, GIVEN THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE PANDEMIC, UH, WAS WE HOSTED, UM, THREE SOCIALLY DISTANCE POP-UPS AND HAD ABOUT 30 PEOPLE SHOW UP THERE AND THROUGH OUR SIX VIRTUAL CREEK CHATS WHERE PEOPLE COULD CALL IN, UH, IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE INTERNET ACCESS.

UM, WE MET WITH RESIDENTS FOR DIRECT ONE-ON-ONE QUESTIONS THERE.

WE HOSTED, UM, FIVE VIRTUAL

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EVENTS, UH, WHERE PEOPLE COULD COME IN AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP LED BREAKOUT ROOMS OF DOING THE INTERACTIVE MAP THAT, UM, EVERYTHING'S ON CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK.ORG.

IT SHOWS THE COMMUNITY MAP THAT PEOPLE COULD PINPOINT EXISTING TRAIL HEADS, OR AN IDEA GOES HERE AND START GEOGRAPHICALLY PINPOINTING SOME OF THOSE IDEAS.

UM, FROM THERE AS CORE ROBINSON DESIGNED SOME OF THOSE IDEAS INTO THOSE CREEK IDEA CARDS THAT I REFERENCED EARLIER, AND THAT WAS PUT ON AN ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM AND PEOPLE PAST THE 2200 VOTES, EITHER ON THAT PLATFORM OR AT THE SOCIALLY DISTANCE POP-UPS WITH STICKY DOTS.

UM, AND THOSE WERE HOW THOSE IDEAS WERE PRIORITIZED INTO THE VISION.

AND THE VISION PLAN WENT THROUGH A FEW ITERATIONS, UM, WITH 700 COMMENTS, UH, TOTAL, AND THAT WAS MADE AVAILABLE ON, UM, THE SOCIAL PINPOINT PLATFORM THAT WE USE AND ALSO PRINTED IN, IN PRINTED AS A HARD COPY IT'S UPON REQUEST.

AND SO ALL OF THAT WAS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION AND UPDATED THROUGH A FEW ITERATIONS.

UM, AND WE REVIEWED SOME OF THOSE UPDATES WITH NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP, UM, TO THE FINAL PLAN.

AND, UM, FOR WE, OUR PLATFORM, WE HAD, UM, WE HAD ABOUT 3000 TOTAL DOOR HANGERS AND 4,300 PIECES OF PRINTED MATERIALS IN ENGLAND, ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

ALL OF OUR MATERIALS AND ENGAGEMENT WAS MADE AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

AND PEOPLE COULD PICK UP THESE PRETTY PACKS OR BUY LITTLE BACKPACK OF THE PRINTED MATERIALS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH FOR THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN MELON OR PICKUP AND WHATEVER WE COULD COORDINATE WITH THEM ON THAT.

AND THE INTERACTIVE MAP HAD ABOUT 2,171 TOTAL VISITS.

UH, THE CREEK IDEA CARDS HAD 3,441 TOTAL VISITS, AND WE HAD ABOUT A THOUSAND UNIQUE USERS TOTAL ON THE ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM.

UM, WE ALSO HAD NEWSLETTERS ANNOUNCING ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES OR ANY UPDATES TO THE VISION PLAN, AND PEOPLE WERE FORWARDING THAT TO THEIR, THEIR NEIGHBORS.

UM, WE MET WITH A COUNCIL MEMBER IN THE OFFICES, UH, DISTRICT TWO, THREE AND FIVE.

UM, WE SPOKE TO ABOUT SIX ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE OTHER ONE'S FOUNDATION, UM, GUAVA, UM, AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP WAS, UH, EIGHT RESIDENTS FROM THE SOUTHWOOD AND HEARTWOOD NEIGHBORHOODS THAT WE, UH, ENGAGED WITH EVERY MONTH ON THIS MOSTLY LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES CAPACITY BUILDING ON PARTICIPATORY, BUDGETING, LAND MANAGEMENT, PUBLIC SPEAKING, UH, IN A WAY THAT THEY COULD PRESENT THE VISION PLAN TO THEIR NEIGHBORS AND BE LEADERS IN STEWARDING THIS VISION PLAN TO IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FUTURE AND HAVE MORE NUMBERS.

UM, I CAN GO ON, UH, IF ANYBODY HAS MORE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, HAPPY TO ANSWER.

DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION? UM, YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, YEAH, ONE OTHER QUESTION ON THE NUMBERS.

UM, SO THE 20, JUST TO CONFIRM THE 2300 PEOPLE, UM, THAT YOU'RE REFERRING TO THAT NUMBER IS LIKE THE, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS THAT PARTICIPATED IN ANY, ANY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ASPECT.

YEAH.

SO THAT'S A SUM OF ALL THE VIRTUAL IN PERSON, SOCIALLY DISTANCED, UM, NUMBERS IN TOTAL.

OKAY.

UM, OKAY.

AND THEN LET ME BRING UP, I THINK Y'ALL SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A COPY OF THESE QUESTIONS, BUT IT WAS ONLY A COUPLE OF FEW HOURS AGO.

SO, UM, I'M JUST GOING TO READ OFF THESE QUESTIONS THAT I RECEIVED FROM THE SOUTHEAST COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN CONTACT TEAM, UM, AFTER THEY RECEIVED THE, UM, THE VISION PLAN.

UM, OKAY.

SO THE FIRST QUESTION IS, UM, SIDE NUMBER SIX REFERS TO THE 100 YEAR FLOOD PLAIN.

UH, THEY'D LIKE TO CONFIRM, IS THIS THE OLD 100 YEAR FLOOD PLAIN, OR THE NEW 100 YEAR FLOOD PLAIN? HER THE ATLAS 14? I, UM, I CAN TAKE THAT ONE.

SO, UM, I THINK A GOOD REFERENCE THAT I WOULD POINT INTO, UM, IS ON PAGE 17, WE DID, UH, TRY TO CONVEY THAT INFORMATION IN THE PLAN, BUT, UM, THE FLOODPLAINS ARE AN ESTIMATED 25 YEAR AND 100 YEAR FLOOD EVENTS, UM, THERE.

SO, UM, IT, SO IN WHAT WE SAY, I'M JUST GOING TO READ DIRECTLY FROM IT.

SO I GET IT RIGHT.

UM, IT SAID IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT DUE TO THE, UH, NEW PARTICIPANT PRECIPITATION STUDY FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KNOWN AS ATLAS 14, THE FLOODPLAIN MAPS OF THE ENTIRE CITY WILL BE REMAPPED WITHIN THE NEXT THREE TO FIVE

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YEARS.

THE FLOODPLAINS ARE SHOWN IN THIS DOCUMENT TO REFLECT AN ESTIMATION OF THIS FUTURE UPDATE.

IT REFLECTS THE UPCOMING CHANGES BY SHOWING ESTIMATED 25 YEAR AND A HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD EVENTS, ACCORDING TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S FLOOD PRO FULLY DEVELOPED FLOOD PLAIN SCENARIO THAT CAN BE FOUND AT AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV/FLOOD PRO THE OLD FLOOD PLANKS, NOT IN THE NEW, NOT THE ATLAS 1400 PLANS.

OH, YES, ABSOLUTELY.

YEAH.

SO TO SAY IT IN ANOTHER WAY, UM, THESE ARE ESTIMATED SOMETIMES WHEN THE FLOOD POUNDER BOUNDARIES OFFICIALLY REDRAWN, UM, THEY THERE'S A CHANGE IN EXTENT, BUT THESE ARE AN ESTIMATED INCREASE.

SO THEY'RE, THEY'RE THE LARGER SIZE THAN THE PREVIOUS FLOOD PLAIN.

AND THAT'S BASED ON ESTIMATIONS THAT WE WORKED WITH CITY OF AUSTIN TO REPRESENT.

SO THE, THE NEW BATTERY FOR THIS AREA HAS NOT BEEN MAPPED, BUT THERE'S AN ESTIMATE OF WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE AND THAT'S, WHAT'S REPRESENTED IN THE PLAN.

OKAY.

UH, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UH, THE SECOND QUESTION IS, UM, SO SIDE NUMBER SEVEN, REFERENCES, GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, URBAN AGRICULTURE, COMMUNITY GARDENS, COMMUNITY BUILT ART LOW-IMPACT TRAIL, CONSTRUCTION AND SIGNAGE.

UM, WHAT MEASURES AND PRECAUTION WERE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION AS PART OF THIS PLAN TO ENSURE NO CONSTRUCTION ALONG THIS PORTION OF WILLIAMSON CREEK WOULD HAVE ANY ADVERSE IMPACT DOWNSTREAM TO WILLIAMSON CREATE AN ONION CREEK SPECIFICALLY TO THE RESIDENTS AND HOMES DOWNSTREAM.

UM, ALSO HAVE CONCERNS REGARDING WHAT CAN BE WASHED DOWNSTREAM THAT CAN COMPROMISE PUBLIC SAFETY AND, OR HAVE A NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON THE CREEK.

HELLO, STORM WATER QUALITY WAS VERY, UM, VERY IMPORTANT TO, UH, ALL INVOLVED IN THE PLAN.

SO, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID THROUGHOUT, UH, THAT, THAT IT MEANT, UM, THAT QUESTION DOES TOUCH ON IS THE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, UM, THAT WAS PRIORITIZED TO HELP SLOW AND REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WATER ENTERING THE GREEK.

UM, WE ALSO, UH, FEEL THAT THE PLANTING AND RESTORATION INCLUDED IN THE, UM, INCLUDED IN THE PLAN WILL ADDITIONALLY HELP WITH, WITH SOME OF THE FLOOD, BUT THERE'S A LOT EVEN UPSTREAM OF THAT, THAT I KNOW, UM, IS ALSO BEING STUDIED IN A SEPARATE GROUP.

UM, WE DID VET EVERY ELEMENT WITH, UH, PARTICULARLY WATERSHED DEPART, UH, PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, BUT WE DO INCLUDE THAT THIS IS A CONCEPT.

SO THE FINAL WAY THAT IS IMPLEMENTED WOULD HAVE TO BE REVIEWED, UM, PRIOR TO IMPLEMENTATION, ESPECIALLY ON THE TIER, THAT'S A PART OF THE REVIEW OF THE AND SPLIT.

AND SOME OF THE TIER TWO ELEMENTS IS THAT NECESSARY REVIEW, BUT BY THOSE DEPARTMENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS TO ENSURE SAFETY.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

AND YEAH, I KNOW THE, UM, THE DISTRICT THAT I LIVE IN DISTRICT TWO, UM, HAS, UH, I MEAN, LIKE GOING LIKE THE NEIGHBORHOODS ALONG THE LINES AND CREEK IN SOUTH BOSTON HAS A REALLY GREAT FLOOD RISK.

AND SO, UM, IT'S IMPORTANT TO THOSE, TO THOSE RESIDENTS TO ENSURE THAT THIS, UM, AREA ALONG THE WILLIAMSON CREEK, WHICH GOES INTO ANY END CREEK, WHICH FLOODS A LOT, YOU KNOW, IS, UM, IS PROPERLY MANAGED.

UM, AND THEN THEY'VE GOT ONE MORE QUESTION, WHICH IS, UM, IS THAT ON SLIDE NUMBER 10, THERE'S A NOTED REFERENCE TO BERGSTROM SPUR, UM, AND, UH, APPEARS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ADDITIONAL CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN EAST AND WEST QUESTION MARK.

UM, WE DID HAVE, UH, THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH THE FOLKS FROM SPURRED TEAM.

AND SO THE ALIGNMENT WE SHOWED WAS THERE.

THEY HAD A PLAN, UM, WHICH I BELIEVE MAYBE ALSO REPRESENTED IN THE URBAN TRAILS PLAN, UM, TO CONNECT TO THE WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY.

SO THAT'S WHAT WE'VE REFLECTED, UM, TO HELP SUPPORT, UM, ACROSS PROJECTS.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THANK YOU.

I'M STILL KIND OF PROCESSING, I'M ALL.

LET SOMEONE ELSE GO FOR NOW, ASK THE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER TO CARLA.

UM, SO I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND GO THROUGH.

THIS IS FOR OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A TOPIC THAT EVERYBODY HAS A LOT OF, UM, THINGS TO SAY AND GOOD QUESTIONS, BUT WE DO, IF YOU CAN JUST TRY TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO REPEAT THE SAME THINGS, BECAUSE WE DO WANT TO, WE HAVE A LOT TO COVER TONIGHT, SO I HATE TO CUT ANYBODY OFF, BUT I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU THAT HEADS-UP OKAY.

UM, AND THAT'S NOT SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT YOU OR MEMBER DECARLO.

I WAS JUST LOOKING AT THE CLOCK.

OKAY.

BOARD MEMBER FAST, IF YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD, PLEASE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

MY FIRST QUESTION IS, UM, IS

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THERE IS GREENWAY A DEFINED TERM, HOW IS A GREENWAY DIFFERENT THAN A GREEN BELT? UM, I CAN SPEAK TO THAT.

UM, AND, AND I JUST WANT TO NOTE THAT, UM, OUR ENGAGEMENT NUMBERS ARE CLOSER TO 4,300.

I JUST RECEIVED A TEXT FROM ONE OF THE COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP NUMBER MEMBERS THAT SHE'D REACHED OUT TO MORE AND PEOPLE WERE ADDING NUMBERS IN THE BACKGROUND.

SO I'M HAPPY TO SHARE THOSE NUMBERS WITH YOU AFTER, UM, IF THAT HELPS, BUT REGARDING YOUR QUESTION ON THE GREENWAY VERSUS GREENBELT, UM, I BELIEVE THIS DECISION WAS MADE EARLY ON TO ALIGN WITH HOW THE LANGUAGE IS USED ACROSS THE CITY TO DESCRIBE OTHER SIMILAR TYPES OF SPACE.

UH, MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE GREENBELT IS A PRODUCT SPECIFIC TERM THAT DIDN'T COMPLETELY REFLECT WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTED TO SEE HERE FROM THE ENGAGEMENT AND THAT WAS DONE IN 2019.

UM, BUT IF OTHERS HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD TO THAT, PLEASE FEEL FREE.

WHAT'S ANOTHER, WHAT'S ANOTHER GREEN WAY THAT THIS WOULD ALIGN WITH.

YOU'RE SAYING IT'S A GREENWAY WAS USED IN OTHER PLACES, AND THIS WAS CHOSEN TO ALIGN WITH THOSE OTHER GREENWAYS.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE? I MIGHT CALL ON? UM, NICOLE, IF SHE KNOWS MORE SPECIFICS TO THAT QUESTION, HEY EVERYONE, CAN YOU HEAR ME? HM.

YEAH.

OKAY.

UM, I'M, I'M REMEMBERING BACK TO A CONVERSATION THAT WAS HAD, UM, OVER A YEAR AGO.

SO MY BRAIN IS A LITTLE FUZZY, BUT, UM, I BELIEVE IN ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS, UM, MAYBE IS IT LITTLE WALNUT CREEK PERHAPS? UM, I DON'T KNOW, SPECIFICS, I JUST KNOW WHEN WE HAD THE INITIAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT, UM, THIS BEING CALLED A VISION PLAN VERSUS A MASTER PLAN, THE AREA BEING CALLED THE GREEN LAKE VERSUS GREENBELT, UM, THAT WE SETTLED ON THIS TERMINOLOGY FOR A SPECIFIC REASON IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE LANGUAGE THAT THE CITY USES TO DESCRIBE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPACES THEY MANAGE.

OKAY.

LITTLE WALNUT CREEK GREENWAY.

DOES ANYBODY FROM PARTNER THE ANSWER TO THIS? UM, SO THE CREEK IS A GREEN BELT.

YES.

SO JUST REAL QUICKLY, UM, IN OUR PARK SYSTEM, MANY OF THE CREEKS THAT, UH, TRAVERSE THROUGH OUR PARKS, UM, ARE REFERRED TO AS GREEN BELTS.

UM, TERMINOLOGY HAS SHIFTED BACK AND FORTH.

WE HAVE NOTICED THAT PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO USE GREENWAY, UM, AS WELL, BUT MANY OF OUR PARKS, UM, ARE LISTED AS, AS GREENBELTS WITH THE NAME, UM, YOU KNOW, ATTACHED TO THAT.

SO WE HAVE SEEN KIND OF TERMINOLOGY CHANGE AND SHIFT A LITTLE BIT AND WE'VE RECENTLY.

OKAY.

SO IS THERE AN EXAMPLE OF ANOTHER GREENWAY OR NOT? THAT WAS THE QUESTION, UM, IN TERMS OF A PLAN, UH, THAT'S SIMILAR TO THIS, THAT WOULD BE JUST SORT OF JUST THE TERMINOLOGY, JUST A GREENWAY YEAH.

BULL CREEK BULL CREEK IS A GREENWAY.

I WAS ALSO WONDERING AND THINKING ABOUT, UM, WALNUT CREEK, DOWNTOWN WATERLOO DOWN TO THE MOUTH IS ANOTHER ONE, UH, WATERLOO GREENWAY.

YES.

AND THEN, UM, I CAN'T THINK OF ANY OTHER ONES OTHER THAN ONES THAT WERE MENTIONED.

UM, WELL, I MEAN, I THINK TO ME, NOMENCLATURE IS IMPORTANT AND IT'S NOT, UH, IT'S NOT A TERM THAT I'M FAMILIAR WITH GREENWAY AND IN THE SENSE OF A, SORT OF A NATURAL AREA, BUT, UM, IT'S JUST NOT SOMETHING THAT I'VE SEEN USED IN, UM, IN THESE KINDS OF TRAIL ENVIRONMENTS, BECAUSE GREENWAY TO ME IS SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINES OF A HIGHWAY.

UM, AND I WAS JUST WONDERING IF THERE WAS A SPECIFIC REASON THAT NAME WAS CHOSEN, UM, BOARD MEMBER FALLACY, IF IN, IN, IN BOARD CHAIR, UH, IF YOU MIND ME INTERJECTING REAL QUICK OR PROVIDING SOME INFORMATION.

SO THE LAST TWO LONG RANGE PLANS, THE ONE THAT WE CURRENTLY ARE OPERATING UNDER, AND THE PREVIOUS ONE BOTH REFER TO MUCH OF OUR GREEN BELT SYSTEM ACTUALLY AS GREENWAYS.

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