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[CALL TO ORDER]

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ORDER.

LET'S SEE IT'S 6:05 PM ON SEPTEMBER 28TH.

THIS IS THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD AND WE HAVE, UM, KIND OF A MIX OF IN-PERSON AND ONLINE, UM, MEETING.

SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND, UH, START OUT AND CALL THE ROLL.

LET'S SEE, VICE CHAIR DE PALMA RESIDENT, UH, BOARD MEMBER, RINALDI, BOARD MEMBER DECARLO.

OH, SHE'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT LATE.

OKAY.

UH, BOARD MEMBER FAUST.

SO MAKE SURE THE LIGHTS ARE ON OKAY.

LIGHTS, BUT THE RED LIGHTS.

YES, YES, YES.

OKAY.

UH, BOARD MEMBER HUG, MAN.

PRESENT BOARD MEMBER BERNARD PRESENT BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR.

OKAY.

AND BOARD MEMBER, COTTON SEIBEL, PRESENT AND BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR, I THINK SHOULD BE HERE.

I THOUGHT SHE WAS, BUT I GUESS WE LOST HER.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO WE'LL START OUT WITH A CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

IS SHE HERE? YES.

BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR.

OFFICIALLY, ARE YOU HERE? I AM.

I COULDN'T UNMUTE MYSELF, BUT YES I CAN.

GOOD.

GOOD.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

SO WE'LL GO AHEAD AND START WITH CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

AND SINCE I'LL JUST GO AHEAD AND DO IT SINCE, UH, VICE-CHAIR DIPLOMA IS ONLINE AND WE'LL START WITH, UM, HAPPY HARRIS FROM PRESERVATION, TEXAS, AND MR. HARRIS, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD EVENING CHAIR COMMISSION.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE.

I SIT IN THE SAME ROOM ONCE A MONTH.

I'M CHAIR OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION.

IN ADDITION TO SERVING ON THE BOARD OF PRESERVATION, TEXAS, IT'S DELIGHTFUL TO BE HERE.

IT'S DELIGHTFUL TO SEE AN AUDIENCE.

WE DON'T GET MUCH OF AN AUDIENCE FOR DOWNTOWN COMMISSION BUSINESS.

UH, IN MY CAPACITY AS A DIRECTOR, UH, ON PRESERVATION, TEXAS, I AM DELIGHTED TO PRESENT, UH, THE FOLKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHITE PARK SHELTER HOUSE.

UH, OUR 2021 HONOR AWARD FOR PRESERVATION RESTORATION, REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION.

UH, I HAVE A PARTICULAR FONDNESS FOR THIS PARK.

MY MOTHER WAS CURATOR OF THE NAME MUSEUM FOR MANY YEARS, AND I GREW UP AT THE NE AND PLAYING AT SHY PARK AND SWIMMING IN THE POOL AND DELIGHTED TO SEE HOW ALL THAT'S BEEN MAINTAINED.

THE FRIENDS ARE SHY PARK AND PART HAVE BEEN STEADFAST WARRIORS TO MAINTAIN AND PRESERVE THAT PARK.

AND THIS IS THE NEXT STEP AND IT'S A FUTURE HISTORY.

AND SO WE ARE DELIGHTED TO MAKE THIS PRESENTATION TO, I HAVE THREE PRESENTATIONS.

ONE IS FOR THE FORENSIC SITE PAR AND I HAVE A MEDALLION TO PRESENT TO THEM.

ONE IS FOR AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

UH, AND I'D BE DELIGHTED TO HOP OVER TO THAT SIDE OF THE DESK AT A MOMENT.

AND THE LAST ONE IS TO THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

SO THESE ARE, THESE ARE DELIGHTFUL MOMENTS.

THIS IS WHEN WE GET TO DO HAPPY STUFF AND APPRECIATE PEOPLE FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT THEY DO.

AND IT IS RECOGNIZED.

IT IS RECOGNIZED ACROSS THE STATE.

AND SO THANKS TO EACH OF YOU, THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND ALL OF OUR FRIENDS GROUPS, ESPECIALLY THE FOLKS HERE TONIGHT TO, UH, UH, SUPPORT CHAT PARK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COME ON UP HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

I THINK WE'LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE TOKEN.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN MOUNT IT ON THE CABIN, BUT YOU MIGHT TRY.

YES.

AND WE WILL TRY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE APPRECIATE PRESERVATION TEXAS THING BECAUSE GIVING THING FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK AND AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION.

OH,

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IF YOU WANT TO TALK IN THE MIC TOO, WE CAN MAKE SURE EVERYBODY CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

I'M ALISON YOUNG WITH FRIENDS OF SHITE PARK AND I WOULD LIKE TO THINK HAPPY AND PRESERVATION, TEXAS FOR THIS WONDERFUL AWARD AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL THE HARD WORK THAT PARD AND AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTED TO GET THIS PROJECT OVER THE FINISH LINE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

HMM.

SO BORED.

PLEASE KNOW THAT I ACCEPTED THE FIRST CERTIFICATE FOR THE AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION AND I'LL MAKE SURE THAT I IT TO THEM THIS WEEK.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. HARRIS.

SO NICE TO GET TO HAVE THINGS LIKE THAT HAPPEN.

HAPPY THINGS.

OKAY.

UM, MOVING ON THE NEXT, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS SHARON BLIGHT.

THIS DISPLAY, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

I'M SHARON BLYTHE.

UM, FOR ABOUT 33 YEARS, I'VE LED TO LET A GROUP OF CITIZENS, UM, TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT AND TRY TO IMPROVE AUSTIN MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.

AND, UH, I JUST FINISHED A BIG, HUGE TEN-YEAR LONG APART PROJECT WITH TXDOT CTM, RA, UH, TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON IMPROVING AUSTIN MEMORIAL PARK ON THE WEST SIDE.

AND, UH, TO PLANT 55 TREES ALONG THERE, AS WELL AS A FREE IRRIGATION SYSTEM TO THE CITY.

IT WAS A HUGE PROJECT.

WE FINALLY GOT IT CONCLUDED.

AND THAT THAT PROJECT WAS IN THE CEMETERY VISION PLAN THAT WAS PASSED IN 2015.

UM, AND I WAS GOING TO RETIRE AFTER THAT PROJECT AND JUST GO HOME AND ENJOY MY GRANDKIDS.

UM, BUT SINCE THEN, A COUPLE, FEW WEEKS AGO, 200 THINGS HAVE CROPPED UP AT THE CEMETERY.

A GROUP OF ALLENDALE RESIDENTS, THREE, I BELIEVE, UM, GALA LESSEE POOL, AND DECIDED TO PROPOSE TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO TAKE PART A BIG CHUNK OF THE CEMETERY FOR A PRAIRIE PRESERVATION PROJECT.

UM, UH, SO FAR THERE HAS BEEN NO ENCROACHMENT IN THAT CEMETERY BETWEEN, UM, MADE HIM A TYPO.

IT WASN'T 10 27 IS 1927 AND 19 91, 64 YEARS BECAUSE OF AUSTIN RAMP AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS SAYING NO ENCROACHMENT.

UM, SO, UM, IT'S NOT WORKING NOW.

IT'S JUST WAITING.

OKAY.

UH, THE VISION PLAN FOR THE CEMETERY THAT WE'RE WORKED ON, VERY HARD, HARD WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER CITIZENS DOESN'T MENTION IN PRIOR PRESERVATION.

IT CAUGHT THE VISION PLAN COSTS $3 MILLION, I BELIEVE.

UM, AND THE VISION PLAN HAS A PLAN FOR THE EXACT SAME AREA THAT PRAIRIE PRESERVATION ELLENDALE PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE OVER THIS PART OF THE CEMETERY.

UH, WHY ARE WE THROWING THE VISION PLAN AWAY IN THE TRASH WITH THIS? AND IT APPEARS THAT THEY ARE, UM, THE VISION PLAN IMPLEMENT THE VISION PLAN.

THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE WANT.

WE NEED.

THE CEMETERY IS DETERIORATING STATE LAW MANDATES UNDER HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SEVEN 13 DASH ZERO 11.

THAT A MUNICIPALITY HAS CERTAIN THINGS I NEED TO DO TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR CEMETERIES, UH, RE REMOVED BREE, UM, STRAIGHTEN THE MARKERS AND OTHER THINGS.

AND, UH, THAT ALL WAS PASSED IN 2008 BECAUSE OF OUR ADVOCACY AT THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE.

UM, HERE ARE SOME PICTURES OF WHAT'S GOING ON OUT THERE RIGHT NOW.

THE RESTROOMS ARE BOARDED UP.

UM, THE PORT-A-POTTIES ARE OUT THERE

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AND THEY'RE UNSIGHTLY, UH, HUNDREDS OF FALLEN MARKERS, ANOTHER FALLEN MARKER.

AND THERE'S REALLY NO REASON FOR THIS PRAIRIE PRESERVATION IN THE SIDE OF THE CEMETERY, BECAUSE ALLENDALE ALREADY HAS THEIR GROWTH ZONE.

I E UM, BUTTERFLY BIRD SANCTUARY OR LONG SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD.

UM, AND THERE'S NO NEED TO MOVE INTO THE CEMETERY.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS, WAS TAKEN ALONG SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD JUST YESTERDAY.

THEY ALREADY HAVE THEIR THEY'RE PART OF, OF THAT TYPE OF PROJECT.

UM, I HOPE THAT WE CAN COME TO A, A POINT WHERE WE WERE THIS PARKS DEPARTMENT, CITY OF AUSTIN RESPECTS THE, UM, REFLECTS THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE BURIED THEIR LOVED ONES IN THE CEMETERY.

FAMILIES WERE TOLD THAT'S A CEMETERY WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE CEMETERY.

BUD PARK CONTINUES TO ENTERTAIN PROPOSALS, NOT IN A VISION PLAN.

UM, A DEDICATED CEMETERY PROPERTY SHALL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR CEMETERY PURPOSES UNTIL THE DEDICATION IS REMOVED BY COURT ORDER.

AND THAT'S UNDER HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SEVEN ELEVEN.ONE 0 35.

UM, WE NEED TO JUST CORRECT THE FLAWS AND WORK ON PROJECTS AND MATTER TO THE OWNERS AND THE FAMILIES AND NOT GET SIDETRACK, BASICALLY BECAUSE OF SOME PROPOSAL THAT THREE PEOPLE IN ALLENDALE WANT TO TAKE OVER A BIG CHUNK OF THE CEMETERY.

WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT THE VISION PLAN WORKED ON BY CITIZENS IN THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

AND I'M ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO DO THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT UP IS, UH, MR. KEVIN RAINA'S WITH THE AUSTIN ROWAN CENTER.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

HELLO EVERYONE AGAIN.

KEVIN REIGN IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

WE'RE A 5 0 1 C3 NONPROFIT AND HAVE BEEN SERVING AUSTIN FOR 40 YEARS.

UM, JUST A QUICK RECAP OF OUR FISCAL YEAR.

WE JUST CLOSED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

THE WALNUT CREEK BOATHOUSE GENERATED OVER 2 MILLION IN GROSS REVENUE COMING IN AT 2.3 MILLION.

THIS PROUDLY ALLOWED ME TO HAND KIMBERLY DIRECTOR MCNEELY, EXCUSE ME, A CHECK FOR OVER $172,000 LAST WEEK, WHICH IS THE LARGEST PAYMENT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PUT BACK INTO THE GENERAL FUND AND WE'RE PROUD TO DO SO.

WE INVESTED OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND IN CAPITAL IN THE BOATHOUSE.

LAST YEAR, WE INVESTED OVER 67,000 IN REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF THE BOAT HOUSE LAST YEAR, FAR EXCEEDING CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENTS.

AND I GAVE A HANDOUT TO EVERYONE OR SAMMY DID.

THANK YOU.

UH, JUST GIVING YOU AN NRC OVERVIEWING EVENT.

YOU MIGHT NOT BE FAMILIAR.

UH, ONE LAST ROWING STATEMENT IS THIS SATURDAY, WE'RE RUNNING THE 37TH ANNUAL HEAD OF THE COLORADO.

WE HAVE OVER 400 ENTRIES.

THAT'S A REGATTA.

WE HAVE 26 ROWING ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE SOUTHWEST REGION OF THE U S WITH YOUTH COLLEGIATE AND MASTERS COMING TO AUSTIN TO COMPETE.

AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE WALNUT CREEK BOAT HOUSE AND ALL ITS AMENITIES AND PUBLIC BENEFIT WILL BE DESTROYED.

AS PART OF PROJECT CONNECT, A PUBLIC INPUT PROCESS WAS HELD OCTOBER 12TH TO DISCUSS THE BLUE LINE.

TRINITY BRIDGE CROSSING, ALL PUBLIC INPUT WAS SHUT DOWN AND STIFLED FOR ANY INPUT REGARDING DESTRUCTION OF THE BUILT HOUSE FACILITIES, AMENITIES, AND PUBLIC BENEFIT.

THERE WERE NEARLY 200 ATTENDEES IN THE PUBLIC INPUT FORM.

MOST OF WHICH WERE DENIED THEIR VOICE.

THE ATTENDEES WERE TOLD TO HOLD ANY COMMENT OR INPUT UNDER THE AUSPICES.

THERE WOULD BE A FOLLOWUP MEETING WITH CAP METRO TO DISCUSS AND ADDRESS EVERYONE'S CONCERNS.

THE FOLLOWING DAY CAP METRO INFORMED US NO SUCH PUBLIC MEETING WOULD OCCUR.

I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS IS THE WAY TO ENGENDER PUBLIC TRUST FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF BEAUTIFUL PARKLAND AND HOW IT CAN BE RECOVERED.

THE SERVICES AND AMENITIES CURRENTLY OFFERED AT THE BOATHOUSE CAN BE RESTORED INTO DESIGN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TRINITY STORAGE BRIDGE, CROSSING, CREATING A WORLD-CLASS DESIGN AND SET OF AMENITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL ON A POSITIVE NOTE, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK DIRECTOR MCNEILLY FOR INITIATING A CONVERSATION REGARDING FUTURE POTENTIAL FOR THE BUILD HOUSE AND LOOK FORWARD TO THOSE DISCUSSIONS.

CONTINUING, HOWEVER, I BELIEVE CAP METRO SHOULD STILL BE HELD TO ACCOUNT FOR WHAT THEY COMMITTED TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THANK YOU.

CAN I ASK A POINT OF CLARIFICATION? I WAS JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, YOU MENTIONED THE COMMUNITY MEETING WHERE PEOPLE HAD SIGNED UP TO PARTICIPATE.

IS THAT SPONSORED BY CAPITAL METRO OR BY, UM, THE ENTITY THAT'S FACILITATING PROJECT CONNECT? I CAN'T REMEMBER THAT.

UM, MY UNDERSTANDING I'VE BEEN PART OF THE PROJECT CONNECT AMBASSADOR NETWORK FOR OVER TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

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AND MY UNDERSTANDING OF THAT MEETING WAS IT WAS A CAP METRO SPONSORED MEETING TO RECEIVE FORMAL PUBLIC INPUT AS PART OF THEIR PROCESS.

I UNDERSTAND IT'S FEDERALLY REQUIRED AND PROBABLY STATE LAW AS WELL TO RECEIVE PUBLIC INPUT.

SO THE MEETING WAS HELD.

I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN DIRECTLY ANSWER YOUR QUESTION.

I THOUGHT WHEN WE VOTED ON PROPERTY AND WE CREATED LIKE THIS NEW ENTITY, A NEW ENTITY T THAT'S GOING TO CITY COUNCIL ON FRIDAY CALLED THE ATP AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION PARTNERSHIP, BUT IT'S NOT YET BEEN VOTED IN, BUT THAT IS ULTIMATELY COMING.

SO MEMBERS OF ATP AND CAP METRO WERE INVOLVED IN THAT OCTOBER 12TH MEETING.

AND IT WAS THOSE MEMBERS THAT STIFLED THE INPUT AND SAID, DON'T WORRY, WE'LL HAVE ANOTHER MEETING.

AND THEN THE NEXT DAY SAID, NO, WE'RE NOT HAVING THAT MEETING.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I UNDERSTAND.

THANK YOU.

QUESTION TWO, IF POSSIBLE.

CAN I REAL QUICK, RIGHT QUICK.

WHEN WAS THE BOAT HOUSE REDONE? WHAT YEAR? WHAT YEAR WAS THE BOAT HOUSE? WE GOT 2011.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY.

UH, NEXT SPEAKER IS FREDERICK WORKING WITH E R O C NEIGHBORHOOD CONTACT YOU.

HI, MR. .

THANKS FOR COMING THREE MINUTES, PLEASE.

THANK YOU, MS. LEWIS.

IT'S D WORKING.

YES.

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH DIRECTOR MCNEELY AND TO THE BOARD FOR HAVING ME.

MY NAME IS FREDERICK .

I LIVE AT 2004 PARKER LANE.

I AM AN E ROCK MEMBER, AND, UH, I WAS OPPOSED TO THE CONVERSION OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH INTO A MULTI-FAMILY APARTMENT COMPLEX TO DEVELOPMENT THAT'S COMING UP SOON.

THE OPPOSITION WAS BASED ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT A COMMUNITY CENTER WOULD BE A MUCH GREATER USE FOR THIS PROPERTY, WHICH AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PRESENTATION I BROUGHT IS AS A PICTURE OF MYSELF AND MY FAMILY IN FRONT OF IT.

IT'S A WONDERFUL PIECE OF PROPERTY HAS GREAT HORN DOWN.

SO IT LIFTS ON THERE.

THERE'S WONDERFUL HERITAGE TREES AND IT'S, UM, IT'S, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE IT CAN SERVE AS A BRIDGE IN THE SECOND PAGE, YOU'LL SEE A LITTLE MAP ABOUT IRAQ AND I LIVED NEAR PARKER AND OLTORF, AND JUST ON THE EAST OF PARKER IS COMPLETELY COVERED WITH MULTI-FAMILY UNITS.

YOU CAN SEE THEM ALL MARKED IN RED.

THERE ALL THOSE MULTI-FAMILY UNITS HAVE NO ACCESS WHATSOEVER TO THE HERITAGE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK.

AND THAT PROPERTY WOULD HAVE SERVED AS A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY CENTER.

AND WE, AND AS A BRIDGE, BECAUSE THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THAT COMMUNITY ARE OVERWHELMINGLY POOR LINDER.

ELEMENTARY IS THE SCHOOL THAT SERVICES THAT AREA.

THERE ARE 400 KIDS THERE THEY'RE 93% THEM ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED IN 78% LATINO.

SO WE KNOW THAT THE FOUNDATION'S COMMUNITY WON'T BUILD THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR US, BUT WE DID PUT TOGETHER A SURVEY TO GET SOME COMMUNITY INPUT AND YOU CAN SEE THE RESULTS OF THAT SURVEY.

WE PUT THESE LITTLE STICKERS ALL THROUGHOUT THE, UM, BUS STOPS AND IN IRAQ AND OVERWHELMINGLY PEOPLE SAID THEY WANT PARKS AND GREEN SPACE, AND THEY WANT PEDESTRIAN AND BIKE SAFETY BECAUSE THOSE THINGS ARE, PARAMOUNT'S VERY DANGEROUS AREA.

THERE'S LOTS OF AREAS WITH NO SIDEWALKS, ET CETERA.

SO WE'VE BEEN WORKING AND YOU'LL SEE, ANOTHER ONE OF THE REASONS WHY IF YOU ACCESS THIS ONLINE, EMBEDDED INTO THIS PICTURE IS A LITTLE VIDEO OF THAT LITTLE GIRL RIDING BACK AND FORTH IN THE PARKING LOT ON THIS TINY LITTLE BIKE ON BURTON AVENUE, SHE'S ABOUT 25 MINUTES WALKING FROM ANY GREEN SPACE.

WHAT WE'RE GOING TO PROPOSE WOULD GIVE HER A FIVE MINUTE WALK TO SOME GREEN SPACE.

SO WE'RE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH FOUNDATIONS COMMUNITY TO CREATE AN EASEMENT, A PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENT THROUGH THEIR PROPERTY.

AND THEY'RE PLANNING ON PUTTING SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN SOME TRAILS AND MAINTAINING MANY OF THE HERITAGE TREES THERE, AS WELL AS THE WILDFLOWER FIELD.

IT'D BE A WONDERFUL LITTLE WALK IF WE'RE ABLE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

AND THEY'RE ALSO PROPOSING TO CONNECT TO THE PARK VIA A HIGH, UM, A HYBRID PEDESTRIAN BEACON.

AND, UM, THERE IS AN EXISTING ADA SIDEWALK ON THE BACK END OF THE PROPERTY THAT IS KIND OF A SIDEWALK TO NOWHERE RIGHT NOW THAT WILL CONNECT MARIPOSA DRIVE TO, UM, THIS, THIS PIECE OF PROPERTY WAS EIGHT ACRES THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BUILD THIS APARTMENT COMPLEX ON.

SO WHAT WE'RE AND WE'VE GATHERED INPUT FROM IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORS AND THE COMMUNITY ON WHAT KIND OF IMPROVEMENTS THEY'D ACTUALLY SEE TO LIKE TO SEE TO THE HERITAGE OAKS PARK.

AND THEY'VE SAID LIGHTS AND KIDS PLAY SCAPES, AND MAYBE EVEN A POOL, UM, EXERCISE BARS, PUSHUP BENCH.

YOU CAN SEE THE FULL LIST LISTED OUT THERE.

AND THEN YOU CAN SEE ON THE NEXT PAGE, WHO OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE NEIGHBORS HAVE PROVIDED INPUT.

SO YOU CAN SEE EVERYBODY LIVES REALLY CLOSE TO THE PARK.

THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT ACTUAL NEIGHBORS WANT, UH, OF THAT PART.

AND WHAT WE'RE HERE IS E ROCK ASKING FOR THEM TAKING A VOTE ON THIS.

UH, AND IT'S COME BACK PRETTY OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOR OF THIS PLAN IS TO HELP

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US SET ASIDE SOME BUDGET TO MAKE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, TO CONNECT MARIPOSA, DRIVE THROUGH A RECREATIONAL EASEMENT, TRAVERSING THE FOUNDATION'S COMMUNITY, MULTIFAMILY COMPLEX INTO THE HERITAGE OAKS PARK AND IMPROVE THAT PART.

IT WILL PROVIDE AN OUTSIZED IMPACT TO THIS AT-RISK COMMUNITY.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S PERSONALLY VERY CLOSE TO ME.

CAUSE I GREW UP IN AT-RISK HOME WITH, TO A SINGLE MOTHER WHO WORKED TWO JOBS AND BASICALLY HAD TO PRAY AND SAY BY ECHO AND DEAL WITH EVERY TIME SHE WENT TO HER SECOND JOB AND JUST HOPE I DIDN'T GET IN TROUBLE.

WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT KEPT ME OUT OF TROUBLE WAS THIS LITTLE KIOSK AT A PARK FIVE MINUTES, WALKING FROM MY HOUSE WHERE I COULD GO AND I COULD CHECK OUT GAMES AND I COULD BE THERE WITH SOME LITTLE 14 YEAR OLD THAT THEY PAID MINIMUM WAGE SALARY TO KEEP AN EYE ON EVERYTHING.

AND I FEEL LIKE THAT'S A, A SOLUTION THAT COULD WORK IN THIS LITTLE PART TOO.

SO I PROPOSE THAT TO YOU.

I KNOW IT'S NOT ON THE OFFICIAL GENDER, ANYTHING, BUT YEAH, I I'D LIKE TO PUT THAT OUT THERE AS FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR THE COMMITTEE.

THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING ME.

THANK YOU, DIRECTOR MCNEELY FOR COMING UP THE OTHER DAY TO LOOK AT THE, THE GREEN SHED.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. DORGAN AND THIS SCOTT CUP.

OKAY.

IF THERE IS SOMEONE THAT COULD WILLINGLY, I THINK WE SHOULD BE OKAY.

WE ARE GOING TO LET HIM SIT RIGHT HERE.

I JUST TOLD HIM MAYBE PRESENTATION CAUSE SHE DIDN'T GET ONE.

HI, MR. CUB.

WELCOME THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

I WANTED TO SPEAK TODAY ABOUT, UM, IT'S DIFFICULT WHEN I TALK ABOUT PEOPLE.

I, PEOPLE I REALLY ADMIRE.

TAKE YOUR, TAKE YOUR TIME, TAKE YOUR TIME.

I DON'T WANT TO TALK TODAY ABOUT, UH, JOAN CABELLA.

SHE WAS A WOMAN WHO DIED OCTOBER 11TH, COUPLE DAYS AGO.

AND, UH, I'M A LIFEGUARD AT BARTON SPRINGS AND, UH, JOAN WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING THIS WOMAN'S IN THE 1960S, LATE FIFTIES AND 1960, THE LED TO THE INTEGRATION AND A BARTON SPRINGS UP AND THINK OF THE PEOPLE WHO WENT TO THE POLE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY AND THOSE WHO WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WHEN I'M SITTING ON THE STAND.

AND I SEE EVERYONE OUT THERE ENJOYING HIM AND I THINK WELL BASIS TODAY AND REALIZE THAT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE WITHIN THE LIFETIME OF SOME PEOPLE IN AUSTIN.

AND WE LOST ONE OF THOSE WITNESSES THIS LAST WEEK WHEN JOAN PASSED AWAY AND SHE WAS, UH, RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE OF THE, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO INTEGRATE THE AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL.

AND THEN SHE ORGANIZED SLIMMONS WHEN THE TEACHER, WHEN THE PRINCIPAL TOLD THEM THAT THEY COULD NOT GO TO SWIM AT BARTON SPRINGS FOR THE SENIOR PICNIC.

UM, SO THEY WENT TO CITY COUNCIL AND THEY ORGANIZED THESE SWEAT MANS.

AND EVENTUALLY A COUPLE OF YEARS AFTER THAT, UH, BARTON SPRING WAS OPEN FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR EVERYONE IN AUSTIN TO ENJOY ON AN EQUAL BASIS.

AND I'M WASTING MY TIME HERE THREE MINUTES.

BUT, UH, MY IDEA WAS TO HAVE A DAY IN HER HONOR AT THE POOL, WHERE ARE WE WHERE WE WAIVE THE ATTORNEY'S FEES AND LET EVERYONE SWIM FOR FREE FOR ONE DAY, I DON'T BELIEVE I'M AFFECTED BY IT BECAUSE I

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GREW UP IN HOUSTON.

AND THE FIRST ONE BILL I WORKED AT WAS ALSO DID NOT ALLOW PEOPLE OF COLOR TO SWIM.

AND IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO IN THE EIGHTIES.

AND, UH, ONE DAY THESE, UH, NEIGHBORHOOD PEOPLE MEMBERS BROUGHT, IT WAS A PRIVATE POLL.

THEY BROUGHT SOME BLACK KIDS TO THE POOL AND, UH, THE MANAGER CLOSED IT DOWN.

WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY SAY IN THAT, BUT THEN WE MADE OUR SAY THE NEXT DAY WHEN WE WENT ON STRIKE AND WE SAID, WE'RE NOT GOING BACK UNTIL THEY CHANGE IT.

THEY FIRED US.

SO WE NEVER WENT BACK.

THEY NEVER CHANGED IT.

MAYBE A FEW YEARS LATER.

I DON'T REALLY KNOW.

BUT ANYHOW, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT YOU WAIVE THE ENTRANCE FEES ONE DAY NEXT SPRING, AND PROMOTED AS A SWIM IN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THAT WAS VERY POWERFUL.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

SO IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS, I HAD A COUPLE OF OTHER WRITERS, BUT NOW I WASTED MY TIME, THE OTHER ITEMS, RIGHT? OFFICIALLY WE'RE UM, WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT ANY.

WE JUST CAN LISTEN, DARREN CITIZEN COMMUNICATIONS.

I WOULD ASK YOU TO PUT IT ON THE AGENDA FOR A FUTURE MEETING.

THE OTHER ITEMS I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT.

SEE IF I CAN GET, UH, YOU REMEMBER THAT? OH YEAH, THERE IS A STATUE OUTSIDE BARTON SPRINGS RIGHT NOW, THREE MEN REPRESENTING.

WE WENT TO THE POLE EVERY DAY FOR 40 YEARS FROM 19, 19, 19 59.

THEY WERE INSIDE.

OTHER PEOPLE ARE OUTSIDE.

WE'RE NOT ABLE TO COME IN.

I THINK WE SHOULD PUT UP ANOTHER STATUE TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE WHO EVENTUALLY NOW GOOD COME IN BECAUSE OF JOAN AND HER FRIENDS AND THAT REALLY BARTON SPRINGS OF THE PLACE OF JOY.

YOU SEE IT WITH EVERYONE AROUND.

AND SO MAYBE WHAT UP A NEW STATUE COULD BE A GOOD MODEL FOR A STATUE.

THIS IS JOAN ON ONE OF THE SWIM MANS AT BARTON SPRINGS WITH A COUPLE OF HER FRIENDS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND I APOLOGIZE.

I'M NEVER GOING TO WATCH THIS.

THERE'S SO MUCH FOR SHARING THAT WITH US.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO I THINK, BELIEVE THAT'S ALL FOR GENERAL CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

SO, UM, I WANTED TO MEET, BUT I KIND OF WANTED TO, TO REARRANGE THE SCHEDULE A LITTLE OF THE AGENDA A LITTLE BIT, BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE CITIZENS COMMUNICATION ON A COUPLE ITEMS ON THE NON-CONSENT CALENDAR

[A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

AND WE NEED TO DO THE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

I ALWAYS FORGET THIS MINUTES.

OKAY.

HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING.

AND I KNOW THAT, UM, IF ANYBODY HAS ANY CHANGES OR AMENDMENTS OR MODIFICATIONS AT THIS POINT, I HAVE ONE QUICK QUESTION.

YES.

UM, I WAS IN A SCHWAB MEETING WHERE OUR WORDING WAS MISINTERPRETED AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE CLEAR, UH, THE WAY WE, I WENT BACK AND LISTENED TO SAM GAVE ME THE TAPE I CAN LISTEN TO.

AND I, IT WAS 10 30 AT NIGHT, IF YOU REMEMBER, AND WE WERE FUMBLING AROUND.

AND SO THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SAID, BUT I, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION THAT WE STRIKE THE WORDING.

SO I'M LOOKING AT PAGE TWO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MINUTES WHERE IT SAYS THE THIRD TIME NUMBER, ITEM NUMBER 3, 1, 2, 3, 4 PARAGRAPHS DOWN THERE.

IT WAS THE, THE MOTION THAT WE ACTUALLY DID PASS.

AND, UM, IT SAYS BOARD MEMBER CALLED HIM.

SCHEIBEL MADE A MOTION TO RECOMMEND TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION THAT THE SPACE IN PUB, THE 3 0 5 SOUTH CONGRESS PED IS NOT SUPERIOR WITH FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND I WONDER IF IT WOULD BE MORE CLEAR IF WE STRUCK THE WORDS TO RECOMMEND TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND SAID, BOARD MEMBER CONGRESS, TRIBAL MADE A MOTION THAT THE STATESMAN PUD, THE THREE OR FIVE SOUTH CONGRESS PED IS NOT SUPERIOR WITH FURTHER RECOMMENDATION, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

AND, UM, I UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN AGREE IF WE AGREE TO THAT WORDING, WE DON'T NEED TO TAKE ANOTHER VOTE ON THE MOTION.

WE JUST NEED TO TAKE A STANCE ON WHETHER IT'S CLEAR OR NOT.

AND I THINK YOU WANTED TO DO THAT BECAUSE THE WORDING WAS NOT, IS THAT THE SCHWAB MEETING MONDAY NIGHT AND MR. RUSS TOBIN TWICE SAID THAT WE MADE A RECOMMENDATION OF THE PUD.

AND ALTHOUGH I CORRECTED HIM, IT STOOD THAT HE SAID THAT, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE MADE OUR, OUR MOTION CLEAR.

AND SINCE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE POD AS A HALF BAKED CHICKEN, I'M THINKING THAT WE DIDN'T REALLY RECOMMEND THAT PUD, ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAVE THIS LONG SERIES OF CONDITIONS.

SO I'M JUST HOPING THAT WE CAN, MAYBE IF WE'RE NOT, IF YOU'RE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH IT,

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BUT I HAD CHECKED WITH SAM BEFOREHAND ABOUT, WE CAN POSSIBLY STRIKE THAT IF WE ALL AGREE TO STRIKING THOSE WORDS.

RIGHT.

WELL, I DO AGREE THAT IT WAS LATE AT NIGHT, AND I KNOW THAT OUR SENTIMENT WAS CLEAR TO WHAT EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE SAYING.

SO I'M, I AM COMFORTABLE WITH THAT.

IF, IF EVERYBODY ELSE I THINK, UM, I WOULD PREFER IF WE COULD ADD, UM, AN ANNOTATION TO THE MINUTES THAT CLARIFIES THE MEANING RATHER THAN CHANGES THE TEXT OF WHAT THE MOTION ACTUALLY WAS.

I THINK THAT THERE'S JUST A LITTLE MORE INTEGRITY IN THAT.

SO IF WE COULD, IS IT POSSIBLE TO ANNOTATE THE MINUTES AND THAT WAY THERE'S, THERE'S NOT A MOTION ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW.

IS THERE? NO.

OKAY.

SO YOU WANT TO MAKE A MOTION? YEAH.

I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THAT.

WE JUST STRIKE THOSE WORDS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT SAYS BOARD MEMBER, COTTON TRIBAL MADE A MOTION THAT THE STATESMAN PAD, THE 3 0 5 SOUTH CONGRESS POD IS NOT SUPERIOR WITH FURTHER RECOMMENDATION.

AND THEN THE REST WOULD STAND AS POS AS, AS APPRENTICE.

SO WE DO HAVE A MOTION.

NO, WE CAN DISCUSS IT.

OKAY, PERFECT.

THEN.

YEAH, I THINK, UM, I'M VERY COMFORTABLE WITH, UM, WITH ADDING A CLARIFICATION IN THE FORM OF AN ANNOTATION TO THESE MINUTES TO, UM, CLARIFY WHAT THE INTENDED MEANING WAS.

BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DOCUMENT, UM, THE MOTION, YOU KNOW, THE WORDING OF THE MOTION AS PASSED, UM, CAUSE THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THE MINUTES, BUT I TOTALLY, I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE DESIRE TO, UH, CLARIFY THE INTENT ON THE RECORD IN THE MINUTES.

I THINK WHAT SHE SAID IS THIS IS CLARIFYING THE MOTION THAT WAS MADE THAT NIGHT.

SHE LISTENED TO THE RECORDING.

YEAH.

YEAH.

AND IF THIS, THIS IS THE WORDING ON THE RECORDING, BUT WHAT I'M ASKING AND THE REASON THAT WE CAN DO IT ONLINE HERE AND, YOU KNOW, OFFICIALLY READ IT INTO THE MINUTES IS THAT WE ARE STRIKING THIS, THOSE WORDS TO MAKE THE MOTION CLEARER.

WOULD THAT, I THINK SHE'S SAYING THAT IT WAS MISINTERPRETED BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE WORDING AND SHE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE INTENT OF HER EMOTION IS CORRECT.

SO BY CHANGING THE LANGUAGE, SHE'D BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THAT? SO IT'S SO I'M SORRY.

SO WHAT'S WRITTEN HERE IN THE MINUTES IS THE WORDING THAT WAS, UM, ON THE RECORDING, ON THE RECORDING.

OKAY.

SO ALL I'M ASKING IS THAT WE STRIKE TO RECOMMEND TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION SO THAT IT JUST SAYS THAT I MADE A MOTION THAT THE STATESMAN HUD IS NOT SUPERIOR WITH FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS BASICALLY.

RIGHT.

SO REALLY QUICKLY BEFORE WE MOVE ON, I JUST WANT TO DOUBLE CHECK CAUSE I, OH, I HAVE THIS TENDENCY TO NOT REMEMBER ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE ONLINE.

SO IF BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR OR VICE-CHAIR DIPLOMA HAS ANYTHING TO ADD TO THIS DISCUSSION, PLEASE, PLEASE DO.

SO, AH, VICE-CHAIR DEPALMA AS MUCH AS I WANT TO JUST GO ALONG JUST FOR THE, YOU KNOW, FOR THE SAKE OF GOING ALONG.

UM, THE CLARITY IS ACTUALLY THE FACT WHAT YOU ORIGINALLY SAID IN THE MOTION, WHICH IS RECOMMENDATION TO THAT.

IF THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID, RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION, THAT'S, THAT'S THE CLARITY.

UM, BUT, BUT RICH, THE PROBLEM IS THAT PEOPLE ARE TAKING IT AS A RECOMMENDATION OF THE POD.

THEY'RE NOT READING THE PART THAT SAYS THAT WE RECOMMEND IS NOT SUPERIOR WITH FURTHER RECOMMENDATION TO LOOK FOR.

WELL, I MEAN, WHEN IT, WHEN IT COMES TO OUR ACTIONS THAT WE TAKE, WE CAN RECOMMEND, UM, A RECOMMENDATION DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE'RE SUPPORTING SOMETHING.

IT MEANS THAT WE MAKE A RECORD, WE CAN MAKE A RECOMMENDATION FOR OR AGAINST.

I THINK THAT IT SOUNDS LIKE MAYBE THE, THAT, UM, MR. RUSS TOBIN IN TALKING ABOUT THIS, MAYBE MISSPOKE OR MAYBE EVEN I'M NOT, I'M NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED, BUT THAT SHE WAS THERE.

SHE WAS THERE AND SHE DID SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

SO WE SHOULDN'T GUESS IF WE WEREN'T THERE FOR SURE.

NO, I'M JUST SAYING IT.

I THINK THAT, UM, I, I THINK THAT, UH, LIKE, CAN WE JUST SAY NOT TO RIGHT.

I MEAN CHANGE IT WHERE IF WE'RE GOING TO CHANGE THE INFORMATION, SORRY, I JUST DROPPED MY MINUTES.

CAUSE I HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

UH, BOARD MUTTON OR BOARD MEMBER COTTON CYBIL AND I THINK TOO, SO I GUESS FOR THAT CLARIFICATION, I JUST FEEL LIKE THE WAY THAT IT'S WRITTEN HERE IS LIKE, IT'S CLEAR TOO.

IT SHOULD BE CLEAR TO SOMEBODY THAT LIKE KNOWS HOW TO INTERPRET, YOU KNOW, THE MEANING OF A BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION.

SO I THINK IT'S SUFFICIENT FOR THAT PURPOSE, BUT I TOTALLY SUPPORT ANNOTATING THIS TO CLARIFY, UM, THAT WE DON'T, THAT THE CONTENT OF THE, OKAY, MY MOTION IS ON THE FLOOR.

I WOULD JUST SAY, I DON'T THINK, I THINK I DIDN'T MEAN TO MAKE A MOTION, UM, A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A ELECTION.

SO LET'S JUST SAY, DO YOU GUYS WANT TO DO, SHE HAS A MOTION AND WE HAVE A SECOND.

I MIGHT PERSONALLY, I THINK THIS WAS HER MOTION.

SHE IS UNCOMFORTABLE

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BECAUSE SHE'S SEEN THE WAY IT'S BEEN MISINTERPRETED IN PUBLIC AND SHE WANTS TO CLARIFY IT.

I AGREE WITH THAT.

IF THAT'S HOW SHE FEELS AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE COMMUNICATING CLEARLY, I'M PERFECTLY FINE WITH THAT.

SO I WILL THE QUESTION TO THAT.

CAN I ASK A QUESTION RELATING TO THAT? BECAUSE IF IT IS MADE A MOTION TO RECOMMEND TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION THAT THE STATE'S BEEN FID IS NOT SUPERIOR, HOW DOES REMOVING THE PLANNING COMMISSION CHANGE? THE, HOW DOES IT CHANGE? UH, THE, THE PLANNING DIRECTORS ABILITY, NOT TO SAY THAT WE MADE A RECOMMENDATION AND HE HAD SAID, HE SAID HE MADE THAT WE MADE A RECOMMENDATION, WHICH WE DID, WHICH IS THE BODY POLITIC TICKET SAID, NO, IT'S NOT SUPERIOR.

I'M SORRY.

HE SAID, WE RECOMMENDED IT.

HE SAID, WE RECOMMENDED THE PUD WITH AMENDMENT WITH, WITH CONDITIONS.

AND SO THAT'S WHY I'M TRYING TO TAKE OUT THE WORDING TO RECOMMEND TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

I'M JUST SAYING BOARD MEMBER CAUGHT HIM.

SCHEIBEL MADE A MOTION THAT THE STATESMAN PUD, THE 3 0 5 SOUTH CONGRESS PUD IS NOT SUPERIOR WITH FURTHER RECOMMENDATION FOR STAFF TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE APPLICANT.

SO I AM JUST TRYING TO STRIKE THE WORDS TO RECOMMEND TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

OKAY.

CAN I JUST MAKE A COMMENT BEFORE WE VOTE? AND THAT IS THAT I KNOW THAT WE HAD MEMBERS THAT NIGHT THAT WERE NOT COMFORTABLE VOTING ON FOR A DENIAL.

AND A SUGGESTION WAS MADE THAT WE MAKE A RECOMMENDATION THAT THE PUD IS NOT SUPERIOR.

AND IN MY OPINION, THAT NIGHT AND TONIGHT, BECAUSE OF THIS SITUATION, IF WE WOULD VOTE TO RECOMMEND A PUD OR VOTE TO DENY A PUD, THAT WOULD BE A CLEAR STATEMENT OF WHAT OUR OPINION IS.

AND YOU KNOW, THAT NIGHT I FELT LIKE THIS IS NOT A, YOU KNOW, PROCEDURALLY ADEQUATE WAY TO GO ABOUT THIS.

SO IF WE CAN JUST KEEP THAT IN MIND, MOVING FORWARD SO THAT WHAT WE'RE ASKED TO DO IS APPROVE IT OR DENY IT AS SUPERIOR BASED ON THE FACTS BEFORE US.

THANK YOU.

AGREED.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO YOU JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO ADD TO THAT.

MY INTENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO APPROVE OR DENY BASED UPON THE FACTS IN FRONT OF ME.

OKAY.

BOARD.

REMEMBER TAYLOR, DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD? NO, I DON'T.

I, I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD JUST GO AHEAD AND HAVE A VOTE ON THIS.

OKAY.

IN THAT CASE, LET'S GO AHEAD AND UNLESS REMEMBER HAGMAN OR BERNARD HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD TO THIS TOO? SORRY.

OKAY.

IN THAT CASE, UM, LET'S GO AHEAD AND WE HAVE, UH, WE HAVE A MOTION AND WE DO HAVE A SECOND ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE SAY, AYE.

AYE.

AND WE HAVE, UM, UNANIMOUS.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER COTTONS.

CYBIL.

OKAY.

SO AS I SAID BEFORE, I'D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE AND HAVE, SINCE WE DO HAVE CITIZENS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE TO, UM, TO SPEAK ON THESE ITEMS, I DON'T WANT TO KEEP THEM HERE LATE.

SO I'D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE AHEAD TO THE NON-CONSENT CALENDAR AND THE MINUTES.

AND I, ONE OF THESE DAYS I'LL PROBABLY NOT BE CHAIR ANYMORE, BUT I'LL I'LL REMEMBER WHEN I'M NOT CHAIR.

OKAY.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND LIST VOTE TO APPROVE THE AMENDED MOMENT MINUTES.

CAN I TALK I'LL I'LL DO THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

OKAY.

SECOND, SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR AND IT'S UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

[B3. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Director supporting the naming of the ballfield at Pan American Neighborhood Park.]

OKAY, FINALLY, I'M READY TO, UM, TO MOVE ON AND LET'S GO AHEAD AND, UM, LET'S START WITH THE, UH, UNDER THE NON-CONSENT CALENDAR, THE PRESENTATION DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE RECOMMENDATION TO THE PARKS OR RECREATION DIRECTOR SUPPORTING THE NAMING OF THE BALL FIELD AT PAN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD PARK.

AS EVERYBODY REMEMBERS, WE HAD, UM, A DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS AT OUR LAST MEETING WHEN WE HAD ONE APPLICANT.

AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE OTHER ONE TODAY, BUT I'LL TURN IT OVER TO, UH, DIRECTOR MCNEELY.

SO WE DO HAVE SPEAKERS.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR THE SPEAKERS FIRST? YEAH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO WE HAVE SEVERAL SPEAKERS.

UM, THANK YOU FOR COMING.

WE WILL START WITH, UH, DEREK CASTILLO.

MR. CASTILLO, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD GOING TO SEE SOME OF YOU GUYS AGAIN.

UM, WE, I SPOKE BRIEFLY, I GUESS, AT THE LAST MEETING, UM, BUT I'M HERE TO ADVOCATE AND REALLY TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT MY FATHER.

UH, TONY TC CASTILLO IS WHAT THEY CALLED, UH,

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IN MANY CIRCLES.

UM, BUT TODAY YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM MYSELF, UM, AND SOME OTHERS, UM, ABOUT HOW HE TOUCHED THEIR LIVES, UM, AND HOW WE FEEL THAT RENAMING THE SOFTBALL FIELD AT PAN-AMERICAN RECREATION CENTER OR PAN-AMERICAN PARK IS FITTING, UH, FOR HIM.

UM, I'M EXCITED TO TELL YOU ABOUT HIM BECAUSE I DON'T THINK YOU WILL FIND ANY INDIVIDUAL IN EAST AUSTIN THAT HAS GIVEN 60 PLUS YEARS OF HIS LIFE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, MY FATHER GREW UP IN EAST AUSTIN, PARTICIPATED IN PAN-AM PROGRAMS AS A KID, VOLUNTEERED AS A TEENAGER, ACTUALLY WORKED AT THE RECREATION CENTER, UM, IN HIS EARLY ADULTHOOD, UH, AS A REFEREE, AS A COACH, AS A VOLUNTEER, UH, THEN WAS ON THE PAN-AM BOARD AND THEN WAS IN THE SEAT LIKE YOURSELVES.

HE WAS PART OF THE, UM, AUSTIN PARKS, RECREATION BOARD AS WELL FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

UM, THIS IS A PLACE THAT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO HIS HEART.

UM, HE'S PUT A LOT OF BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS IN, INTO THE PARK.

UM, AND IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE WHEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT MY TIME WITH HIM AT THE PARK, I WOULD COME HOME SOMETIMES FROM SCHOOL OR WHEREVER I WAS AT.

AND I'D ASKED MY MOM HE'S DOWN OVER THERE.

WHERE'S DAD.

OH, HE'S AT PAN-AM.

OH, OKAY.

MOM, NEXT DAY OR TWO LATE WHERE'S DAD.

HE'S AT PAN-AM BY, BUT AFTER A WHILE I DIDN'T ASK BECAUSE I KNEW WHERE WAS OKAY.

AND HE WAS EITHER PLAYING, HE WAS ORGANIZING, UM, OR JUST ENRICHING, YOU KNOW, THE NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM THERE.

AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT.

I FEEL LIKE SEEING THAT AS A KID, I MAN, I, IT WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS INSPIRATIONAL BECAUSE HE WAS GIVING BACK TO A PLACE THAT HAD GIVEN HIM SO MUCH.

UM, AND TO THIS DAY, MY DAD CONTINUES TO STAY INVOLVED IN THE EAST AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

UM, HE'LL BE TURNING 80 NEXT YEAR, THIS SUMMER, UH, HE WAS PART OF, UH, A FAST PITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, UM, AND WHERE HE ORGANIZED A MOVEMENT TO HONOR OLDER, FAST PITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTS.

THESE ARE GUYS WHO HE PLAYED WITH.

UNFORTUNATELY MANY OF THEM ARE NO LONGER AROUND, BUT IT WAS REALLY HEARTWARMING TO SEE FAMILY COME AND ACCEPT THE AWARD AND UNDERSTAND THAT, WOW, MY FATHER DID SOMETHING REALLY UNIQUE ON THIS FIELD AND HE'S BEING HONORED FOR WHAT HE DID HERE.

UM, AND TO ME, THAT'S THE ESSENCE OF RECREATION.

THAT'S THE ESSENCE OF SPORTS.

THAT'S THE ESSENCE OF, OF ATHLETICS.

AND THIS FAN BACK HERE TO ME REALLY EXEMPLIFIES THAT.

IN FACT, TOMORROW, HE'S GOING TO BE PLAYING GOLF TOMORROW WITH A GROUP OF BUDDIES.

UH, IT STARTED AS EIGHT INDIVIDUALS.

NOW IT'S ABOUT 40 OR 50.

IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, HE'S ORGANIZED THESE GROUPS.

THEY GO PLAY AT A CITY AT A CITY GOLF COURSE AT, AT, UH, UH, JIMMY CLAY.

AND HE'S AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HIM STILL STAYING INVOLVED.

SO YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR SOME GREAT STORIES TONIGHT, AND I'M EXCITED THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TELL YOU ABOUT THIS.

AND AGAIN, WE, WE WOULD STRONGLY CONSIDER YOU, UH, THINKING ABOUT MY FATHER AND RENAMING.

PAN-AM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. CHRIS TO YOU.

OKAY.

NEXT UP IS, UM, MR. ART, RAMIREZ, IS HE OUT SIDE HI, MR. RAMIREZ, THANK YOU FOR COMING.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, MY NAME IS ART RAMIREZ.

I GREW UP IN EAST AUSTIN.

I INT I ATTENDED SAVALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WHICH IS ADJACENT TO PAN-AM AND MARTIN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH IS DOWN THE STREET FROM PAN-AM AFTER GETTING MARRIED.

WE MOVED OUT OF EAST AUSTIN, BUT EVERYTHING WE LOVE WAS STILL EAST OUR CHURCH, OUR YOUTH LEAGUE THAT OUR SONS PARTICIPATED IN.

AND OF COURSE MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

PAN-AM FORTUNATELY, WE GOT BACK AS QUICKLY AS WE COULD.

AND NOW WE ARE RE UH, LIVING JUST FIVE MINUTES AWAY FROM THE PAN-AM SOFTBALL FIELD.

I'M THE OWNER OF A VISION GENERAL CONTRACTORS, AND THE MAJORITY OF MY PROJECTS ARE LOCATED IN EAST AUSTIN.

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT EAST.

IT'S MY HOME.

PRIOR TO BEING A BUSINESS OWNER, I WORKED FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR 24 YEARS.

DURING MY LAST FIVE YEARS, I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE THE SITE SUPERVISOR OF THE PAN-AM RECREATION CENTER.

SO I KNOW OF WHAT I SPEAK WHEN I SAY THE RECREATION CENTER, THE SOFTBALL FIELD AND ALL ITS HISTORY, HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE HEARTS OF MANY EAST AUSTIN RESIDENTS, INCLUDING MYSELF.

AND TODAY, I PROUDLY HERE BEFORE YOU TO OFFER

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MY FULL SUPPORT OF RENAMING THE PAN-AM SOFTBALL FIELD TO TONY TC CASTEEL FIELD.

MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH TC TONY OR TC HAS WE AFFECTIONATELY HAVE CALLED THEM WAS WHEN I WAS 11 OR 12 YEARS OLD.

I VIVIDLY REMEMBER BEING A PARTICIPANT AT THE RENE RAMIREZ CAMP FOR KIDS WHILE THE CAMP WAS NAMED FOR RENEE I US, AND THERE'S NO RELATION.

IT WAS TC WHO WAS THE CAMP ORGANIZER? I REMEMBER THE CAMP BUS PICKING ME UP AND MY FRIENDS AT PAN-AM AND AT THE OLD SALVATION ARMY TO TAKE US TO THE CAMP.

I REMEMBER TC SHOWING ME HOW TO PROPERLY HOLD A GOLF CLUB, HOW TO PLAY BASEBALL.

I REMEMBER IN A BASEBALL GAME AT CAMP, I WAS HIT BY A PITCH.

TC WAS THE UMPIRE AND TC LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, NO BLOOD TAKE YOUR BASE.

AND I GLADLY DID.

UM, AND I PROBABLY DID.

SO AS A CAMP PARTICIPANT, I SPENT A WEEK LEARNING THERE ABOUT BASEBALL, GOLF, SWIMMING, BASKETBALL, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD REMAIN WITH ME MY ENTIRE LIFE, TC OVERSAW, ALL KIDS' ACTIVITIES.

AND HE WAS A NATURAL AT HOLDING THE ATTENTION OF THE KIDS LONG ENOUGH TO TEACH NOTABLE SKILLS.

I WAS A BENEFICIARY AND A PRODUCT OF EVERYTHING TC HAD TO OFFER.

I REACQUAINTED MYSELF WITH TC WHEN I PLAYED BASKETBALL AT AUSTIN HIGH, AND HE WAS THE HEAD COACH AT JOHNSTON HIGH SCHOOL.

HE WAS HIGHLY RESPECTED AND REGARDED AS ONE OF THE BEST COACHES AROUND JOHNSON WAS ALWAYS ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE CITY.

ALSO DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MY DAD WOULD TAKE ME AND MY BROTHERS TO WATCH MANS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTS COORDINATED BY THE JOKERS ATHLETIC CLUB.

THE, THE JOKER SPONSORED THE TOURNAMENT AND TC WAS THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.

I'M GOING TO HAVE TO ASK YOU TO HAVE THREE MINUTES.

SOMEONE HAVE TO ASK YOU TO, TO WRAP IT UP, BUT IT WAS GREAT.

GO AHEAD.

AND IF YOU CAN JUST WRAP IT UP REAL QUICKLY, BUT IT'S A WONDERFUL, OKAY.

UM, IN CLOSING TO RENAME A CITY FACILITY IN SOMEONE'S NAME IS A TRUE HONOR.

IT REQUIRES THAT THAT PERSON BE HIGHLY RESPECTED AS A MODEL CITIZEN AND THE DIRECT LINK TO THE FACILITY AND THE TRUE HISTORY RELATED TO THE CITY TO THE FACILITY.

SO AS SOMEONE WHO GREW UP IN EAST AUSTIN GREW UP AT PAN-AM WORKS IN EAST, AUSTIN, WORKED AT PAN-AM AND LIVES IN EAST AUSTIN.

I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO RENAME THE PAN-AM SOFTBALL FIELD TO THE TONI TC CASTEEL FIELD.

THANKS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND FOR COMING.

GREAT.

UM, NEXT UP, MR. UH, ERNESTO NATO.

YEAH.

TAKE YOUR TIME.

TAKE YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MY NAME IS PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF AN ORGANIZATION CALLED THE NATIONAL HISPANIC INSTITUTE.

TONY AND I GO BACK MANY YEARS AND YOU CAN TELL THEM ABOUT PLAYING BASKETBALL AND BEING INVOLVED IN A LOT OF ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE OTHER NIGHT, I WAS WATCHING A OLD DOCUMENTARY, UH, FOREIGN INDIVIDUALS IN HOUSTON.

UH, HE WILL KNOW THEM, READ THAT UP ON THEA, RUBEN MARTINEZ, UH, TWO OTHERS.

THE PUNCHES WHO DON AND MARIO THOUGHT IS.

I KNOW THAT TONY WILL REMEMBER THEM CAUSE WE PLAYED AGAINST EACH OTHER.

I'M FROM HOUSTON, BY THE WAY.

AND AT THE END OF THE, OF THE, THE INTERVIEW WITH THESE FOUR GENTLEMEN ALREADY IN THEIR EIGHTIES, LIKE ME, I'M 81.

THEY ASKED A SINGLE QUESTION.

THEY SAID, WHO IN YOUR LIFE IMPACTED YOU THE MOST? AND IT WAS INTERESTING TO ME THAT WHEN THEY FLIPPED THE PAGE AND PART OF THE PRODUCTION, IT WERE THE FACES OF MY PARENTS.

AND I WAS CAUGHT A TOTAL SURPRISE.

THIS WAS HAPPENED TWO NIGHTS AGO.

I CALL MY DAUGHTER NICOLE AND SAYS YOUR GRANDPA AND YOUR GRANDMA FEATURED IN THIS DOCUMENT DOCUMENTARY, YOU OUGHT TO WATCH IT.

THE REASON I BRING THAT UP IS BECAUSE THEY'RE VERY GOOD PEOPLE IN EAST AUSTIN, VERY NOBLE, VERY INVOLVED, VERY CIVIC ORIENTED INDIVIDUALS.

THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT THERE ARE SOME WHO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN BUSINESS.

OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN POLITICS AND SO FORTH, BUT THERE ARE THOSE ANGELS, THOSE, THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO CHANGE THE SOCIAL

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CULTURE AND SOCIAL FABRIC OF A COMMUNITY AND IT'S ENDURING AND IT'S IMPACTFUL.

AND SO THAT'S WHERE TONY FITS IN QUIET, UNASSUMING, BUT EFFECTIVE IN HIS WORK.

AND HE DOES IT WITHOUT NATE, THE NEED FOR REWARD.

I MENTIONED HE HAS DONE IT FOR YEARS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, OLDER PEOPLE, FAMILIES IN THEIR ENTIRETY.

AND HE'S CHANGED THE CONSCIOUSNESS AS WE CALL IT CHANGING MINDSETS FROM COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE SUFFERED TO COMMUNITIES THAT LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR, DO THEIR DEVELOPMENT IN TO THEIR ASPIRATIONS.

THOSE ARE UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS AND THEY DON'T EXIST IN EVERY COMMUNITY, BUT THEY DO.

AND WE HAVE TO FIND THEM AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY DO AND THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEY LOVE THE WORK.

THEY LOVE THE MISSION AND THEY LOVE WORKING, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

I THINK THAT THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR THIS COMMITTEE, THIS COMMISSION OF, OF INDIVIDUALS AT THE BOARD LEVEL WILL BE IN NAMING THAT CENTER FOR SOMEONE THAT HAS A DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE.

WHO'VE LIVED THERE FOR MANY GENERATIONS.

IT'S NOT, IT SHOULDN'T BE POLITICAL.

IT SHOULDN'T BE BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS SUCCESSFUL AS THE BUSINESS PERSON.

IT SHOULD BE SOMEONE WHO CHANGED LIVES, WHO GAVE HIS HEART OR HER HEART TO THE COMMUNITY.

AND NOW IT'S TIME TO RECOGNIZE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO PEOPLE AND HOW IT CHANGED, HOW THEY SAW THE WORLD.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THIS HAS BEEN A REAL HONOR AND I'M INDEED HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH A GOOD FRIEND, BERNICE AND HIS HORSE, TONY AND ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, NEXT UP, MR. WILLIAM COHEN.

HELLO, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HELLO.

MY NAME IS BILL COHEN AND I'M THE PRESIDENT AND OWNER OF OUR FAMILY'S 138 YEARS OLD JEWELRY COMPANY, JOE COHEN AND SON JEWELERS.

I'M SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD RENAMING THE PAN-AMERICAN CENTER AFTER COACH TONY CASTEEL IN 1980, EXCUSE ME.

I WAS BUSED FROM ANDERSON TO JOHNSTON HIGH SCHOOL.

AS A RESULT OF FORCED INTEGRATION.

I PLAYED BASKETBALL AT ANDERSON AND THE COACH AT THE TIME WAS BILL THOMPSON FROM MY 16 YEAR OLD EYES.

COACH THOMPSON WAS A GIANT OF A MAN.

HE MUST HAVE STOOD ABOUT SIX FOOT SIX AND WEIGHED ABOUT 250 POUNDS OR MORE.

COACH THOMPSON'S WIFE HAD WORKED AT OUR JEWELRY STORE.

SO WE HAD A PRIOR RELATIONSHIP.

I REMEMBER COACH THOMPSON TELLING ME YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE COACH CASTILLO AT JOHNSTON.

HE'S A GREAT COACH.

HE'S AN EAST AUSTIN AND JOHNSTON LEGEND COACH THOMPSON SAID HE WAS A GIANT IN HIS COMMUNITY.

THIS WORD MAY A BIT IS I THOUGHT COACH THOMPSON WAS A GIANT STANDING ABOUT SIX FOOT SIX.

I COULDN'T IMAGINE HOW BIG THIS COACH CASTEEL MUST BE.

IF COACH THOMPSON WAS CALLING HIM A GIANT FAST FORWARD TO THE FIRST DAY OF BASKETBALL PRACTICE AT JOHNSTON AND THE SWINGING DOOR TO THE GYM FLIES OPEN LIKE A STICK OF DYNAMITE, HIT IT.

AND HERE COMES THIS HURRICANE OF A MAN THROUGH THE DOOR.

AND HE SAID, GENTLEMEN, I'M COACH CASTILLO.

LET'S GET TO WORK.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID.

AND OBVIOUSLY THAT'S WHAT COACH CHRISTINA HAS DONE FOR THE LAST 65 YEARS.

THIS GIANT OF A MAN IMMEDIATELY WON THE HEARTS AND RESPECT OF SO MANY NEW STUDENTS, BOYS AND GIRLS, WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC, OR OTHER ATHLETES, OR BECAUSE HE OPENED HIS HEART TO US AND GAVE US HIS ALL THE EXACT SAME WAY THAT HE HAS DONE AT THE PAN AMERICAN CENTER AND EAST AUSTIN FOR 65 YEARS, HE TAUGHT ME IN MANY OTHER SO MUCH MORE THAN BASKETBALL.

HE TAUGHT US HOW TO SUCCEED ON AND OFF THE QUARTER FIELD.

HE TAUGHT US TO RESPECT.

HE TAUGHT US RESPECT AND HARD WORK.

HE TAUGHT US TO HAVE PRIDE PRIDE OF THE EAST SIDE.

HE LED BY EXAMPLE AND HE STILL DOES.

IT WAS EASY TO SEE THE RESPECT AND LOVE THAT THE JOHNSTON STUDENTS, FELLOW COACHES, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS HAD FOR COACH CASTILLO.

HE WASN'T A TALKER.

HE WAS A DEWAR COACH.

CASTILLO IS STILL TEACHING, STILL COACHING, STILL GIVING HIMSELF TO US AND TO SO MANY OTHERS, COACH CASTILLO COULD ALSO SHOW US TOUGH LOVE AND LET'S FACE IT.

MANY OF US NEEDED IT BACK IN THE DAY.

HE DID IT BECAUSE HE CARED ABOUT US.

HE WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HE DID.

HE HAD A FAMILY, HE HAD KIDS OF HIS OWN.

HE DIDN'T HAVE TO POUR HIS HEART AND SOUL INTO COACHING, TEACHING, MENTORING, ALL THESE OTHER KIDS THAT WEREN'T HIS, BUT HE DID.

THAT'S WHO HE IS.

HE DID IT AT JOHNSTON AND AKINS HIGH SCHOOLS.

HE DID IT AT THE PAN AMERICAN CENTER AND HE'S DONE IT ALL OVER EAST AUSTIN FOR HIS ENTIRE LIFE.

COACH CASTILLO IS NOT A ONE HIT WONDER.

HE'S A LIFETIME ACHIEVER, ALWAYS ADVOCATING FOR THE CHILDREN AND RESIDENTS OF EAST AUSTIN.

I CAN'T IMAGINE ANYONE ELSE BEING MORE DESERVING OF THIS HONOR, COACH CASTILLO'S ROOTS TO THE PAN-AMERICAN CENTER IN EAST AUSTIN, RUN TRUER AND DEEPER THAN ANYONE ELSE THAT I KNOW CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AT THE PAN-AMERICAN CENTER AND ALL THROUGHOUT EAST AUSTIN IN SUCH A POSITIVE AND GENUINE WAY.

HE HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFETIME GIVING OF HIMSELF

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TO THE PAN AMERICAN CENTER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. COHEN.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. TONY CASTILLO.

AM I REDOING? AM I ALREADY AT THE BOTTOM? NO.

NO.

OH, I MEAN IRENE AND, UH, THERE'S THREE.

THAT ONE IS DONE.

BALANCE TIME.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT THEN EVIDENTLY, UM, MS. IRENE, I'LL BE EIGHTH.

THANK YOU.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS IRENE AND I'M HERE TO VOICE MY SUPPORT AND THE RENAMING OF THE PAN-AMERICAN SOFTBALL FIELD AND OUR, THE PAN-AM PARK COMPLEX TO TONY TC CASTEEL.

I FIRST MET TONY W WHEN WE WERE IN THE SEVENTH GRADE AND WE CONTINUED AS CLASSMATES THROUGH OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION AND THROUGHOUT OUR SCHOOL CAREER, TONY STOOD OUT AS A CLASS FAVORITE AT A LEADER.

TONY GRADUATED FROM JOHNSTON HIGH SCHOOL, AND THEN GRADUATE THEN GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AFTER WHICH HE STARTED HIS CAREER AS AN EDUCATOR AND A COACH.

TONY SOON BECAME ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR TEACHERS BECAUSE HE KNEW HOW TO BRING KIDS FROM ALL RACES AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS TOGETHER.

HE TAUGHT AND COACHED FOR 33 YEARS.

IN 1986, THE HIGHLIGHT OF HIS COACHING CAREER WAS TAKING HIS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM TO THE STATE SEMIFINALS AT THE ERWIN CENTER.

AND I THINK EVERYBODY IN EAST AUSTIN CAME TO CHEER ON THE JOHNSTON RAMS. AS THE ERWIN CENTER WAS SOLD OUT IN 1961, TONY HELPED ESTABLISH THE JOKER'S ATHLETIC CLUB, WHICH IS STILL IN EXISTENCE.

SINCE THAT TIME, TONY HAS CONDUCTED YEARLY FAST PITCH AND BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS AT THE PAN-AM AND HE IS STILL VERY ACTIVE AND MAINTAIN AND SCHEDULE THESE TOURNAMENTS.

HE MADE SURE THE CONCESSIONS WERE MAN HAD OFFICIALS FOR THE GAMES AND TROPHIES FOR THE WINNERS.

AND YES, TONY STILL PLAYS ON AN OVER FIFTIES TEAM.

TONY HAS ALSO GIVEN A LOT OF HIS TIME TO OTHER ACTIVITIES AT THE PAN-AM.

HE ORGANIZED AND DIRECTED CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVES FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS AT EAST AUSTIN.

HE CONDUCTED MANY BASKET BASEBALL PAPS.

AND AS A MATTER OF FACT, AFTER ONE OF HIS BASEBALL CAMPS, TONY AND MEMBERS OF THE JOKERS ATHLETIC CLUB RENTED A BUS AND TOOK THE CAMP PARTICIPANTS TO WATCH AN ASTROS GAME IN HOUSTON.

HE COACHED IN YOUTH LEAGUES AND UMPIRED HUNDREDS OF GAMES.

HE ALSO SERVED ON THE PAN-AM ADVISORY BOARD FOR SEVEN YEARS, WITH FOUR OF THOSE BEING PRESIDENT, ALL OF HIS COMMITMENTS AS COMMUNITY LEADER AND HIS INVOLVEMENT IN ORGANIZATIONS ARE TOO MANY TODAY.

TONY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GO-TO GUY.

IF SOMEONE HAS A PROBLEM OR NEEDS ADVICE, NOT ONLY IS HE WELL-KNOWN IN EAST AUSTIN, HE IS LOOKED UPON AS A LEADER AND IS HIGHLY RESPECTED.

I'M PROUD TO CALL THIS MAN.

MY FRIEND, I CAN THINK I CAN NOT THINK OF ANY PERSON THAT IS MORE DESERVING OF HAVING THE PAN-AM SOFTBALL FIELD AND OUR, THE PAN-AM PARK COMPLEX NAMED IN HIS HONOR.

I THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, NOW, UM, MS. , YOU WERE IN SUPPORT, BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SPEAK, IS THAT CORRECT? OKAY.

AND THEN I HAVE TONY CASTILLO.

THANK YOU, MR. CASTILLO.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

UH, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE PRESENTERS THAT YOU HEARD.

UH, I KNOW THEY GAVE, UH, THEIR TIME TODAY.

UH, LET ME SEE, LET ME JUST SAY IT JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MYSELF GROWING UP.

UH, WE MOVED TO AUSTIN IN THE EARLY FIFTIES FROM TEMPLE, TEXAS.

UH, I QUICKLY FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS A RECREATION CENTER ON 13 KOMAL, AND I WENT THERE AND I CONTINUED TO GO THERE.

AND THAT WAS THE, THE O THE ONLY IS A LATINO AT THAT TIME REGRESSION CENTER IN AUSTIN.

AND THAT WAS BUILT IN 1942 THERE, UH, THE DIRECTOR, THERE WAS A YOUNG, ENERGETIC, UH, RAY GHETTO.

I'M SURE YOU GUYS ARE FAMILIAR WITH HIS PARK.

UH, I ATTENDED MAKE THE NINE BLOCK JOURNEY, UH, TO THE PAN-AM,

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UH, CENTER, UH, WAS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITIES.

I ENJOY PLAYING BASKETBALL AND THE CONCRETE SLAP THAT WAS OUTSIDE, UH, ON OCCASIONS, I WOULD STAY LATER AND WATCH THE MEN'S FAST PITCH GAMES THERE AT HARTFIELD, WHICH WAS CORNER, UH, FROM THE CENTER, AS WELL AS TOUCH MANS FOOTBALL IN SEPTEMBER, LET'S SEE, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 1956, YOU STOPPED AND GOT A GIFT FROM HEAVEN.

MAYOR TOM MILLER INVITED THE CITIZENS OF WASHINGTON TO COME TO THESE SITE TO SEEK THE DEDICATION OF THE FANISH CENTER.

GREAT DAY, DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF IT, MY LITTLE HOMIES AND I, WHICH SNEAK INTO THE ROUTE, THE, UH, THE GYM AREA AND THE GOALS WERE THEN CONSTRUCTED THERE FIRST.

AND WE SAID, WE'RE MAKING HISTORY TONIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE HISTORY TONIGHT.

I'M GOING TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO SCORE ON THIS SIDE OF THE GOAL.

AND I'M GOING TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO MAKE A FREE THROW ON THE WEST COAST.

AND THAT WAS MINE.

AND THE OTHER GUYS CLAIMED THEIR WELL, NEEDLESS TO SAY, CENTER WAS BILLED IN OUR COMMUNITY AND BADLY NEEDED.

I PLAYED, PARTICIPATED, VOLUNTEERED DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH YEARS THERE BECAUSE I LIVED A BLOCK AWAY.

UH, AS I ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, I WORKED FOR THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

YOU NAME THE PLAYGROUND AND HE STASHED IT.

I WORKED IN PALM METS.

DIDN'T WORK AT MONTOPOLIS BECAUSE IT WASN'T BUILT YET THREE MINUTES ALREADY.

WELL, LET, LET ME SAY, LET ME PLEASE, LET ME, LET ME SAY, LET ME SAY CLOSING REALLY QUICKLY.

YES.

THIS, THIS, I COPIED DOWN A LITTLE BIT AND THIS, THESE ARE HIS WORDS AND I JUST MODIFIED IT A LITTLE BIT.

AND THIS IS FROM A WOUND VALDEZ, THE ARTISTS, THEY DID THE MURAL AT THE HILLSIDE AT PAN-AM, AND HE SAYS THE CENTER, THE HILLSIDE, THE TENNIS COURTS.

AND OF COURSE THE STUBBLEFIELD OR SYMBOLS, WELL, THE PEOPLE OF EAST AUSTIN COMMUNITY NOW, NOW, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS TRYING TO SURVIVE.

IT'S AVARIO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS OUT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

ALL RIGHT.

I BELIEVE THAT'S IT FOR CITIZEN COMMUNICATION ON THIS? UM, I DON'T, SO, OKAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO DIRECTOR MCNEILLY, DO YOU WANT TO, UH, PRESENT? YES.

MA'AM.

SO KIMBERLY MCNEALY FROM THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT SERVING AS THE DIRECTOR.

AND IF WE COULD JUST PULL UP THE PAN-AM PRESENTATION FOR THE BALL FIELD, UM, BOARD MEMBERS, YOU WILL RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE EXACT SAME INFORMATION, UH, THAT TALKS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE PARK, RIGHT? THE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK.

IT TALKS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORY AND THE SIZE.

SO THAT'S THE FIRST TWO SLIDES, AND THEN I WILL SKIP OVER THOSE SINCE YOU'VE ALREADY HEARD THAT AND TALK, UM, I'LL PROVIDE YOU THE HIGHLIGHTS THAT I'VE BEEN, THAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT, UM, MR. CASTILLO'S LIFE, SO, AND HIS NOMINATIONS.

SO WE WILL BE ON PAGE FOUR OF THE PRESENTATION, AND YOU'LL NOTICE ON PAGE FOUR, THE PRESENTATION IT TALKS ABOUT, UM, MR. CASTILLO SERVING AS THE PAN-AM ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER.

AND WE THINK, I THINK WE HEARD A SPEAKER TALK TO THAT AND THAT HE WAS ACTUALLY, HE RECEIVED THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY RECIPIENT FOR THE OUTSTANDING MALE PARTICIPANT.

UM, WE HEARD THAT HE WAS A JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER.

WE KNOW THAT HE WAS THE FAST PITCH FATHER OF THE YEAR.

ACTUALLY.

I DON'T THINK ANYONE SAID THAT.

SO HERE'S NEW INFORMATION.

HE WAS THE FAST PITCH, THE TEXAS FASTPITCH FATHER OF THE YEAR.

UM, HE WAS THEN HE WAS, UH, NOMINATED AS PART OF THE NATIONAL LATIN AMERICAN SOFTBALL HALL OF, UM, HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEE.

UM, HE IS A COMMUNITY LEADER, A SPORTS LEADER, AN EMPIRE, A COACH.

AND HE DID, UH, MOST OF THIS WORK OR ALL OF THIS WORK IN EAST AUSTIN.

AND WE LISTED SOME OF THOSE, UM, SOME OF THE SPORTS IN WHICH HE WAS A LEADER, A, A UMPIRE, A COACH IN, UM, HE WAS AN ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER FOR THE PAN-AM RECREATION CENTER.

AND HE ALSO SERVED AS A TEACHER AND A COACH FOR JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR

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APPROXIMATELY 33 YEARS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, UM, IN COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR, FOR THIS GAMING.

AND REMEMBER, JUST SO THAT WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE OF THIS IS TO NAME A BALL FIELD, THE BALL FIELD THAT'S AT THE PAN-AM, UM, NEIGHBORHOOD