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I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED

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SO WE CAN, WE CAN GET OUT OF HERE BEFORE A MEMBER FAILS TO MAKE A PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF THE MEAT.

SO BOARD MEMBER FELL.

SO I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED SO WE CAN, WE CAN GET OUT OF HERE.

SO, UM, ALL RIGHT, HERE WE ARE.

UM, THIS IS A MEETING OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD.

IT'S UM, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021 AT 6:05 PM.

AND I WILL GO AHEAD AND CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AND DO ROLL CALL.

LET'S SEE, UH, VICE DE PALMA VICE-CHAIR DIPLOMA IS HERE.

OKAY.

UH, BOARD MEMBER, RINALDI, BOARD MEMBER.

D CARLA, IS SHE HERE? ONLINE? ANNA.

OH, OKAY.

OH, AND THEN DAISY, UM, UH, BOARD MEMBER MORE GREAT FOR MEMBER FAUST BOARD MEMBER BOARD MEMBER.

BERNARD IS NOT HERE FOR MEMBER.

TAYLOR'S NOT HERE IN BOARD MEMBER, COTTON SEIBEL.

YOU MUTED, BUT YOU'RE YOU'RE PRESENT, RIGHT? OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

ARE YOU STILL MUTED BOARD MEMBER CUT.

AND CYBIL, SHE'S GONE.

SHE'S HAVING CONNECTION TROUBLE.

WE SEE YOU.

SO SHE'S, SHE'S PRESENT.

AND FIRST OF ALL, WE ALL ARE REALLY HAPPY THAT YOU'RE YOU SURVIVED YOUR SURGERY.

CONGRATULATIONS.

SHE LOOKED GOOD.

SO I CAN'T, I THINK SHE'S HAS INTERNET PROBLEMS. OKAY.

SO WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED BEFORE WE DO.

I DO WANT TO, UM, TO WELCOME OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBER.

YAY.

PATRICK MOORE.

HE'S DISTRICT THREE.

WE'RE REALLY HAPPY THAT YOU'RE HERE.

AND YOU COULD JUST TAKE A MINUTE JUST TO TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF REAL QUICK.

THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

HI, THANKS FOR HAVING ME PATRICK MOORE DISTRICT THREE.

UM, I, I TELL HIM ABOUT MYSELF FOR A MINUTE.

ANYTHING, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T HAVE NONE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GIVE US YOUR WHOLE LIFE STORY, BUT JUST TO LIKE A BRIEF COUPLE OF, OKAY, I WAS BORN IN PASADENA.

NO, NO, I'M REALLY HAPPY TO BE HERE.

UH, DISTRICT THREE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.

I'VE LIVED THERE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS.

I'M REALLY HONORED THAT, UH, COUNCILMAN RENTERIA, UH, APPOINTED ME TO THIS ROLE, UM, BEEN, UH, IN PUBLIC SERVICE FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS OR SO THROUGH, UH, MAINLY STATE GOVERNMENT THROUGH, UH, LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARD.

AND NOW FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WITH TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, WHERE I DO A VARIETY OF, UH, PROGRAM EVALUATION, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DATA ANALYSIS FOR THE STATE, UM, TRYING TO HELP GIVE DECISION MAKERS THE TYPE OF INFORMATION THEY NEED TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION, HOPE TO SERVE IN A SIMILAR CAPACITY HERE, ASSISTING THE REST OF THIS BODY RECOMMENDING, UH, ITEMS TO THE FULL COUNCIL.

SO THANKS FOR HAVING WELL, WONDERFUL.

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

WELCOME.

EXCELLENT.

SO I'M GOING TO, BEFORE WE DO CITIZEN COMMUNICATION, THERE'S JUST TWO THINGS I WANT TO MENTION REAL QUICK BEFORE WE GET STARTED, BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE END OF OUR MEETINGS WE GET, WE HAVE TO RACE OUT OF HERE.

ONE IS I WANTED TO JUST, UM, EXTEND A THANK YOU TO SAMMY FOR, UM, FOR ALL SHE'S DONE WHILE SHE'S, UM, BEEN OUR LIAISON AND SHE'S BEEN WONDERFUL AND WE WILL MISS YOU.

SO THANK YOU FOR, UM, AND THANK YOU FOR COMING TONIGHT.

I KNOW YOU'VE KIND OF MOVED ON, SO WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

SO THANK YOU.

AND THEN THE OTHER THING IS, CAN YOU, DO YOU HAVE ANY NEWS ABOUT WHETHER WE WILL STILL BE MEETING HERE OR WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO BE MOVING OVER TO, UM, HIGHLAND, THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS? GOOD EVENING CHAIR.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT OURS WAS ON THE LIST FOR HIGHLAND.

I THINK THAT WAS THE DEVELOPMENT MORE DEVELOPMENT FOCUSED ONE.

SO WE'LL STILL BE HERE? YES.

OKAY, GOOD.

I JUST WANTED TO CHECK.

OKAY.

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

IN THAT CASE, LET'S, UM, MOVE ON TO CITIZEN COMMUNICATION, VICE CHAIR, THE DIPLOMA.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, WE HAVE FIVE CITIZENS FOR ASSISTANCE COMMUNICATION FOR THE FIBER GENERAL SYSTEMS COMMUNICATION, AND THEN WE HAVE ONE PERSON FOR A CONSENT ITEM, NUMBER EIGHT.

SO ON GENESIS CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

THE FIRST INDIVIDUAL WE HAVE IS KEVIN REYNA'S AND MR. ANNECY, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HELLO, I'M KEVIN.

IT'S NICE TO SPEAK WITH YOU AGAIN ON THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

AND SINCE WE'RE STILL IN NOVEMBER, I CAN SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

AND, UH, BEING HERE ON THE BOARD WITH ME TODAY IS AUBREY RUDDER.

SHE IS OUR MANAGER OF RENTAL OPERATIONS

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AT THE BOATHOUSE AND HAS BEEN A PART OF OUR TEAM FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

AND WE JUST MOVED HER INTO THAT NEW POSITION.

AND I'M THRILLED TO HAVE HER ON THE TEAM.

I MENTIONED LAST MONTH THAT WE HAD, WE HAD HELD THE 37TH ANNUAL HEAD OF THE COLORADO REGATA AT FESTIVAL BEACH.

THE WEATHER WAS FABULOUS.

REGATTA WENT OFF WITH A HITCH.

WE HAD 26 ROWING ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATING ACROSS 52 EVENTS, 440 ENTRIES.

AND I THINK MR. NICHOLSON MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OF THOSE ENTRIES REPRESENTING APPROXIMATELY 800 ATHLETES ACROSS YOUTH MASTERS AND COLLEGIATE TEAMS. AND WHAT'S ALWAYS FUN WITH THESE EVENTS IS WE DRAW ROWING TEAMS FROM ACROSS TEXAS, LOUISIANA, COLORADO, AND OKLAHOMA.

IN CASE YOU MISSED THE, THE REGATTA IN THE FALL.

WE HAVE OUR SPRING ONE ALSO OFF A FESTIVAL BEACH CALLED THE HEART OF TEXAS.

I THAT'LL BE ALSO LIKE OUR 37TH YEAR HOLDING THAT REGATTA.

AND THAT'S AT THE END OF FEBRUARY 26TH AND 27TH.

I'VE MENTIONED BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB BEFORE WE WRAPPED UP OUR FALL PROGRAMMING WITH THEM.

AND IN THE SPRING, WE'RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE'LL BE LAUNCHING AN INDOOR ROWING PROGRAM WITH BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AT THEIR HOME CLUB, AS IT'S CALLED OFF OF 180 3 IS PART OF OUR ROWING AND SCHOOLS EXPERIENCE PROGRAM.

AND THEN LASTLY, BUT NOT LEAST, I'D LIKE TO THANK DIRECTOR MCNEELY WHO HAS BEEN WORKING WITH US CAT, METRO AND ATP TO FIND A WAY FORWARD FOR CONTINUITY OF THE SERVICES AND PUBLIC BENEFIT.

AUSTIN ROMAN CLUB PROVIDES THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY AT THE WALNUT CREEK BOATHOUSE, UH, WHICH WILL BE DESTROYED AS PART OF PROJECT CONNECT AS Y'ALL KNOW.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT EFFORT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS BILL BUNCH SOS ALLIANCE, MR. BUNCHY OF THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY ON THIS IMPORTANT BOARD.

UM, BILL BUNCH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITH SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

UM, I'VE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH SOS, BUT ALSO WITH THE ZILKER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION AND THE, UM, A COUPLE OF OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS, BARTON HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, BOLDEN CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ON A NUMBER OF PARTS ISSUES, BUT ESPECIALLY ON THE ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN.

UM, I'M GOING TO BE SPEAKING TO SOME OF THE SUBSEQUENT ITEMS, BUT JUST VERY QUICKLY RIGHT NOW, I WANTED TO, UH, INTRODUCE YOU TO A REWILDING PROPOSAL THAT WE HAVE DEVELOPED A PARK PLANNER AND A LANDSCAPE RESTORATION ECOLOGIST, ELIZABETH MCGREEVEY.

AND, UM, THIS IS THE MAP FOR IT.

UM, THIS IS, UH, CALLING FOR A MAJOR, UH, REFORESTATION OF LARGE PARTS OF THE PARK, UH, TO RETURN IT TO MORE OF A NATURAL STATE FOR HUMAN HEALTH BENEFITS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION, UH, AND FOR ADDRESSING URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECTS AND A RANGE OF OTHER ISSUES.

WE'RE GOING TO BE LEADING SOME GUIDED WALKS OF THE PARK TO THINK, TALK ABOUT ALL THE ISSUES, BUT ALSO THE BOARD EXPLAINING THIS.

WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU ALL JOIN US AT SOME POINT.

UH, SOON MY REQUEST TO YOU RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, IS THAT YOU PUT THE ZILKER PARK PLANNING PROCESS ON YOUR AGENDA FOR A REPORT FROM THE CONSULTANTS AND FOR PUBLIC INPUT.

WE'RE VERY CONCERNED THAT THERE'S NOT A STAKEHOLDER PROCESS THAT THIS LAST ROUND OF INPUT, UM, WAS LESS THAN DESIRABLE.

THERE'S EXTREMELY LENGTHY SURVEY IS VERY JUMBLED.

UM, I DUNNO IF ANY OF YOU TRIED TO TAKE IT, BUT IT'S A RATHER DAUNTING, UH, WE WERE EXPECTING THAT REAL PROPOSAL AND SCENARIOS FOR THE PARK WOULD BE LAID OUT.

THEY WERE NOT.

SO, UH, AND THE WHOLE THING IS SUPPOSED TO WRAP UP, UH, IN THE SPRING.

SO WE'RE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROCESS AS WELL AS THE SUBSTANCE AT THIS POINT.

SO PLEASE CONSIDER THAT REQUEST.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. SHARON BLIGHT.

GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

I THOUGHT HE DID.

OH, IS IT ON? OKAY.

HI, I'M SHARON .

UH, I'M A ROSTON RAMP, WHICH STANDS FOR RESCUE AUSTIN MEMORIAL

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PARK.

WE'VE BEEN EXISTED SINCE 1991 FOR THE, UH, TO OBJECT TO THE FIRST ENCROACHMENT, UH, ATTEMPT TO TAKE OVER AUSTIN MEMORIAL PARK.

UM, WE DO THIS FOR THE ELDERS OF AUSTIN, AS WELL AS PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST YOUNG, YOUNG CHILDREN TO UNTIMELY DEATHS.

AND THIS IS WHAT WE REALLY ARE ARE ABOUT.

UM, WE, WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANY TAKEOVER ENCROACHMENT OF ANY PART OF THAT CEMETERY, BUT LATELY I PUT THIS HERE ON YOUR, UH, PASS THIS OUT, IT'S CALLED A PRAIRIE RESTORATION AND IT NEAR AS I CAN FIND OUT THAT JUST THREE PEOPLE FROM ALLENDALE HAD PROPOSED FOR THE PARKS DIRECTOR THAT THEY TAKE OVER PART OF THE CEMETERY AND MAKE IT INTO A, UM, THIS ISN'T WORKING.

THEY, UM, SO THIS IS, THIS IS WHAT I'VE LAID ON YOUR DESK.

THERE ISN'T PRAIRIE PRESERVATION DEAL.

I GUESS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO JUST LET YOU, UM, AND IT SAID A GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS.

WELL, I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHO DEFINED THE STAKEHOLDERS OF THE THREE PEOPLE IN ALLENDALE.

ARE THEY PRO PLOT OWNERS OR NOT? UH, AND THIS IDEA IS NOT TEMPORARY.

UH, IT IS FOR 50 OR A HUNDRED YEARS.

THE ENTIRE AREA OF THE CEMETERY IS DEDICATED CEMETERY AND CANNOT BE USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES LIKE PRAIRIE RESTORATION PER STATE LAW.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THERE'S BEEN NO ENCROACHMENT.

THERE WAS NO ENCROACHMENT FROM 1927 TO 1991, THE 64 YEARS.

BUT SINCE 91, THERE'S BEEN SEVERAL ENCROACHMENT ATTEMPTS BY DEVELOPERS, AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL GROUPS IN ALLENDALE THAT WANT TO TAKE OVER THE CEMETERY.

UM, WHAT HAPPENED PART OUTSOURCED THE CARE OF THE CEMETERIES.

SO TH THIS ALLOW THESE PEOPLE TO COME IN AND TRY TO TAKE IT OVER NEXT SLIDE.

THE VISION PLAN OF THE CEMETERY HAS NO PRAIRIE PRESERVE RESTORATION IDEA IN IT AT ALL.

DIVISION PET PLAN COSTS $3 MILLION, UH, BACK IN 2015, AND IT OUTLINES WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE CEMETERY.

THERE IS NO PRAYER RESTORATION IN THAT PLAN.

WHY THROW THE VISION PLAN IN THE TRASH WHEN WE SPENT TWO YEARS TRYING TO MAKE IT A GOOD PLAN.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, AUSTIN MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY IS DETERIORATING PARK PARKS SHOULD FOCUS ON IMPROVEMENTS OUTLINED IN THE VISION PLAN.

PLEASE DO NOT SIDELINE MY, THIS PROPOSAL LIKE THE PRAIRIE REZ RESTORATION, WHERE THERE IS NO NEED FOR THIS.

ANYONE CAN WALK THE WALK, THE CEMETERY.

THERE'S NO REASON FOR PEOPLE TO MOVE IN THERE AND TRY TO TAKE OVER IT.

WHEN IT'S ALREADY THERE, IT'S ALREADY TO BE USED FOR THE VISION PLAN.

NEXT NEXT SLIDE, STAY LAW MANDATES AND HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE OF SEVEN 13.011, THESE POINTS, AND I'LL BE HAPPY TO FURNISH MY ENTIRE PRESENTATION, BUT I'M ASKING THE PARKS DIRECTOR TO PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS PROPOSAL FROM THESE FEW PEOPLE IN ALLENDALE, BECAUSE IT'S FOR THE ELDERS AND THE FAMILIES, NOT, NOT THE CITIZENS OF ELLENDALE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR TIME.

ALL RIGHT, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS STILL ON GENERAL ASSISTANCE.

COMMUNICATION IS KIMERY, UH, DUDA WITH EXPEDITION SCHOOL.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

YOU GOT THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

I JUST WANTED TO INTRODUCE MYSELF AND SAY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

I WANTED TO THANK MS. MCNEELY DIRECTOR AND THE PARKS BOARD FOR, FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS.

I GREW UP HERE IN AUSTIN.

I WOULDN'T BE THE PERSON I AM TODAY WITHOUT THE ACCESS TO THE PARKLANDS AND THE MENTORS AND THE EDUCATORS.

I AM THE FOUNDER OF THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL, AND I FOUNDED THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL IN 2006, BASED ON THE TRANSFORMATIONS I WITNESSED IN THE FIELD, BOTH AS A CLASSROOM EDUCATOR AND AS A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, IT WAS A BIG HONOR TO BRING IT TO AUSTIN.

AND SINCE WE OPENED OUR DOORS, WE HAVE BEEN SERVING THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS AND SUCH THAT WE TEACH PADDLING AND WE TEACH SAFETY COURSES AND WE HAVE HAD OVER 120 LIVES SAVED BY THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN OUR COURSES.

WE ARE THE YOUNGEST CONCESSIONAIRE ON THE WATER AND A PRIVILEGE TO BE.

SO, AND WHEN YOU SEE THE CONCESSION REPORT TONIGHT, YOU'LL SEE US, UM, UP THERE REPRESENTED, WHICH IS A BIG HONOR TO SEE US UP THERE.

I'M HERE TO ALSO INTRODUCE JORDAN MAINE.

UH, JORDAN IS ONE OF OUR BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS WHO HAS DIRECTLY BENEFITED FROM OUR PROGRAM.

WE ARE ALSO A 5 0 1 C3 NON-PROFIT

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THAT PROVIDES FREE OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND TO BLIND VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS IN SEVERE COGNITIVE DISABLED.

AND WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO NOT ONLY SEE JORDAN FLOURISH THROUGH OUR PROGRAM, BUT HE NOW IS A GUIDE FOR THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL.

WE'RE COMMITTED TO OUR PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE PUBLIC BENEFITS THAT OUR CONCESSION IS PROVIDING TO THE COMMUNITY DOES NOT REFLECT THE NUMBERS THAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT OF WHAT WE EARNED IN 2021.

SO IT'S A BIG HONOR, UM, AGAIN, TO WORK WITH THE CITY AND THE COMMUNITY AT THIS LEVEL.

AND IT'S A BIG HONOR TO ACTUALLY SEE JORDAN, UH, HERE TONIGHT.

AND ACTUALLY HE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE HERE.

WE JUST SAW HIM, UH, HE JUST FINISHED A GUIDE SHIFT FOR US TODAY AND HE WAS SO EXCITED.

HE TOOK THE TIME OUT TO TALK TO YOU ALL TONIGHT.

SO ANYWAY, THANK YOU AGAIN.

APPRECIATE IT.

ALRIGHT.

SO OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. JORDAN MAINE.

AND JUST SO THAT THE AUDIENCE AND EVERYBODY WHO'S WATCHING ONLINE IS CLEAR THAT DURING SYSTEMS COMMUNICATION, WE DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY UNLESS IT'S SUPPOSED TO AGENDA ITEM TO TALK BACK AND FORTH.

AND SO AS MUCH AS WE'D LOVE TO BE ABLE TO ENGAGE AND ASK QUESTIONS, BUT THAT'S NOT LEFT UP TO US.

YEAH.

PERFECT.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW I CAN HEAR MY VOICE ECHOED.

VERY GOOD.

WELL, GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND KEEPING THE PARKS LAND AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US.

UM, JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME.

UH, MY NAME IS JORDAN MANN AND I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

UH, I HAVE WHAT WE CALL A RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA, RP FOR SHORT, AND, UH, IT AFFECTS MY VISUAL FIELD.

SO, UH, MY SHORT VERSION, WHAT I LOVE TO TELL PEOPLE IS IF YOU TAKE A STRAW, YOU LOOK THROUGH IT AND MADE THE, AND A LITTLE BIT BLURRY.

IT'S KIND OF A GENERAL IDEA OF HOW I SEE.

UM, AND JUST AS A ONE QUICK EXAMPLE, IF I AM LOOKING AT MY FINGER, NOW I CAN SEE IT, BUT IF I'M MOVING IT AND I DON'T MOVE MY EYE, NOW I CANNOT SEE IT.

AND NOW I CAN.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I GREW UP IN THAILAND AND I HAD ALWAYS HAD A SPECIAL LOVE FOR THE OUTDOORS, BUT HAS NEVER REALLY HAD PROPER ACCESS.

I WOULD SAY UNTIL I MOVED, UM, IN 2011, WHEN I WAS 12 YEAR OLD TO, UM, AUSTIN, TEXAS, WHERE I GOT TO MEET A BUNCH OF COOL INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING KIMMY, UH, AND THEY WERE SUPER, UH, THEY HAD SOME AMAZING PROGRAMS HERE THAT INTRODUCED ME TO, YOU KNOW, KAYAKING, TO HIKING, TO THE SIMPLE THINGS AND BE ABLE TO JUST WALK OUTSIDE CONFIDENTLY AND TO, UH, UH, ENJOY THE OUTDOORS.

AND, UM, TODAY AFTER ABOUT EIGHT, NINE YEARS OF BEING A PARTICIPANT, UH, AFTER MY FIRST, ALMOST FULL YEAR OF BEING A GUIDE WITH THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL, I HAD MY, I'VE HAD A FEW TIMES WHERE I'VE WORKED WITH, UM, UH, UM, PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, BUT TODAY WAS SUPER SPECIAL FOR ME BECAUSE, UH, EVERY DAY I GET TO GO OUT WITH THEM, LIKE I SEE THE TRANSFORMATION, I FEEL THE ENERGY, THE POSITIVE, UH, JOY THAT COMES OFF OF THEM EVERY TIME.

AND WHEN WE GET OFF THE WATER, USUALLY, YOU KNOW, I FEEL A SENSE OF DISAPPOINTMENT OR THE GROUP I'M WITH FEELS DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE THEY'VE, YOU KNOW, JUST GOT OFF THE WATER AND THEY'D LOVE BEING ON THE WATER AND PADDLING, BUT EVERY TIME I GET OFF THE WATER WITH THESE GROUPS, I JUST FEEL HAPPINESS BECAUSE THAT'S HOW THEY FEEL LIKE THEY THEY'RE EXCITED THAT THEY'RE OUT THERE.

THEY DID IT, THEY CAME BACK AND THEY'RE READY TO DO IT AGAIN.

AND THEY'RE HAPPY THAT THEY GOT THE TIME THAT THEY HAD.

AND, UM, THAT TO ME IS SUCH A SIMPLE BUT DEEP, AMAZING IMPACT THAT THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL HAS HAD FIRST ON ME AND ON THE COMMUNITY AROUND ME.

AND NOW THAT I GET TO BE A PART OF IT AND, UM, FACILITATE THAT AND, UH, MAKE THAT POSSIBLE FOR OTHERS, UH, IS JUST A PRIVILEGE.

AND AN HONOR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY.

APPRECIATE IT.

AND NOW WE'RE MOVING OVER TO THE CONSENT ITEMS. UM, ACTUALLY, NO, HE'S STILL GOT GENERAL SYSTEM COMMUNICATION.

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UH, YEAH.

OKAY.

UM, IS CONSENTED OR NON-CONSENT ITEMS, SORRY.

LET'S SEE.

I DID SIGN UP.

UH, MR. CANADY.

I DON'T HAVE ONE FROM YOU.

SORRY.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

PERFECT.

ALL RIGHT, MR. CANADY, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

APPRECIATE TODD.

HI EVERYBODY.

I'M MIKE CANADY.

I'M THE BOARD CHAIR WITH THE BARTON SPRINGS CONSERVANCY, BUT I'M ACTUALLY HERE IN MY PERSONAL CAPACITY TO COMMEND THE PARKS BOARD.

THANK YOU GUYS FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN GETTING THE PEACE PARK DISTRICTS REHABILITATION PROCESS.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU TWO ANECDOTES, PERSONAL ANECDOTES THAT I HOPE YOU GUYS FEEL APPRECIATED.

UM, ONE WAS, I TOOK MY MOM DOWN THERE THIS SUMMER AND, UH, MOTHER'S KAREN CANADY.

SHE'S VERY INVOLVED WITH MAYFIELD PARK AND WE WERE BOTH JUST OVERWHELMED WITH REALLY THE BEAUTY OF THE SETUP THERE.

IT WAS SO BUSY.

THERE WAS SO MANY YOUNG FAMILIES AND NANNIES AND KIDS DURING A LUNCH HOUR, JUST A VERY VIBRANT PLACE.

AND IT WAS SO FUN TO WALK AROUND THERE AND SEE THE BIG, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE TREE COURT, THE BIG SPHERES CALLED THAT.

I'M SURE YOU GUYS GET SOME CREDIT FOR GETTING THIS PASSED ALONG WITH THE MOODY FOUNDATION AND THE PEACE PARK CONSERVANCY.

BUT, UM, WE WERE SO INSPIRED BY THAT EXPERIENCE.

I ACTUALLY GOT MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS REUNION TO HOLD THEIR 40TH REUNION PICNIC ON THE SATURDAY DOWN THERE.

AND AGAIN, IT WAS A REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCE.

WE WERE ABLE TO RESERVE THE PICNIC TABLES.

UM, AND I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU GUYS A SENSE THAT THIS HAS BEEN A BIG PLUS FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND FOR THE FOLKS.

SO THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT.

UM, AND THEN I, I DID WANT TO ACTUALLY JOIN, I THINK MR. PUNCH MADE A SUGGESTION THAT Y'ALL GET UPDATED ON THE ZILKER PARK VISION PLANNING PROCESS.

I DO THINK THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR YOU TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FRONT END AND NOT JUST THE VERY END.

I THINK THERE MAY BE YOU HAVE A COMMITTEE THAT'S FOCUSING ON THIS, SO I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU ENGAGE WITH THAT, BUT I DO THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HEAR IT'S A COMPLICATED PROBLEM, UH, WITH A LOT OF EFFORT THAT THE CITY IS UNDERTAKING.

UM, AND WE'LL SAY THAT THERE REALLY HAS BEEN EXTENSIVE STAKEHOLDER INPUT.

AND IF YOU GO TO THE CITY'S WEBSITE FOR THE ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN, YOU WILL SEE LOTS OF STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED AND VIDEOED.

AND I WILL CONCLUDE WITH THAT.

I DID JUST NOTICE THAT YOU HAVE A PRESENTATION FROM THE TOURISM COMMISSION THAT I GUESS YOU'RE ADOPTING AND MR. BUNCH.

AND I ACTUALLY WORKED TOGETHER ON THAT TO GET THAT PASS.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF WE CAN HELP ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE WHEN IT COMES UP, BUT I HOPE YOU APPROVE THAT, WHATEVER THAT IS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MR. CANADY.

RIGHT NOW, WE'RE MOVING BACK ARE NOW MOVING TO THE CONSENT ITEMS AND NON-CONSENTING IN ONE INSTANCE, I GUESS, UM, THE FIRST IS MR. BUNCH BILL BUNCH AND HE IS HERE TO DISCUSS ITEMS 4, 8, 9, AND 10, AND, UH, VICE CHAIR DIPLOMA.

YEAH.

WE USUALLY ARE BACK TO TAKING CITIZEN COMMUNICATION WITH THE ITEMS. OH, WE ARE.

OKAY.

GREAT.

OKAY, PERFECT.

OKAY.

SO I DON'T HAVE A SUPER, SUPER LOUD VOICE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? OKAY.

[A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

APPROVAL OF MINUTES IS THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA.

SO HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE MINUTES AND SEE IF THEY HAD ANY, UM, MODIFICATIONS OR CHANGES, OR IF THEY, ANYBODY WANTS TO MOVE TO APPROVE.

PLEASE GO AHEAD.

CHAIR LEWIS.

I DID CORRECT THE SPELLING.

I'M NOT SURE IF ANYBODY HAD ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT BOARD MEMBER COTTON CYBELE I THINK WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT THAT UP AND SHE DID, AS YOU, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN IN THE EMAIL, SHE DID CHANGE THAT.

OKAY.

SO DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE? SO MOVED.

OKAY.

DO I HAVE A SECOND? GREAT.

OKAY.

SO MOVED BY VICE CHAIR DEPARTMENT AND SECOND, AND BY BOARD MEMBER HUFFMAN, UM, ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

OPPOSED.

AND I THINK, DID YOU GET THE ONES THAT PEOPLE ONLINE? YOU'RE GOOD.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S APPROVED.

OKAY.

[CONSENT]

SO WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE CONSENT AGENDA AND WE HAVE THREE ITEMS THAT WENT THROUGH CONTRACTS AND CONCESSIONS, AND ONE THAT WENT THROUGH, UH, FINANCE.

SO I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND JUST READ THOSE OUT LOUD OF SOMEBODY AFTER I DO THAT, IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO PULL ANY OF THEM, THEN, UM, LET ME KNOW.

FIRST ONE IS, UM, A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO AUTHORIZE THE NEGOTIATION

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AND EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SUCCESSFUL PROPOSER ECOSYSTEM DESIGN GROUP FOR LAND MANAGEMENT PLANNING FOR DEPARTMENT NATURAL AREAS.

ALSO, WE HAVE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO AUTHORIZE THE NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF AN INTER LOCAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND FOR THE USE OF ATHLETIC FIELDS THAT DOLORES DUFFY, AND PARQUETS A LOT OF GOALS.

SO RECREATION CENTERS.

THEN WE HAVE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO AUTHORIZE THE NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF AN INTER LOCAL COOPERATES COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE LITERACY FIRST PROGRAM.

AND FINALLY WE HAVE, AND FROM FINANCE, WE HAVE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL THAT ALL ELIGIBLE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAXES BE UTILIZED AS DESCRIBED IN THIS RECOMMENDATION AND THE TOURISM COMMISSION, PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT AND ENVIRONMENT WORKING GROUP MEMO, WHICH IS A RECOMMENDATION FROM, UM, CHAIR OF THAT COMMITTEE, UM, FAST AND WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE, THE MEMBERS THERE.

OKAY.

ANYBODY HERE? WE HAVE A, WE HAVE A CITIZEN COMMUNICATION ON CONSENT ITEM NUMBER FOUR.

OKAY, THEN PLEASE, MR. BILL BUNCH.

ALL RIGHT, THEN.

THANK YOU, MR. BUNCH.

THAT'S NOT ONE TO TURN ON.

OH, OKAY.

UM, THANK YOU AGAIN, BILL BUNCH.

WE'LL SAVE OUR SPRINGS.

I'LL JUST BE SUPER QUICK.

UH, AS MR. KENNEDY NOTED, I'VE BEEN SERVING AROUND THE TOURISM COMMISSION WITH HIM.

UH, I'M ALSO A LAWYER AND I'VE STUDIED THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX STATUTE.

QUITE A, I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE NOTE ON THE, UH, PROVISION THAT'S REFERENCES USING THE HOTEL EMBASSY TAX FOR TRANSPORTATION THAT SERVES TOURISTS.

UM, THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE STATUTE'S VERY CLEAR THAT, UH, A SYSTEM THAT SERVING TOURISTS CAN ALSO BENEFIT THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT WE HAD IN MIND IDEALLY, IS SOMETHING LIKE THE OLD DILLO BUS Y'ALL MAY HAVE REMEMBERED.

THAT WAS A SORT OF A CIRCULATOR THAT WAS FREE, JUST JUMP ON AND OFF OF.

AND THIS COULD REALLY HELP FACILITATE, UH, MOVING PEOPLE IN AND OUT OF ZILKER PARK IN PARTICULAR TO, AND FROM BARTON SPRINGS, OTHER PARKS THAT ARE TOURIST DESTINATIONS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC CAN USE IT AND JUMP IT ON.

SO THIS IS A GREAT SOURCE OF REVENUE, UM, AND WE DESPERATELY NEED GETTING SHIFTING FROM STORING CARS ON PARK, PRECIOUS, LIMITED PARKLAND, AND HAVING PEOPLE ACCESS OUR PARKS DIFFERENTLY WOULD THAT DOESN'T CUT REQUIRE, UH, PAVEMENT AND PARK STORAGE WHILE THEY'RE AT THE PARK.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER.

OH, SORRY.

THAT'S IT FOR THE CONSENT? YES.

SORRY, CHAIR UM, CHAIR AND MOVE THAT WE APPROVE FOR THE CONSENT ITEMS. B ONE B2 B3, BEFORE AS WRITTEN ALL IN FAVOR, YOU CAN GET PEOPLE BEHIND BOARD MEMBER DECARLO.

ARE YOU ABLE TO VOTE OR DO YOU NEED TO BE OFF THE DIETS? UH,

[B.5. Discussion and possible action regarding appointment of Patrick Moore to the Financial Committee.]

DISCUSSING AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING APPOINTMENT OF CHADRICK MOWER TO THE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE.

SO AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE OUR TWO COMMITTEES AND I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE, UM, OUR NEWEST MEMBER, PATRICK MOORE TO THE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE.

DO I HAVE A SECOND, SECOND, SECOND, TWO SECONDS FOR THE COMMITTEE CHAIR.

OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR.

ALL RIGHT.

CONGRATULATIONS.

YOU'RE ON THE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE.

YAY.

SO THAT WAS AGAIN, EASY ENOUGH.

OKAY.

[B.6. Discussion and possible action on the 2022 Parks and Recreation Board meeting schedule.]

THE NEXT ITEM IS THE DISCUSSION AND ACCIDENT ON THE 2022 PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE.

SO, UM, SAMMY, DID YOU WANT TO DISCUSS THAT REAL QUICK? SURE.

GOOD EVENING.

BOARD MEMBERS, SAMMY CARELESS.

UM, YOU HAD AS BACKUP THE PROPOSED 20, 20, 20 22 SCHEDULE FOR

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THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD.

UM, I HAVE IT SET TO CONTINUE FOR THE FOURTH, THIRD, FOURTH, TUESDAY, AS WE HAVE BEEN MEETING OVER THE PAST NUMBER OF YEARS.

UM, I DID ADD A JULY MEETING IN THIS YEAR JUST BECAUSE WE HAD TO, YOU KNOW, WE NEEDED SOME TIME DURING THE MONTH OF JULY THAT WE TRADITIONALLY TAKE OFF TO TRY AND SQUEEZE IN SOME MORE TIME.

SO I PUT THAT IN AND, UM, WE'LL DO THE FIFTH TUESDAY IN NOVEMBER AGAIN, AND THEN NOT HAVE A MEETING IN DECEMBER AS WE TRADITIONALLY HAVE.

SO THE SCHEDULE IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME FOURTH, TUESDAY, SIX O'CLOCK.

UM, IT WILL BE HERE, SHOULD BE HERE AT CITY HALL.

UM, THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES TO THE HYBRID MEETING PROCESS THAT WILL COME AFTER THE START OF THE NEW YEAR, BUT OUR DATES SHOULD REMAIN RELATIVELY THE SAME.

ALL RIGHT.

UNLESS SOMEBODY HAS A CONCERN OR WANTS TO CHANGE THAT.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE THAT WE APPROVE THAT SCHEDULE.

SECOND.

THANK YOU ALL IN FAVOR OPPOSED? I THINK WE'RE GOOD.

THANK YOU.

WOW.

WE ARE ON A ROLL.

HOPEFULLY WE WON'T BE HERE UNTIL 10 O'CLOCK RIGHT.

GOOD IDEA.

OKAY.

THE NEXT

[B.7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to the City Council to authorize the negotiation and execution of a qualified management contract with the successful proposer, Touchstone Golf, LLC to provide management and operational services for the golf and tennis operations and related facilities.]

ITEM IS THE, UM, PRESENTATION DISCUSSING IMPOSSIBLE ACCIDENT REGARDING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO AUTHORIZE THE NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF A QUALIFIED MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WITH THE SUCCESSFUL PROPOSER TOUCHSTONE GOLF LLC, TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONAL SERVICES FOR THE GOLF AND TENNIS OPERATIONS AND RELATED FACILITIES.

AND WE HAVE, UM, KEVIN CHAMELEON.

HI, KEVIN, I'M SORRY.

HELLO, KEVIN CHAMELEON DIVISION MANAGER FOR THE GOLF OPERATIONS.

UM, I'M HERE TO GIVE YOU SOME DETAILS AND BACKGROUND ON THE GRAY ROCK, UM, PROPOSAL AND, UH, THE GOLF OPERATIONS FOR GRAY ROCK GOLF AND TENNIS CLUB.

UM, SHORT VERSION IS THE CITY OF AUSTIN PURCHASE THE GRAY ROCK GOLF COURSE.

UM, UH, IN 2014, THE MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH TOUCHSTONE, UH, WAS ASSUMED, UM, AS PART OF THE PURCHASE OF THE FACILITY.

UM, THAT AGREEMENT YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THE AGREEMENT, UM, DOES EXPIRE DECEMBER, 2021, WHICH LEAVES US WITH, UM, A LITTLE BIT OF A SHORT TIMELINE.

UM, NOT A LOT OF BACKGROUND, UH, AS FAR AS REVENUES.

UH, THE INTERESTING PART OF WHAT THIS AGREEMENT IS THAT IT'S NOT REALLY FUNDED.

UM, THE OPERATING SIDE OF THIS IS, IS FUNDED THROUGH, UM, REVENUE GENERATION.

AND SO THE GOLF COURSE ITSELF, UM, COVERS ITS COST OF OPERATIONS.

AND IT'S ACTUALLY BEEN ABLE TO TRANSFER ABOUT ONE AND A HALF OR $1.8 MILLION OVER THAT TERM, UH, TO THE GOLF FUND, TO OFFSET ADDITIONAL EXPENSES FOR THE GOLF FUND.

UM, THERE'S NOT EXTENSIONS AVAILABLE ON THIS AGREEMENT BECAUSE IT WAS A TRANSFERRED AGREEMENT.

IT WASN'T COMPETITIVELY SOLICITED WHEN WE PURCHASED THE GOLF COURSE.

UM, IT REQUIRES A QUALIFIED MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT, WHICH IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN A LOT OF THE CONCESSION AGREEMENTS THAT TAKE PLACE IN THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

UM, QUALIFIED MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT, UM, HAS IRS IMPLICATIONS BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE BONDS WERE RETIRED, UM, FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE FACILITY.

UM, AND SO IT DID, IT REQUIRED SOME OUTSIDE LEGAL COUNSEL ON HOW TO DIRECT US TO DO THIS AND IN ORDER TO, UH, MOVE IT FORWARD WITH A NEW, UH, SOLICITATION AGREEMENT.

I MEAN, NEXT SLIDE, UM, A LITTLE BIT MORE BACKGROUND, IT'S A 292 ACRE FACILITY.

UH, IT'S AN EIGHT INCLUDES AN 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE.

IT HAS EIGHT LIGHTED TENNIS COURTS.

UM, IT COMES WITH A RESTAURANT, A CLUBHOUSE, UM, THE VENUES, UM, THAT ARE ALSO, UM, WE, WE ENGAGE IN OUT THERE AS WE DO SOME LIMITED WEDDINGS, LOTS OF RECEPTIONS.

UM, THERE ARE CEREMONIES THAT TAKE PLACE ON THE LAWN AND THE ROSE GARDEN AREA UNDERNEATH THE PAVILION.

THEY DO LIVE MUSIC, UM, ONCE A MONTH ON FRIDAYS DURING KIND OF THE NON WINTER MONTHS.

UM, THERE'S A BEER GARDEN THERE, THERE'S A GRILL.

UM, OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE A TABC LICENSING, UM, RELATED TO ALCOHOL.

UM, AND SO, UM, THE EXCELLENT FACILITY, UM, JUST AS KIND OF AN OVERVIEW, IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN OUT TO THE FACILITY, IT'S, IT'S REALLY A REALLY PRETTY, UM, FACILITY AND IT'S GOT, UM, A LOT OF AREA OF THE GOLF COURSE.

THAT'S ACTUALLY UNDER UTILIZED AS FAR AS NATIVE AREAS.

IT'S ONE OF THE UNIQUE PROPERTIES THAT IT DOES HAVE SOME HOUSES THAT ARE, THAT ARE IN THE SUBDIVISION, BUT A LOT OF THAT PROPERTY, UM, IS OF, OF THE 292 ACRES REALLY ONLY ABOUT 140 ACRES OF THAT IS ACTUAL GOLF COURSE.

THE REST OF IT IS, IS REALLY CONSIDERED NATIVE AREAS AND GOOD NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THE SOLICITATION INCLUDED, UM, FOCUS ON CONTINUING TO MANAGE

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THE GOLF AND TENNIS, UH, PROGRAMS, PROVIDE CLASSES AND PROGRAMS FOR THOSE CLASSES, HOST SPECIAL EVENTS, UM, PROVIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICES.

UM, OBVIOUSLY THEY NEED TO MAINTAIN THE GOLF COURSE, THE GROUNDS, THE CLUBHOUSE, ALL THE DIFFERENT STRUCTURES WITHIN THE FACILITY.

UM, IT IS A LONG-TERM AGREEMENT.

IT'S A TEN-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH, FOR YOUR, UM, WITH, WITH TWO, FOUR YEAR EXTENSIONS, THAT WOULD BE A TOTAL OF 18 YEARS.

UM, WE HAVE SIMILAR AGREEMENTS IN BUTLER PITCH AND PUTT IS KIND OF ONE OF THOSE THAT WE'VE DONE RECENTLY.

THAT'S ON A SIMILAR TIMELINE AND IN A LOT OF IT LARGELY THAT'S DUE TO THE TURNOVER AND THE CHALLENGES THAT YOU FACE, UM, WITH FINDING OPERATORS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED IN THIS SORT OF, UM, AREA, UH, NEXT SLIDE, UM, BACKGROUND ON THE, ON THE SOLICITATION ITSELF, THERE WAS, THERE WAS, UH, A FAIRLY LONG, UM, ADVERTISING PROCESS FOR THIS.

I THINK IT WAS OUT FOR 60 TO ALMOST 60 DAYS.

AND, UM, WE ENDED UP THE RESULT WAS THREE, THREE VENDORS THAT, UM, PROVIDED, UM, UH, THAT PROVIDED PROPOSALS.

UM, IT WAS NOT REALLY CLOSE AS FAR AS THE PROPOSALS WENT.

UM, TOUCHSTONE GOLF LLC WAS SELECTED BY THE COMMITTEE.

UM, IT WAS, IT WAS, UM, A FAIRLY SIZABLE MARGIN BETWEEN THOSE, UH, NEXT SLIDE.

UM, NEXT STEPS THAT WE MOVE FORWARD IS, UH, W WE'RE WE'RE HERE TODAY ON NOVEMBER THE 13TH, THAT KIND OF GIVES YOU A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ON THE STEPS THAT WE'VE, WE'VE TOUCHED UP TO THIS POINT.

UM, WE ARE HOPING TO GO TO COUNCIL, UH, ON NOVEMBER, ON DECEMBER THE NINTH AND, UM, HOPEFULLY HAVE THAT CONTRACT IN PLACE SO THAT WE COVER THAT, UM, THE TIMELINE OF, OF THE EXPIRATION OF DECEMBER 31ST.

EXCELLENT.

AND WITH THAT, I'M TRYING TO BE QUICK.

SO IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, UM, LET'S SEE IF WE HAVE QUESTIONS.

I'LL GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO I'LL GO AHEAD AND START WITH YOU BOARD MEMBER RENALDI.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? NO.

OKAY.

OKAY.

FOUR MEMBER MORE REMEMBER FAST.

LET ME OKAY.

BOARD MEMBERS.

I MEAN, VICE CHAIR.

DIPLOMA.

YEAH, NO QUESTIONS.

I JUST SAY A QUICK COMMENT.

UM, I'M SO HAPPY WITH THIS PARTICULAR VENDOR I'M IN THIS CONCESSIONAIRE.

THIS IS, UH, AN ASSET THAT'S CLOSE TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD.

I'VE NEVER PLAYED IT, BUT I'VE EATEN LUNCH THERE PLENTY OF TIMES.

AND THE, IF OUR OTHER CLUBHOUSES LOOKED LIKE THIS, WE WOULD, IT'D BE A DIFFERENT SCENARIO.

I MEAN, THIS IS DEFINITELY THE BEST SHAPE OF ANY OF OUR CLUBHOUSES, ANY OF OUR, OF OUR GOLF COURSES.

UM, THE ONLY THING I HEAR IS LIKE NEEDING A BANQUET CENTER, UM, YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS WHERE THE NEIGHBORHOOD GOES, CAUSE THERE'S NOT A BIG ENOUGH SPACE IN SOUTHWEST AUSTIN.

AND SO THAT'S KIND OF IT, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN THE TENNIS COURTS, THE LOOK, THE FOOD, YOU KNOW, INSTEAD OF PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST AUSTIN GOING ALL THE WAY TO THE LAKE DURING 4TH OF JULY, THEY GO TO GRAY ROCK TO WATCH THE, UH, THE FIREWORKS THERE.

SO IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT LIVABLE NEIGHBORHOODS AND HAVING ASSETS THAT KEEP PEOPLE OFF THE ROADS AND GOING USING OTHER ASSETS, THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE.

THANK YOU.

WELL, I DO HAVE A QUESTION.

SO IN THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION, WE APPRECIATE IT.

SO, AND THAT IS, I KNOW, FROM WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT WAY BACK, THAT THERE ARE CONCERNS ABOUT FLOODING ON THIS GOLF COURSE, BECAUSE THERE IS, SEEMS LIKE WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN WE GET A LOT OF RAIN, WHICH WE MET, YOU KNOW, AS WE KNOW THE WEATHER IS CHANGING AND WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE MORE OF THAT AND THAT IT JUST, IT FLOODS ENOUGH OVER THERE THAT IT MAKES PARTS OF THE GOLF COURTS AND ASSESSABLE.

SO, I MEAN, IS THERE ANYTHING IN THIS CONTRACT THAT WE ADDRESS IS THAT SO YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON IT.

THE BEAUTY OF ALL OF OUR GOLF COURSES IS WE, WE UTILIZE THOSE GOLF COURSES FOR, FOR, TO, TO, UM, TO ALLOW THAT, THAT RAIN AND OVERFLOW TO FLOW ONTO THE GOLF COURSE.

SO IT'S NOT IN A NEIGHBORHOOD, UM, AND THAT HAPPENS REGULARLY.

AND SO THE GOOD THING ABOUT VERY ROCK IS IT DOES FLOOD.

IT TENDS TO FILTER THAT THROUGHOUT, THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM AND IT, YOU KNOW, USUALLY 24 HOURS.

UM, BUT SOMETIMES THAT DOES HAPPEN AS FAR AS THE MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT TAKING ON ANY RESPONSIBILITY TO CORRECT OR IMPROVE THAT THAT WOULD REALLY BE ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT'S A, IT'S A QUALIFIED MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT.

SO THEY'RE REALLY MANAGING OUR MONEY.

THEY'RE MANAGING BOTH THE EXPENSES AND THE REVENUE SIDE.

IT'S REALLY NOT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE ON CAPITAL EXPENSES THAT WOULD STILL BE THROUGH A BOND ISSUANCE OF SORTS, UM, OR UTILIZING THE, THE GOLF ENTERPRISE FUNDS, UH, SURCHARGE ACCOUNT OR THE REVENUE FUND FOR THAT.

SO THOSE, THOSE WOULDN'T REALLY BE ON THE BACK OF, OF TOUCHSTONE OR THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY.

IT WOULD BE THROUGH THE CITY, OH, THEY'RE JUST GOING TO BE JUST MANAGING THE MONEY, MAKING SURE THE FACILITIES CAN HANDLE ALL THAT SPECIAL EVENTS AND SO FORTH.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE ANY PART OF THAT.

THAT ALL FALLS ON THE, UM, THEY ALSO EMPLOY

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THE STAFF THAT'S THERE.

THEY, ALL OF THAT IS COVERED THROUGH THE EXPENSES THAT'S GENERATED THROUGH THE REVENUES FROM THE FACILITY.

SO IT REALLY IS A STANDALONE FACILITY AND IT'S VERY SIMILAR TO BUTLER PITCHING, BUT, UM, IT'S, IT'S THE DIFFERENCE BEING IS THAT IT'S ALL OURS AT GRAY ROCK, WHETHER IT'S AN EXPENSE OR REVENUE, THEY JUST ADMINISTER THAT.

OKAY.

AND HOW MUCH, AND HOW MUCH DID THEY USUALLY BRING IN? GENERALLY REVENUES WERE IN THE THREE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR RANGE, UM, FOR FACILITY.

AND LIKE I SAID, THEY, THEY GENERATE, WE, WE TRANSFER EVERY YEAR OF SET AMOUNT BASED ON PERFORMANCE.

AND SO WE'VE, WE USUALLY BALLPARK THAT AT $250,000 TO TRANSFER.

AND THIS YEAR THEY TRANSFERRED $600,000.

SO IT'S, YOU KNOW, ALL THE GOLF COURSES HAVE HAD SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS OVER THE LAST 24 MONTHS.

UM, NO OFFENSE TO THE FOLKS IN THE WORLD OF THE PANDEMIC, BUT IT'S BEEN GREAT FOR GOLF.

PEOPLE WANT TO GET OUTSIDE AND THEY WANT TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS.

AND SO WE'VE, UM, WE'VE SEEN REALLY, UM, AMAZING SUCCESS OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS AT THE HIGHEST WE'VE HAD EVER THAT'S THEIR HIGHEST TRANSFER IN, IN FUNDS, BUT TH THE GOLF FUND, UM, AS, AS, UH, GENERATED ABOUT 2 MILLION MORE DOLLARS THAN IT EVER HAS, UM, HISTORICALLY THE S THIS PAST FISCAL YEAR.

OKAY, GREAT.

OKAY.

ANY, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? OKAY.

DO WE WANT TO ANYBODY, UM, WOULD ANYBODY LIKE TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION? YOU LET SOMEBODY ELSE DO IT, BUT, UH, SO I GO AHEAD AND MOVE THAT MAKE RECOMMENDATION TO CITY COUNCIL TO AUTHORIZE THE NEGOTIATION EXECUTION OF A QUALIFIED MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WITH THE SUCCESSOR PROPOSER TOUCHSTONE GOLF, LLC, TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONAL SERVICES FOR THE GOLF AND TENNIS OPERATIONS AND RELATED FACILITIES.

OKAY.

DO I HAVE A SECOND, SECOND BY BOARD MEMBER RENALDI ALL IN FAVOR? UH, I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ANY OPPOSITION, SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, KEVIN.

OKAY.

[B.8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation regarding creation, continuation, termination or status of a concession including issuance of a Request for Proposal for a concession in Town Lake Metropolitan Park for inclusion in the joint report between the Parks and Recreation Board and the Environmental Commission that is provided to the City Council annually.]

MOVING ON TO ITEM NUMBER EIGHT AND SHARE WHEN YOU'RE READY.

WE, WE DO HAVE TWO SPEAKERS.

OH, OKAY.

ON THIS ONE? YES.

OKAY.

WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD AND, UM, LET'S SEE THIS ISN'T OKAY.

YEAH.

AND SO I'LL TAKE THE FIRST, FIRST SPEAKER IS MATTHEW CLIFTON, TEXAS ROWING CENTER.

I'M SORRY, MATTHEW.

I SHOULD TOTALLY KNOW YOUR NAME.

AND THEN YOU WERE ALSO DONATED ADDITIONAL TIME FROM, UH, ALVIN CANTU.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

AND I UNDERSTAND MR. CANTY IS HERE.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

GOOD EVENING.

PARKS, BOARD MEMBERS AND DIRECTOR MCNEALY AND STAFF.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK THAT YOU PUT FORWARD TO KEEP OUR PARKS AMAZING.

MY NAME IS MATT NIFFIN AND I'VE OWNED TEXAS ROWING CENTER SINCE 1999.

I'M JOINED TONIGHT BY ALVIN CANTU.

WHO'S BEEN MY GENERAL MANAGER.

ALL THOSE YEARS.

TRC IS LOCATED ON THE TRAIL BEHIND AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL.

I'M HERE TO REPORT THAT WE FINALLY COMPLETED OUR FLOATING BOATHOUSE PROJECT BY WAY OF BACKGROUND.

THIS PROJECT ORIGINATED ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO WHEN PAR DIRECTOR, SARAH HENSLEY VOICED CONCERNS ABOUT THE TRAFFIC ACROSS THE TRAIL CAUSED BY BOATS AND PEOPLE COMING OUT OF TRC.

AFTER SEVERAL MEETINGS WITH DIRECTOR HENSLEY AND HER STAFF, WE DEVELOPED A PLAN FOR BUILDING A FLOATING BOATHOUSE FACILITY TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.

THESE PLANS WERE PRESENTED TO THE PARKS BOARD ON JUNE 23RD, 2015, AND UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED TRC AND PARK THEN APPLIED AS CO APPLICANTS FOR THE NECESSARY PERMITS FROM THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

AS PART OF OUR APPLICATION TO PERMIT THE FACILITY, CO APPLICANTS, TRC AND PARD WERE REQUIRED TO SEEK A VARIANCE FROM THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT IN HER MEMO OF SUPPORT, DIRECTED TO THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT DIRECTOR HENSLEY WROTE, AND I QUOTE THIS PROJECT IS A PRIORITY LIFE SAFETY ISSUE FOR PART IN DECEMBER, 2015, THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT UNANIMOUSLY GRANTED US A VARIANCE FROM ALL ORDINANCES THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE PROHIBITED THE PROJECT.

WE SAW IT RECEIVE BROAD COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT, INCLUDING SUPPORT FROM AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, OLD WEST AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, AND THE TRAIL FOUNDATION.

AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF WORKING THROUGH THE TECHNICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES WITH CITY STAFF, THE PROJECT WAS FINALLY APPROVED AND PERMITTED ON NOVEMBER 7TH, 2019.

CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN JANUARY, 2020 AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

THIS PROJECT IS AN ENGINEERING MARVEL, UNLIKE ANY ROWING BOATHOUSE IN THE COUNTRY.

FIRST IT'S BUILT ENTIRELY OF LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM AND STAINLESS STEEL AND IS ANCHORED TO THE SHORE BY TWO 40 TON CONCRETE PIERS DRILLED 30 FEET IN THE GROUND.

THE TWO BUILDINGS ARE APPROXIMATELY 3000 SQUARE FEET EACH AND REST ENTIRELY

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ON A 7,000 SQUARE FOOT ALUMINUM FRAME SUBSTRUCTURE THAT FLOATS ENTIRELY IN EIGHT TO 14 FEET OF WATER.

SO THAT THERE'S NO GOOD NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT LAWS OR ALUMINUM MESH TO ALLOW LIGHT TO FLOW THROUGH THE BUILDING TO MINIMIZE OBSTRUCTION OF THE RIVER VIEW FROM THE TRAIL IS $1.2 MILLION FLOATING COMMUNITY CENTER COSTS THE CITY, $0, ALL EXPENSES, INCLUDING ALL ARCHITECTURAL PERMITTING AND ENGINEERING COSTS WERE PAID FOR BY TEXAS ROWING CENTER.

THE ENTIRE FACILITY, INCLUDING THE TWO BUILDINGS IS 275 FEET LONG, BUT THAT SPACE PROVIDES AMAZING RETURNS TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE THINGS WE'RE DOING FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND OUR PARKS PATRONS.

THE NEW BUILDING HAS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED TRAFFIC ACROSS THE TRAIL.

NOW ALMOST ALL BOATS, INCLUDING ALL STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDS, KAYAKS, AND MOST ROWING SHELLS ARE STORED ON THE DOCK.

IN 2021, ALL OFFICE POINT OF SALES ACTIVITIES WERE MOVED TO THE FLOATING BOAT HOUSE, THEREBY ELIMINATING CUSTOMER LINES AND BOAT TRAFFIC ACROSS THE TRAIL.

WE'LL START MY NEXT THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU SO FAR IN 2021, TEXAS ROWING CENTERS PROVIDED OVER 150,000 RENTALS, INCLUDING MORE THAN 75,000 SUP RENTALS.

THESE CUSTOMERS ARE PRIMARILY YOUNG AND VERY DIVERSE, AND I'D ENCOURAGE THIS BOARD TO REMEMBER THAT PARK PATRONS DON'T JUST WEAR SNEAKERS AND RUNNING SHORTS.

THEY NOW WHERE IT BECAME THESE BATHING SUITS AND SUNSCREEN WITH MORE THAN 800 GROWERS, TRC IS BY FAR THE LARGEST ROWING CLUB IN, IN TEXAS.

AND ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE UNITED STATES.

WE'RE ALSO ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE ROWING CLUBS IN AMERICA AND HAVE A FULL BLOWN DIVERSITY INCLUSION PROGRAM.

WE PROVIDE AFTERSCHOOL ROWING FOR MORE THAN 200 YOUNG PEOPLE EACH SEMESTER FROM ALL OVER AUSTIN.

BY FAR THE LARGEST YOUTH PROGRAM IN TEXAS, ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY AS PART OF OUR DIVERSITY PROGRAM, WE PARTNERED WITH AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL AND DEL VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TO PROVIDE ROWING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED KIDS THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS AND DISCOUNTED TUITION RATES.

EVERY YEAR, TEXAS ROWING CENTER HOSTS MORE THAN 500 SUMMER CAMPERS FROM AGE EIGHT TO 18.

WE PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR KIDS WHO CANNOT AFFORD OUR REGULAR RATES.

THIS SUMMER.

WE PROVIDED SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCES FOR MORE THAN 75 KIDS WITH SENSORY, INTELLECTUAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES THROUGH OUR NONPROFIT PARTNER, TEXAS ROWING FOR ALL WHICH WE CREATED IN 2010, IN 2021, WE ESTABLISHED A NEW NONPROFIT TRC HIGH-PERFORMANCE TO SUPPORT ELITE ATHLETES TRAINING FOR THE 2024 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES.

NOT ONLY ARE THESE FACILITIES AND PUBLIC SERVICES PROVIDED AT NO COST.

THE CITY, THE CITY ACTUALLY RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT REVENUE FROM US AS WELL.

IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT WHILE TEA TRAIL USERS NOT PLAY A DIRECT FEE TO THE CITY FOR USE OF THE TRAIL TRC CONCESSION USERS PAY APPROXIMATELY 14 CENTS TO THE CITY FOR EVERY DOLLAR THEY SPEND AT TRC.

SO THEY PAY THE CITY FOR THE USE OF THE RIVER RESOURCE.

UNDER THE TERMS OF OUR NEW CONTRACT WITH THE CITY TRC WILL PAY JUST OVER 450,000 IN CONCESSION REVENUES TO THE CITY IN CALENDAR YEAR 2021.

IN FACT, IN THE LAST WEEK, I'VE WRITTEN CHECKS EXCEEDING $400,000 TO THE CITY OF BOSTON.

SO BY FAR THE MOST OF ANY CONCESSION ON LADY BIRD LAKE, IN FACT, THAT AMOUNT IS MORE THAN TRIPLE THE NEXT HIGHEST CONCESSION ROWING DOCK AND ALMOST THE SAME AMOUNT AS THE OTHER SEVEN CONCESSIONS PAID AND FISCAL YEAR 2021, WHICH WAS JUST OVER 500,450,000 BY THE US 500,000 BY THE OTHER SEVEN CONCESSIONS.

ALMOST ALL THIS REVENUE WAS PAID TO THE CITY AFTER SEPTEMBER 30TH.

SO IT'S NOT REFLECTED IN THIS EVENING'S CONCESSION REPORT.

TRC HAS PROVIDED THE GREATEST REVENUE RETURN TO THE CITY OF CON OF ANY CONCESSION FOR EVERY YEAR, SINCE 2002.

WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THAT.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, OUR NEXT SPEAKER, MR. BILL BUNCH.

THANK YOU AGAIN.

UH, BILL BUNCH WITH SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

UM, I, UM, WANTED TO ASK Y'ALL TO, UH, DO WHAT YOU'RE INVITED TO DO WITH THIS REPORT, WHICH IS AS THE POSTING SAYS, AND AS THE ORDINANCE SAYS TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO CITY COUNCIL FOR ACTIONS CONCERNING THE, UH, CONCESSIONS ON TOWN LAKE AND ELSEWHERE, AND, UH, SPECIFICALLY ON THE ZILKER BOAT RENTAL, UM, AS YOU ALL KNOW, UH, THAT WAS UP FOR BEING PUT OUT FOR AN RFP LAST YEAR, AND THEN IT WAS GOING TO BE JUNE AND THEN IT WAS AUGUST AND THEN SEPTEMBER AND THEN OCTOBER.

AND NOW I GUESS Y'ALL WERE TOLD LAST YEAR, WEEK, LAST MONTH THAT IT'S GOING TO BE NEXT YEAR, UH, AFTER THE ZILKER VISION PLAN PROCESS, UM, HOWEVER, THE ROWING DOCK ONES GOING FORWARD, YOU HAVE AN ITEM

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DOWN THE MAX NUMBER 10 THAT REALLY SHOULD BE POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER THE VISION PLAN.

UH, AND IT'S NOT BEING UNFORTUNATELY, UM, THIS ONE NEEDS TO GO OUT FOR AN RFP.

IT'S ALREADY BEEN GIVEN ONE YEAR EXTENSION.

UH, NOW THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT A SECOND ONE.

UM, THIS LOCATION IS PARTICULARLY ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE.

THERE'S BEEN AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF DAMAGE TO THE RIPARIAN HABITAT AND THE AQUATIC HABITAT AND SOS HAS BEEN WORKING AND TALKING TO AT LEAST TWO POTENTIAL BIDDERS WHO WOULD REALLY FOCUS ON RESTORING THAT LOCATION, WHICH IS DESPERATELY NEEDED IN THE SHORT TERM.

UM, SO THAT'S MY SPECIFIC REQUEST.

THE ORDINANCE SAYS THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO GIVE YOU THIS REPORT IN OCTOBER AND YOU HAVE 30 DAYS TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION.

SO YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO TAKE ACTION TONIGHT.

UH, IF YOU'RE NOT MEETING IN DECEMBER SINCE THEY DIDN'T BRING IT TO YOU IN OCTOBER, AND YOU'RE NOT MEETING IN DECEMBER, I WOULD THINK IF YOU'RE A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN 30 DAYS, THAT SHOULDN'T BE A PROBLEM AND YOU COULD TAKE ACTION IN JANUARY.

UH, SO THAT'S MY REQUEST THAT YOU MAKE A RECOMMENDATION THAT, THAT RFP GO OUT RIGHT AWAY AND IT'D BE LINED UP WITH MAXIMIZING PUBLIC BENEFITS.

AND THAT'S MY MAIN CONCERN WITH THE REPORT THAT YOU'RE GETTING THAT IT SAYS MAXIMIZE, OR IT DOESN'T SAY MAXIMIZES INCREASE CONCESSIONS.

WE SHOULD NOT BE TRYING TO KEEP INCREASE CONCESSIONS.

WE SHOULD BE TRYING TO INCREASE PUBLIC BENEFITS FROM THE CONCESSIONS.

AND THAT INCLUDES NON-MONETARY BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR EDUCATION, PROGRAMMING PARK, RESTORATION, AND STEWARDSHIP.

AND WHAT YOU SEE HERE IN THIS REPORT, YOU'VE GOT A ONE-PAGER AND IT'S ALL EXTREMELY QUALITATIVE.

THERE'S NO WAY TO SEE BETWEEN THESE DIFFERENT CONCESSIONERS HOW MUCH PUBLIC BENEFIT ARE THEY REALLY PROVIDING? I MEAN, ONE OUTFIT MIGHT BE PROVIDING HUNDREDS OF FREE BOATS TO NONPROFITS AND LOW INCOME UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.

AND SOMEBODY ELSE IS JUST PROVIDING A HANDFUL, BUT WE NEED SOME REAL QUANTIFICATION THERE AND A FOCUS ON PUBLIC BENEFITS.

SO THOSE ARE MY REQUESTS THAT YOU THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, CHAIR.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS AGENDA ITEM.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO LET'S SEE WITH THIS SUPPORT, DO WE HAVE, UM, MARGARET STONES AND PAT, I RECOGNIZE YOU'VE HAD AT THIS TIME YOU RECOGNIZE IT.

YES.

WE HAVE A, UM, ONE MORE INDIVIDUAL.

WHO'S JUST FINISHING, SIGNING HIS NAME FOR SPEAKING ON THIS PARTICULAR ITEM.

VICE-CHAIR DIPLOMA WILL.

OH, OKAY.

GOOD.

GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

MR. WHALEY, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY.

WE WE'VE BEEN WAITING ANXIOUSLY FOR YOU.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND I'M SORRY, I GOT HANG HERE LATE AND ILL PREPARED.

UM, BUT I DID HEAR, UH, BROTHER BILL'S REMARKS.

AND SO THE SIMPLEST THING FOR ME TO DO IS JUST SAY DITTO.

I'M ROY WHALEY.

I'M ON THE CONSERVATION COMMITTEE FOR THE AUSTIN REGIONAL GROUP OF THE SIERRA CLUB.

AND SO THAT'S OUR, UH, OUR STATEMENT FROM THE SIERRA CLUB.

DITTO.

DO I NEED TO SPELL THAT VERY MUCH? APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO, UM, MARGARET AND CAT, THANK YOU.

CHAIR LEWIS AND BOARD MEMBERS.

I'M PAT ROSETTA.

I'M THE SUPERVISOR FOR THE CONTRACTS UNIT.

AND MAGGIE IS HERE WITH ME TODAY.

AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE ANNUAL CONCESSION REPORT, AND WE'LL BE GLAD TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AT THE END.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, SO, UM, NEXT SLIDE.

SO AS YOU KNOW, PER AUSTIN CITY CODE, THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO PRESENT AN ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION REGARDING THE CONCESSIONS IN TOWN LAKE PARK, ALSO KNOWN AS LADY BIRD, LAKE PARK.

THE REPORT MUST PROVIDE

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THE NAMES AND LOCATIONS OF THE CONCESSIONS, THE INCOME AND EXPENDITURES FOR EACH CONCESSION FOR THE PAST FISCAL YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF BOATS RENTED ON LADY BIRD, LAKE, AND ANY ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS CAUSED BY CONCESSIONS.

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SO HERE'S A MAP REPRESENTING THE CURRENT CONCESSIONS AROUND LADY BIRD LAKE.

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ALL THE EXISTING CONCESSIONS FOUND THROUGHOUT THE PARK SYSTEM.

JUST THE LADY BIRD LAKE AREA.

NEXT SLIDE.

LET ME SKIP TO ONE, GO TO THE NEXT ONE.

HMM.

THAT'S INTERESTING.

OKAY.

THERE'S SUPPOSED TO BE A SLIDE ON CONTRACT TERMS, WHICH IS NOT SOMEHOW IN THE SLIDE DECK.

SO I'LL JUST SKIP OVER THAT.

UM, WE HAVE, THIS SLIDE IS DEPICTING A FY 21 GROSS SALES EXPENDITURES AND PAYMENTS TO THE CITY.

SO THIS IS JUST A GRAPH, JUST ENCAPSULATING ALL THE DATA THAT WE'RE REPORTING.

SO THE BLUE BAR IS GROSS SALES.

THE ORANGE BAR IS REPORTED EXPENDITURES AND THE GRAY BAR IS, UM, CONCESSION PAYMENTS TO THE CITY, INCLUDING MONTHLY FLAT FEES AND REVENUE SHARE REVENUE SHARE.

SO THAT'S FOR EACH CONCESSION.

SO JUST A QUICK ANALYSIS, TEXAS ROWING CENTER HAS BEEN THE HIGHEST EARNER.

SINCE, AS MATT SAID, 2002 THIS YEAR, THEY REPORTED 3.7 MILLION IN SALES.

UM, NEXT WE HAVE ROWING DOCK WITH 3.2 MILLION IN AUSTIN ROWING CLUB WITH 2.3 MILLION.

AND WE ALSO HAVE BUTLER PITCH AND PUTT ON THIS LIST WHO ENDED THE YEAR WITH 1.2 MILLION IN SALES, WHICH IS OUTSTANDING GIVEN THE FACT THAT IT WAS ONLY OPEN FOR SIX MONTHS THIS PAST YEAR.

AND IN TOTAL, THE CONCESSION GROSS SALES IN EXCEEDED 11 MILLION, WHICH IS 3 MILLION HIGHER THAN 2018, WHICH IS THE PREVIOUS BEST YEAR.

AND JUST A FEW ITEMS OF NOTE OF EPIC SUBS, TOTAL PAYMENTS, 49,000 WENT TO THE TRAIL FOUNDATION AND JUST OVER 4,000 WENT TO THE CITY.

OKAY.

UM, AND THIS SLIDE, THIS SHOWS THE TOTAL CONCESSION GROSS SALES OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, THERE WAS A DIP IN 2020 DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, BUT, UM, THIS SHOWS THAT 2021 HAS BY FAR BEEN THE BEST YEAR EVER FOR PART CONCESSIONS.

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THIS IS, UM, JUST A SUMMARY OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS MADE IN FY 21.

THE MAIN STORES THIS YEAR ARE THE RENOVATIONS AT BUTLER, PIGEON PUTT AND TEXAS ROWING CENTER.

YOU ALREADY HEARD ABOUT TEXAS ROWING CENTER FROM MATT, BUT AT BUTLER THE CITY CONTRACTED WITH THE NEW OPERATOR IN 2019, THE FACILITY WAS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS FROM JULY, 2020 THROUGH MARCH, 2021 WITH THE GRAND REOPENING ON APRIL 9TH, THE RENOVATIONS TOUCHED EVERY ASPECT OF THE FACILITY FROM THE GREENS, IRRIGATION, LANDSCAPING, AND HARDSCAPING TO NEW BUILDINGS AND REPAIRS OR RENOVATIONS OF THE BUILDINGS, ELECTRICAL MECHANICAL AND PLUMBING SYSTEMS. THE PUBLIC HAS GREATLY ENJOYED THESE LONG OVERDUE RENOVATIONS AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE, FLOCKING TO PITCH AND PUTT THIS YEAR.

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HERE'S YOUR CONTRACT.

THIS IS BOTH INVENTORY.

SOME OF OUR SLIDES GOT MIXED UP SOMEHOW.

YEAH.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT HAPPENED.

I DON'T HAVE THE PRINT OUT.

WELL, THIS IS THE BOAT INVENTORY.

EVERY YEAR WE ASK EACH CONCESSION TO JUST RECORD THE NUMBER OF EACH TYPE OF ROW OF BOAT THAT THEY HAVE FOR RENTALS.

SO THIS JUST LISTS HOW MANY BOATS IN THE INVENTORY FOR EACH CONCESSION AND THE NEW ONE THIS YEAR IS ELECTRIC BOATS.

YOU'LL SEE THAT ON THE BOTTOM.

THOSE ARE ELECTRIC BOATS THAT WERE ADDED TO THE FLEET AT AUSTIN AT WALNUT CREEK BOAT HOUSE BY THE SUBCONTRACTOR RETRO BOAT RENTALS.

OKAY, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

THERE'S THE CONTRACT TERMS. SO FOR THE CONTRACT TERMS, I JUST WANTED TO PUT THIS UP HERE JUST SO EVERYBODY COULD SEE ALL THE CONCESSIONS AND WHAT THE TERMS ARE FOR THE CONTRACTS.

SO A COUPLE OF HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS YEAR, THE OLDEST CONTRACT IS ROWING DOCK AND

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THEY WILL, THEIR CONTRACT WILL EXPIRE IN APRIL, 2022.

AND THE SOLICITATION PROCESS IS PENDING ZILKER PARK BOAT RENTALS CONTRACT EXPIRED IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR.

UM, AND THERE'S A ONE-YEAR HOLDOVER THAT WAS GIVEN BY CORPORATE PURCHASING TO AVOID GOING OUT FOR SOLICITATION IN SUMMER 2020 AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC.

ANOTHER ONE YOUR HOLDOVER IS BEING CONSIDERED SO THAT THE SOLICITATION COULD BE RELEASED AFTER THE ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN HAS BEEN FINALIZED WITH EPIC SUB THIS YEAR.

THEY PREVIOUSLY OPERATED AS A SUBCONTRACTOR OF HOSTELING INTERNATIONAL FROM 2013 TO 2020, AND PAID REVENUE SHARE TO THE CITY WHEN THE HOSTEL CLOSED IN 2020 DUE TO COVID.

THE BUSINESS TERMINATED THE CONTRACT WITH THE CITY, AS WELL AS THE SUBCONTRACT WITH EPICS UP AFTER THIS, A COUNCIL RESOLUTION DIRECTED PART TO AUTHORIZE EPICS UP TO OPERATE AS A TEMPORARY CONCESSION FOR SIX MONTHS.

THEN AS A CONCESSION UNDER CONTRACT BY THE TRAIL FOUNDATION, THE CURRENT AGREEMENT WITH THE TRAIL FOUNDATION ENDS DECEMBER 31ST, 2022 PAYMENTS RECEIVED UNDER THE TRAIL FOUNDATION CONTRACT WILL GO TO THE TRAIL FOUNDATION.

ALSO, UM, ZILKER CAFE WILL BE OPENING AFTER THE EXISTING AGREEMENT IS AMENDED TO REFLECT ANY CHANGES RESULTING FROM THE LACK OF SUPPORT FOR THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

AND THEN WE HEARD FROM KIMERY ABOUT THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL.

THERE ARE NEW CONCESSION AS OF DECEMBER, 2020.

THIS CONCESSION WAS CREATED AS A RESULT OF A COUNCIL RESOLUTION THAT THE DIRECTED THE CITY MANAGER TO PROVIDE A SITE FOR THIS VENDOR.

AND THEN THE ZILKER TRAIN IS THE LAST ONE.

IT'S NOT ON THIS LIST.

CURRENTLY, THE PLAN IS FOR AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION TO CONTRACT WITH THE VENDOR TO BUILD NEW TRACKS AND OPERATE THE TRAIN WITH AN ANTICIPATED OPENING DATE IN JANUARY, 2022.

OKAY.

SO, UM, LET'S GO BACK TO THIS ONE.

THIS IS JUST A LIST OF THE, UM, RECLAMATION RECOMMENDATIONS THAT STAFF RECEIVED FROM THE CONTRACTS AND CONCESSIONS COMMITTEE LAST YEAR IN 20 REGARDING CONCESSION DEVELOPMENT AND CONCESSION REPORTING.

THE NEXT THREE SLIDES ADDRESS STAFF'S RESPONSE TO THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

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SO HERE'S A SLIDE SHOWING THE CONCESSIONS OUTSIDE OF LADY BIRD LAKE ASIDE FROM LONG-TERM CONCESSIONS