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OKAY,

[CALL TO ORDER]

WELCOME TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MEETING.

THIS IS APRIL 25TH AND IT IS 6, 6 0 8, I THINK PM AT CITY HALL.

AND I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AND START WITH ROLL CALL.

UM, VICE-CHAIR DEPALMA PRESENT BOARD MEMBER RINALDI, PRESENT BOARD MEMBER, DICARLO, RESIDENT, BOARD MEMBER MORE PRESENT, OR MEMBER FAUST, PRESENT BOARD MEMBER HAGMAN BOARD MEMBER BERNARD, PRESENT BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR PRESENT BOARD MEMBER COTTON.

CYBIL.

YAY.

SO EVERYBODY'S HERE.

OKAY, SO WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND START OUT WITH OUR, UM,

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION AND I'M GOING TO TURN INTO A VIDEO VICE-CHAIR DIPLOMA.

GREAT.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

APPRECIATE IT RIGHT FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT.

AND, UH, WE ARE GOING TO BE LINING UP.

DO YOU HAVE SPEAKERS FOR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATION? AND AS I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND NAME THREE AND YOU CAN LINE UP YOU'LL EACH HAVE THREE MINUTES.

SORRY, HERE WE GO.

OUR FIRST, FIRST IT WILL BE JOE, TOM THOMPSON.

SECOND WOULD BE KEVIN AND THEN ON DECK AFTER THAT SHARON LIFE, AND THEN WE'LL GO, WE'LL CALL THE, THE ACTUALLY THEN, AND THAT, SORRY, AFTER SHARON PLIGHT, THERE'LL BE SCOTT COP.

AND WITH THAT, YOU ALL KNOW THAT IF IT'S A NON POSTED AGENDA ITEM, THEN WE ARE ENABLED TO TALK BACK AND FORTH AND ASK QUESTIONS.

AND SO IF WE JUST SMILE AND NOD, THEN PLEASE DON'T TAKE OFFENSE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO MR. THOMPSON, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND COME UP RIGHT OVER HERE.

DO WE HAVE THAT MIC ON? HELLO? THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE.

YOU'VE GOT THREE MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

I'M SORRY.

IT'S THE FIRST TIME I'VE DONE THIS.

SO MY NAME'S JOE THOMPSON.

I WORK FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE AUSTIN AREA.

UM, AND I'M HERE NOT ONLY, UH, FOR OUR ORGANIZATION, BUT ALSO ON BEHALF OF SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES THAT COULDN'T MAKE IT TONIGHT BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING AT THE CLUBS WITH OUR KIDS.

UM, SO A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB.

WE HAVE 19 CLUBS AROUND THE AUSTIN AREA.

UM, WE ARE IN AISD SCHOOLS.

WE ARE IN, UH, CHARTER SCHOOLS AND WE ARE ALSO IN A HOUSING COMMUNITY SIZE, UH, AROUND AUSTIN.

SO THOSE SITES ARE, UH, BOOKER T WASHINGTON CHARMAZ AND MEADOWBROOK.

SO THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE SERVE ARE PRIMARILY, UM, UH, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR FROM ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS.

UH, MY COLLEAGUES THAT COULDN'T MAKE IT TODAY, UH, OFFICER CASTILLO, UM, WHO WORKS AT, UH, HAKKA SITES.

SO HE'S A CLUB DIRECTOR FOR ALL OF OUR HOUSING AUTHORITY SITES AND KENDRICK JEFFERIES WHO, UM, OVERSEES ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS. UH, WE'VE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE AUSTIN PARKS AND REC DEPARTMENT, UH, ON THESE ELCA, UH, VISIONING PLAN.

SO THEY'VE BEEN REACHING OUT TO US, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES ARE INCORPORATED INTO THAT PLAN.

UM, SO WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE A, A SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION WITH THEM, WHERE WE WENT THROUGH, UH, EACH OF THE PLANS AND WERE ABLE TO KIND OF GIVE OUR PERSPECTIVE BOTH AS AN ORGANIZATION THAT TAKES KIDS, UM, TO ZILKER PARK EACH SUMMER.

AND, UM, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF OUR FAMILIES AND OUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THEM.

UM, OUR CASTILLO HAS 16 YEARS PLUS EXPERIENCE.

UH, CADRE HAS 10 AND I HAVE FOUR.

SO, UM, SOME OF THE THINGS, SOME OF OUR MAIN TAKEAWAYS WERE THAT WE TAKE ALL MEMBERS HERE EACH SUMMER, UH, PRIMARILY FOR SWIMMING AND PICNICS.

UM, WE LIKE THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE SPACE, UH, A PARTICULAR ELEMENT OF THE NEW DESIGN THAT WE REALLY LIKE WAS TO INCORPORATE, UM, STORIES AND KIND OF THE TELLING OF ZILKER HISTORY.

UH, WE THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR KIND OF OUR KIDS AND OUR FAMILIES TO, UM, TO HAVE ACCESS TO THAT.

UH, SOME KEY CONSIDERATIONS, UH, THAT WE WOULD LIKE NOTED ARE, UM, COACH PARKING AND DROP OFF THAT WOULD MAKE IT, UM, YOU KNOW, ACCESSIBLE FOR US AS AN ORGANIZATION TO BRING OUR KIDS DOWN THERE, UM, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION CONNECTIONS, SO BOTH ROUTES AND FREQUENCY, UM, AND THAT CONNECTION WITH THE EAST AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

SO WORKING WITH, UM, YOU KNOW, THE AGENCIES THAT CAN KIND OF MAKE THAT HAPPEN IS CRITICAL TO MAKING SURE THAT OUR FAMILIES HAVE ACCESS TO THESE SPACES.

UM, CONNECTEDNESS WHEN INSIDE THE PARK, IF ANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND WITH BIG

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GROUPS OF KIDS, IT CAN BE HARD TO COVER LIKE LARGE AREAS WHILE WALKING.

SO THE SHUTTLE AND THE TRAIN ARE, UH, SORT OF KEY ELEMENTS OF THE DESIGN THAT WE LIKED AS WELL.

UM, WE THINK REDUCED RATES SLASH PACE OVER TIME, YOUR TIME.

APPRECIATE IT.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

YES.

THANK YOU, MR. THOMPSON.

NEXT SPEAKER, KEVIN RAINA'S AND THEN FOLLOWING KEVIN SHARON BLIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

I'M GOING TO START USING YOUR TIME, MR. SERENENESS.

OKAY.

YOU GOT THREE MINUTES.

HELLO.

I'M KEVIN IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB, UH, GIVING YOU A BRIEF UPDATE.

UH, ONE THING IS WE'RE PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IN A NUMBER OF WAYS, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING DOWN THEM DOWN WITH US AGAIN THIS SUMMER, AND WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO LAUNCHING A NEW STEM INITIATIVE WITH THEM AS WELL AT THEIR MAIN CAMPUS, IN ADDITION TO, UH, INDOOR ROWING AS PART OF A FITNESS AND HEALTH PROGRAM THERE AS WELL.

SO, BUT FIRST I'M GOING TO THANK KIMBERLY AND LEANNA FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN PUTTING TOGETHER THE ASSESSMENT AND THE RESOURCES THAT LOOKING AT WHETHER OR NOT IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR ARC TO STAY AT THE CURRENT LOCATION AT, OR NEAR THE CURRENT LOCATION OF THE WALNUT CREEK BOATHOUSE.

THAT WAS LOOKED AT THAT EXTENSIVELY.

WE WERE KIND OF PUSHING IT PRETTY HARD, BUT THEY CAME BACK WITH A VERY WELL-DEFINED CHRIS' ANSWER, UH, FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS THAT WON'T BE POSSIBLE.

AND, UM, WE'RE FULLY EMBRACING WHAT PART HAS OFFERED US THE NEW HOME FOR THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB, WHICH IS THE YOUTH HOSTEL, UH, EAST OF 35.

SO I WONDER, WOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THAT OUTFIT AND ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED THE DILIGENCE.

THAT PART IS PUT IN PLACE TO IDENTIFY ANOTHER LOCATION, TO ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE PUBLIC BENEFIT.

AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT BRINGING THAT PUBLIC BENEFIT EAST OF 35 AND CONTINUE THE PROGRAMMING AND IMPACT THAT WE'VE HAD FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS IN A NEW SPOT.

AND MY THANKS TO VICE CHAIR TO, FOR THE RESOLUTION FROM THE LAST PARKS BOARD MEETING.

AND THAT WAS HUGE AND APPRECIATE THE PARKS BOARD SUPPORTED THAT RESOLUTION IN TERMS OF, UH, STAYING WHERE WE ARE, AND THEN MOVING INTO AN OWN IMMIGRATION FOR THE NEW YOUTH HOSTEL.

SO MY SINCERE THANKS FOR THAT.

AS PART OF THE YOUTH HOSTEL MOVE, UH, LEANNA AND ATP HAVE PUT TOGETHER A COMMUNITY MEETING, WHICH IS MAY 16TH, AND IT'S A DEDICATED FEEDBACK SESSION TO THE BOATHOUSE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

UH, YOU MAY RECALL THE LAST COMMUNITY MEETING WE HAD AT THE, FOR THE BOAT HOUSE, THERE WERE 300 PEOPLE ATTENDING THAT CALL.

IT WAS, I THINK, ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROJECT CONNECT COMMUNITY MEETINGS THEY HAD.

AND SO KIMBERLY AND LEANNA HAD FELT IT TO BE VERY IMPORTANT TO COME BACK TO THAT SAME COMMUNITY AND PROVIDE THAT UPDATE.

I JUST MENTIONED, WHICH IS OKAY, HERE'S WHAT WE LOOKED AT.

HERE'S THE ISSUES WITH CURRENT LOCATION, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, HERE'S THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THE NEW LOCATION.

SO I'M SUPER EXCITED TO BE PARTNERING WITH PART AND ALL OF YOU ON PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE.

AND, UH, THE LAST COMMENT I'LL MAKE IS WE HAD OUR APRIL 16TH FITNESS FESTIVAL ON FESTIVAL BEACH.

FIRST TIME WE EVER DID IT, WE HAD ABOUT 15 NONPROFIT PARTNERS THERE ON HEALTH SERVICES.

WE HAD THREE REC CENTERS.

WE HAD THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER.

WE HAD THE TRAIL FOUNDATION, CANCER SURVIVORS TEAMS, SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER, DRAGON BOAT, YOU NAME IT.

IT WAS A FABULOUS EVENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND SO NEXT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SHARON BLIGHT AND THEN SKY COBB, AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO OUR PHONE AND THERE'LL BE ERIC PAULUS AND THEN LOOP A GARCIA.

HI, I'M SHARON .

UM, THANKS FOR LETTING ME SPEAK TONIGHT.

UM, I HAVING TO FOLLOW THESE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS, UM, I WISH SOMEDAY I COULD COME UP HERE AND SAY SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND THE AUSTIN MEMORIAL PARK.

UM, I FOUND OUT RECENTLY THAT THEY CUT DOWN 70 TREES WITHOUT ANY NOTICE TO ANYBODY AND CLAIMING THAT THEY WERE A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC.

I SAW, I SAW THE TREE STUMPS.

THEY, THEY WERE NOT DEGRADED TREES AT ALL.

SO, AND, AND REALLY IF THE THING TONIGHT IS THIS IS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

WHEN IT COMES TO AUSTIN MEMORIAL PARK, YOU, YOU DON'T HAVE EMAILS COMING OUT OF THAT OFFICE SAYING, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE, WHAT'S HAPPENING THERE.

AND WE'VE GOT THESE PEOPLE IN ALLENDALE WANTING TO TAKE OVER THE CEMETERY FOR THEIR PRIVATE GARDENS.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THAT.

AND KIMBERLY MCNEALY PROMISED ME SOME KIND OF COMMUNICATION

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WEEKS AGO, WHICH HAS NEVER COME MY WAY.

SO WE'RE JUST KIND OF LEFT IN THE OZONE ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON.

AND IT WOULD BE SUCH A SIMPLE THING TO REALLY COMMUNICATE WITH THE PUBLIC, TELL THEM WHAT'S GOING ON BEFORE SOMETHING HAPPENS OUT THERE.

UM, CHOP CHOPPING DOWN TREES OR GIVING AWAY THE CEMETERY TO THE PRIVATE GROUPS.

UM, SO PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND AND, UH, SEE IF WE CAN'T WORK SOMETHING OUT WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO GET BETTER COMMUNICATION TO THE PUBLIC.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

NEXT NEXT SPEAKER, MR. SCOTT COB, AND THEN WE'LL BE GOING TO ERIC PALACE 4 43 AFTER MY NAME IS SCOTT COBB.

I'M A LIFEGUARD AT BARTON SPRINGS BALL.

AND I JUST WANTED TO TALK TO YOU ALL ABOUT, UH, GIVE YOU A KIND OF AN UPDATE ON WHAT'S GOING ON WITH OUR ATTEMPT TO ACHIEVE AT $22 LIVING WAGE AND OTHER BENEFITS.

UM, I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR UNANIMOUSLY VOTING FOR THAT RESOLUTION FOR $22.

UH, WE HAVE TALKED TO VARIOUS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

WE SPENT AN HOUR SPEAKING WITH THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE CITY, UH, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER.

UH, WE'VE TALKED TO THE MEDIA, UH, WE HAVE A PETITION WE'VE INTERACTED WITH THE PUBLIC, BOTH OUTSIDE THE POLL AND ONLINE.

AND WE'VE GOT A LOT OF COMMENTS THAT I EVENTUALLY I'LL, UM, SUBMIT TO CITY COUNCIL.

UH, THE PEOPLE WHO VISIT BARTON SPRINGS ARE VERY UPSET THAT IT CONTINUES TO BE CLOSED MONDAY AND WEDNESDAYS.

AND BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH LIFEGUARDS AND THE $1,250 THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED, UH, IS INSUFFICIENT.

WE THINK TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN ENOUGH LIFEGUARDS OPEN ALL THE POOLS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, INCLUDING THE NEIGHBORHOOD POOLS.

AND IF THEY OFFER 1250, THEY NEED TO OFFER ANOTHER $1,550 TO OVER THE SUMMER EQUAL A $22 LIVING WAGE.

OF COURSE, THAT DISAPPEARS AT THE END OF THE SUMMER.

AND WE'RE BACK TO ZERO AGAIN, WHERE WE ARE STARTING POINT AT 1625.

HE HEARD, THEY MAY SUBMIT A $1 A POSSIBLE INCREASE THIS SUMMER.

MAYBE NOT UNTIL THE FALL.

IF THEY DO THAT $1 INCREASE, THEN YOU ONLY NEED $1,150 MORE IN BONUS TO REACH, UM, 22.

UH, IF THEY ONLY GO WITH 1250, THEN WHAT'S, YOU'RE ASKING YOU THE CITY LOWEST-INCOME CITY EMPLOYEES TO DONATE SOME OF THEIR HOURLY WAGES TO THE REST OF THE CITY AND TO THE BUDGET.

IT COMES OUT TO ABOUT 12% OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BONUSES CURRENTLY AND WHAT ARE 22% WAGE? $23 WAGE WOULD BE SO 12% OVER AN EIGHT HOUR PERIOD.

WE'RE DONATING 57 MINUTES, UH, TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND OUR LABOR.

AND WE DON'T THINK WE SHOULD BE DONATING ANYTHING.

WE THINK WE SHOULD BE PAID THE FAIR MARKET WAGE LIKE THEY DO IN MASSACHUSETTS AND THE CITY OF PHOENIX, PHOENIX OFFERING A $2,500 BONUS MASSACHUSETTS STARTING PAY IS 21 GOES TO 26.

IN ADDITION, THEY HAVE A A THOUSAND DOLLAR BONUS.

SO THIS IS NOT A COMPETITIVE WAGE THAT AUSTIN IS OFFERING.

I KNOW I APPRECIATE YOUR GUYS' SUPPORT, BUT WE'RE STILL MEETING WITH CITY COUNCIL, TRY TO GET A MEETING WITH THE MAYOR.

AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL, UM, GET A LIVING WAGE FOR THE SUMMER AND DEFINITELY WORKING TOWARD IT IN THE, IN THE FALL.

SO HOPEFULLY EVERYTHING WILL BE RUNNING UP AND RUNNING.

THEY, I WILL MENTION THAT THEY DID LOWER THE STANDARDS FOR WORKING AT BARTON SPRINGS USED TO HAVE TO BE 17.

THEY LOWERED IT TO 16.

THEY ALSO LOWERED THE STANDARDS FOR THE SWIM TEST, USED TO HAVE TO DO 200 METERS AND 300, THREE MINUTES AND 30 SECONDS.

THEY MADE THAT FOUR MINUTES LOWER THE STANDARDS.

YOU CAN AVOID THAT BY INCREASING THE WAGE.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS GOING TO BE ERIC PAULISTS AND THAT'S THE 4, 4, 3.

PERFECT.

HI, GOOD EVENING, MR. PAULUS, YOU ARE ON A, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, MY NAME'S ERIC PAULUS.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF ECOLOGY ACTION, AND WE HAVE A NATURE PRESERVE.

THAT'S ADJACENT TO GROW A PARK, AND WE ALSO DO SOME RESTORATION AND, UH, CLEANUP PROJECTS IN THE PARK.

AND I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ALL TODAY ABOUT A COUPLE OF SAFETY ISSUES IN THE PARK.

I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET PARTS OUT FOR A FEW YEARS AND HAVEN'T GOTTEN MUCH TRACTION.

UM, THE FIRST ONE IS THE RELEASES THAT LONGHORN DAM, UM, THE LCRA RELEASES WATER BASICALLY DAILY.

AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT PEOPLE GO DOWN TO ACCESS THE WATER IN THE MORNING AND WALK OUT AND GET STUCK OUT ON THESE, UM, BANKS AND, AND THE LITTLE ISLANDS OUT THERE.

AND SOME FOLKS CAN'T SWIM AND THEY GET STUCK OUT THERE.

UM, JUST ON EASTER SUNDAY, SOMEBODY GOT SWEPT AWAY.

THEY HAD TO GET ABOUT

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15 POLICE CARS AND FIRE AND RESCUE, AND THEY HAD THE HELICOPTER OUT THERE.

UM, I THINK THIS IS A PREVENTABLE WITH SOME SIMPLE SIGNAGE IN, UM, ENGLISH, SPANISH AND BURMESE.

I THINK, UM, THAT'S, THAT'S A PRETTY EASY SOLUTION THAT I DON'T KNOW WHY IT'S TAKEN PART OVER THREE YEARS NOW AT THIS POINT TO, TO GET ANYWHERE.

UM, AND THE OTHER ISSUE IS ALONG THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS, UH, JUST EAST OF THE PLAYGROUND ABOUT 200 FEET IS A OLD BRIDGE IN THE PARK THAT DOESN'T HAVE ANY SAFETY RAILINGS.

AND THERE'S ABOUT A 25 FOOT DROP ONTO CONCRETE.

AND I'VE, UH, I'M IN THE PARK ALL THE TIME AND I'VE SEEN MANY KIDS, UH, PICKING THEIR HEAD OVER THERE.

AND I THINK IT'S A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION AND I THINK SAFETY RAILINGS NEED TO GO UP.

AND SO I'M ASKING THE COMMISSION TO, UH, TO KIND OF WORK WITH PARDES, UM, AND, AND GETTING THESE ISSUES RESOLVED.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS LUPA GARCIA AND MS. GARCIA, IF YOU'RE THERE, YOU'RE ON AND YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO DO ONE LAST CHECK AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CLOSE.

OKAY.

SHARE THE ONLY CALL IN, UM, WAS ERIC WALLACE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO, UM, THAT IS CONCLUSION OF GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

SURE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

[A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

SO MOVING ON, WE HAVE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

SO IF, UM, EVERYBODY WANTS TO LOOK AT, IF, HOPEFULLY YOU LOOKED AT THE MINUTES AND IF YOU WANT TO MAKE ANY CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS, THIS IS YOUR TIME TO ADDRESS THOSE.

AND IF NOT, THEN IF I COULD GET, UH, A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES, I HAVE ONE QUICK COMMENT, PLEASE.

CHAIR.

YES, PLEASE.

I'D LIKE IT.

AND THEN THE RECORD THAT YOU GOT A COMMENDATION FROM COUNCIL MEMBER TOVA, I MEAN, AT CAL ALTER, I THINK THAT WOULD, THAT'S VERY KIND OF, WELL, IT WAS HAPPENED AT THE MEETING.

THANK YOU.

I MOVE, WE ADD IT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO WE HAVE A MOTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND, SECOND, SECOND BY, UM, BOARD MEMBER MORE? OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR.

I'LL I'LL HAVE MY MOM AND, AND, AND LIGHTS.

SO THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

OKAY.

SO NOW LET'S GO AHEAD AND MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS, YES.

SORRY TO INTERRUPT THAT.

JUST NOTICING THAT BOARD MEMBER HAWKMAN, WASN'T DONE A VIDEO FOR THAT BOAT.

SO HER LIFE HAS NOT BEEN RECORDED, BUT REMEMBER HAGMAN, THERE SHE IS.

SHE VOTED.

OKAY.

SO NOW WE NEED TO MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS AMENDED, CORRECT? OR DID WE JUST DO THAT? THIS IS WHY IT'S WE CAN CALL THAT A VOTE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS AMENDED.

YES.

OKAY.

MOVING ON BEF I JUST WANT TO MAKE A QUICK CHANGE IN THE, UM, ORDER OF THESE EVENTS FOR, AND I'M GOING TO MOVE ITEM

[B.5. Briefing on the creation of a new parkland dedication ordinance for commercial developments, as described in this presentation and associated Study, for adoption by City Council.]

FIVE, THE BRIEFING ON THE CREATION OF NEW PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE.

FIRST, THAT'S A BRIEFING.

EVERYTHING ELSE IS NOT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HEAR THAT FIRST.

AND THE STAFF IS HERE, SO WE NEED A MOTION.

I DON'T THINK WE DO.

I'D LIKE TO MOVE TO, CAN I GET A SECOND, SECOND? THANK YOU.

SO ALL IN FAVOR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

I KNOW MR. SCOTT APPRECIATES IT.

SO THIS IS A BRIEFING ON THE CREATION OF A NEW PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AS DESCRIBED IN THIS PRESENTATION AND ASSOCIATED STUDY FOR ADOPTION BY CITY COUNCIL.

WE VOTED ON THIS AT OUR LAST MEETING, BUT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO, UM, TO REALLY SHARE.

UM, WE DO HAVE ONE SPEAKER ON THIS ITEM.

OKAY.

CAN WE HAVE THAT FOR A BRIEFING OF SPEAKER? OH, UH, I APOLOGIZE.

NO, THERE CAN BE NO PUBLIC COMMENT, UH, DURING A BRIEFING.

I APOLOGIZE TO THE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC BECAUSE IT'S POSTED AS A BRIEFING.

THERE'S NO PUBLIC COMMENT ON THAT ITEM.

MY APOLOGIES.

UH, I ALSO WANT TO REMIND THE BOARD IN ADDITION TO THERE NOT BEING ANY PUBLIC COMMENT ALOUD ON A BRIEFING, UM, ANY DISCUSSION OR ANY QUESTIONS, UH, ASKED BY THE BOARD OF STAFF, UH, MUST BE, UH, CLARIFYING QUESTIONS AND THERE CAN BE NO DISCUSSION AMONG THE BOARD ON THIS ITEM AND NO ACTION TAKEN BY THE BOARD ON THIS ITEM.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO WITH THAT PREFACE,

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I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO YOU, MR. SCOTT, YOU HAVE THE PRESENTATION, THAT'S IT.

MADAM CHAIR, VICE CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS.

I'M RANDY SCOTT, A PARKLAND ACQUISITION PARKLAND DEDICATION PROGRAM MANAGER.

UM, ON FEBRUARY 20TH, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE HOME, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2020 PARKS BOARD PASSED A RESOLUTION THAT DIRECTED CITY COUNCIL TO, UH, UH, LOOK AT DEVELOPING A COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE.

THEN ON MARCH 28TH, 22, UH, PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD REAFFIRMED THEIR SUPPORT FOR THAT FIRST RESOLUTION.

AND ON MAY 7TH, 2022, UH, CITY COUNCIL DIRECTED THE CITY MANAGER TO, UH, DEVELOP A COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

THIS TEAM BEHIND ME, UH, PAUL BOOKS, ROBIN HAYMANS, TOM ROWLANDSON AND TWO OTHERS, UH, JUSTIN STEWART AND, UM, NO THAT OTHER GUY BACK THERE, SCOTT GRANTHAM, UH, HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY IN DEVELOPING A, UH, COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION STUDY THAT IS IN YOUR BACKUP TONIGHT.

UH, WE ALSO DEVELOPED A PRESENTATION TO OUTLINE THAT STUDY AND, UH, TONIGHT WE WERE PRESENTED TO YOU, UH, ROBIN HAYMANS, WE'LL BEGIN WITH AN OVERVIEW OF THAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS ROBIN HAYMANS WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

IT'S GREEN.

I JUST NEED TO GET CLOSER.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? OKAY.

OKAY.

THE EXISTING PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE OR PLD, WHICH IS APPLIED TO NEW RESIDENTIAL HOTEL AND MOTEL UNITS, SUBSTANTIALLY ADVANCES OF PUBLIC INTEREST IN PROMOTING HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELFARE OF AUSTINITES BY PROVIDING AN EXPANDING CRITICAL PARKLAND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE CITY.

IN FACT, SINCE 2018, PLD HAS DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTED TOWARD HUNDREDS OF ACRES OF PARKLAND AND OVER 40 NEW OR EXPANDED PARKS, THE BENEFITS AND NEED FOR CRITICAL PARK INFRASTRUCTURE IS WELL, ARE WELL-ESTABLISHED IN AUSTIN CITY CHARTER.

THE IMAGINE AUSTIN COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, THE PAR LONG RANGE PLAN AND NUMEROUS COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, INCLUDING ONE STIPULATING THAT ALL AUSTINITES BE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF A PARK, CREATING A NEW PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE FOR OFFICE RETAIL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WOULD BETTER REFLECT IMPACTS OF NEW DEVELOPMENT ON THE CITY'S PARK SYSTEM.

A NEW COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATED DEDICATION ORDINANCE WOULD CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GREENBELT AND TRAIL CONNECTIONS THAT ARE LOST UNDER TODAY'S REQUIREMENTS AND BETTER SERVE AUSTIN'S RAPIDLY GROWING WORKFORCE WITH RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, WHICH IN TURN WILL MAKE AUSTIN MORE ATTRACTIVE PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION DEDICATION ORDINANCE MUST BE LEGALLY DEFENSIBLE WITHIN ESTABLISHED ESSENTIAL NEXUS, WHICH IS A DIRECT IMPACT OF A POPULATION ON CITY SERVICES.

AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH US CASE LAW, A CITY MAIN ACT REASONABLE REGULATIONS TO PROMOTE HEALTH SAFETY IN GENERAL, WELL WELFARE OF ITS PEOPLE AND PROVIDING A CENTRAL PARK SERVICES HAS LONG BEEN CONSIDERED TO ACHIEVE THOSE GOALS.

AND ESSENTIAL NEXUS IS ESTABLISHED BY RECOGNIZING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN NEW COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS THAT BRING ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES, CLIENTS, AND CONSUMERS, AND, AND THEIR USE OF THE CITY'S PARKS.

THE NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION CONDUCTED A STUDY, WHICH FOUND THAT PARKS PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN DETERMINING COMPANY LOCATIONS AND THEREFORE WORKFORCE WORKFORCE GROWTH IN A CITY PER THE LATEST CENSUS INFORMATION.

58% OF THE CITY'S WORKFORCE COMMUTES INTO AUSTIN, ADDING PARK USERS THAT DO NOT CURRENTLY FACTOR INTO THE, INTO THE CURRENT PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS BY ESTABLISHING A COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE, THE CITY WOULD BETTER BE ABLE TO PROVIDE PROPORTIONATE RECREATION SERVICES TO THE WORKFORCE NEAR THEIR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ANOTHER PART OF ESTABLISHING A LEGALLY DEFENSIBLE ORDINANCE IS ACCOUNTING FOR ROUGH PROPORTIONALITY.

THIS TIES A LANDER FEE REQUIREMENTS DIRECTLY TO THE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS ANTICIPATED IMPACT ON THE PARK SYSTEM AS THE CITY'S POPULATION SWELLS DURING THE WORKDAY WITH THE COMMUTER WORKFORCE COMING IN FROM OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN'S JURISDICTION, THAT WHICH IS ABUNDANTLY

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CLEAR DURING OUR BRUSH, OUR TRAFFIC, THE CITY'S PARK LEVEL OF SERVICE DIMINISHES TO MAINTAIN A CONSISTENT AMOUNT OF PARKLAND FOR US AND SERVICE POPULATION, WHICH IS THE COMBINATION OF EXISTING RESIDENTS.

PLUS THE COMMUTER WORKFORCE, NEW DEVELOPMENTS WOULD NEED TO PROVIDE 6.8 ACRES OF NEW PARKLAND PER THOUSAND PEOPLE, WHICH IS A FORMULA WE GO INTO MORE DETAIL IN, IN THE PROCEEDINGS, SLIDES, JUSTICE WITH THE EXISTING RESIDENTIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE FACTORS, SUCH AS OCCUPANCY RATES, HOURS OF OPERATION PARK OPERATION HOURS ARE ALL CONSIDERED TO ESTABLISH A TRULY PROPORTIONAL PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE.

TOM WILL NOW PROVIDE SOME MORE DETAILS ON HOW THE LANDED FEE CALCULATIONS WERE DERIVED.

GOOD EVENING BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS TOM ROBINSON.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

UH, IF WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO I'LL BE COVERING THE METHODOLOGY BUILDING OFF OF, UH, THE ESSENTIAL NEXUS AND ROUGH PROPORTIONALITY THAT ROBIN SPOKE TO JUST NOW.

SO DIVING INTO HOW THIS REQUIREMENT WOULD WORK.

WE DIVIDED COMMERCIAL USES INTO THREE CATEGORIES.

UH, THE REASONING IS THAT EACH OF THESE USES ARE DISTINCT AND FUNCTION.

AND NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, WE WANT TO ACCURATELY CAPTURE THE ANTICIPATED USE OF THE PARK SYSTEM AND BELIEVE THAT THESE THREE CATEGORIES BETTER ACHIEVE THAT AT THE SAME TIME, THE CATEGORIES ARE INTENDED TO BE BROAD ENOUGH TO BE EASILY UNDERSTOOD AND CAPTURES THE VARIETY OF USES THAT FALL UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF COMMERCIAL.

THESE CATEGORIES ARE CONSISTENT WITH OTHER PARKS REQUIREMENTS ACROSS THE U S THAT INCLUDE A COMMERCIAL COMPONENT.

AND THE THREE CATEGORIES THAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU ARE OFFICE RETAIL AND INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE, AS WELL AS THE SORT OF SUB USES THAT FALL UNDER THOSE THREE CATEGORIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS FORMULA IS REALLY THE EXPRESSION OF, OF WHAT THEIR REQUIREMENT COULD BE.

UH, IT'S A, AN EXPRESSION OF WHAT THE CITY NEED IS FROM COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS FOR PARKLAND IS CLOSELY MODELED ON OUR CURRENT RESIDENTIAL AND HOTEL REQUIREMENTS IN EFFECT TODAY.

WHAT THE FORMULA PROPOSES IS THAT IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A CONSISTENT LEVEL OF PARK SERVICE, THAT IS THE SAME AMOUNT OF PARKLAND.

AS THE CITY GROWS, THEN WE WOULD NEED 6.8 ACRES OF PARKLAND PER THOUSAND PEOPLE.

THAT 6.8 ACRES REPRESENTS HOW MANY ACRES OF PARKLAND THAT WE HAVE TODAY FOR 1000 PEOPLE MINUS OUR METRO AND DISTRICT PARKS.

THAT EXCLUSION IS CONSISTENT WITH OUR CURRENT RESIDENTIAL AND HOTEL REQUIREMENTS OF THE EXCLUSION OF THE METRO AND DISTRICT PARKS.

I MUST NOTE THAT THE LEVEL OF SERVICE FACTORS, BOTH RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN AND INBOUND COMMUTERS FROM OUTSIDE THE CITY EQUAL TO APPROXIMATELY 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE IN ALL.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE CALLED THE SERVICE POPULATION AS DISCUSSED EARLIER IN THE PRESENTATION, THE TERM FUNCTIONAL POPULATION THAT'S IN THIS EQUATION MEANS THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES FROM A COMMERCIAL USE DISCOUNTED BY OCCUPANCY RATES AND THE AMOUNT OF TIME THEY MAY BE AT A PLACE WITH EMPLOYMENT THAT I'LL TALK ABOUT THE NEXT SLIDE YOU COULD GO TO IT.

SO GOING INTO GREATER DETAIL ON HOW THIS FORMULA WOULD WORK HERE, WE SEE HOW THE FUNCTIONAL POPULATION FOR A GIVEN COMMERCIAL PROJECT WOULD BE EXPRESSED BY THE THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES I DISCUSSED EARLIER.

FIRST, WE DETERMINE HOW MANY EMPLOYEES WOULD BE IN A GIVEN COMMERCIAL USE BASED ON THE NUMBER OF SQUARE FEET USING THE U S GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL FIGURES OFFICE HAS THE GREATEST NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES PER SQUARE FOOT, UH, OR AS WAREHOUSE AND INDUSTRIAL HAS THE FEWEST NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES PER SQUARE FOOT.

THEN WE FACTOR IN THE OCCUPANCY RATE OF THOSE DIFFERENT USES.

IT'S RARE THAT A COMMERCIAL SPACE, UH, WILL BE, UH, OR COMMERCIAL SPACES RATHER ARE 100% OCCUPIED AND INSIDE SOME SPACES REMAIN VACANT, WAITING TO BE LEASED.

WE ACCOUNTED FOR THAT TO MORE ACCURATELY DERIVE THE ACTUAL IMPACTS ON OUR PARK SYSTEM.

THEN WE ALSO FACTOR OCCUPATION TIMES OF THE DIFFERENT USES.

MOST BUSINESSES AREN'T OPEN 24, 7, AND EMPLOYEES OFTEN SPEND MAYBE 10 HOURS A DAY AT WORK BECAUSE EMPLOYEES SPEND LESS TIME AT WORK.

THEY LIKELY WON'T HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT PARKS AS THEY WOULD AT HOME.

SO WE FACTORED THE OPERATIONS TIME TO ACCOUNT FOR THAT AS WELL, WHILE WAREHOUSE AND INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYEES WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE PARKS OUTSIDE OF THOSE TIMES.

ANYWAY, UH, SO WE ADDED A CAP TO THOSE INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE USES TO REFLECT, UH, THE PARKS HOURS OF OPERATIONS.

EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY BE

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24 7 BUSINESSES REVIEWING THE SLIDE, UH, YOU ULTIMATELY CALCULATE THE FUNCTIONAL POPULATION, TAKING THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES BASED ON A NEW PROJECT SQUARE FOOTAGE, THEN DISCOUNT THAT NUMBER BY THE OCCUPANCY RATE AND OUR, UH, OPERATIONS TIME.

FROM THERE, YOU CAN DETERMINE HOW MANY ACRES OF PARKLAND IS NEEDED.

BASED ON THAT 6.8 ACRES OF PARKLAND PER THOUSAND PEOPLE DISCUSSED IN THE LAST SLIDE.

PAUL WILL NOW COVER SOME HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLES OF THIS FORMULA IN ACTION.

THANK YOU.

HELLO MEMBERS OF BOARD.

MY NAME IS PAUL BOOKS.

UM, I'M GOING TO GO OVER A FEW HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLES.

UM, IF YOU COULD JUST GO ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO THIS FIRST EXAMPLE IS A HYPOTHETICAL DOWNTOWN HIGH RISE OFFICE BUILDING OF OVER 665,000 SQUARE FEET ON A FULL CITY BLOCK USING THE FORMULA.

TOM JUST EXPLAINED THIS DEVELOPMENT WOULD HAVE A FUNCTIONAL POPULATION OF JUST OVER 485 PEOPLE.

THIS WOULD REQUIRE A 3.3 ACRES OF PARKLAND TO BE DEDICATED IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE CITY'S CURRENT LEVEL OF SERVICE.

THE FUNCTIONAL POPULATION IS ALSO USED TO CALCULATE THE FEE IN LIEU OF DEDICATION, AS WELL AS THE PARK DEVELOPMENT FEE, THE FEE AND LEWIS BASED ON A PARKLAND COST FACTOR PER PERSON WHILE THE PARK DEVELOPMENT FEE IS BASED ON A PARK DEVELOPMENT COST FACTOR PER PERSON, THE PARKLAND COST FACTOR IS THE AVERAGE PER ACRE COST OF PARKLAND.

OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS DIVIDED BY THE SERVICE POPULATION.

THE PARK DEVELOPMENT COST FACTOR IS THE AVERAGE DEVELOPMENT COST OF THE LAST FIVE NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS DIVIDED BY THE SERVICE POPULATION.

ADDITIONALLY, WE ASSUMED THE 15% LINE CAP WITHIN THE URBAN CORE THAT APPLIES TO THE EXISTING RESIDENTIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE WOULD BE APPLIED TO OUR COMMERCIAL REQUIREMENT AS WELL.

IN THIS EXAMPLE, YOU SEE A QUARTER ACRE PARK ON THE CORNER OF THE DEVELOPMENT.

HOWEVER, A MAJORITY OF DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT COULD BE SATISFIED THROUGH FEE AND LOO.

UM, BUT PARKLAND DEDICATION IS STILL NECESSARY TO FILL CRITICAL GAPS IN PARK INFRASTRUCTURE AND TO CREATE PARKLAND PROPORTIONATE TO GROWTH IN DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT.

STAFF AND DEVELOPERS MAY ALSO LOOK TOWARDS OTHER CREATIVE WAYS TO PROVIDE PARK SPACE TO THE COMMUNITY SUCH AS INTERIOR, PUBLIC PLAZAS, OR MINI DECKS ON UPPER FLOORS TO SATISFY REQUIREMENTS, SIMILAR TO WHAT IS SEEN IN PRIVATELY OWNED PUBLIC SPACES OR PARK POP'S PROGRAM IN NEW YORK CITY.

UM, AND WE CAN GO ONTO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND THIS EXAMPLE, WE LOOK AT A TYPICAL RETAIL STRIP CENTER OF 50,000, SORRY, ONE SLIDE BACK, UM, TYPICAL RETAIL STRIP CENTER OF 50,000 SQUARE FEET.

THE PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO SECURE CONNECTIONS ACROSS.

WE TELL DEVELOPMENTS TO PREVENT GAPS IN PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE IN GREEN BELTS.

IN THIS EXAMPLE, THE 0.2, TWO ACRES OF PARKLAND OWED WOULD ALLOW FOR EXEMPTION TO AN EXISTING PARK ON THE OTHER SIDE DEVELOPMENT ENSURING THE FUTURE OCCUPANTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT, AS WELL AS THE WIDER COMMUNITY MAINTAIN ACCESS TO PARKLAND.

THE NEW PARK SPACE WOULD ENABLE RETAIL WORKERS TO WALK TO PARK AMENITIES ON BREAKS OR BEFORE AND AFTER THEIR SHIFTS, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS WILL HELP TO INFORM WHAT TYPES OF AMENITIES WOULD BE, WHAT BEST SERVE USES OF THIS PARK SPACE ADJACENT TO RETAIL AND OTHER COMMERCIAL USES I'LL THEN GO ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND THIS NEXT EXAMPLE, WE LOOK AT A TYPICAL SUBURBAN WAREHOUSE WHERE PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS WOULD ALLOW FOR THE CONTINUATION OF A GREEN BELT ON LAND THAT WOULD OTHERWISE SIT UNUTILIZED BY THE DEVELOPMENT.

OFTENTIMES THESE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPED DEVELOPMENTS ARE SITED IN AREAS, COMPLETELY DEVOID OF PARKLAND, AND THIS REQUIREMENT WOULD HELP SECURE PARKLAND AS AN AMENITY TO EMPLOYEES AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY AT LARGE PROMOTING THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF SOME OF THEM HAVE SOME AUSTIN'S MOST UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES CREATING THIS GREENBELT CONNECTION.

IT'S A PRIORITY.

AND THE IMAGINE AUSTIN PLAN AND THE STRATEGIC DIRECTION, 23 AND AS NECESSARY REGARDLESS OF LAND USE, IF THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE GREENBELT AND URBAN TRAILS SYSTEMS ARE TO BE REALIZED, UM, WE CAN GO ON TO THE NEXT EXAMPLE.

SO IN THIS EXAMPLE, WE LOOK AT HOW A NEW COMMERCIAL ORDINANCE WOULD WORK IN TANDEM WITH THE EXISTING RESIDENTIAL PARK PARKLAND REQUIREMENTS ON A MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT.

THE COMMERCIAL USE IN THIS EXAMPLE OF 136,000 SQUARE FOOT OFFICE A WILL, WOULD FOLLOW THE COMMERCIAL FORMULA.

WE JUST EXPLAINED THE RESIDENTIAL PORTION WOULD FOLLOW THE EXISTING TITLE, 25 PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS COMBINE THE TWO REQUIREMENTS EQUATE OVER FIVE ACRES OWED WITH THE URBAN CORE CAP OF 15%.

THIS WOULD BE SUFFICIENT FOR A PEDESTRIAN CONNECTION TO RIGHT AWAY, AND TO EXTEND THE GREENBELT SYSTEM THROUGH UNDER-UTILIZED AREAS ON THE BACK OF THE SITE, AS AN AMENITY TO RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON EXAMPLES AND THE RATIONALE AND BASIS FOR EACH COMPONENT OF THE FORMULA CAN BE FOUND IN THE ADJOINING STUDY.

RIGHT? YOU CAN GO ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, WE ALSO RESEARCHED A NUMBER OF CITIES IN TEXAS AND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TO UNDER, TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CURRENT LANDSCAPE FOR COMMERCIAL PARKLAND, DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS AND IMPACT FEES IN TEXAS ALONE, EL PASO HUDDLE COLLEYVILLE AMONG OTHERS HAVE PARKLAND REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS SETTING THE PRECEDENT FOR THIS REQUIREMENT IN THE STATE AND OTHER STATES SUCH AS CALIFORNIA AND GEORGIA EXISTING IMPACT THE REGULATIONS PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF HOW TO MEASURE THE IMPACTS OF NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON THE PARK SYSTEM, AND TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW AN ORDINANCE CAN BE CRAFTED TO BE ROUGHLY PROPORTIONAL TO THE IMPACT OF THE

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DEVELOPMENT.

UM, AND ON THE NEXT, UH, SLIDES, TOM IS GOING TO GO OVER THE NEXT STEPS AND ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH OUR, UH, COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT UNIT TO PRODUCE A COMPREHENSIVE ENGAGEMENT EFFORT TO ENSURE THE VOICES OF OUR COMMUNITY AND KEY STAKEHOLDERS ARE HEARD IN THIS PROCESS.

SOON, WE WILL BE LAUNCHING A WEBSITE AND ONLINE SURVEY, UH, MADE BROADLY AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR, OF YOU AND INPUT.

WE ANTICIPATE MORE MEETINGS WITH BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, INCLUDING PARKS, BOARD, AS WELL AS CITY COUNCIL OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPEAKERS TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THIS NEW PROCESS.

UH, PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON PART SOCIAL MEDIA WHERE WE WILL BE SHARING ALL THIS INFORMATION AND MORE, UH, FINALLY WE INTEND TO HOLD ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS, UH, WHO WOULD BE MOST IMPACTED SUCH AS PARK ADVOCATES AND REAL ESTATE REPRESENTATIVES.

UH, TOMORROW WE WILL BE BEGIN DEVELOPING AN ORDINANCE BASED ON THE STUDY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PRESENTATION.

WE CAN GO TO THE LAST SLIDE.

SO WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME THIS EVENING TO LISTEN TO THIS BRIEFING.

UH, YOU CAN CONTACT, UH, ANY ONE OF US.

UH, IF YOU DO HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE FOLLOW UP.

UH, THE STUDY WAS POSTED IN BACKUP.

UH, WE REALIZED THIS PRESENTATION INCLUDED A LOT OF INFORMATION, SO IT GOES INTO GREAT DETAIL ON HOW WE DEVELOP THIS METHODOLOGY BASED ON THE, UH, PRECEDENCE IN CASE LAW THAT WE COVERED TONIGHT.

THANK YOU.

EXCUSE ME.

WE CAN ASK CLARIFYING QUESTIONS, CORRECT? YES, SIR.

OKAY.

SO I'LL GO AHEAD AND, UM, SEE IF ANYBODY HAS ANY OF THOSE, I'LL START WITH YOU BOARD MEMBER, COTTON CYBIL SHEET, BOARD MEMBER MORE THANK YOU.

UM, I'M WONDERING IF YOU CAN SHARE A LITTLE BIT OF THE BACKGROUND ON THE, UM, THE PARK DEVELOPMENT FEES, UM, HOW THOSE ARE, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE KIND OF BEEN COLLECTING DATA FOR THOSE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND HOW THOSE MIGHT, UM, CHANGE AND EVOLVE OVER TIME.

YEAH.

I CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT.

SO IT'S BASED ON, YOU KNOW, THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE OF WHAT IT COSTS US TO DEVELOP OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND POCKET PARKS.

SO IN THE, UH, STUDY, IT DOES GO INTO THE DIFFERENT PARKS THAT WERE USED AS PART OF THAT CALCULATION.

UM, SOME OF THE MORE RECENT PARKS THAT WERE USED WERE FOR EXAMPLE, BROWNIE PARK, UH, NORTH CENTRAL AUSTIN.

SO THE FEES THAT ARE YOU SEE BEFORE YOU ARE REALLY A REFLECTION OF WHAT IT COSTS TODAY FOR THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO, UH, DEVELOP THOSE PARKS AND RANDY, YOU'RE WELCOME TO ADD TO THAT.

I WAS JUST GOING TO ADD IT'S THE LAST FIVE NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS THAT WE DEVELOPED THIS DAY.

IT'S AVERAGE COST.

THANK YOU.

QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

REMEMBERED TO CARLA.

UM, THANK YOU ALL FOR THE PRESENTATION AND FOR THE YES, VERY DETAILED, UM, INFORMATION.

UM, I JUST HAD ONE QUESTION AND I COULD HAVE MISSED IT AND YOUR BACKUP, BUT, UM, IS FOR THE NEW ORDINANCE FOR THE COMMERCIAL, UM, PARKLAND, ARE, IS IT PLANNING ON BEING THE SAME REQUIREMENTS, UH, TO BE ABLE TO DO THE FEE IN LIEU AS OPPOSED TO THE LAND DEDICATION? YES, WE'RE, WE'RE INTENDING THAT TO, TO BE PART OF THE ORDINANCE AS WELL, THAT, YOU KNOW, WE WOULD APPLY SOME OF THE SAME CRITERIA AS POTENTIALLY THAT WE USE WITH RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS, BUT THAT A FEE IN LIEU WOULD STILL BE A PART OF THAT ORDINANCE AS WELL.

UM, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE DISCUSSED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, UH, STAKEHOLDER AND PUBLIC INPUT IS MAYBE WHAT THOSE CRITERIA ARE AND WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE THE SAME AS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, PARK DEFICIENCY, UH, CRITICAL CONNECTIONS, UH, YOU KNOW, CRITICAL NEEDS IS IDENTIFIED IN OUR LONG RANGE PLAN ARE ALL CRITERIA THAT WE USE.

MAYBE THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE COMMERCIAL ORDINANCE, BUT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO, UH, USE AS PART OF THE PUBLIC DISCUSSION IS WHAT THOSE CRITERIA ARE.

OKAY, GREAT.

UM, THANK YOU.

THAT'S WHY I'M OKAY.

A BOARD MEMBER.

UM, BUT SEE HUFFMAN, THANK YOU.

NO QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR, NO QUESTIONS NOW.

EXCUSE ME.

BOARD MEMBER BERNARD.

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NO QUESTIONS.

YES.

.

I DO HAVE A QUESTION.

YOU MENTIONED AMENITY DECKS ON UPPER FLOORS, UM, SATISFYING PARKLAND DEDICATION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THIS POSSIBLE DRAFT ORDINANCE.

AND MY QUESTION WAS, IS THAT SOMETHING THAT'S ALLOWED FOR RESIDENTIAL? UH, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE EXPLORED IN THE PAST.

UH, RIGHT NOW THE REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL, UH, ARE CLEAR THAT THE LAND EITHER NEEDS TO BE DEDICATED FEE SIMPLE, OR IT NEEDS TO BE CONVEYED IN SOME KIND OF EASEMENT.

SO WE HAVE EXPLORED IT.

I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ANY PROJECTS WHERE IT'S, UH, BEEN REALIZED, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE LOOKED AT BEFORE, WHERE IF IT WAS GOING TO BE CONVEYED IN AN EASEMENT THAT ENSHRINED PUBLIC ACCESS, IT'S A POSSIBILITY, BUT I CAN'T THINK OF ANY SPECIFIC EXAMPLES WHERE THAT'S BEEN ACHIEVED RIGHT NOW.

THERE ARE OTHER PLACES IN AUSTIN.

UH, RADY HAS ONE THAT HE LIKES TO BRING UP WHERE IT'S PRIVATELY, UH, OWNED AND MANAGED, BUT IT IS KIND OF A PARK ON TOP OF A FORMER PARKING GARAGE THAT WE'VE TAKEN INSPIRATION FROM.

AND OF COURSE THE, UH, PO P S IN NEW YORK IS ANOTHER GREAT CASE FOR THAT.

BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE STILL KIND OF EXPLORING RIGHT NOW, BUT SOMETHING THAT MAY POTENTIALLY BE POSSIBLE UNDER THE RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS.

SO IT WOULD HAVE PUBLIC ACCESS.

IT WOULD, IT HAS, YES, IT HAVE PUBLIC ACCESS.

OKAY.

THANKS.

OKAY.

VICE TREAD DEPARTMENT.

SO I APPRECIATE YOU MAKING THE CLARIFICATION ON THE PRIVATELY OWNED PUBLIC OPEN SPACES, PUT BOASTS FAMILIAR WITH THEM IN NEW YORK CITY AND SAN FRANCISCO.

AND FORTUNATELY, I THINK WE'VE EMBRACED THEM IN THE PAST AND JUST NOTHING'S HAPPENED WITH IT.

UM, SO VERY SUPPORTIVE.

NOW I LOOK, HERE'S MY CLARIFYING QUESTION.

UM, IT RELATES TO THE OVERVIEW AND SO ON, THE OVERVIEW HAS ON BOLD NUMBER THREE, CREATING A NEW PARKING DEDICATION ORDINANCE FOR OFFICE AND RETAIL AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS WOULD BETTER REFLECT THE IMPACTS OF NEW DEVELOPMENT TO THE CITY'S PARK SYSTEM.

AND THAT IS WHAT, THAT'S THE KEY THING THAT WE NEED FOR NEXUS.

AND THERE SEEMS TO BE ANOTHER BENEFIT.

DO YOU THINK THAT YOU CAN PUT IT IN THERE WHERE WE'RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT CREATING OPEN SPACE FOR WORKERS ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE? AND JUST WANT TO SEE IF THIS IS, YOU KNOW, YOU GET CLARIFICATION ON THOUGHT, NOT ON FOLLOWING PAGES IS ON PAGE SIX WHERE WE HIGHLIGHT OFFICE, RIGHT? LIMITED GENERAL OFFICE USE COWORKING SPACES, MEDICAL OFFICES, RETAIL RESTAURANTS, RETAIL, GYMS, COFFEE SHOPS, BARS.

AND OF COURSE IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, WAREHOUSE PLACES WHERE THAT WORKERS ARE REALLY IMPACTED THEY'RE ENCLOSED SETTINGS.

UM, AND SO IS THERE A WAY THAT IN CRAFTING IT, OR AT LEAST ACKNOWLEDGING IT IN THERE THAT THE ADDITIONAL BENEFIT, BECAUSE IN SOME INSTANCES WE'LL REQUIRING THIS PARKLAND DEDICATION ON THE, ON THESE COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, IT WILL NOT ONLY ADDRESS WHEN THERE IS A PARK CLOSE BY AND THEIR IMPACT ON THAT PARK, BUT IT ACTUALLY IS A WORKER HEALTH COMPONENT.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT IS ABLE TO, OR BY VIRTUE OF THE CASE LAW WE NEEDED TO KIND OF STAY AWAY FROM, I THINK YOU WOULD CALL THAT MAYBE AN ANCILLARY BENEFITS.

SO WE, IT'S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT WE ARE ABLE TO CLOSE A GREENBELT GAPS AND MAKE THESE TRAIL CONNECTIONS, BUT IN DOING SO, YOU CREATE A WAY FOR THE EMPLOYEES TO GET TO WORK ON AN ALTERNATE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION, RIGHT? OR YOU CREATE SPACES.

YOU KNOW, WE SEE IT WITH OUR RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENT ALL THE TIME THAT EVEN OUR TRAIL CONNECTIONS ARE SO HEAVILY USED BY THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE.

THAT IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE CASE THAT YOU'RE CREATING PARK SPACE FOR THE PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE, TO THE NEW DEDICATION, AS WELL AS ALLEVIATING THE IMPACT ON EXISTING PARKS.

GREAT.

DOES THAT CLARIFY? IT DOES.

AND ONE MORE CLARIFYING QUESTION, AND THIS RELATES GOING BACK TO THE PRIVATELY OWNED PUBLIC OPEN SPACE NOW, AS YOU WOULD INVESTIGATE THAT COMPONENT, WOULD YOUR THOUGHT BE THAT IT WOULD HAVE THE SAME ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, BOTH IN TERMS OF THE TIME OF DAY THAT PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO ACCESS IT

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AND THE ABILITY TO ACTUALLY GET TO IT, SAY, IF YOU'RE HAVING TO GET TO AN ELEVATOR OR STAIRWAY THAT'S NOT CLOSED UP AND THAT YOU'RE THERE AT 6:00 AM AND YOU COULD BE THERE TILL 10 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT, WHEREVER OUR CURRENT PARK RULES ALLOW.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT'S BEING CONSIDERED? YEAH, IT WOULD FALL APART.

RULES IS IN TERMS OF THE TIMES OF DAY OF OPERATION.

AND THEN I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT THE, THE SORT OF WAY THE POP'S OPERATES IS IT'S ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, LIKE TYPICALLY THEY'RE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OR YOU HAVE LIKE ONE FLIGHT OF STAIRS AND AN ELEVATOR JUST, IT'S LIKE ONE STORY ABOVE THE PUBLIC REALM.

RIGHT.

AND IT'S K SO YOU CAN LOOK AT THE ELEVATED ACRE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE ALONG.

AND THAT'S LIKE, SORT OF, IT'S KIND OF ABOVE, IT'S UTILIZING A ROOFTOP AREA, BUT IT'S ONLY ONE KIND OF LEVEL ABOVE THE PUBLIC REALM.

SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE PUBLIC IS REALLY EASILY INVITED INTO.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE PROBABLY PART OF THE CRITERIA THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT WHEN WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THESE MORE CREATIVE WAYS TO SATISFY THE, AND I DO HAVE A THIRD ONE PO APOLOGIZE CHAIR, JUST TO EXPAND ON THAT REAL QUICK.

AND YOU MENTIONED, UH, TWO QUESTIONS HAVE COME UP ON THAT.

UM, WE ALSO, WE HAD, DO HAVE ONE THAT WE'VE NEGOTIATED AND IS THIS WORKING? IT IS OKAY.

WE DO HAVE ONE THAT WE'VE, UH, NEGOTIATED AT BROADMORE, UH, WHICH IS, UH, UH, NORTH, UH, ALONG THE RED LINE.

AND WE HAVE A PARKING GARAGE, UH, PARK THAT WE WILL CONDO EASTMAN TO THAT LEVEL OF ELEVATION AND IT WOULD BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

SO ON THE THIRD QUESTION, IT GOES BACK TO PARKLAND, DEDICATION ON THE FEES IN LIEU.

SO RIGHT NOW, IN OUR CURRENT SYSTEM, WE, WE HAVE THESE LITTLE ACCOUNTS, BUT YOU KNOW, THAT WE RECEIVE FROM THAT PARTICULAR DEVELOPMENT AND THAT'S THE MONEY RECEIVED.

AND WHEN WE DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO SPEND IT YET, IT SITS IN THAT ACCOUNT UNTIL IT'S ACCESSED WITH A PREFERENCE OF A NEARBY, WITHIN LIKE AS A QUARTER MILE OR ON THE PROJECT SITE GOING OUTWARDS TO TWO MILES.

THAT SEEMS TO BUILD UP IN SOME CASES, NOT AS MUCH AS PEOPLE THINK.

UM, CAUSE WE ARE, I THINK WE DO REALLY WELL AT SPENDING IT AND GETTING IT, UM, UTILIZED, BUT WHAT'S THE THOUGHT IF THERE'S, IF WE DO THE ABSORPTION, SO CLARIFYING ON, WE GET THAT PARKLAND DEDICATION FEE, WE DON'T HAVE THE NECESSARILY CONNECTIVITY ISSUE IT'S RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM EXISTING GREEN SPACE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE, THE USAGE FOR THAT FEE WOULD LOOK LIKE? AND HERE, I APOLOGIZE, I'LL GIVE YOU THE EXAMPLE, UH, GOOGLE, RIGHT, RIGHT.

OUR NEW BUILDING RIGHT OUT FRONT THAT'S RIGHT ON THE LAKE HAS ACCESS TO A ROBUST TRAIL SYSTEM.

UM, THERE'S NO ADDITIONAL GREEN SPACE THAT CAN BE PURCHASED.

WELL, MAYBE THERE IS, I'M NOT SURE, BUT YOU KNOW, THAT'S CLOSE BY.

SO THAT'S USE THAT AS AN EXAMPLE, IF YOU COULD.

WELL, UH, JUST AS THAT, FOR AN EXAMPLE, GOOGLE, UM, THAT FEE IN LIEU OF WHAT COULD BE UTILIZED ON TOWN LAKE OR TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS, TRAIL EXPANSION, A NEW BRIDGE CROSSING, UH, SHOAL CREEK, A LITTLE FURTHER NORTH, UM, SO WIDE RANGE, UH, WE ALSO ENTER INTO A LOT PARK IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENTS.

SO WHEN, UH, DEVELOPMENTS ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, A LOT OF TIMES SINCE THEY'RE ALREADY MOBILIZED, IT'S MUCH EASIER FOR THEM TO CONDUCT IMPROVEMENTS ON PARKLAND.

SO WE ENTER INTO A PARK IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENT THAT ALLOWS THE DEVELOPER TO ACTUALLY DO IMPROVEMENTS ON THE PARK, UH, WHILE THEY'RE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

SO WE DON'T COLLECT ANY FEE IN LIEU OF THEY MAKE ACTUAL IMPROVEMENTS.

AND, UH, THOSE IMPROVEMENTS ARE REALIZED BY THE TIME THE BUILDINGS OPENED.

OKAY.

SO IN THIS CASE, WHAT YOU HAD JUST SAID UNDERNEATH THIS ORDINANCE, THEY WOULD HAVE, YOU WOULD HAVE THE CHOICE NOT TO ACCEPT THE COMMERCIAL FI AND LOO OR THE COMMERCIAL PARKLAND DEDICATION AND THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY PIVOT FOR PARK IMPROVEMENT.

THAT'S CURRENTLY.

YES, WE DO.

AND YES, WE WOULD POSE THAT IN THE FUTURE.

GREAT.

THANK YOU, MR. SCOTT.

THANK YOU, EVERYBODY.

APPRECIATE ALL THE GOOD WORK.

I THINK, UM, YOU KNOW WHAT, HONESTLY, Y'ALL DID A REALLY GOOD JOB EXPLAINING A COMPLICATED FORMULA AND EDUCATING US ON THIS ORDINANCE.

AND I, I, UM, I KNOW WE ASKED FOR THIS IN

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MARCH, 2020, AND I'M VERY, VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU DID.

I KNOW IT MUST HAVE TAKEN A LONG TIME TO DO THE RESEARCH AND FIGURE OUT THE CALCULATIONS AND DO THE WORK THAT YOU DID.

AND I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT IT DOES COME TO FRUITION.

UM, I'M NOT GOING TO ASK, UM, ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.

I MAY SEND YOU SOME DOWN THE ROAD, BUT I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO, SO, OKAY.

DO YOU MANAGE YOUR BOARD MEMBERS? THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WE WILL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM, WHICH IS PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION RELATED TO THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH EFFORTS FOR ZILKER METROPOLITAN PARK VISION PLAN.

AND I THINK WE HAVE, UM, DO WE HAVE GREG ? YEAH, I HAD A, UM, A QUESTION ABOUT THIS WORK BETTER TO DO THE PRESENTATION ON THE REWILDING FIRST.

AND THEN I FEEL LIKE THAT MIGHT BRING UP QUESTIONS THAT WE HAVE FOR THE CONSULTANTS, OR, UM, MIGHT TIE INTO THEIR PRESENTATION A LITTLE BETTER IF WE, IF WE REVERSE THOSE TWO.

SURE.

THE ONLY, UM, THIS IS SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH.

I THINK THERE'S THIS MAYBE A BROADER VERSION OF WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR FOR, UM, IN THE ZILKER PARK ISN'T PLAN.

OH YEAH.

I'M, I'M OPEN TO EITHER WAY.

I JUST THOUGHT THAT THE, IF WE GO FROM A MORE SPECIFIC TO BROADER, UM, THE REWILDING, WE MIGHT HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT REWILDING THAT THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN SPEAK TO AND THEN THE CONSULTANTS CAN SPEAK TO IF THEY GO AFTER THE THREE WELLBEING PRESENTATION.

I, YOU KNOW, IF, IF PEOPLE FEEL THAT WAY, I'M PERFECTLY OPEN TO THAT.

UH, DO WE HAVE THE PRESENTERS FOR THE REWILDING HERE? YES, WE DID.

YES, WE DO CHAIR.

OKAY.

SO IF YOU WANT TO

[B.2. Presentation, discussion and possible action on Zilker Park Re-Wilding plan]

MOVE TO, TO SWITCH YOUR YOU'RE WELCOME TO, AND WE CAN VOTE ON IT.

ALL RIGHT.

I, SO MOVE SECOND, SECONDED BY BOARD MEMBER DEPALMA ALL IN FAVOR.

IT'S FINE WITH ME.

SO DO WE HAVE ANY OPPOSED, SO WELCOME.

UH, SO GOOD TO SEE YOU ALL.

UH, THIS IS THE FIRST MEETING I'VE BEEN IN PERSON SINCE JULY OF LAST YEAR.

AND I HAVE TO SAY, IT'S JOYFUL.

SORRY, SORRY TO INTERRUPT.

BUT I JUST WANT TO CONFIRM WITH THE VICE CHAIR THAT WE, UH, I BELIEVE WE HAVE A NUMBER OF, UM, PUBLIC, UH, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

SO WE NEED TO SPEAK THE SENTENCE.

THAT'S BETTER.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

CAUSE I WAS FRANTICALLY DIGGING, LOOKING FOR THINKING THAT THAT WAS THE CASE.

SO WE ARE ON B2.

WE ARE ON ACTUALLY, YES, WE'RE ON B2 PRESENTATION, DISCUSSING IMPOSSIBLE ACCIDENT ON SILICA PARK, REWILDING PLAN.

PERFECT.

AND WE ARE SPEAKERS ARE ROBIN RATHER, AND GAIL ROSS AND MADAM CHAIR.

WE HAVE SEVEN IN-PERSON SPEAKERS ON THIS AGENDA ITEM AND THAT'S IT.

SO WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CALL A GRUBHUB.

YOU ALL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

YOU CERTAINLY DO NOT HAVE TO USE ALL YOUR THREE MINUTES BUT MINUTES, BUT WE, WE ABSOLUTELY, UM, ARE THRILLED IF YOU DO.

SO WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND NAME THE FIRST FEW FOLKS, ELIZABETH MCGREEVEY, BEN THOMPSON, GAIL RAH, AND LISA AUDRA.

AND THEN AFTER WE GET DONE WITH THAT LIST AND I'LL GO INTO THE LAST THREE.

SO ELIZABETH MCCREEVY ARE YOU HERE? THERE YOU ARE.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

ALL RIGHT.

EXCUSE ME.

I JUST SWAPPED UP A BUNCH OF OAK PAULA.

OKAY.

HI, I'M ALYSSA WITH MCGREEVEY AND I'M GOING TO ANSWER THE QUESTION.

WHY SHOULD WE REWILD SINKER THE REWILDING ZILKER PARK PLAN, STRONGLY PROPOSES USING THE REWILDING PROCESS TO REESTABLISH NEW NATURAL AREAS.

CONVENTIONAL LAND RESTORATION PROCESSES RELY ON PEOPLE TO PREDETERMINED AND PLAN WHAT THE VEGETATION COVER WILL BE.

THIS CAN MAKE IT A LESS SUSTAINABLE APPROACH THAT TENDS TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE AND USES MORE SUPPLEMENTAL IRRIGATION TO BECOME ESTABLISHED.

I'M AN ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION PLANNER AND ALL THAT.

SO I ACTUALLY DO THIS OUT IN THE FIELD.

REWILDING ALSO CALLED ECOLOGICAL REGENERATION IS THE BETTER PROCESS.

REWILDING ALLOWS NATURE TO DETERMINE WHAT THE VEGETATION COVER SHOULD BE, SHOULD BE NATURE.

THEN DOES MOST OF THE WORK, BUT IT'S MICROMANAGED USING ADAPTIVE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT.

THIS PROCESS SAVES MONEY IN WATER, CREATES A MORE RESILIENT ECOSYSTEM AND INTEGRATES THE NEEDS OF WILDLIFE.

FOR EXAMPLE,

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I WORKED ON A SAINT SAVA RANCH PROJECT THAT COST $150,000 USING THE CONVENTIONAL LANDSCAPE, A LAND RESTORATION ON ONE ACRE IN CONTRAST ON THE SAME RANCH.

IT COSTS $5,000 TO REWILD FIVE ACRES, UH, AND THE ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN.

THE TERM ECOLOGICAL UPLIFT IS USED A LOT.

THIS IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH LAND RESTORATION OR ECO ECOLOGICAL REGENERATION.

IT IS MERELY A WAY TO REFERENCE A QUANTIFIABLE WAY TO MEASURE RESTORATION SUCCESS.

BY RELYING ON THIS TERM, IT GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT ECOSYSTEM REESTABLISHMENT PROCESSES HAVE NOT YET BEEN CONSIDERED.

UM, DURING ECOLOGICAL SITE STUDIES AT ZILKER, IT WAS PREDICTED THAT THE COVER TYPES SHOULD BE MOSTLY FOREST AND DENSE WOODLANDS WITH SMALL INTEGRATED GRASSY MEADOWS.

UH, THE DESIGN WORKSHOP PROPOSAL IS THAT, UH, ONLY 18 TO 31% OF NEW NATURAL AREAS WOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE WOODED ALLOWING THE REWILDING OF FOREST AND DENSE WOODLANDS OVER CARBONATE KARST LIMESTONE WILL BE MORE SUSTAINABLE AND LESS EXPENSIVE AS WELL AS MORE EFFECTIVELY MITIGATE URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT, INCREASED GROUNDWATER STORAGE CAPACITY.

THE PROCESS CALLED LIMESTONE DOES SOLUTION IMPROVE WATER QUALITY, DECREASED DREAM BANK EROSION AND DOWN.

SO FLOODING AND ALSO SUPPORT THE CITY'S CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN TO EXPAND, TREAT COVER.

AS CITIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE EMBRACING AND IMPLYING THE REWILDING PROCESS.

I ASKED THAT THE PARKS BOARD HAD THE VISION TO ADD THIS REWILDING STRATEGY PROCESS TO THE ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN AND EVENTUALLY THE ENTIRE CITY.

AND I'M DONE.

OKAY, COOL.

THANK YOU.

AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO DIVE INTO THESE ISSUES AND WE ARE READY.

SO THE NEXT SPEAKER HAS BEN THOMPSON.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY.

UH, MY NAME'S BEN THOMPSON.

UM, I'VE HAD SOME INPUT ON THE REWILDING PLAN AND I FULLY SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OVERALL.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO TALK BRIEFLY SINCE I HAVE THREE MINUTES ABOUT, UM, JUST MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE PARK.

UM, I WAS FORTUNATE TO GROW UP WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE TO THE PARK BIKING DISTANCE, UH, SPENT MY SUMMERS AT THE POOL.

THE, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S MY HOME.

UH, RIGHT NOW I LIVE A LITTLE BIT FURTHER AWAY AND I HAVE TO DRIVE AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S A UNIQUE EXPERIMENT EXPERIENCE AMONGST PEOPLE WHO, UH, WHO VISIT ZILKER.

AND, UM, THE REALITY IS THAT, UH, GETTING TO THE PARK AND PARKING THERE IS, UM, SOMETHING HAS TO BE ADDRESSED AND THE, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY THERE'S, UH, OPTIONS ON THE TABLE IN THE, IN THE VISION PLAN.

UH, BUT I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT WE CAN'T HAVE JUST AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL VEHICLES PARKING IN THE ACTUAL PARK.

UM, WE HAVE TO HAVE OFFSITE PARKING SHUTTLES, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, TO, AND FROM NOT JUST ZOCOR, BUT THE REST OF THE PARK SYSTEM AS WELL.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD TO REWILD IF THE WHOLE HALF THE PLACE IS A PARKING LOT.

RIGHT.

AND, UH, THERE'S, I THINK THE COMMUNITY IS READY TO, UH, GET ON THE BUS TO GO TO THE PARK, UH, GET ON A SHUTTLE, UM, PARKING IN AN EMPTY PARKING GARAGE.

IT'S NOT BEING USED ON THE WEEKENDS.

UM, THERE'S PLENTY OF CREATIVE SOLUTIONS OUT THERE OTHER THAN JUST, UH, LETTING EVERYBODY WHO FEELS LIKE IT DRIVE TO THE PARK BY THEMSELVES.

THANKS.

YES.

UH, WHAT PART OF TOWN ARE YOU IN? OH, I LIVE, UH, SOUTH OF BEN WHITE, UH, FIRST STREET, UH, BETWEEN WILLIAM KENNAN AND STASTNY, IT'S ABOUT A FOUR MILE DRIVE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS GAIL ROTH, I AND GALAS WITH ZILKER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, RIGHT.

UM, GAIL, IT'S HOW I PRONOUNCE MY NAME.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR ALL OF THE WORK YOU DO HERE AND FOR THE CITY AND FOR THE PARKS DEPARTMENT FOR ALLOWING US TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS, WE'RE REALLY GRATEFUL THAT, UH, THIS HAS BEEN A PRIORITY AND THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE.

I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS.

ONE IS IN ADDITION TO BEING ON THE ZILKER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION PARKS COMMITTEE, I'VE ALSO LED A VOLUNTEER GROUP IN THE PARK UNDER THE ADOPTER CREEK PROGRAM.

WE'VE DONE THAT FOR SEVEN YEARS AND WE HAVE ESSENTIALLY REWILD IT A PART OF THE PARK.

IT'S THE PART OF THE PARK OFF OF AZZIE MARTIN.

AND WE'VE JUST SEEN A REAL TRANSFORMATION OF THAT PART OF THE PARK WITHOUT A LOT OF RESOURCES ARE A LOT

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OF RESOURCES COMING FROM A LOT OF PLACES, BUT IN TOTAL, UH, NOT THAT MUCH.

SO VERY INEXPENSIVELY WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO TRANSFORM THAT PART OF THE PARK AND IT HASN'T MET THAT WE'VE EXCLUDED PEOPLE QUITE THE CONTRARY.

MORE PEOPLE HAVE COME IN.

I'VE SEEN IT OVER THE YEARS, I'M DOWN THERE ALL THE TIME.

THERE'S MORE BIRDERS.

THERE ARE MORE WALKERS, THERE ARE MORE KIDS PLAYING IN THE CREEK.

SO THAT CAN, IT'S THE SAME KIND OF THING THAT CAN HAPPEN AT THE PARK IN THE PARK.

AT LARGE, I WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED IN, UH, ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE DESIGN PROCESS, UH, IS THAT AS AN URBAN PARK, ZILKER SHOULD ACHIEVE BALANCE BETWEEN METROPOLITAN USE AND ECOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTAL.

AND I THINK THAT SETS IT UP AS A COMPETITION BETWEEN THAT.

AND I THINK UNDER THE REWILDING SCENARIO, YOU CAN SEE THAT IT'S NOT IN COMPETITION THAT REWILDING THE PARK CAN BRING PEOPLE INTO THE PARK FOR CERTAIN KINDS OF USES.

AND I THINK THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF RESTORATIVE USES, UM, THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT NOW, WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY SECOND POINT, WHICH IS ABOUT CLIMATE.

I FEEL LIKE CLIMATE MUST BE ELEVATED.

THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE MUST BE ELEVATED IN THE NEXT ITERATION OF THE PLAN.

UM, IT'S BURIED IF THE FIVE GUIDING PRINCIPLES 29 GOALS, IT'S ONE OF 29 GOALS.

I THINK IT'S GOT TO BE A GUIDING PRINCIPLE AT A MINIMUM, PERHAPS THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE.

WE CAN'T GO FORWARD WITHOUT CONSIDERING THAT AND NOT JUST ABOUT THE MITIGATION, BUT ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE NEED GOING FORWARD.

AND AS THIS REGION GETS DRIER AND HOTTER, WHAT ARE PEOPLE GOING TO NEED? THEY'RE GOING TO NEED A NICE GREEN SPACE TO GO TO, SO THANK YOU.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER IS LISA OFF RED OUGHTA FRED ON A FRIEND.

OKAY.

UH, GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU.

UM, MY NAME IS LISA AND I AM HERE SPEAKING AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN, ALTHOUGH IT ALSO HAPPENED TO BE A MEMBER OF SEVERAL LOCAL ENVIRONMENT GROUPS AND PRESIDENT OF THE MASTER NATURALIST IN AUSTIN.

UH, I SPEND MOST MORNINGS VOLUNTEERING