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LONG

[CALL TO ORDER]

PACKED MEETING TONIGHT.

SO IF EVERYBODY CAN PLEASE QUIET DOWN.

I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND TRY TO GET STARTED.

UM, THE FIRST THING I'M GONNA DO IS CALL ROLL.

I'M LAURA KOCHEK, CHAIR OF THE PARKS BOARD.

TONIGHT IS JANUARY THE 23RD.

2023.

IT IS SIX O'CLOCK BY MY WATCH, SIX OH ONE BY MY PHONE.

UM, AND THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONERS.

PLEASE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE PRESENT.

UM, SARAH FAUST.

PRESENT.

OKAY.

PRESENT.

UH, NINA RANALDI.

PRESENT.

PRESENT.

ANNA DECARLO.

PRESENT.

UH, PATRICK MOORE.

PATRICK'S HERE.

I JUST SAW HIM.

HE IS HERE.

YOU STEPPED AWAY.

PATRICK STEPPED AWAY.

OKAY.

KATHERINE FLOWERS.

PRESENT.

THANK YOU.

LISA HAMAN.

PRESENT.

NANCY BERNARD? PRESENT.

PRESENT.

KIM TAYLOR.

IS SHE ONLINE? NO.

NO, SHE'S NOT PRESENT.

AND DON LEWIS HERE.

AND DON LEWIS IS HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED ON THE, UM, AGENDA AND THE, THE PUBLIC SPEAKING, CUZ I SEE THERE'S STILL PEOPLE SIGNING IN.

UM, THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE THAT ARE GONNA BE ROLLING OFF OUR BOARD AND I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS SOME THANKS TO THOSE.

THE FIRST ONE IS, UM, NINA RANALDI.

IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND IT TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT AND IT TAKES A LOT OF PREPARATION TO BE ON THIS BOARD AND DO THINGS RIGHT.

AND I JUST WANNA THANK NINA FOR ALWAYS BEING HERE AND BEING PREPARED.

AND, AND THE FLOWERS ARE FROM BOTH, UH, MYSELF AND THE DIRECTOR MCNELEY, SO THANK YOU.

YES.

AND THE OTHER PERSON THAT WE HAVE TO THANK NOT ONLY HAS BEEN PREPARED AND PRESENT, BUT SHE ALSO DID THIS HARD JOB OF CHAIR FOR THREE SOLID YEARS WHEN SHE DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO ANYMORE.

AND SHE HAS BEEN STILL WORKING ON A CRIME WORKING GROUP THAT HAS TAKEN UP AN INORDINATE AMOUNT OF TIME.

AND SHE HAS BEEN A MENTOR TO ME WHO I TRULY APPRECIATE.

AND SO WE ARE REALLY GONNA MISS DON LEWIS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

AND I PROMISE WE'LL TRY TO GET THROUGH BEFORE THE TULIPS MELT.

.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE COMMUNICATION STARTED? THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, AS FAR AS COMMUNICATION, THE GENERAL COMMUNICATION WILL BE THE FIRST, THE FIRST FEW PEOPLE.

UM, THERE IS ALSO ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION.

I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE TO SPEAK FOR THE ZUCKER PARK VISION PLAN.

UM, I AM NOT LIMITING THOSE SPEAKERS BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE WE NEED TO HEAR THEM.

WE HAVE, UH, FELT THAT WE DID NOT HEAR ENOUGH OF THE PUBLIC VOICES THROUGH SOME OF THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

AND SO THE LAST MEETING THAT THEY HAD ON DECEMBER 7TH, THEY TOLD PEOPLE, GO TO YOUR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS IF YOU HAVE INPUT.

AND SO HERE WE ARE.

AND SO WITH THAT, LET'S START WITH

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

THE GENERAL SPEAKERS, PLEASE.

UH, VICE CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE NOT ON.

THANKS.

I WANTED TO REMIND EVERYONE BEFORE WE START THAT THERE'S A THREE MINUTE TIME LIMIT AND YOU'LL HEAR A BUZZER GO OFF WHEN YOUR THREE MINUTES EXPIRES.

AND PLEASE CONCLUDE YOUR THOUGHT BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A LOT OF SPEAKERS AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE WE GET TO HEAR WHAT EVERYBODY SAYS.

UM, OUR FIRST SPEAKER ON GENERAL COMMUNICATION IS MILES AND LAUREN TARNO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND YOUR TIME.

HE STARTS THE TIMER WHEN YOU BEGIN SPEAKING.

GO AHEAD.

MY NAME IS, OR GOOD EVENING, MEMBERS OF DEBOARD.

MY NAME IS MILES TARNO AND I'M 10 YEARS OLD.

I'M A FIFTH GRADER AT BLAZER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND I'M WORKING ON MY ARROW OF LIGHT RINK AND CUB SCOUTS.

I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS TWO MAJOR ISSUE ISSUES REGARDING MY NEIGHBORHOOD PARK.

ONION CREEK METROPOLITAN PARK IS FIRST IT'S DANGEROUS TO CROSS FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD SAXTON PLACE, PLACE TO PARK.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THE PARK ENTRANCE IS AT THE END OF MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND IS CLOSE TO A BLIND CURVE.

OOPS.

THIS IS A VIDEO OF MY NEXT SLIDE OF MY DAD AND I AND I ATTEMPTING TO CROSS MULTIPLE TIMES.

THERE HAPPENED TIMES WHEN CARS DO NOT SLOW DOWN AND PEOPLE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE HAVE ALMOST BEEN HIT.

I PROPOSE THAT THERE IS, THERE WOULD BE A FLASHING CROSSING SIGN SIGNS AT OUR CROSSWALK OR FLASHING STOP LIGHT AND A REDUCTION IN THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT.

THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT IS 40 MILES PER HOUR WITH THE SUGGESTION OF 20

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MILES PER HOUR.

THAT IS NOT ALWAYS FOLLOWED.

THE SECOND THING I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS IS THAT THE PARK HAS NEVER BEEN FINISHED.

THE ORIGINAL PLAN INCLUDED PLAYGROUNDS IN NATURE CENTER AND OTHER AMENITIES THAT OUR COMMUNITY IS EXCITED ABOUT.

WE HAVE MANY DEAD AND UNFINISHED TRAILS IN AN OPEN AREA.

THIS IS, THERE IS NO PLAYGROUND OR ANY OTHER AMENITIES THAT WERE PROMISED TO OUR COMMUNITY.

A RECENT POOL ON NEXT DOOR FOUND THAT NEIGHBORS WANTED TO ADD A PLAYGROUND, A SPLASH PACK, A DISC GOLF COURSE, A DOG PARK, AND FINISH THE TRAILS.

I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO SEE ONION CREEK METROPOLITAN PARK ACHIEVE ITS FULL POTENTIAL AND BE A BEAUTIFUL GATHERING PLACE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MILES.

UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS CHRIS HESSLE.

CHRIS HESSLE, ARE YOU AVAILABLE? OKAY, AFTER, UM, NEXT IS SHARON BLYTHE.

WE GOT IT, CHRIS.

OH, THANK YOU.

AM I ON NOW? YES, PLEASE PROCEED.

OKAY.

SO MY NAME IS CHRIS HESLOP.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK, UH, THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD FOR THEIR SERVICE AND THE DIFFERENCE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING IN THE LIVES OF THE AUSTIN CITIZENS OVER THE YEARS AND THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PARKS THAT WE HAVE SEEN.

I'M THE CFO OF THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL AND WE HAVE THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL.

HAVE BEEN THRILLED TO INVEST IN THE EAST SIDE'S PERSONAL WATERCRAFT, ACCESS VIA FESTIVAL BEACH, AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE UPCOMING, UH, LONG-TERM FACILITIES THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH THE HARD TEAM ON.

WE HAVE ESPECIALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH MAGGIE PAT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH KAREN IN THE, THE UPCOMING TIME AND WORKING WITH HER SINCE SHE'S JOINED.

UM, WE'VE ENJOYED, WHILE WE HAVE ONLY INTERIM AND TEMPORARY FACILITIES, UH, THE IMPACT THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THERE AT AUSTIN HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANT.

AND TO RECAPTURE SOME HIGHLIGHTS, WORKING WITH UNDERSERVED SCHOOLS, ADAPTIVE POPULATIONS, NONPROFIT GROUPS.

DURING THE CITY'S FISCAL 20 21, 22 YEAR OVER 1,645 PARTICIPANTS WERE SERVED WITH FREE OR SIGNIFICANTLY LOW COST SERVICES.

WITH OUR SLIDING PRICE CAL SERVICES, AT LEAST 1,150 OF THOSE SESSIONS WERE TOTALLY FREE TO THE PARTICIPANTS.

IN ADDITION, DURING THIS YEAR, THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL WAS ABLE TO HOST GLOBAL GROUPS FROM ASIA, AFRICA, AND FORMER FORMER SOVIET BLOCK COUNTRIES ON LADYBIRD LAKE.

IN ADDITION, WE HAVE HELPED REMOVE OVER 9,500 POUNDS OF DEBRIS, WASTE, AND RECYCLING MATERIALS FROM THE PARK, WORKING WITH OTHER VARIOUS PARTNERS AND WITH MANY OF THOSE NONPROFIT GROUPS WHERE WE HAVE HELPED SPONSOR THEM.

IN ADDITION, TWO THINGS STAND OUT OF GREAT MERIT TO ME.

UH, THE ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEY THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED LATER ON, I THINK PROVIDES A GREAT START AND ALLOWS US TO BETTER UTILIZE AND BE BETTER STEWARDS OF LADYBIRD LAKE GOING FORWARD.

WE ARE ALSO EXCITED AT THE PROPOSED ZILKER IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND APPRECIATE THE DESIRE TO ENGAGE DIVERSE COMMUNITY VOICES AND THE PLANNING AND INCORPORATING THOSE VOICES SO THAT THEY ARE HEARD AND INCORPORATED IN.

UH, WITH THAT, I TURN OVER MY TIME.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS SHARON BLYTHE.

DO YOU WANNA TELL HIM WHO'S AFTER THAT UP? GOOD EVENING.

BOARD MEMBERS.

UH, MY NAME IS SHARON BLYTHE.

I'VE BEEN A CEMETERY ADVOCATE FOR OVER 33 YEARS, AND, UH, I HAVE CON SOME CONCERNS ALONG WITH OTHERS ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY AND LEGALITY OF THE DRAFT PROPOSED CEMETERY RULES.

FIRST, I CALLED THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE BECAUSE I COULD NOT FIND THE DRAFT CEMETERY RULES ON THEIR WEBSITE.

THE CLERK'S OFFICE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY WERE.

THEY DID CALL ME BACK AND SAY THEY'RE UNDER THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE.

WELL, CEMETERIES ARE NOT LAND DEVELOPMENT.

CLEARLY, THE CEMETERY RULES WERE NOT EASY TO FIND BECAUSE THEY WERE BURIED, NO PUN INTENDED, WITHIN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE.

NO NOTICES.

THEY NEED TO BE REPOSTED UNDER A SEPARATE HEADING UNDER THE PARKS DEPARTMENT WHERE CITIZENS CAN FIND THEM WITH EASE.

SINCE THE CEMETERY IS UNDER THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

THE THIS, UM, I'LL BE SENDING YOU THIS PRESENTATION, UH, AFTER THIS MEETING TO YOUR EMAIL BOXES.

I ALSO WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE CEMETERY RULES

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NEED TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATE LAW CONCERNING LOCAL CEMETERIES, WHICH WE BELIEVE THE DRAFT RULES DO NOT CURRENTLY REFLECT.

YOU HAVE TO CLICK THROUGH THREE WAY, UH, PAGES ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE UNDER LAND DEVELOPMENT RULES.

THEN YOU CLICK ANOTHER SITE THAT SAYS THE PUBLIC NOTICES.

THEN YOU CLICK ANOTHER PAGE THAT SAID, UH, LAND DEVELOPMENT RULES.

UM, UNDER THE PARS DEPARTMENT, UM, THE, UM, THE PROPOSED RULES CONTRADICT STATE LAW RULES SAY THAT CEMETERY OPERATIONS RESERVE THE RIGHT AND TO, UM, PERFORM, UH, THINGS OF MAINTENANCE, SUCH AS, UH, THE, THE, UH, RE REPAIRING THE BUILDINGS AND THE ROADS AND RELEVELING THE MONUMENTS STATE LAW SAYS THAT THEY MUST DO ALL THOSE THINGS.

THE CITY MUST DO ALL THOSE THINGS.

IT DOESN'T SHALL DO ALL THOSE THINGS.

IT DOES NOT SAY THAT THEY HAVE A DISCRETION TO DO THEM.

AND THE PROPOSED CEMETERY RULES CONTRADICT STRAIGHT LAW.

AND THE DRAFT RULES SAY EARN EARN.

OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE MEMORIALS ACTUALLY UNDER STATE LAW, THE CITY'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT.

SO, UH, I'M ASKING YOU TO PLEASE HELP REWRITE THE CEMETERY RULES WHERE THEY'RE IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATE LAW AND HAVE THEM POSTED APPROPRIATELY SO THE CITIZENS INVITE THEM.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. BLYTH.

NEXT IS MARY FARROW, AND AFTER MARY IS JASON SAVO OR SAVO.

GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY.

I'M MARY FARROW.

AND, UM, I AM HERE JUST TO TALK ABOUT NORTHWEST PARK FOR A MINUTE.

MY, MY HOME, UH, PARK AND PASSION.

UM, I WANNA THANK, UH, THE DEPARTMENT AND THE BOARD FOR APPROVING A $16,000 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR THE POND THIS YEAR.

AND, UH, WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT BEING AWARDED, UH, WITH, UH, COOPERATION FROM WATERSHED PROTECTION.

I ALSO WANNA TELL YOU THAT WE'RE PREPARING AN, UH, ADOPT A CREEK, UH, PROJECT FOR THE PARK ITSELF.

THERE'S A LITTLE SLEW THAT RUNS THROUGH THE PARK, WHICH IS ACTUALLY AN OLD MEANDER OF SHOAL CREEK, AND IT'S CONSIDERED A WATER, UH, CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE.

SO WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING ON THAT.

AND, UM, JUST WANNA ALSO THANK, THANK THE BOARD FOR, UM, STEPPING UP TO WORK ON CRIME AND PARKS RIGHT NOW.

I KNOW THAT THAT IS PERVASIVE THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

UM, AND, UM, WE APPRECIATE THAT TOO BECAUSE WE'VE CERTAINLY EXPERIENCED THAT.

AND WHILE WE'RE, WHILE I'M SAYING THANKS, ALSO WANNA THANK THE RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS FOR YOUR SERVICE BECAUSE, UM, ANY KIND OF VOLUNTEER WORK IS A BIG COMMITMENT AND THIS IS A HUGE COMMITMENT.

SO THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH.

UM, AND LASTLY, I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE TO TALK ABOUT, UM, ONE PARK IN PARTICULAR TONIGHT AND, UM, AND PARKS IN GENERAL.

AND I THINK THE REASON IS BECAUSE WE ALL LOVE OUR PARKS.

WE LOVE THE NATURE THAT, THAT WE CAN FIND IN PARKS, AND THAT'S THE THING THAT'S DISAPPEARING IN OUR CITY AS IT'S GETTING DEVELOPED SO MUCH.

AND SO WHATEVER YOU CAN DO TO HELP MAINTAIN THE NATURAL QUALITY OF OUR PARKS, UM, I DON'T THINK WE NEED MORE CONCRETE OR CONCESSIONS AS MUCH AS WE NEED TO BE SURE THAT WE PRESERVE NATURE IN OUR CITY.

THAT'S WHAT AUSTIN WAS KNOWN FOR, AND I, I HOPE WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING THAT IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

THANK YOU, MARY.

THANK YOU.

NEXT IS JASON.

JASON SAO JASON SBO.

OKAY.

OKAY.

AND HE'S NOT ONLINE.

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL, IF HE SPEAKS UP, WE'LL COME BACK.

NEXT IS KAYLA REESE.

KAYLA REESE.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M KAYLA REESE.

I'M THE ADVOCACY MANAGER OF ARC, UH, AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION.

I WANTED TO UPDATE THE BOARD ON, UM, SOME EVENTS THAT HAPPENED IN THE, AT THE END OF LAST YEAR.

UM, SO FIRST PALMER LOU POCKET PARK IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION DISTRICT FOUR.

WE ANTICIPATE THAT IT WILL BE COMPLETE BY APRIL OF THIS YEAR.

UM, A P F HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THIS PROJECT AND THE COMMUNITY SINCE 2018, WORKING ON THE VISION PLAN DESIGN AND NOW CONSTRUCTION.

UM, THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY APF, AN URBAN FOR FORESTRY GRANT AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN PARKLAND DEDICATION FEES.

UH, IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR, WE AWARDED AN ACL MUSIC FESTIVAL COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT OF 16,000 TO THE AUSTIN ROLLER DERBY.

THIS MONEY WILL BE USED TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY AND COST IMPLICATIONS OF ADDING A SHADE CANOPY AND LIGHTING OVER THE ROLLER DERBY

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TRACK AT BARTHA LEU DISTRICT PARK IN DISTRICT FOUR.

THE ROLLER DERBY TRACK, UM, IS THE ONLY PUBLIC ROLLER DERBY TRACK AND THE ONLY SPACE THAT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY PART AND THE CITY EXPLICITLY FOR THE USE BY LOCAL DERBY LEAGUE.

SOME OF THE ADDITIONAL END OF THE YEAR COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS WE PROVIDED INCLUDE AN, UM, 75,000 TO THE ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDEN CONSERVANCY TO RESTORE THE ICONIC BUTLER WINDOW, 22,000 TO CITIES CONNECTING CHILDREN IN NATURE, UM, FOR JOINTLY MANAGED A I S D AND PAR PARK AMENITIES FOR NECESSARY THINGS LIKE TRASH CANS, PICNIC TABLES, RECYCLING CONTAINERS, ET CETERA.

AND WE WERE ALSO ABLE TO AWARD SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS AT THE END OF 2022 TO NORTH OAKS COMMUNITY GARDEN, PATTERSON PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN, GEORGIAN ACRES, AND BROWNIE PARKS.

I ALSO WANTED TO BRING IT TO EVERYONE'S ATTENTION THAT OUR SPRING, IT'S, MY PARK DAY IS GOING TO BE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH.

AND VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION OPS ON OPENS ON FEBRUARY 6TH.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS WILLIAM WEAVER.

WILLIAM WEAVER.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER AFTER WILLIAM IS MIKE CANDI.

I HOPE WE'RE RUNNING UP PROMISE MR. GREEN TO YOU AT A PREVIOUS MEETING.

SO I HANDED YOU UP HERE.

I'LL KEEP MY MARKS AS QUICK AS I CAN.

MISSING ONE.

ARE WE EACH SUPPOSED TO HAVE OUR OWN? I, I, I TRIED TO BRING ONE FOR EVERYBODY.

OKAY.

THEN I'LL TAKE ANOTHER ONE.

I THOUGHT WE WELL, THANK YOU.

PUSH, UH, CAN YOU FILL UP THE SLIDE? YOU DID.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SORRY FOR THAT.

UM, MY NAME IS MIKE KANI.

I'M WITH THE BARTON SPRINGS CONSERVANCY, AND I'M WANTED TO TELL Y'ALL LAST YEAR, UH, MY BIRTHDAY, I WAS TESTIFYING BEFORE YOU TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE NATURAL RESOURCE INVENTORY REPORT THAT WAS PREPARED BY THE SIGLO GROUP, AND I PROMISED TO BRING YOU A COPY.

SO HERE WE ARE TODAY.

NOW I HAVE BROUGHT YOU THIS COPY.

UM, AS YOU RECALL, SIGLO IS RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EXPERTISE IN LAND USE PLANNING, UH, DESIGN AND CONSERVATION WORK AROUND A NUMBER OF PARKS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND THEY CAME UP WITH THIS ANALYSIS OF ZUCKER PARK, UH, THAT WE COMMISSIONED THE, WE BEING THE BARTON SPRINGS CONSERVANCY TO HELP THE VISION PLAN PROCESS WORK IN ALL THESE, THESE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL DETAILS, UM, WHEN THEY BEGAN THE WORK IN STUDYING THE PARK.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, THIS IS JUST THE TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ITS 200 PAGE REPORT THAT IS NOW IN YOUR HANDS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT Y'ALL KNEW THAT THIS REPORT, AS BEAUTIFUL AS IT IS, ACTUALLY HAS RECEIVED SOME VERY POSITIVE FEEDBACK AND SOME AWARDS.

THIS WAS ACTUALLY LAST YEAR, THE UNDER AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS FOR THIS VERY REPORT.

UM, THE SIGLER GROUP RECEIVED THAT, UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AT THEIR MARCH MEETING.

AND THEY ACTUALLY RECEIVED TWO AWARDS THAT DAY, INCLUDING A MERIT AWARD FOR A QUOTE, GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE STRENGTHS AND GAPS ASSESSMENT FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

WE HAVE SOME REALLY GREAT FEEDBACK ON THIS REPORT FROM, UM, A PRESENTATION WE MADE TO THE AUSTIN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS.

IT WAS IN A ZOOM CALL ON JUNE OF 2021.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

IN FACT, AFTER OUR PRESENTATION, THE LEADER LEADERSHIP FROM ZUCKER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION SAID THAT THE REPORT WAS ASTOUNDINGLY GOOD.

THIS IS A GREAT PIECE OF WORK, AND I REALLY WANT Y'ALL TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND THE DESIGN TEAM THAT WORKING ON THE ZUCKER PLAN HAD SOME FANTASTIC MATERIAL TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING ON IN ZUCKER PARK IN TERMS OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE NATURAL ASPECTS AND SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GOING FORWARD.

TELL YOU WHAT, I'M GONNA STOP WITH THAT.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS.

I GUESS YOU CAN'T ASK QUESTIONS, BUT, UM, THIS IS A, THIS IS A REPORT THAT HAS BEEN USED BY THE DESIGN TEAM TO COME UP WITH 91 ACRES OF ECOLOGICAL UPLIFT THAT WE'RE GONNA HEAR MORE ABOUT LATER TONIGHT.

SO I GUESS I WON'T GO INTO THAT, BUT I DID WANT YOU TO HAVE THAT.

AND IF, UH, ANYBODY WANTS TO KEEP IT, YOU MAY.

IF ANY OF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO READ IT, I'LL TAKE IT BACK.

WE CAN HAVE YOU GOOD USE FOR THESE.

UH, BUT I'LL LET YOU KEEP IT UP THERE FOR NOW.

AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

NEXT IS KAREN ZAN.

KAREN, JUST SO YOU CAN BE READY AFTER KAREN IS KEVIN RAINIS.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS KAREN IAN AND I CAME HERE TO INFORM THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, ALL OF YOU ON THE BOARD AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

UM, I LIVE ACROSS FROM BUTLER PITCH AND

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PUTT, AND IT'S OFTEN HELD UP AS SORT OF ONE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL GREEN SPACES HERE IN AUSTIN.

BUT I THINK WHAT YOU'RE NOT AWARE OF, OR IF YOU DIDN'T LIVE ACROSS IT AND YOU DIDN'T REALIZE, AT SIX 30 TO SEVEN EVERY MORNING, THEY USE A TWO-STROKE LEAF BLOWER, TWO-STROKE ENGINE LEAF BLOWER TO CLEAR THE LEAVES OFF THE COURSE.

THEY RUN THAT LEAF BLOWER FROM TWO TO FIVE HOURS.

IF IT'S A LEAFING, UH, SEASON AS IT JUST IS, WE COULD GO UP TO EIGHT HOURS, AS WE ALL KNOW, TWO LEAF, UH, I MEAN, TWO STROKE ENGINES HAVE BEEN OUTLAWED IN MANY COUNTRIES BECAUSE OF THE KNOWN CARCINOGENIC CARCINOGENICS THAT THEY SPEW INTO THE ENVIRONMENT.

UM, APPROXIMATELY 30% OF THE GAS AND OIL THAT'S PUT INTO THOSE TANKS ARE RELEASED INTO THE AIR UNBURNED.

SO NOT ONLY ARE WE FACING THE PEOPLE THAT ARE FACING THE PARK, THE BUTLER PIGEONING PARK, UM, HAVING TO CLOSE OUR WINDOWS BECAUSE OF THE NOISE, ALSO THE POLLUTIONS AND THE POOR PEOPLE THAT ARE USING THE MACHINES.

I'VE GONE OVER AND TOLD THE PEOPLE AT THE PARK AT THE MANAGEMENT LEVEL SAYING THAT THIS, YOU'RE DOING IR IR REVOCABLE HARM TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ACTUALLY USING THESE, THAT ARE STANDING UP AND USING THEM.

UM, AND I JUST THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THIS ISN'T THE GREEN SPACE THAT EVERYONE IS ALLOWING IT TO BE.

SO THAT'S MY THING.

AND I WOULD LIKE ALSO FOR THE, UH, PARKS DEPARTMENT TO MAYBE LOOK IN A LITTLE BIT TO THE MAINTENANCE, WHAT IS EXPECTED, WHAT KIND OF, UH, EQUIPMENT CAN BE USED ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS.

AND I WOULD ASSUME THAT WE'RE ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH NOT USING CARCINOGENIC UH, EQUIPMENT.

UH, THE EPA HAS A BRILLIANT REPORT ON THIS AS WELL AS EDMONDS.

UM, JIM, UH, JAMES FALLON OUTTA WASHINGTON DC WRITES BEAUTIFUL REPORTS ALSO ON THE DAMAGES OF, OF LEAF BLOWERS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS KEVIN RAINES.

AFTER KEVIN IS ADAM SHEDLOSKI.

HI, KEVIN RAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

ALL THE BEST TO 2023.

ONE.

AGAIN, THANK THE BOARD FOR THE SERVICE AND UM, FOR THE GENERAL COMMUNICATION.

JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COUPLE OF INTRODUCTIONS AS WE HAVE SOME NEW MEMBERS THAT HAVE JOINED THE BOARD OF ARC.

AND AS YOU KNOW, ARC IS A 5 0 1 NONPROFIT CORPORATION AND WE'VE BEEN SERVING AUSTIN FOR 40 YEARS NOW.

AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT 40.

AND, UH, NAVINE, ROGER SHEKAR IS JOINED OUR BOARD, KEEGAN WARREN.

AND, UH, WANTED TO MAKE THE INTRODUCTION CUZ YOU MAY SEE SOME NEW FACES, UH, THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE YEAR IN CASE YOU GET TIRED OF SEEING MINE.

AND, UH, AUBREY RODIER IS ALSO HERE, WHO'S SPOKEN BEFORE AS OUR GENERAL MANAGER RENTALS.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS ADAM SHEDLOSKI.

AFTER ADAM IS SINGH, HELLO AND GOOD EVENING BOARD MEMBERS.

WE HAVE, UH, SOME PHOTOS THAT WE'LL BE COMING UP SHORTLY THAT YOU GUYS CAN FOLLOW ALONG WITH AND JUST SEE WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

MY NAME IS ADAM SHEDLOSKI, EDUCATOR GUIDE AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AT THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL.

I'VE BEEN WORKING ALONGSIDE KIMERY DUDA FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS.

UH, BY THE WAY, KIMERY SENDS HER REGARDS, SHE'S LECTURING THIS EVENING AT THE EMS ACADEMY AND UNFORTUNATELY CANNOT BE, BE HERE TO JOIN US TONIGHT.

SHE DOES WISH THE BEST TO THE BOARD, THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND TO ALL WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP TO BRING THE BEST TO THE COMMUNITY OF AUSTIN THROUGH THE SAFEST OUTDOOR EDUCATION, RECREATION, AND AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE ENJOYMENT OF OUR PARKS.

NEXT SLIDE.

AT THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL, WE'RE COMMITTED TO TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR THE COMMUNITY WHO WE WORK WITH THROUGH EDUCA, THROUGH CONNECTION TO THE OUTDOORS.

WE, THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL ARE PROFESSIONAL GUIDES, OUTDOOR EDUCATORS, AND EXPERIENTIAL FACILITATORS DEDICATED TO SETTING THE STANDARDS AND SAFETY, SUSTAINABILITY, OUTDOOR ETHICS AND CONSERVATION FOR ALL.

AT THE CORE OF THIS IS ACCESSIBILITY AND USE OF LOCAL LAND AND WATERWAYS AND ONGOING PARADOX IN ALL OUTDOOR PURSUITS TO HAVE THE SPACE TO RECREATE WITH OTHERS AND THE CAREFUL ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES.

SO IS NOT TO PUT UNDUE STRESS ON THE ENVIRONMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE'RE COMMITTED TO CREATING AND PROVIDING PROGRAMS WHICH REDUCE AND OFFSET OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

OUR PROGRAMS EDUCATE ON THE ECOLOGICAL CONCERNS OF URBAN WATERWAYS, UNDERSCORING THE URGENT NEED OF CONSERVATION IN THE UNFOLDING CLIMATE CHANGE.

EACH OF OUR PROGRAMS PARTICIPATE IN ON THE WATER SHORELINE AND PARKLAND TRASH CLEANUPS AND RECYCLING, WHICH THEN PROTECTS RIPARIAN ZONES, RESULTING IN ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP THAT NOT ONLY TEACHES, BUT ENCOURAGES A CULTURE OF ACTION AND

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RESPONSIBLE USE OF PARKLAND.

NEXT SLIDE.

FURTHER, WE PARTNER WITH LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO STAY ABREAST OF THE MOST CURRENT RESEARCH AND SCIENCE SO THAT WE BRING THE BIGGEST IMPACT TO THE REGIONS WE ENJOY TOGETHER OUR COMMUNITY, STUDENTS AND GUIDES ALIKE COMMIT TO PARTICIPATING IN CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAMS THAT ALLOW FOR STUDIES LIKE THE ONE DESIGNED BY DR.

MASSINO AND DR.

THOMPSON OF HOUSTON TILTS AND UNIVERSITY TO HAVE MORE DATA TO DRAW UPON.

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THE DEMOGRAPHICS WE SERVE ARE DIVERSE.

WE SUPPORT UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE, AND OR FREE ACCESS THROUGH OUR WORK WITH ADAPTIVE RECREATIONALISTS, SPECIFICALLY COMMUNITIES WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS AND THOSE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.

IN ADDITION, WE WORK WITH LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS, SCHOOLS, NON-PROFITS, BUSINESSES, AND OTHER OUTDOOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS.

WHAT'S MORE AT OUR BOATHOUSE, WE SEE LOCAL AND GLOBAL DIVERSITY FROM ALL REGIONS OF THE WORLD.

THE WORK IS PROVIDING AN INCREDIBLE CULTURAL EXCHANGE, GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE FOR US FROM THEIR WORK AND LOCAL INSPIRATION FOR THEM THROUGH OUR LOCAL WORK.

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THIS SUMMER WE HOSTED ROSE A MANDELA FELLOW FROM KENYA.

SHE'S A CONSERVATIONIST WHO CAME TO PADDLE WITH OUR ADAPTIVE PROGRAM.

SHE'S ALSO DEAF AND SHE WAS SO INSPIRED BY THE WORK SHE THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO THAT THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL IS NOW TEACHING RANGERS AND RESEARCHERS IN EMERGENCY WILDERNESS MEDICINE TO HELP SAFEGUARD THE PARKS IN ZIMBABWE.

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COST IS NEVER AN ISSUE FOR ACCESSING THE OUTDOORS.

AT THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL, WE'RE FISCALLY SENSITIVE IN HOW WE PRICE OUR PROGRAMS FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS.

AND THIS ENSURES EQUITABLE ACCESS FOR ASSET LIMITED AND INCOME CONSTRAINED POPULATIONS.

FURTHER, WE'RE PROUD TO OFFER FREE PROGRAMS WHEN NECESSARY.

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THE AFOREMENTIONED STUDY LAID BY DR.

MASSINO AND DR.

THOMPSON OF HOUSTON TILLESON UNIVERSITY IS THE MOST THOROUGH AND ACCURATE STUDY THAT CAPTURES THE, THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR LOCAL GEMS. THANK YOU.

WE, THE EXPEDITION THANK SCHOOL ARE THRILLED THAT OUR CURRENT POLICIES ARE IN FULL SUPPORT AND ALIGNMENT WITH THE RESULTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THIS STUDY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS, UH, YAY SINGH.

AFTER HIM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE SCOTT COBB.

EVERYONE'S JUST IN FRONT.

HELLO EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS AD SINGH AND I AM A MEMBER OF THE, UH, EXPEDITION SCHOOL, UH, BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED GROUP.

WE GO OUT ON EXCURSIONS, UH, WHICH INVOLVE A VARIETY OF OUTDOOR VENTURE ACTIVITIES, UH, FROM SKIING TO WHITEWATER RAFTING TO WA OR, UH, ROCK CLIMBING, MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, AND VARIOUS DIFFERENT TYPES OF TERRAIN.

UH, I'M ALSO A STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL AND I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE ORGANIZATION FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS NOW.

UM, SO I WANNA TALK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW I BECAME INVOLVED IN THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL.

UH, MY PARENTS INTRODUCED ME TO THIS ORGANIZATION AND I WENT ON MY VERY FIRST TRIP AS A MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT IN 2015.

I WAS IN MY LAST YEAR OF MIDDLE SCHOOL.

UM, SINCE THEN, I HAVE TRIED TO BE INVOLVED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN EVERY TRIP THAT I CAN GO TO AND EVERY EXCURSION I CAN TAKE PART IN, BECAUSE SUCH OPPORTUNITIES EVEN IN A CITY LIKE AUSTIN ARE RARE TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE, TO BE ABLE TO JOIN, ACT, UH, JOIN AND DO ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD'VE OTHERWISE BEEN CONSIDERED DIFFICULT FOR THE BLIND.

UM, I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT I'M A RESIDENT OF AUSTIN, TEXAS.

THIS IS A CITY THAT'S VERY, VERY OPEN AND ACCEPTING OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UH, THANKS TO THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND AND THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS THAT EXIST TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.

I HAVE, UM, I'M EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL AND TO EVERYONE THAT'S HELPED ME ON MY JOURNEY.

I AM NOW A SECOND YEAR STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN.

AND WHENEVER I CAN, I ALSO WORK PART-TIME AT THE BOATHOUSE IN EXPEDITION SCHOOL IN ORDER TO PROVIDE SIMILAR SERVICES TO THOSE LIKE ME.

UM, SO I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED, UH, IN SEVERAL ORGAN, UH, SEVERAL TRIPS THAT WE HAVE BEEN TO.

I ATTENDED ONE IN 2015, A FEW MORE THROUGHOUT MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, AND NOW I REGULARLY GO TO THE COLORADO TRIPS AS A STUDENT AND SOMETIMES ALSO AS A GUIDE.

UM, SO, UM, EXCUSE ME.

UH, IT'S BEEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

YOU WILL SHORTLY BE, UH, VIEWING A VIDEO OF MYSELF AND A FEW OF MY TEAMMATES WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED GROUP, UH, SKIING DOWN, UH, DOWN THE FACE OF A MOUNTAIN IN, IN, IN, UH,

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CRESTA BUTTE, COLORADO.

UM, BUT YES, I WANTED TO THANK YOU KNOW EVERYONE OF YOU AT THE AUSTIN PARKS AND WILDLIFE RECREATION COMMISSION FOR INVITING ME TO SPEAK TODAY.

AND THANK YOU TO ADAM AND THE REST OF THE EXPEDITION SCHOOL CREW.

AND, UM, MY HOPE IS THAT WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TOP-NOTCH SERVICES TO A, A VARIETY OF PEOPLE, UM, THOSE WITH DISABILITIES AND OTHERS WHO NEED OUR SERVICES AND WHO JUST WANT TO GET INVOLVED AS WELL.

UH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THE CHANCE TO SPEAK HERE TONIGHT.

YOU'RE ON THE BAKE SCREENS KING RIGHT NOW.

WE WERE ABLE TO VIEW THE VIDEO WHILE YOU WERE SPEAKING.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS SCOTT COBB.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, ONE YEAR AGO TODAY.

IT WAS A VERY DISMAL TIME WHEN I FIRST STARTED TALKING TO THE PARKS BOARD BECAUSE WE FACED A DIRE SITUATION OF A LIFEGUARD SHORTAGE THAT EVENTUALLY ENDED UP BEING VERY, UH, DISMAL.

WE ONLY OPENED, UH, ABOUT HALF THE POOLS LAST SUMMER, BUT IT LOOKS VERY BRIGHT THIS THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE ADVOCACY OF THE PARKS BOARD, THE LIFEGUARDS, THE CITY COUNCIL, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO ADVOCATED FOR A 2222 LIVING WAGE, WHICH ENDED UP AT 20.

WE GOT 13 LIFEGUARDS FULL-TIME WITH FULL BENEFITS, WHO WILL BE HIRED SHORTLY.

UM, BUT THERE IS STILL SOME WORK TO DO.

WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF BEING THE ABSOLUTE BEST AQUATICS DEPARTMENT DIVISION IN THE UNITED STATES.

BUT WE NEED TO DO A FEW MORE THINGS.

WE NEED TO GET THE BONUSES BACK THIS SUMMER THAT WERE IN EFFECT LAST SUMMER, WHICH IS WHAT COUNCIL MEMBER PAGE ELLIS ADVOCATED FOR.

WOULD WE PASS THE BUDGET? SO 500 TO START, 500 AT THE END, TWO 50 FOR ADVANCED CERTIFICATIONS, WHICH ARE VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR BECAUSE IF WE'RE GONNA HIRE MORE THAN 800 LIFEGUARDS, YOU NEED A LOT OF LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTORS.

FOR THOSE LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTORS, YOU NEED TO PAY THEM AN EXTRA $250 BONUS.

ALSO, PART OF THE, AND I WAS ASSURED BY BOTH KIMBERLY MCNEELY AND, UH, LUCAS MESSI, THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN.

AND THAT IS PAID TRAINING DURING THE LIFEGUARD COURSE AND PAID TRAINING DURING THE, UH, LIFEGUARD TRAINING COURSE.

RIGHT NOW, YOU HAVE TO TAKE FIVE DAYS OFF, NOT GET PAID.

PAY A HUNDRED DOLLARS A PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP TO BE A LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR.

THAT SHOULD BE, YOU GET PAID AND IT'S NO COST.

AND IT SHOULD BE WHEN YOU SIGN UP TO BE A LIFEGUARD, YOU GET PAID FROM DAY ONE OF TRAINING JUST LIKE YOU WOULD AT MCDONALD'S IF YOU'RE LEARNING HOW TO DO THE, THE FRENCH FRY MACHINE.

SO THAT HELPS GET PEOPLE ON BOARD SO THAT THEY START RIGHT NOW, THERE'S A LAG.

THERE WAS A LAG LAST SUMMER BETWEEN WHEN PEOPLE FINISH THE LIFEGUARD COURSE AND WHEN THEY FIRST DAY OF WORK.

IF YOU PUT PEOPLE ON PAYROLL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE LIFEGUARD COURSE, YOU SHORTEN THAT.

SO MAYBE THEY CAN ADDRESS THAT LATER ON.

UM, A FEW OTHER THINGS.

UM, UM, UH, WE ARE HAVING A DISCUSSION IN THE AQUATICS DEPARTMENT ABOUT A UNIFORM POLICY.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HEARD ABOUT IT, BUT LAST SUMMER THERE WAS AN INCIDENT WHERE, UH, STAFF MEMBER UPPER MANAGEMENT CAME TO BARTON SPRINGS POOL AND SAW THE LIFEGUARDS, DID NOT LIKE SEEING HOW SOME OF THEM FIT INTO THEIR UNIFORMS AND THREATENED TO SEND THEM HOME, WRITE THEM UP, THREATEN THEIR JOBS.

AS YOU KNOW, I GET EMOTIONAL.

PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY'RE AT WORK.

THEY DON'T NEED THEIR BOSS COMING AROUND CRITICIZING HOW THEY LOOK.

SO I SUPPORT A UNIFORM POLICY CHANGE THAT ALLOWS ALL THE GUARDS TO FEEL COMFORTABLE AT WORK NOT HAVING TO WEAR SHORTS OVER THEIR SWIMSUITS FOR VARIOUS REASONS THAT I RAN OUTTA TIME TO TELL YOU ABOUT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANKS MR. COBB.

OUR OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS CHASE WRIGHT.

CHASE.

HELLO GUYS.

UH, MY NAME IS CHASE WRIGHT.

I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HUNGARY HILL FOUNDATION.

UH, WE ARE A HOLISTIC WORK PROGRAM, UH, GRASSROOTS BUILT IN EAST AUSTIN.

UH, OUR FOCUS IS BRINGING UNHOUSED UNSHELTERED INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE IN THESE DIFFERENT PARKS AND THESE DIFFERENT AREAS.

WE BRING THEM WORK OPPORTUNITIES.

OUR MAIN FOCUS IS GETTING THESE INDIVIDUALS TO REINTRODUCE INTO SOCIETY AND

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GET THEM INTO HOMES.

FIRST STEP IS PROVIDING THEM WORK OPPORTUNITIES.

THROUGHOUT THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS, WE'VE BEEN IN EAST AUSTIN WORKING AT SPRINGDALE PARK AS WELL AS GIBBONS PARK.

UM, A AREA THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT FAMILIAR OR COMFORTABLE GOING TO.

UH, AND THESE INDIVIDUALS, WHICH ARE OVER 131 CLIENTS NOW, THEY TAKE TIME.

THEY TAKE THE EFFORT TO CLEAN UP THESE PARKS AND MAKE SURE THAT THESE WATERSHEDS ARE CLEAN, UH, FOR THESE SPECIFIC PARKS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PRESERVING, UM, OUR WILDLIFE THAT WE DO HAVE LEFT THERE IN EAST AUSTIN.

UM, WE ARE ASKING FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS TO CONTINUE TO HAVE WORK OPPORTUNITIES.

UM, THIS IS ONE OF THE YEARS THAT WE'VE SEEN SO MANY DIRECT, WELL, ONE DIRECTOR SPECIFICALLY COME TO EAST AUSTIN AND ASK THE COMMUNITY WHAT DO WE NEED, UH, SO THAT WE CAN BETTER HAVE, UH, BETTER RESOURCES FOR OUR PARK IN OUR UNDER-RESOURCED AREA.

UH, EAST AUSTIN GIBBONS PARK HAS BEEN UNDER-RESOURCED FOR YEARS.

WE'RE ALL AWARE OF THAT AND IT'S GONNA TAKE, UH, SOME OVER SOURCING TO FIX THIS PROBLEM.

WE APPRECIATE THE DIRECTOR COMING UP WITH POSITIVE WAYS, UH, THAT WE CAN ENGAGE WITH OUR COMMUNITY, UH, SO THAT WE CAN TRY TO GET MORE RESOURCES TO THESE AREAS.

UM, WE ARE ASKING THAT THE PARK BOARD CONSIDER, UM, MAYBE REACHING OUT AND SEE IF THERE'S ANY TYPE OF WORK OPPORTUNITIES.

MAYBE, UH, ZILKER ZILKER HAS AN UNHOUSED PROBLEM THERE AS WELL.

UH, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO FIX THIS IN THESE AREAS.

BRING THESE INDIVIDUALS OPPORTUNITIES, MOVE THEM OUTTA THESE PARKS, UH, SO THAT WE CAN GIVE 'EM BACK TO OUR KIDS.

UM, AS A DIRECTOR HERE IN HUNGARY HILL, UH, THIS YEAR, OUR MAIN FOCUS IS, IS MAKING SURE THAT WE TOUCH EVERY PARK THAT HAS AN UNHOUSED POPULATION, OUR ENCAMPMENT POPULATION, MAKE SURE WE GET THESE WORKERS OUT THERE TO CLEAN THEM UP, UH, AND KEEP DOING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THAT CONCLUDES OUR GENERAL COMMUNICATION.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR COMING.

UM, I WANT TO DO THE

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APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES, WHICH IS NEXT ON THE AGENDA.

UM, I'VE GOT ONE SPELLING CORRECTION, AND THAT IS THE ENDEAVOR UNDER ITEM FIVE IS E N D E A V O R.

SO THAT'S JUST A MINOR SPELLING CORRECTION.

IS THERE ANY OTHER COMMENT ON THE UH, YES, THERE'S MINUTES.

MY NAME IS SPELLED WRONG IN THE MINUTES.

OKAY.

SO THE E SHOULD BE REMOVED.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

SO WITH THOSE CORRECTIONS, UM, DO WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES ONLY TO APPROVE? SO MOVE FROM, UH, BOARD MEMBER LEWIS, UH, SECOND SECOND FROM PATRICK MOORE.

UM, ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES AS CORRECTED.

IT LOOKS UNANIMOUS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

AND NOW WE

[2. Discussion and possible action on the draft Zilker Park Vision Plan public engagement process.]

ARE GOING BACK TO, UM, MOORE PUBLIC COMMENT, I BELIEVE, BECAUSE THE NEXT ITEM IS DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEM NUMBER TWO, DISCUSS AN DISCUSSION IMPOSSIBLE ACTION ON THE ZILKER IN THE DRAFT ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

SO, UM, BACK TO YOU.

OUR FIRST SPEAKER ON ITEM TWO IS BILL BUNCH.

AFTER BILL WILL BE TERRY ADAMS, BILL BUNCH.

ARE YOU HERE TO SPEAK? OKAY.

HE DID.

HE, I SAW, WE'LL COME BACK TO HIM.

IS TERRY ADAMS AVAILABLE? TERRY? OH, HI.

WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD.

HI.

UM, SO I'M TERRY ADAMS. UM, I'M PART OF A GROUP THAT IS STUDYING THE VISION PLAN WHERE THE ZILKER PART VISION PLAN STUDY GROUP.

UM, AND SO I JUST WANTED TO SPEAK ON THE OUTREACH THAT WAS DONE.

UM, I KNOW THAT IT STARTED IN FEBRUARY OF 2021 AND IT EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY, 2023.

I WENT TO THE LAST POPUP AND I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE A MEETING AND IT WAS JUST A GIRL WITH A TABLE AND A BINDER.

AND, UM, SHE REALLY COULDN'T ANSWER ANY OF MY QUESTIONS.

SO BASICALLY I FEEL LIKE THE OUTREACH DIDN'T HAVE MUCH REACH, UM, WHEN THE DRAFT PLAN WAS RELEASED IN NOVEMBER, AND THEN THE FINAL PUBLIC MEETINGS WERE HELD IN DECEMBER.

UM, LIKE THE CHRONICLE DID A STORY, K U T DID A STORY, SOUNDED THE ALARM OF LIKE, THIS IS HAPPENING BY THE WAY.

AND THAT'S WHEN I STARTED TELLING MY FRIENDS LIKE, DID YOU KNOW THIS IS HAPPENING? DO YOU KNOW IF THIS IS HAPPENING? AND THE VAST, VAST MAJORITY OF THEM DID NOT KNOW.

SO BASICALLY THERE WAS LIKE ALMOST TWO YEARS OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE A FINANCIAL MATERIAL INTEREST IN THE PARK GETTING TO REALLY INFLUENCE THE DESIGN, UH, TEAM, THE, UM, THE CONSULTING FIRM THAT DID THE VISION PLAN.

AND THEN THERE WAS LIKE A MONTH AT THE END WHEN WE WERE DOING CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S AND EVERYONE IS DISTRACTED THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO GET ALL OF OUR PUBLIC COMMENTARY IN.

MANY OF MY FRIENDS HAVE

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NOT HEARD ABOUT IT EVEN YET, AND I'M THE ONE BREAKING THE NEWS TO THEM.

SO, UM, YEAH, THAT'S, UH, I'M, I'M VERY, UM, SAD THAT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS SOONER CAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THAT I CARE ABOUT VERY MUCH.

AND IF I HAD KNOWN THAT SUCH A RADICAL PLAN WAS UNDERWAY, LIKE I WOULD HAVE OBVIOUSLY BEEN MORE ENGAGED.

SO I HOPE THAT Y'ALL WILL CONSIDER THAT.

UM, THERE MIGHT BE OTHER PEOPLE WHO FEEL SIMILARLY PASSIONATE THAT DON'T HAVE A FINANCIAL TIE TO THE PARK.

THANK YOU.

BILL BUNCH.

YOU'RE AVAILABLE NOW.

YEAH, PLEASE GO AHEAD.

YEAH, YOU'RE, WE CALLED YOU AND YOU WERE, I CALLED YOU AND YOU WERE OUT OF THE ROOM.

THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

SO JUST TAKE ONE SHEET OF THAT.

SO VICE CHAIR, PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS ASKING TO BE ABLE TO DONATE TIME TO MR. BUNCH.

YES.

OKAY, YOU'RE WELCOME.

UH, MARY.

ALL RIGHT, I'LL NOTE IT.

THANK YOU.

YOU WANNA HELP ME? YEAH, I THINK THESE ARE THE SAME THING, RIGHT? NO DIFFERENT THINGS ARE TWO THINGS.

IT'S TWO THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN SOMEBODY ELSE.

ARE, ARE YOU ALMOST READY OR SHOULD WE HAVE SOMEBODY ELSE SPEAK WHILE YOU'RE SETTING UP? UH, YEAH, MAYBE ONE MORE.

I'M SORRY.

UM, SCOTT COBB, IF YOU, YOU'RE NEXT.

IF YOU WANNA SPEAK WHILE THEY'RE PREPARING THEIR MATERIALS, WE COULD SAVE SOME TIME.

HERE'S ANOTHER ONE AND THEN THREE MINUTES.

OH, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

ALL GOT, OH, THEY RUN THIS ONE.

SO THERE'S A LOT ABOUT THE BERG PARK VISION PLAN THAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

I'VE READ THE ENTIRE THING.

UM, I WAS OUT IN THE PARK WITH TERRY SETTING UP A TABLE AND LISTENING TO PEOPLE COME BY AND TALKING TO THEM AND ENGAGING WITH THEM.

AND WE HEARD A LOT OF CONCERNS.

AND WE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T KNOW, HAD NEVER HEARD ABOUT THE ZUCKER PARK VISION PLAN.

UH, THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE CATEGORY.

THEY TOTALLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT.

NUMBER TWO, THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT.

AND NUMBER THREE, THEY HAD CONCERNS ABOUT PARTICULAR ITEMS, PARTICULARLY THE PARKING GARAGES.

UM, THE, ALL THE CONSTRUCTION THAT'S GONNA BE NECESSARY TO MOVE THE THEATER TO BUILD A WELCOME CENTER.

I MEAN, IN MY VIEWPOINT, THE WELCOME CENTER IS THE PARK.

IT'S THE TREES, THE WATER.

THAT'S WHAT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME.

NOT A BUILDING WHERE YOU GO IN AND IT'S THIS ARTIFICIAL ENVIRONMENT.

IT'S THE NATURE AND THE ANIMALS AND THE PEOPLE, THE DIVERSITY OF THE PEOPLE.

I WORK THERE ALL THE TIME.

I SEE THE DIVERSITY OF THE PEOPLE THAT GO THERE.

THAT'S WHERE PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME WHEN THEY SEE THE PEOPLE OUT THERE ENJOYING THE GREAT LAWN.

I'M VERY WORRIED ABOUT THE GREAT LAWN.

UM, BECAUSE EVERY OCTOBER I SEE THE FENCES GO UP.

THAT'S THE SADDEST MONTH OF THE YEAR FOR ME BECAUSE PEOPLE CANNOT GO AND ACCESS THE PARK CUZ ACL IS GOING ON.

IT'S JUST A TERRIBLE MONTH.

IT'S CLOSED DOWN FOR A MONTH, FOR A MONTH, A ENTIRE MONTH.

THE ACCESS TO THE PARK WHILE C3 LIVE NATION TICKETMASTER OR PROFITING PART OF THAT PROFIT, A LOT OF IT COMES FROM THE PARK.

THE ANIMALS, THE PEOPLE, THE LAWN, THE WATER.

IT ALSO COMES FROM EXPLOITING PEOPLE.

THEY, THEY, A PRIVATE COMPANY CANNOT HIRE, CANNOT USE VOLUNTEER LABOR.

SO THEY GET A TO DO IT.

THE NONPROFIT DOESN'T PAY A LIVING WAGE.

THEY UNDERPAID PEOPLE OR THEY DON'T PAY THEM ANYTHING.

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A C WOULD NOT FUNCTION IF PEOPLE HAD TO GET PAID A LIVING WAGE.

AND THAT IS ONE OF THE CORE VALUES OF AUSTIN.

EVERYBODY HAS DIGNITY, EVERYBODY'S WORK HAS DIGNITY AND IT SHOULD BE PROPERLY PAID.

SO, YOU KNOW, I DO NOT LOOK FORWARD TO OCTOBER.

I THINK THE VISION OF THIS CITY SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE PLAN THAT AT SOME POINT WE CONSIDER MOVING A C L TO SOME OTHER LOCATION OR SETTING A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO GO TO ANY EVENT IN ZER PARK.

SOMEWHERE AROUND 25,000, MAYBE NOT 75,000, NOT A HALF A MILLION.

TRAMPLING ALL OVER THE GRASS, DISTURBING THE BIRDS AND THE PEOPLE.

WE NEED ACCESS 12 MONTHS OF THE YEAR TO THE PARK AS A PARK.

THANK YOU.

UM, YOU GUYS, I'M GONNA ASK EVERYBODY IF YOU CAN PLEASE TRY TO CONCLUDE YOUR THOUGHTS RIGHT WHEN THE BUZZER GOES OFF CUZ WE HAVE MANY, MANY SPEAKERS TO GO AND WE WANT EVERYBODY TO GET THEIR FULL-TIME.

UM, SO NOW WE'RE READY.

BILL BUNCH.

PLEASE BEGIN.

UM, THANK YOU, UH, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

IT'S GREATLY APPRECIATED.

I'M BILL BUNCH, I'M EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

UH, I'VE ALSO BEEN A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE ZILKER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION AND PARTICIPATING WITH OUR PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE.

THAT INCLUDES SEVERAL OTHER, UH, ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING AUSTIN SIERRA CLUB, AND, UM, SEVERAL OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS.

UH, I REALLY WANNA THANK MS. FARROW FOR, UH, DONATING THREE MINUTES TO MY TIME.

JUST WANNA START BY IDENTIFYING WHAT I PASSED OUT SO YOU CAN REFERENCE IT.

TWO DOCUMENTS.

THE FIRST ONE IS ON OUR REWILD ZILKER, UH, WEBSITE.

UM, AND IT'S A REALLY GREAT COMPARISON OF THE REWILDING PLAN THAT WE'VE PUT TO FORWARD AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE CITY CONSULTANTS PROPOSED PLAN.

AND EACH OF THE KEY CATEGORIES, JUST SUPER SIMPLE, YOU CAN ABSORB THAT, UH, IN, YOU KNOW, TWO MINUTES OR LESS ON THE BACK OF THAT, THIS IS ACTUALLY AN EXCERPTED PAGE FROM OUR CITYWIDE OUR PARKS, OUR FUTURE LONG RANGE PLAN, AND SPECIFICALLY THE PUBLIC INPUT.

AND IT SHOWS VERY CLEARLY WHAT OUR PARKS GOERS AND THEY SPECIFICALLY WERE REACHING OUT TO PARKS GOERS, WHAT THEY WANT FROM OUR PARKS.

AND JUST, UH, I'LL TOUCH THE TOP.

NUMBER ONE, NATURAL BEAUTY.

NUMBER TWO, PLACES TO CONNECT TO NATURE.

NUMBER THREE, MAINTENANCE.

JUMP DOWN SIX PLACES TO EXERCISE OR BE ACTIVE.

SEVEN QUIET PLACES AND PLACES TO RELAX.

THE PLAN FROM THE CONSULTANTS DOES VIRTUALLY NONE OF THOSE AND IS HOSTILE TO ALL OF THEM.

NOW YOU LOOK FARTHER.

THEIR PRIORITIES FOR INVESTMENTS, EXPANDING PARKLAND, BUYING LAND, ADDING TO OUR PARKS, ESPECIALLY UPSTREAM OF THE SPRINGS THAT ARE THREATENED.

THE SPRINGS ARE THE SOUL OF OUR CITY.

THE WHOLE REASON WE HAVE ZILKER PARK.

WE NEED TO BE BUYING AND PRESERVING MORE WATERSHED LANDS, UPSTREAM POST-HASTE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE BEFORE THEY GET PAVED OR DEVELOPED.

UM, THERE'S NOT A DIME IN THIS ZUCKER PARK PLAN FOR SAVING THE MOST CRITICAL ELEMENT OF THE PARK AND REALLY LITERALLY THE SOURCE, OUR LIFE SOURCE FOR THE WHOLE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, THE NEXT DOCUMENT IS THREE PAGES PUT AND THESE ARE PUT TOGETHER ALSO BY OUR REWAL ZER PARK GROUP.

FANTASTIC FAQ, FULLY DOCUMENTED.

THIS IS ON THE WEBSITE SO YOU CAN GO TO IT AND GET HIT THE LINKS.

UM, ADDRESSING THE KEY ISSUES AND ESPECIALLY, UH, ADDRESSING THE, UH, THE ELEPHANT THAT'S PRETENDING TO NOT BE IN THE ROOM.

UM, THE LIVE NATION TICKETMASTER MEGA MONOPOLY, UM, THAT, UH, IS THE PRIMARY OWNER OF ACL THESE DAYS.

UM, THEY ARE UBIQUITOUS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THEY'RE UNDER JUSTICE APARTMENT INVESTIGATION FOR ANTITRUST BEHAVIORS AFTER VIOLATING A PREVIOUS UH, ANTITRUST AGREEMENT WITH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

UM, YOU MIGHT KNOW THEM FROM THE ROUTE NEW MOODY AMPHITHEATER IN WALLER CREEK PARK THAT THEY CONTROL AND MANAGE.

UH, SOME PEOPLE THINK IT'S ABOMINATION, SOME PEOPLE LIKE IT.

I HAVEN'T BEEN THERE YET.

UM, THREE OTHER PUBLIC PIECES OF PROPERTY.

THEY MONOPOLIZE THE, UH, AUSTIN FOOTBALL CLUB ON FREE CITY OF AUSTIN

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LAND, UH, WHERE THEY HANDLE TICKETING AND PROBABLY SOME OF THE TALENT AS WELL.

UH, THE MOODY, UH, CENTER ON UT PROPERTY, UM, AND THE, UH, MOODY, UH, THEATER, UH, ACROSS THE STREET FROM CITY HALL IN THE W HOTEL, UH, WHICH IS ALSO CITY OWNED PROPERTY.

UM, I THINK IT'S ABSURD AND AS WE STATE HERE THAT THEY'RE NOT IN THE ROOM AND THAT THIS PLAN WAS NOT DEVELOPED SPECIFICALLY TO EMBED THEM IN THE PARK AND TO ALLOW THEM TO EXPAND.

THEY STARTED WITH ABOUT 30,000 A YEAR OF PUBLIC ATTENDANCE.

UH, THEY REPORTED THIS LAST YEAR, 450,000 ATTENDEES.

UM, AND JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS IS PLANS WRITTEN FOR THEM, UH, TO THE HILLSIDE THEATER THAT NOBODY ASKED FOR CLEARLY WOULD GIVE THEM A YEAR-ROUND VENUE IN THE PARK BY MOVING IT AWAY FROM BARTON SPRINGS.

THE BRIDGE OVER THE LAKE, UM, IS RATHER CLEARLY, UH, MEANT TO SERVE LETTING THEM EXPAND ACROSS THE RIVER CUZ THEY'VE ALREADY JUMPED ACROSS BARTON SPRINGS ROAD WITH NO PUBLIC INPUT, NO APPROVAL FROM YOU OR THE CITY.

THEY JUMPED ACROSS BARTON CREEK ONTO THE EAST SIDE OF BARTON CREEK TO INHABIT THAT SMALL PART OF THE PARK OVER THERE.

UM, AND NOW THEY'RE PREPARING TO JUMP ACROSS THE LAKE TO THE NORTH SIDE.

UM, THEY'VE CLEARLY OUTGROWN THE PARK AND WE WOULD WELCOME THEM STAYING IF THEY COULD, UH, ADJUST THEIR, THEIR PROGRAMS TO ALLOW THE REWILDING, THE RESTORING OF THE PARK, UM, AND PRIORITIZING PEOPLE AND DAILY PARK USE RATHER THAN COMMERCIAL EVENTS.

THE PLAN REALLY IS PROPOSING A COMMERCIAL OUTDOOR DISTRICT.

UH, IT'S NOT A PARK PLAN.

UH, WE PUT TOGETHER THESE MAPS, WHICH ARE THESE, THESE ARE THE FIVE MAPS THAT ARE IN THE PARK PLAN.

AND WE JUST WENT AND CIRCLED ALL THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

UH, AND WE SHOWED THESE TO PEOPLE OUT AT, AT THE POOL AT NEW YEAR'S DAY AND OTHER DAYS RECENTLY.

REGULAR PARKS GOERS ARE ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS ABOUT THIS.

AND YOU CAN STARE AT THESE MAPS AND WITHOUT THE GIANT RED CIRCLES SAYING, LOOK AT THIS, YOU DON'T SEE IT.

YOU DO NOT SEE IT.

SO EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO PARTICIPATE HAVE A REALLY HARD TIME OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE.

UH, PLEASE RECOMMEND THAT THIS GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD.

THIS REALLY SHOULD NOT GO FORWARD TO COUNCIL.

AND PLEASE RECOMMEND CLEARLY NO MORE PRIVATIZATION.

WE DO NOT WANT THE UMBRELLA PRIVATE, UH, MANAGEMENT CORPORATION.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS LISA ADARE ADARE.

SHE'S COMING.

SHE'S COMING.

GREAT.

AFTER LISA IS BOBBY RIGNEY, YOU'LL BE NEXT.

YOU CAN PREPARE.

GOOD EVENING, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND HEARING US ALL OUT.

MY NAME IS LISA OTRE AND I'M HERE TODAY SPEAKING AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN, A MEMBER OF THE ZURA RE WILD GROUP AND OTHER COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS.

I'M A FULL-TIME VOLUNTEER.

I MOSTLY FOCUS ON ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION WORK THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

IN AUSTIN'S MANY PARKS AND PRESERVES, I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THESE PROPERTIES.

THEY'RE CONTINUED STEWARDSHIP AS WELL AS CREATING EQUITABLE ACCESS TO THESE NATURAL SPACES FOR OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

I WANNA VOICE MY SUPPORT FOR THE REWILD ZILKER MESSAGE AND THE CRITIQUES OF THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

SO FAR THOUGH, EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY BY HOSTING IN-PERSON POP-UP SESSIONS.

IT SEEMS THAT LITTLE TO NO DATA ON THE PUBLIC'S CONCERNS WAS RECORDED AT THESE ENGAGEMENTS.

THE ONLINE SESSIONS WERE EXTREMELY UNREPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY'S POPULATION, AND THE ONLINE SURVEYS WERE EQUALLY DISAPPOINTED, DISAPPOINTING AS THEY WERE NOT EASY TO FIND OR NAVIGATE, AND THE QUESTIONS WERE CONFUSING AND MISLEADING.

THIS PROCESS NEEDS TO BE FIXED AS SUPPORT.

LISTENING TO THE PUBLIC'S VOICE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE ZER VISION PLAN MENTIONS THAT A MA MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO DID RESPOND TO THE ONLINE SURVEYS, AS BILL SAID, DID NOT WANT TO RELOCATE THE HILLSIDE THEATER.

AND OTHERS COMMENTED HOW MOVING IT WOULD BRING POTENTIAL DISRUPTIONS TO ATTENDEES, YET FRONT AND CENTER ON THE DRAFT PLAN.

THIS ONLY MAKES IT FEEL MORE AND MORE THAT OUR VOICE, WHEN HEARD STILL DOES NOT MATTER AS SUPPORT KEEPING ZER PARK, A PUBLIC PARK STEWARDED AND MANAGED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS, NOT BY A PRIVATE NONPROFIT.

I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF ZER PARK BECOMING MORE COMMERCIALIZED VENUE SPACE.

THIS MAY NOT BE THE PLAN, BUT IT'S CERTAINLY UNCLEAR AT BEST ALREADY.

THE LARGE EVENTS HOSTED AT

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THE PARK LIKE ACL, DISPLACED NORMAL PARK USERS FOR SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME FOR SETUP THE EVENTS AND THE MANY REPAIRS NEEDED TO RESTORE THE PARK AFTER SUCH A STRAIN.

I ENJOY GOING TO THE PARK TO BE IN NATURE.

AND ACCORDING TO AN EARLIER CITY OF AUSTIN SURVEY, WHICH WAS ON ONE OF THE HANDOUTS YOU GOT, I'M NOT ALONE IN THIS.

WHEN ASKED WHAT THEY LOVE ABOUT AUSTIN PARK'S, TOP ANSWERS WERE TRAILS, NATURE, FACILITIES, MOST IMPORTANT TRAILS, WATER FEATURES, NATURAL AREAS, INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, MORE LAND, MAINTAIN IMPROVED FACILITIES, VALUES, NATURAL BEAUTY, PLACES TO CONNECT TO NATURE.

SOUNDS LIKE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE NOT ASKING FOR MORE BUILT ENVIRONMENTS, NOR ARE WE ASKING FOR MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, PARKING GARAGES, OR COMPLETELY REARRANGING A WELL-FUNCTIONING PARK AT UNSPECIFIED FINANCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS.

WE ARE ASKING FOR MORE NATURAL AREAS TO ENJOY BETTER PROTECTION OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENDANGERED SPECIES.

AND WHILE THERE ARE A LOT OF POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL UPLIFT FEATURES IN THE DRAFT, IT'S SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH.

UH, WE ASK FOR ANOTHER LOOK AT REWILDING AS AN OPTION TO PRESERVE AND REPAIR THIS LAND.

UH, AGAIN, THANKS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED FOR ALL OF THE TIME AND ENERGY SPENT SO FAR ON THIS PROJECT.

IT'S NOT EASY TO MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY, BUT WE HAVE TO TRY.

THANK YOU YOU, BOBBY RIGNEY.

YOU'RE THE NEXT SPEAKER AFTER BOBBY.

WE'RE GONNA GO TO MARK WEILER, WHO I BELIEVE IS ONLINE.

HI, GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY.

I'M BOBBY RIGNEY WITH THE, UH, Z NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, UM, AND ACTUALLY THE OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS NEARBY AND, UH, SOS AND SOME OTHER GROUPS.

UM, SO I HAD WRITTEN SOMETHING HERE.

I WANTED TO FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU ALL, ESPECIALLY FOR, UH, NINA AND FOR UH, UH, DON LEWIS.

SO FOR YOUR, YOUR, UH, SUPPORT IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, I GUESS YOU'VE BEEN HERE.

UM, TO BE CLEAR, THE PARCEL OF THE PLAN DO HAVE SOME MERIT.

AND THE THREE THINGS THAT ARE BIG THAT ARE MISSING INCLUDE A PLACE FOR REWILDING AND AN ACTION PLAN TO FOCUS AND TEACH CLIMATE MITIGATION TO SUPPORT NATURE.

AND ALTHOUGH THE DRAFT PLAN VIDEO THAT'S ONLINE STARTS OUT BY REFERRING TO PRESERVATION, AND THESE, A REAL DEDICATION TO PRESERVING ARE OPEN SPACE IN THE METROPOLITAN PARK THAT IS MISSING.

SO AFTER ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE PARK, WHEN THEY, THEY SAY, WELL, YOU KNOW, BESIDES, UH, BARTON SPRINGS IS THE GREAT LAWN THAT THEY'RE REFERRING TO, THE OPEN SPACE THAT NOW HAS A NAME.

SO, BUT REALLY THERE'S A FOURTH THING, A GREAT BIG THING THAT WE'VE, THAT THAT SHOULD HAVE ALMOST STOOD OUT ALONE AS A FRAMEWORK.

AND THAT IS THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

THAT'S WHAT WHAT WAS REALLY MISSING WAS PLENTY OF FOCUS THERE AND, UH, ENGAGEMENT AND UH, AND IN THAT REGARD, UM, IT'LL NEVER EXPLAIN THE INCOMPLETE FRAMEWORK NOR THE INCONSISTENCIES THAT'S MADE.

IT MADE ITS WAY INTO THE DRAFT PLAN.

IT'S INCOMPLETE BECAUSE BESIDES THE INEQUITY IN FOCUS FOR FUNDING FOR ALL THE OTHER HISTORICALLY NEGLECTED PARTS OF TOWN, THERE ARE 11 METRO PARKS.

ZK IS 351 ACRES.

LET'S SEE, THE LIST INCLUDES JOHN TREVA, 330 ACRES, ROY, UH, GUERRERO, UH, 394 ACRES, WALTER LONG, 1,165 ACRES.

MARY SEAWRIGHT IS 3 42.

ONION CREEK IS 650.

WALNUT CREEK IS 2 94.

SO THAT'S AN ADDITIONAL SIX THAT ARE OF EQUAL OR COMPARABLE SIZE.

AND ONE OF 'EM IS THREE TIMES THE SIZE.

SO, UM, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THIS.

YOU PROBABLY DO, BUT I DIDN'T UNTIL IT WAS THE, UM, UH, LET'S SEE.

IT WAS A, THE MCBETH CENTER THAT WAS THE LAST IN-PERSON, UH, PLACE TO GO TO, TO SEE THE PLAN REVEALED.

AND I TALKED TO A PRESENTER THERE AND SHE WAS GOOD.

UM, I WON'T SAY HER NAME, BUT, UH, SO I, I WENT UP AND ASKED HER, SHE WAS, WAS BEHIND ONE OF THE BOOTHS.

SHE, UH, IF THE CONCEPT ABOUT HAVING LESS IMPERVIOUS COVER WAS APPLIED CONSISTENTLY, UH, AND SHE'S, IT'S, I'M REFERRING TO THE PARKING GARAGES.

SUPPOSEDLY WE HAVE LESS IMPERVIOUS COVER.

THEY'RE MUL, YOU KNOW, AFTER ALL.

AND A GARAGE THAT WAS CENTRALLY TO HAVE LESS IMPERVIOUS COVER, I SAID, WELL, BEAN MULTI-LEVELS, WHY NOT GO GET FURTHER FROM THE SPRINGS TO THE BOTANICAL GARDENS? AND SHE SAID, BOTANICAL GARDENS IS OFF LIMITS OUT OF THE PLANT.

CAN'T DO IT.

WELL, THE CENTRAL GARAGES FOR THE, AMONG OTHER PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE, THEY'RE OVERLOADED.

THE USER OVERLOAD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE

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YOUR COMMENTS.

UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MARK WEILER.

MARK WEILER, ARE YOU ONLINE? YES.

HI.

HI, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, PLEASE PROCEED.

HELLO.

HI.

SO, YES, I'M MARK WEILER.

UM, I'M A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF AUSTIN AND USER OF PARK SINCE THE, UH, SEVENTIES AND EVEN YOUNGER AS A CHILD.

UM, I'M JUST A PRIVATE CITIZEN.

I DO LIVE IN THE ZER NEIGHBORHOOD.

I WANT TO TALK REAL QUICK ABOUT A COUPLE THINGS.

UM, ONE IS THIS, I'M JUST GONNA TALK ABOUT THE, THE SOUTH SIDE OF BARTON SPRINGS.

THE WHOLE PLAYS GATE PLAN, THE PARKING GARAGE OVER THERE.

UM, ALL THAT'S GONNA BRING A LOT MORE TRAFFIC, UH, UH, TO THAT SIDE, UH, OF THE POOL.

AND IT'S GONNA MAKE THE AZ MORTON ACCESS TO BARTON SPRINGS EVEN WORSE.

UM, SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS I THINK THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED, UM, UM, IS THAT I SEE, DON'T SEE SOMETHING GARDENS BEING GIVEN.

WHAT IT REALLY SHOULD BE GIVEN AS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.

IT'S ONE OF THE ORIGINAL HISTORIC SPOTS IN THE, IN THE AREA, UM, WITH THE OLD GRIST MILL IF YOU DO YOUR, YOUR HOMEWORK.

UM, AND I ALSO DON'T THINK WE SHOULD PULL BARTON SPRINGS ROAD DOWN TO ONE LANE, UM, BECAUSE IT IS ALSO A NEIGHBORHOOD, UH, UH, FEEDER THERE AS WELL.

UM, SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE ON THE, ON THE TOP OF MY MIND.

I KNOW THERE'S A, THERE'S A A, A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE REWILDING, WHICH I COMPLETELY SUPPORT, BUT, YOU KNOW, I JUST, I I I DON'T, I I JUST HAVE TO WONDER IF THE PEOPLE THAT GREW UP THIS PLANT ACTUALLY USED THE PARK.

I WENT FOR A BEAUTIFUL WALK AND A PICNIC ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON OVER ON THE GREAT LAWN.

IT HAS JUST, IT IS A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE.

THE PEOPLE WERE PLAYING VOLLEYBALL OVER ON THE COURTS NEAR THE LAKE.

YOU KNOW, YOU GONNA MOVE THAT.

UM, I, I JUST THINK THERE'S A LOT WRONG WITH THE PLANT AND I AGREE THAT WE REALLY NEED TO, TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND, AND START OVER, UM, UH, IN A LOT OF, IN A LOT OF THE AREAS.

UM, BUT ONE THING I DO WANT TO MENTION TOO, ALSO JUST REAL QUICK IS, UH, WHEN I, I, I TALKED TO, I, I TALKED TO, UM, AT THE LAST POPUP, THE ABOUT THE PARKING GARAGES, UM, WHICH I DO NOT LIKE AT ALL, RIGHT? THERE'S, THE PLAN IS THAT PEOPLE ARE GONNA HAVE TO PAY TO PARK IN THOSE.

AND THERE'S PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO I CAN AFFORD TO 5, 7, 8 BUCKS TO, TO, TO PARK.

BUT THERE'S PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN THAT THIS PARK BELONGS JUST AS MUCH TO AS ME THAT CANNOT AFFORD THAT, AND IT'LL KEEP THEM FROM COMING TO THE PARK.

AND THAT IS ACTUALLY CALLED, UM, ECONOMIC PREJUDICE, RIGHT? SO ANYTIME WE MAKE IT WHERE PEOPLE HAVE TO, TO UH, UH, SPEND THEIR MONEY THAT MAYBE THEY CAN'T AFFORD, THAT FAMILY'S GONNA STAY AWAY FROM THE PARK AND WE CAN'T HAVE THAT.

WE, WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE LEAST, UH, UH, UH, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE IN OUR CITY, NOT, NOT PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF MONEY.

AND THE OTHER THING I'LL, I'LL JUST SAY, AND I'LL BE DONE IS I, I COULD NOT AGREE MORE OF THAT.

ACL FEST HAS OUTGROWN ITSELF IN ZPA PARK.

UM, I WENT TO IT MANY TIMES WHEN IT WAS FIRST STARTING UP AND UH, BUT IT NEEDS TO BE SOMEWHERE ELSE LIKE THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS.

IT HAS NO BUSINESS AT THIS POINT IN ITS LIFE, UH, BEING IN ZER PARK AND TAKING THE PARK AWAY, UH, FROM US.

THANK YOU.

THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE POINTS I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT AND, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO.

THANKS.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS SYLVIA GATES.

SYLVIA GATES, ARE YOU ONLINE? MAKE SURE I DIDN'T, SO DO WE HAVE SYLVIA ONLINE? NO.