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UM, IT IS

[CALL TO ORDER]

NOW 6:08 PM AND THIS IS THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD FOR JANUARY THE 12TH, 2024.

AT THIS TIME, I'M GONNA DO A CALL TO ORDER, UH, PAGER VILLALOBOS PRESENT.

CATHERINE FLOWERS.

UM, WE CAN'T HEAR YOU.

I'LL COME BACK.

UH, SHELBY ORIE? UM, NICOLE MERRIT.

PRESENT? STEPHANIE BISON PRESENT.

LISA HAMAN.

PRESENT.

JULIE HAYES? SHE'S NOT ON.

OKAY.

UM, KIM TAYLOR? I'M PRESENT, BUT I'M WORKING ON MY, UH, MY CAMERA.

OKAY.

UM, KIM TAYLOR PRESENT.

JENNIFER FRANKLIN PRESENT.

HOLLY REED PRESENT.

AND LANE BECKER.

LANE BECKER.

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL COME BACK TO HIM.

CATHERINE FLOWERS PRESENT.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU NOW.

OKAY, GREAT.

LANE, CAN YOU HEAR US OR WE'RE ALL HAVING TECHNOLOGY ISSUES? BOARD MEMBER BECKER, CAN YOU HEAR US? COMMISSIONER BECKERS? CAN YOU HEAR US? ARE THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS ONLINE ABLE TO HEAR US IN THE ROOM? EVERYONE ELSE, I'M ABLE TO HEAR YOU.

WAYNE BECKER IS NOT ABLE TO HEAR US.

HE MAY NEED TO LOG OUT WEBEX AND COME BACK IN.

YOU GOT IT? OKAY.

WELL, UM, I THINK, CAN I CONT I I'LL, UH, HE CHATTED ME AND HE SAYS HE CAN'T HEAR, SO HE IS GONNA, I THINK HE'S GONNA LOG BACK OFF AND THEN BACK ON.

NOPE, I GOT IT FIXED.

SORRY ABOUT THAT FOLKS.

OKAY.

UH, BLAINE BECKER, ARE YOU PRESENT? PRESENT.

OKAY.

.

UM, ALRIGHT.

HAVING FOUND A QUORUM, WE WILL NOW PROCEED.

UM,

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL ]

WE WILL NOW OPEN IT UP TO PUBLIC COMMUNICATION GENERAL.

SO THESE ARE SPEAKERS THAT WILL BE ALLOTTED THREE MINUTES.

UM, FOR AGENDA ITEMS THAT ARE, UH, FOR NON-AGENDA ITEMS. ABSOLUTELY.

WE'RE GONNA BEGIN WITH GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT IN PERSON SPEAKERS.

THE FIRST SPEAKER IS ALLISON JOHNSON.

AFTER ALLISON WILL BE DIANA PROCTOR.

HI, IS THIS WHERE YOU WANT ME? OKAY, GREAT.

I SENT SLIDES.

SHOULD I GO ON WITHOUT, THAT'S FINE.

IF SO.

UH, DOES SHE HAVE TO ACTIVATE HER MICROPHONE? THAT'S NOT, THAT'S OKAY.

I CAN CONTINUE WITH ASHLEY.

THERE.

I'LL JUST OPEN MINE SO I HAVE MY BULLET.

OH, THERE, THERE IT WAS.

AWESOME.

OKAY, GREAT.

CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY.

OKAY, I'LL, OKAY, GREAT.

WE CAN GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

MY NAME'S ALLISON JOHNSON.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH PEA PARK CONSERVANCY.

UM, I'M HERE TODAY TO REPRESENT PEA PARK CONSERVANCY TO SHARE WITH YOU A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM THAT WE'VE LAUNCHED IN PEAS PARK.

UM, WE ACTUALLY LAUNCHED IT LAST SCHOOL YEAR, 2022 TO 2023 SCHOOL YEAR, UM, AND ARE CONTINUING IT THIS YEAR.

IT'S CALLED OUR PEAS COLLEGE SCHOOL FIELD TRIP PROGRAM, WHERE WE BRING KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADE CLASSROOMS AND THEIR TEACHERS, UM, TO PEAS PARK TO ENJOY A DAY IN NATURE, UM, A LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND A SERVICE EXPERIENCE IN THE PARK.

UM,

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LAST YEAR WE HAD ABOUT FIVE CLASSES, UH, FIVE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM.

AND THIS YEAR WE'VE PARTNERED WITH A ISD AND WE ANTICIPATE THAT WE'RE GONNA HAVE ABOUT 12 OR 13 SCHOOLS COME OUT.

SOMETIMES THESE CLASSES INVOLVE JUST ABOUT 25 STUDENTS, AND WE'VE EVEN HAD, UM, ENTIRE FOURTH GRADES UP TO A HUNDRED STUDENTS COME OUT.

UM, AND WHEN THE STUDENTS COME TO THE PARK, WE LEAD THEM IN A VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE WITH OUR OPERATIONS TEAM, AND THEN WE ALSO LEAD THEM IN AN EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT OF THE DAY.

AND OF COURSE, THEN THEY HAVE LUNCH AND REPLAY AT THE END OF THEIR, UH, FIELD TRIP SLIDE.

UH, THE SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS OFTEN INCLUDE THINGS LIKE THIS, SO SOMETIMES PLANTINGS, SEEDING, UM, OF PLANTS IN THE PARK, WEEDING, MULCHING, INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL, OR LITTER PICKUP.

UM, AS YOU CAN SEE, THE KIDS HAVE A LOT OF FUN WITH MULCHING.

THEY GET TO CARRY BUCKETS AND, UM, LEARN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF, OF THE WORK THAT WE DO IN THE PARK.

UM, AND IT'S, IT'S JUST A WAY TO INSPIRE KIDS TO GET OUTSIDE IN NATURE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THE EDUCATION LESSON OFTEN INCLUDES THINGS LIKE THE ANIMALS THAT YOU CAN FIND IN OUR CENTRAL TEXAS ECOSYSTEM.

WE TEACH THEM ABOUT PLANT LIFE CYCLES, THE DIFFERENT PARTS YOU CAN FIND OF A PLANT, UM, EROSION WATER CYCLES, THINGS LIKE THIS.

AND OFTENTIMES, OR EVERY TIME WE CONNECT WITH THE TEACHER AHEAD OF TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT THOSE STUDENTS ARE LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM SO THAT WE CAN TAKE THE LEARNINGS THAT THEY'RE EXPERIENCING IN THE CLASSROOM SO THEY CAN COME OUTSIDE AND ACTUALLY SEE IT IN, IN THE REAL WORLD.

UM, AND FOR TITLE ONE SCHOOLS, WE FUND THESE EXPERIENCES FOR THE STUDENTS.

SO WE WILL PAY FOR THE TRANSPORTATION AND THEIR LUNCH THAT DAY BECAUSE WE JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THESE TYPE OF EXPERIENCES IN THE OUTDOORS.

SO JUST WANTED TO SHARE THIS, THIS PROGRAM WITH YOU.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE DIANA PROCTOR.

AFTER DIANA WILL BE CLEAR.

KREBS.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M DIANA PROCTOR, AND THAT IS MY SLIDE UP THERE.

I'LL WAIT FOR YOU.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M DIANA PROCTOR.

IT IS TIME TO TAKE THE VIP EARLY ACCESS OUT OF THE TRAIL OF LIGHTS EXPERIENCE.

IT IS TIME FOR PARD TO START INVOICING THE TRAIL OF LIGHTS ORGANIZER FOR ZILKER PARK MAINTENANCE FEES AT MORE THAN 10 CENTS PER ATTENDEE, IT IS TIME FOR THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN TO DEMAND FISCAL TRANSPARENCY, ALLOWING THE PUBLIC TO COMPREHEND THE REVENUE THAT SPECIAL EVENTS EARN FROM OUR PUBLIC PARKLAND.

IT IS TIME TO MAKE THE EVENT ORGANIZERS OF LARGE SCALE TICKETED EVENTS MORE RESPONSIBLE TO THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

THE SPECIAL EVENTS NOT ONLY CREATE A NEED FOR REMEDIATION, THEY ALSO BECOME POWERFUL STAKEHOLDERS WHO PREVENT PROJECTS URGENTLY NEEDED TO IMPROVE THE PARK'S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

THIS NEEDS TO END FOR THESE REASONS AND MORE THAT I CAN PROVIDE.

I HOPE THAT THE PARKS BOARD WILL DRAFT A RECOMMENDATION AS FOLLOWS.

RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY LAW DEPARTMENT REVIEW THE 2023 COMPLIANCE BY THE TRAIL OF LIGHT EVENT ORGANIZER WITH THEIR LEGACY CONTRACT TO ENSURE THAT FUTURE EVENTS SATISFY THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS.

WITHOUT EXCEPTION, A HALF OF ALL EVENT NIGHTS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC FROM OPENING HOUR TO CLOSING WITHOUT SELLING EARLY ACCESS PRIVILEGES TO THE PUBLIC.

AND B, ATTENDEES UNDER THE AGE OF 12 ARE ADMITTED FREE ON ALL EVENT NIGHTS, REGARDLESS OF THE PAY OR FREE STATUS OF THEIR ADULT COMPANIONS.

AND ONE ADULT CAN BRING MULTIPLE CHILDREN FREE OF CHARGE AS INTENDED BY THE LEGACY CONTRACT.

RECOMMEND THAT THE PARKS DIRECTOR OR THE CITY MANAGER ABANDON THE 10 CENTS PER ATTENDEE MODEL FOR INVOICING THE TRAIL OF LIGHTS ORGANIZER FOR MAINTAIN MAINTENANCE FEES IN ZILKER PARK, BUT INSTEAD DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT A NEW RATE STRUCTURE FOR INVOICING ALL SPECIAL EVENT OPERATORS OF TICKETED EVENTS ACCORDING TO A PERCENTAGE OF REVENUE TO ACHIEVE A MAINTENANCE FUND FOR ZILKER PARK MORE CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH PUBLIC USE AND PUBLIC VALUE WITH THE ADDED BENEFIT OF INCREASING THE FISCAL TRANSPARENCY OF SPECIAL EVENT ORGANIZERS.

AND LAST,

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RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY BUDGET OFFICE CREATE A NEW ZILKER PARK FINANCIAL ACCOUNT NAMED THE ZILKER PARK ENVIRONMENTAL CIP FUND, INTO WHICH UNUSED MAINTENANCE FEES FOR ZILKER PARK WOULD BE SWEPT ANNUALLY INTO A LONG-TERM SAVINGS ACCOUNT FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS SPECIFIC TO ZILKER PARK TO SEE THE CURRENT STATE OF IMA OF DAMAGES TO THE PARK AFTER ACL AND TRAIL OF LIGHTS.

YOU'LL SEE MY PHOTOGRAPHS AT TODAY IN ZILKER PARK.COM.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE CLAIRE KREBS, FOLLOWED BY GRACE GILKER.

OKAY.

MAY I, DO YOU HAVE YOU, DO YOU HAVE ANY SLIDES? I I SENT A, UH, WORD, A PDF THAT HAS MY COMMENTS AND AN IMAGE, BUT Y'ALL DON'T SHOW.

OH, OKAY.

OH, THAT'S RIGHT.

YEAH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

ALRIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

MAY I, UM, GOOD EVENING.

I'M CLAIRE KREBS.

I REPRESENT THE FESTIVAL BEACH COMMUNITY GARDEN ON A HUNDRED PERCENT VOLUNTEER RUN GARDEN LOCATED ON CITY PARKLAND JUST EAST OF I 35 AND JUST NORTH OF THE RIVER.

I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF ONE OF THE STAFF UPDATES THAT YOU'LL HEAR TONIGHT ABOUT THE NOISE WALLS THAT TXDOT HAS OFFERED TO BUILD US TO PROTECT PARKLAND FROM THE SITE AND SOUND OF THE NEW HIGHWAY EXPANSION.

OUR GARDENERS HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD WITH TXDOT AND INTERNALLY TO COME UP WITH A DESIGN THAT YOU'LL SEE.

WE'VE HAD MANY MEETINGS AND SURVEYS IN ENGLISH AND MANDARIN AND SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS VETTING THIS ISSUE BEFORE DECIDING TO RATIFY THIS DESIGN.

AND SO WE ASK YOU PART BOARD TO ALSO SUPPORT THE DESIGN WE'VE RATIFIED, WHICH IS THREE WALLS THAT ARE 16 TO 20 FEET HIGH, AND THAT HAVE BEEN MODIFIED UPON OUR URGING TO CURVE AROUND AND MINIMIZE IMPACTS TO EXISTING TREES IN THE AREA.

WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR THAT STAFF BRIEFING, I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS AND GIVE DETAILS.

BUT WITH MY REMAINING TIME, I WOULD ASK YOU TO TAKE NOTES ON THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU SHOULD ASK OF TDOT AND PART WHO WILL BE SPEAKING LATER TONIGHT.

AND I BOLDED THOSE IN THE HANDOUT THAT I'VE GIVEN YOU GUYS.

SO FIRST QUESTIONS OF PART.

OUR COMMUNITY GROUPS HAVE ALSO ASKED FOR OTHER AMENITIES, UH, BE BUILT NEAR THE WALLS IN THE RIGHT OF WAY THAT WILL BE LEFT THAT SEPARATES OUR PARKLAND FROM THE HIGHWAY.

AND THESE INCLUDE A RESTROOM, A WATER FOUNTAIN, AN ADDITIONAL CROSSWALK, LANDSCAPING INFRASTRUCTURE, AND BIKE RACKS.

UH, THESE AMENITIES WOULD BENEFIT NOT JUST US, BUT ALL USERS OF A NEWS FAIRED USE PATHWAY THAT WILL WEAVE IN BETWEEN THE WALLS.

UM, BUT WE'LL NEED COOPERATION FROM PARD AND TXDOT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S FEASIBLE.

SO I ASK YOU TO PLEASE TELL PARD TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH US ON INCORPORATING THESE AND OTHER AMENITIES AND TO DIRECT PAR TO STRONGLY WEIGH OUR GROUP'S INPUT WHEN ADDING THESE AMENITIES.

I ALSO ASK YOU TO PLEASE SET A DATE BY WHICH PARD MUST UPDATE YOU ON ITS PROGRESS WITH.

THIS PART HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF US THUS FAR, BUT YOUR EYES ON THIS WOULD HELP.

AS FOR TEXT QUESTIONS OF TDOT, TXDOT HAS PROMISED TO INCLUDE OUR GROUPS IN THE AESTHETIC DESIGN OF THE WALLS AND THE LANDSCAPING THAT WILL BE AROUND THEM, INCLUDING PLANTINGS AND MURALS.

TXDOT HAS ALSO SAID THAT IT COULD INSTALL IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE TO MAINTAIN THESE PLANTINGS.

SO I ASK YOU TO PLEASE ASK TDOT TO CONFIRM THAT THEY WILL BE INCLUDING THE GARDEN IN THE FOOD FOREST IN THE DESIGN OF THIS AREA.

AND TO REITERATE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT THEY INCLUDE IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE AS PART OF THIS PROJECT.

A FINAL QUESTION, AS YOU MIGHT ASK TDOT IS ABOUT LEAD SAMPLING.

AFTER WE SHOWED TDOT EVIDENCE THAT HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD WERE LIKELY PRESENT IN THE RIGHT OF WAY, TEXDOT PROMISE TO SAMPLE THE SOIL BEFORE CONSTRUCTION, BUT WE HAVEN'T YET HEARD DETAILS.

SO YOU SHOULD ASK TEXDOT FOR DETAILS LIKE THEIR OFFICIAL SAMPLING PLAN AND THE TIMING OF IT.

YOU SHOULD ALSO ASK THEM TO SHARE THE RESULTS OF THEIR SAMPLING ANALYSIS WITH YOU, WITH PARD AND WITH US.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

MY CONTACT INFORMATION IS ON THE COMMENT SHEET I GAVE YOU.

UH, JT AND NICOLE ALSO HAVE THAT, AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND WHEN YOU SAID NICOLE, YOU MEANT NICOLE.

NICOLE MERRITT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE GRACE GILKER, FOLLOWED BY RA ANI.

HEY THERE, I, UH, I DON'T HAVE SLIDES, JUST, JUST VIBES .

UM, SO MY NAME IS GRACE GILKER AND I'M THE COORDINATOR FOR THE FESTIVAL BEACH FOOD FOREST I 35 EXPANSION WORKING GROUP.

I'M ALSO HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE STAFF UPDATE REGARDING THE NOISE MITIGATION STRATEGY T HAS OFFERED IN RESPONSE TO THE HIGHWAY EXPANSION.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK BOARD MEMBER NICOLE FOR HER HELP IN THIS PROCESS.

SO WE'VE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS NOW TO LOBBY TEXT DOT FOR MITIGATIONS, BOTH IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL

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IMPACT STATEMENT AND BEYOND.

IT.

TO REITERATE, BOTH THE COMMUNITY GARDEN AND THE FOOD FOREST HAVE HELD MULTIPLE INTERNAL MEETINGS AS WELL AS THE TEXT DOT WORKSHOP TO ARRIVE AT THE DESIGN PRESENTED TONIGHT.

WE SUPPORT THIS THREE WELL DESIGN THAT MINIMIZES THE IMPACT TO EXISTING TREE CANOPY.

FURTHER, WE'RE HERE TONIGHT TO TRY AND ENSURE THIS WALL ADDS TO OUR COMMUNITY RATHER THAN SIMPLY DIVIDE IT.

WE ARE REQUESTING THE ADDITION OF A WATER FOUNTAIN, A BATHROOM BIKE RACKS THE PLANTING OF NATIVE SPECIES ON AND AROUND THE WALL AND A WATER METER TO SUPPORT THE IRRIGATION OF THOSE PLANTS.

WE KNOW THE FINANCING, PLANTING, AND MAINTENANCE OF THESE PLANTS WILL BE, WILL TAKE THE COLLABORATION OF BOTH TEX DOT AND PARD, AND WE ASK FOR YOUR HELP SECURING THIS AGREEMENT.

FURTHERMORE, OUR ONGOING CONVERSATIONS WITH PARD HAVE LED US TO THE CONCLUSION THAT A BATHROOM AND CROSSWALK MIGHT BE LESS FEASIBLE.

AND NEVERTHELESS, WE REMAIN FOCUSED ON THE LANDSCAPING WATER METER, WATER FOUNTAIN, AND BIKE RACKS.

I'D LIKE TO ECHO CLAIRE'S REQUEST FOR THE BOARD TO ASK THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

NUMBER ONE, PLEASE ASK TEXDOT TO CONFIRM THAT THEY'LL BE INCLUDING THE GARDEN AND FOOD FOREST IN THE DESIGN OF THIS AREA.

AND REITERATE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT THEY INCLUDE IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE HERE.

TWO, PLEASE ASK TECH STOCK FOR DETAILS, UH, OF THEIR OFFICIAL SOIL SAMPLING PLAN AND THE TIMING THEREOF.

YOU SHOULD ALSO ASK THEM TO SHARE THE RESULTS OF THE SAMPLING WITH, UH, YOU AND PARD AND US .

NUMBER THREE, PLEASE DIRECT PARD TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH US ON INCORPORATING THESE AND OTHER AMENITIES.

AND PLEASE DIRECT PARD TO STRONGLY WEAR GROUP'S INPUT IN ADDING THESE AMENITIES.

I ALSO ASK YOU TO PLEASE SET A DATE BY WHICH PART MUST UPDATE YOU ON THE PROGRESS HERE.

UH, I LIKE TO LEAD OUR PLANT WALKS AT THE FOOD FOREST ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, WHICH IS COMING UP.

AND, UH, I LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE 175 DATE OF UNDERSTORY TREES THAT OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE PLANTED OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS.

UM, I LIKE TO TALK ABOUT RESPONSIBLE WATER USE AND NATIVE EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS AND LOCAL ECOLOGY.

I LIKE TO GIVE PEOPLE LEAVES TO EAT.

UM, THE FOOD FOREST HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST MEANINGFUL COMMUNITIES I'VE BEEN ABLE TO BE A PART OF HERE IN AUSTIN.

I APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN SECURING THESE MITIGATIONS AND GETTING ME BACK TO JUST HAVING MY HANDS IN THE DIRT.

THAT'D BE PREFERABLE.

THANK YOU.

THANK, THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE CY ANI, FOLLOWED BY KAYLA REESE.

UH, HER NEXT BAKER IS GONNA BE KAYLA REESE.

AND THEN WE WILL COME BACK TO CYRA OR IT WILL BE AUBREY RUDDER.

GOOD EVENING CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF TO THE BOARD.

I'M THE ADVOCACY MANAGER AT AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION.

UM, AND I ALSO WANTED TO SHARE SOME FUN THINGS THAT ARE COMING UP IN THE PARKS WORLD.

UM, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HAS BEGUN AT THE ALL ABILITIES PARK IN ONION CREEK IN DISTRICT TWO, WHICH WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

ON FEBRUARY 3RD, WE'RE HOSTING AN OPEN WORKDAY FOR CLEANING UP THE OLD LAND PASSES DAM.

UM, WHICH ANYONE CAN JOIN OUR SPRING.

IT'S MY PARK DAY EVENT WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 2ND AND SIGN UP WILL OPEN UP ON FEBRUARY 5TH.

AND FINALLY, OUR 2023 FALL, ACL MUSIC FESTIVAL.

NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS WERE AWARDED TO PARKADE ZARAGOZA IN DISTRICT THREE.

DOTTIE JORDAN IN DISTRICT ONE.

ELIZABETH NA MUSEUM IN DISTRICT NINE, THE CLARKSVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN AND DISTRICT 10 ROY G IN DISTRICT THREE ARMADILLO NEIGHBORHOOD PARK IN DISTRICT TWO.

HE'S AND CUNNINGHAM SCHOOL PARK AND COMMUNITY GARDEN IN DISTRICT FIVE, WALNUT CREEK METRO IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

GUS GARCIA IN DISTRICT FOUR AND ST.

DAVID'S COMMUNITY GARDEN IN DISTRICT ONE.

UM, AND ADDITION.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE ARE WORKING ON DESIGN SERVICES FOR THE JAMESTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD PARK IN DISTRICT FOUR AND THE AGAVE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK DISTRICT ONE.

ALL THOSE, UH, DETAILS FOR ALL THOSE GRANTS AND OTHER PROJECTS ARE ON OUR WEBSITE@AUSTINPARKS.ORG.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND SERVICE TO AUSTIN PARKS.

THANK YOU, SPEAKER.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE CYRA ANI, FOLLOWED BY AUBREY RUDDER.

SORRY, EVERYONE, I THINK I TOOK A POTTY BREAK AT THE VERY WRONG TIME.

NO WORRIES.

UM, GOOD, GOOD EVENING ESTEEM.

MEMBERS OF THE STUDENT CITY COUNCIL AND FELLOW CITIZENS, I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REVIVED NORWOOD HOUSE ALLIANCE, FUELED BY A SHARED VISION TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO AUSTIN'S MOST CHERISHED LANDMARK, THE NORWOOD HOUSE ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE, BUILT IN THE EARLY 19 HUNDREDS.

THE NORWOOD HOUSE HAS STOOD AS A SILENT WI WITNESS TO AUSTIN'S GROWTH AS HIGH AS ITS LOWS, AND THIS EVER-CHANGING TAPESTRY OF OUR COMMUNITY.

HOWEVER, TIME HAS LEFT THIS MARK AND THIS HISTORIC STRUCTURE NOW YEARNS FOR RESTORATION.

FOR A CHANCE TO RECLAIM FORMER GLORY, I MYSELF GREW UP IN AUSTIN

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AND I HAVE A STRONG LOVE FOR THIS CITY.

MY FELLOW MEMBERS ALSO SHARE THIS LOVE, AND WE'VE MADE A COMMITMENT TO REVIVE THIS PROJECT.

SINCE 1985.

A VARIETY OF CITIZEN GROUPS HAVE WORKED TO TRY TO FIX THIS.

THE MOST RECENT BEING THE NORWOOD PARK FOUNDATION, THEY WERE ABLE TO, AFTER 35 YEARS OF PERSISTENCE, THEY WERE ABLE TO SUCCEED IN GATHERING ALL CITY REQUIRED PERMITS AND RECEIVED A $2.9 MILLION PUBLIC FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT.

THINGS WERE SH UH, SHOVEL READY, THEN THE PANDEMIC HIT AND EVERYTHING SHUT DOWN.

ALL THE PROJECT COSTS ESCALATED AND IT REQUIRED REBIDDING FOR THIS PROJECT.

IN DECEMBER OF 2022, THE FOUNDATION NORWOOD PARK FOUNDATION OFFICIALLY DISSOLVED AND DIDN'T LEAVE AN IDENTIFYING GROUP TO TAKE ITS PLACE.

THE VOLUNTEERS HOPE THAT THEIR PARTNER IN THE PROJECT AUSTIN'S PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WOULD PICK UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF AND GET THAT SHOVEL READY PROJECT MOVING FORWARD.

APPARENTLY OTHER PROJECTS COMMANDED MORE ATTENTION AND THE FUNDS WERE REASSIGNED TO THE BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE.

THE NEW REVIVED NORWOOD ALLIANCE ENVISIONS A RESTORED NORWOOD HOUSE, UM, AS MORE THAN JUST A REFURBISHING OF A BUILDING.

WE SEE IT AS A VIBRANT PUBLIC PLACE BUZZING WITH ACTIVITY AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT, A VENUE FOR ART, EXHIBITIONS, COMMUNITY MEETINGS, EDUCATIONAL TOURS, AND PUBLIC EVENTS ALL SET AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY.

HOWEVER, THIS VISION CAN ONLY BECOME A REALITY WITH YOUR SUPPORT.

THE JOURNEY REQUIRES COLLABORATION, DEDICATION, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, FUNDING EVERYTHING NEEDED TO BEGIN.

THAT PROCESS HAS BEEN DONE.

IT IS SHOVEL READY TO GO, BUT WE URGE YOU TO DISREGARD THE IMPULSE TO FUND THIS LATER WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSING OUR EFFORTS AND THE EFFORTS OF PREVIOUS VOLUNTEERS AND HONOR THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE WORKED SO HARD FOR BY AGREEING TO A NEW PROJECT PLAN AND NEW FUNDING.

IN CLOSING, I INVITE YOU TO JOIN US, A NEW ACTIVE HEADSTRONG REVIVED NORWOOD ALLIANCE IN THIS NOBLE ENDEAVOR.

WE WORK TOGETHER TO TURN THE PAGES OF HISTORY AND BEGIN A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE NORWOOD HOUSE, A CHAPTER WHERE IT REGAINS ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN CULTURE, HISTORY, AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU CAN ALWAYS VISIT THE SITE, THE NORWOOD HOUSE.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PROJECT AND ITS PLANNING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS GONNA BE AUBREY RUDDER, FOLLOWED BY SANTIAGO.

HI Y'ALL.

MY NAME IS AUBREY RUDDER.

I AM THE SENIOR MANAGER AT THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB HERE TO GIVE YOU GUYS OUR MONTHLY UPDATE.

UM, THIS JANUARY A RC IS HOSTED FOUR COLLEGIATE ROWING PRO PROGRAMS FOR THEIR WINTER TRAINING, A TOTAL OF 150 ATHLETES AND COACHES FROM GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, SKIDMORE COLLEGE, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ALL CAME TO AUSTIN FOR A WEEK OF ROWING ON LADY BIRD LAKE.

ADDITIONALLY, WE HAVE HOSTED FIVE TRASH CLEANUPS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL.

WE'VE PICKED UP, UM, OVER 350 BAGS OF TRASH AND RECYCLING FROM LADY BIRD LAKE AS WELL AS THE TRAIL.

LASTLY, WE ARE GEARING UP TO HOST OUR 41ST ANNUAL HEART OF TEXAS REGATTA AT FESTIVAL BEACH, FEBRUARY 24TH AND 25TH.

THIS REGATTA BRINGS OVER 30 TEAMS FROM ALL OVER TEXAS AND STATES AND STATES AS FAR AWAY AS FAR AWAY AS WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK.

APPROXIMATELY A THOUSAND ATHLETES, ATHLETES JUNIOR, COLLEGIATE, AND MASTERS WILL BE PARTICIPATING.

WE INVITE YOU GUYS ALL TO COME AND CHECK IT OUT.

THANKS Y'ALL.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE SANTIAGO GREETINGS BOARD.

I APPRECIATE Y'ALL, UH, YOUR SERVICE TO THIS CITY AND, UM, NAVIGATING A LOT OF COMPLEXITY WITH REGARDS TO ALL OF THE YOU, YOU GUYS ARE PROBABLY OVERWORKED, I IMAGINE.

UM, AND I AM NOT SURE HOW TO LIGHTEN THAT LOAD.

UM, I'VE BEEN STUDYING A LOT OF HISTORY LATELY, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S BEEN REALLY FASCINATING TO ME IS STUDYING, UH, ROBERTA CRENSHAW AND, UH, SORT OF UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT THAT SHE HAD MADE ON THIS CITY, UM, WITH REGARD TO PIONEERING SOME REALLY AMAZING, UH, VALUES.

UM, ONE IN PARTICULAR IS NATURAL BEAUTY.

UM, IN 1965, UH, THIS BOARD WAS, UH, FOUNDED THROUGH A LOT OF HER WORK, UH, WITH REGARDS TO, UM, SORRY, THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WAS FOUNDED, UH, FROM HER WORK WITH THIS BOARD.

UM, AND ONE OF THE PIONEERING PROJECTS WITH THAT WAS THE TOWN LAKE, UM, TRAIL.

AND, UM, IN READING OVER THE EIS FOR TDOT'S PROJECT, SOMETHING THAT'S COME TO LIGHT FOR ME IS THE, UH, HISTORICAL VALUE OF, UH, TOWN LAKE, UM, WHICH AS A TRAIL IS 200 ACRES.

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IF YOU INCLUDE THE LAKE, IT'S AN ADDITIONAL 400 ACRES.

UH, IT IS AN ELIGIBLE PARK FOR NRHP ELIGIBILITY.

I WANNA RECOMMEND THAT THIS BOARD EVALUATE THAT FURTHER AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CITY TO BEGIN TO PUT THAT IN THE REGISTER, UM, SO THAT IT CAN GET SOME PROTECTIONS.

UM, IN PARTICULAR, IT WOULD SUPPORT THE NAVIGATION OF THE SECTION 1 0 6 REVIEW PROCESS, UH, AND, UM, SEVERAL RESOURCES INCLUDING THE PECAN GROVE THAT'S IN EDWARD RENDON PARK.

UH, AND ADDITIONALLY LOOKING AT THE SAND RESERVE, UM, BEACH, UNDERSTANDING THAT IN 1960, I BELIEVE SAND AND GRAVEL COMPANY BEGAN DREDGING, UH, THE COLORADO RIVER AND COMPLETELY RE GEOENGINEERING, UM, THE SITE.

UH, WITH REGARD TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE RESILIENCE THAT THIS CITY NEEDS, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US REALLY LOOK AT THIS RESOURCE AND WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO HAVE SOME RIVER RESTORATION PROJECTS AND BRING, UH, SOME, SOME HEALTH AND QUALITY, UH, TO THE, THIS BODY OF WATER.

THE, UM, I DON'T, I DON'T THINK THE, UH, STAFF BRIEFING IS GONNA BE ENOUGH WITH REGARD TO A WALL.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, ASK THAT THE CITY, UM, ASK FOR A BETTER DEAL, UM, WITH REGARD TO ESPECIALLY THE SECTION SIX F CONVERSION THAT'S BEING REQUESTED ON WALLER BEACH.

UM, LOOK AT THE ORACLE SITE AND WHAT THAT WAS ABLE TO BRING, UM, WHAT KIND OF ACCOUNTABILITY, WHAT KIND OF, UM, NOT ONLY MITIGATION, UM, BUT ENHANCEMENTS CAN WE BRING TO SOCIALLY AND CULTURALLY FOR THIS COMMUNITY.

UM, UM, YEAH, I THINK THAT'S A LOT OF CHALLENGES AND I, AND I RECOGNIZE THAT, UH, THE RESOURCES TO SUPPLY STAFF ARE PROBABLY NOT THERE.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO RECRAFT THAT AND IMAGINE, UH, SOME REALLY BUMPY ROADS AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

BOARD MEMBERS.

THAT'S IT FOR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT.

ONE OF OUR IN-PERSON SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ITEM FIVE, WHICH WAS POSTPONED FROM TONIGHT'S AGENDA.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ALLOW THAT SPEAKER TO SPEAK NOW, UH, DURING GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATION? YEAH, WE CAN.

AND YEAH, JUST AS AN ANNOUNCEMENT, WE, UH, AGENDA ITEM NUMBER FIVE IS POSTPONED.

SO WE WILL NOT BE HEARING AGENDA ITEM NUMBER FIVE TODAY.

IF SO.

YES, WE CAN HEAR FROM THEM NOW.

IF, UH, GAIL ROTH WOULD LIKE TO COME UP TO ADDRESS ITEM FIVE, YOU'LL HAVE, UH, 60 SECONDS.

6 33.

DO WE DO THREE MINUTES FOR ITEM? YEAH, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS GAIL RODIE.

I'M WITH, UH, REWILD ZILKER.

THERE ARE THREE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THIS ITEM THAT HAS BEEN, UM, REMOVED FROM TONIGHT'S AGENDA THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO.

WHILE I'M NOT CATEGOR CATEGORICALLY OPPOSED TO THE CHANGES TO THESE RULES, I'M ASKING THIS BOARD TO CLARIFY AND NARROW THE LANGUAGE SO AS TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF CREATIVE INTERPRETATION THAT CAN BE DONE WITH THESE RULE CHANGES IN THE FUTURE.

THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO HAVE THEIR BEST INTEREST AT HEART AND ONLY SUPPORT THE RULE CHANGES THAT ARE NECESSARY, CLEAR AND APPROPRIATELY NARROW.

UH, YOU CAN HELP US IN THIS REGARD BY CLARIFYING SOME OF THE QUESTIONS I HAVE, UH, REGARDING THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

THAT'S TO ALLOW BUTLER TRAIL TO EXCEED 12 FEET AND WIDTH.

MY QUESTIONS ARE, IS THIS ALLOWANCE LIMITED TO LEGALIZING THE CURRENT TRAILS THAT EXCEED 12 FEET? OR DOES THIS ALLOW AT ANY POINT ON THE, THAT THE TRAIL COULD BE EXPANDED TO 12 FEET AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT? ARE THERE ANY LIMITS TO THE WIDTH OF THE TRAIL IF IT IS EXPANDED? AND CAN THESE EXPANSIONS BE LIMITED TO HUMAN SAFETY OR RIPARIAN HEALTH? OR WILL THIS AMENDMENT ALLOW FOR OTHER DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE TRAIL REGARDING THE SECOND AMENDMENT, TO ALLOW THE TRAIL TO BE LOCATED WITHIN 50 FEET OF THE SHORELINE OF LADY BIRD LAKE, MY QUESTIONS ARE, DOES THIS ALLOWANCE, DOES THE ALLOWANCE ONLY LEGALIZE THE CURRENT TRAILS THAT ARE LOCATED WITHIN THAT 50 FEET? OR DOES THIS AMENDMENT ALLOW NEW TRAIL DEVELOPMENT ANYWHERE WITHIN 50 FEET AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT? IN ADDITION, I NOTICED IN THE BACKUP TO THIS ITEM, UH, FIVE DASH ONE, THERE'S MENTION OF A TWO TO ONE MITIGATION, AND YET I DON'T SEE THAT LANGUAGE ANYWHERE IN THE AMENDMENT.

UM, IS, SO IS THIS A, THIS TWO TO ONE MITIGATION, IS THIS A SERIOUS COMMITMENT? IF SO, WHY NOT INCLUDE IT IN THE AMENDMENT LANGUAGE? AND WILL THE TWO TO ONE COMMITMENT BE ENFORCED? WILL IT BE INCORPORATED INTO THE CONTRACT LANGUAGE? AND IS THE MITIGATION REQUIRED TO OCCUR ON THE TRAIL ITSELF, OR CAN IT OCCUR ANYWHERE ON REGARDING THE THIRD AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE, UH, ADDITIONAL TO REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT FOR ADDITIONAL RESTORATION? UH, I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND

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WHY THAT REQUIREMENT WOULD BE REMOVED, AND I'D LIKE TO HAVE SOME CLARIFICATION ON THAT.

SO HOPE THESE ISSUES CAN BE CLARIFIED IN THE LANGUAGE NARROWED PRIOR TO TAKING ANY ACTION ON THESE AMENDMENTS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

BOARD MEMBERS, UH, ONE OF THE PUBLIC COMMENTERS DIALED IN REMOTELY AND IS SPEAKING ITEM 10, BUT IS REQUESTED TO SPEAK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING.

WOULD Y'ALL ALLOW THAT? UM, WE USUALLY ARE TAKING, UH, IF THEY'RE SPEAKING ON AN AGENDA ITEM, THEY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THAT AGENDA ITEM IS CALLED.

OKAY, UNDERSTOOD.

THAT'S THE END OF GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT.

OKAY.

AND, OKAY, SO WE ARE NOW MOVING ON, UM,

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

TO THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

UH, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE APPROVING, UH, THE MEETINGS FOR OCTOBER THE 23RD, 2023, AND NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023.

AND MR. DOBA, CAN YOU CLARIFY WHY WE'RE DOING OCTOBER 23RD AGAIN? THERE WAS LIKE AN ERROR ON YEAH, THE, UH, THE MINUTES FROM OCTOBER 23RD THAT THE BOARD APPROVED DIDN'T, DID NOT INCLUDE, UH, TWO ACTION ITEMS, WHICH WERE PART OF THE ADDENDUM FOR THAT MEETING.

SO THE UPDATED MINUTES THAT WERE POSTED FOR THIS MEETING INCLUDE THOSE TWO ADDITIONAL ACTION ITEMS. THANK YOU.

SO I'LL GIVE THE, UH, BOARD MEMBERS A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO LOOK OVER, UH, THOSE TWO SETS OF, UM, MINUTES.

I, THIS IS PROCEDURAL, BUT UNDER ITEM FOUR, SECOND PARAGRAPH SUMMARIZING WHAT HAPPENED.

YOU'RE MISSING A WORD AFTER BOARD MEMBER BECKER'S SHOULD SAY BOARD MEMBER BECKER'S MOTION.

SORRY.

NOVEMBER MINUTES.

NOT THE OCTOBER MINUTES.

THE NOVEMBER MINUTES IS WHAT I WAS REFERENCING.

ALL RIGHT.

BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY OTHER CHANGES TO EITHER THE NOVEMBER OR OCTOBER MINUTES? ANY OTHER CHANGES TO THE OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER MINUTES? IF NOT, AT THIS TIME, I'LL TAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE, UH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2023 AND NOVEMBER 27TH.

2023 MINUTES.

IS THERE A MOTION? I'LL MAKE A MOTION.

THERE'S A MOTION FROM BOARD MEMBER HAMAN.

IS THERE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND THAT MOTION.

I'LL SECOND.

OKAY, I'LL SECOND THE MOTION.

AND THEN AT THIS TIME, UM, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HANDS.

ALL RIGHT.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

10 ZERO.

ALRIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS.

NOW WE'RE GONNA APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION, UH, BOARD, BOARD FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF MARCH 23RD, 20 MARCH 23RD, 2023.

THIS WAS AN OVERSIGHT.

UM, THESE MINUTES WERE NEVER APPROVED BECAUSE SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WAS DISSOLVED.

THAT'S RIGHT.

SO WE, WE FORGOT ABOUT 'EM.

SO IF WE WOULD JUST TAKE A MOMENT AGAIN TO LOOK OVER THOSE MINUTES AND, UH, WE'LL GO FROM THERE.

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ALRIGHT.

BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY, UH, CHANGES THAT, UH, NEED TO BE MADE TO THE MARCH 23RD, 2023 FINANCE COMMITTEE, MINUTES CHAIR? UM, YES, SOME OF US WERE NOT ON THE BOARD AT THE TIME OF THIS, OF THIS MEETING.

I KNOW THAT SOME OF US WERE.

UM, IS THERE ANY CONFLICT OR ANY PROBLEM WITH US VOTING TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? I NOT KNOW.

I DO NOT BELIEVE SO.

UM, I WAS REALLY GONNA TAKE LISA HAMAN AND CATHERINE FLOWERS, UM, LEAD ON THIS ONE SINCE THEY WERE BOTH ON THE COMMITTEE AND BOTH PRESENT AND ARE CURRENTLY BOTH PRESENT.

SO, UM, IN ORDER FOR ACTION TO BE TAKEN, OUR, UH, FOR US, WE DO NEED AT LEAST SIX VOTES.

SO I WILL SAY IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, IT HAPPENED TO BE AN EXTREMELY STRAIGHTFORWARD MEETING, UM, THAT WE MISSED.

IT WAS A VERY SHORT FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING.

I DON'T KNOW, UM, WHAT BOARD MEMBER HAGMAN'S FEELING IS, BUT I FEEL IT'S AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF WHAT HAPPENED.

DID YOU SAY IT'S NOT AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION? NO, IT IS.

IT IS AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION.

AGREE.

OKAY.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL TAKE A MOTION, UH, TO APPROVE THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD FINANCE COMMITTEE MINUTES FROM MARCH 23RD, 2023.

WOULD SOMEONE LIKE TO MAKE THAT MOTION? I'LL MAKE A MOTION BOARD MEMBER HUG MAKES THAT MOTION.

IS THERE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

THERE'S A SECOND FROM BOARD MEMBER FLOWERS.

ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALL RIGHT.

MOTION CARRIES.

10 ZERO.

WE WILL NOW, UH, MOVE ON TO, UH, OUR DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS.

[3. Discussion and possible action on letters of support for PARD Staff and Community Groups that participated in a 50,000 square foot graffiti abatement and park maintenance project at the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park, and for PARD staff that prepared six recreation centers to accept portable generators as a supplemental/alternative power source should electric power be unavailable. ]

SO WE'LL TAKE AGENDA ITEM NUMBER THREE, DISCUSSION POSSIBLE ACTION ON LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR PARTS STAFF, COMMUNITY GROUPS THAT PARTICIPATED IN A 50,000 SQUARE FOOT GRAFFITI ABATEMENT AND PARK MINUTES PROJECT AT THE HEATH ISLAND.

AND MORGAN MOSS, BMX SKATE PARK, AND FOR PARK STAFF THAT PREPARED SIX RECREATIONAL CENTERS TO ACCESS PORTABLE GENERATORS AS A SUPPLEMENTAL ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCE.

SHOULD ELECTRIC POWER BECOME UNAVAILABLE? UM, DID I DON'T KNOW IF BOARD MEMBERS GOT A COPY OF THE LETTERS, BUT IF THEY DIDN'T, UM, ARE Y'ALL PRESENTING ON THIS VERY QUICKLY? OKAY.

YOU IF YOU'D PREFER US.

NO, NO, NO.

YOU, YOU, YOU PRESENT QUICKLY IF WE'RE GONNA DO IT.

OKAY.

SO I'LL TURN IT OVER TO, UH, DIRECTOR MCNEELY.

SO BOARD MEMBERS I HAVE WITH ME, SO CHANDLER, WHO WOULD BE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORK THAT WAS DONE AT THE SKATE PARK, AND SARAH TALKINGTON, WHO IS PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORK BEING DONE WITH REDUNDANT POWER.

WE HAVE, UH, VERY QUICK SLIDES TO SHOW YOU, JUST SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE WORK THAT HAS RECENTLY BEEN DONE.

I'LL HAND IT OVER TO SONNY.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M SONNY CHANDLER.

I'M PARKS GROUNDS MANAGER OVER AT GRAFFITI.

AND, UH, WHEN WE TOOK ON THIS PROJECT, IT WAS, UH, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH FULL OF GRAFFITI.

IT'S OVER 50,000 SQUARE FEET AND WE HAD 70, UH, STAFF MEMBERS THAT WE PULLED IN TO DO A FOUR DAY JOB.

IT WAS, UH, QUITE A, QUITE A JOB TO DO, BUT A LOT OF IT WE HAD TO, WE HAD TO REMOVE.

AND SOME OF IT ON THE, UH, VERTICAL SECTIONS WE WERE ACTUALLY WERE ABLE TO PAINT OVER.

BUT ON THE REMOVALS, UH, SOME OF IT TOOK TWO OR THREE TIMES TO POWER WASH AND, AND TO TREAT AND TO GET IT UP REMOVED.

BUT IT WAS A BIG PROJECT.

UM, IT LOOKS A HUNDRED PERCENT BETTER AND WE'VE HAD TO GO BACK AND DO A FEW TOUCHUPS HERE RECENTLY, BUT WE FEEL LIKE THE GRAFFITI'S ACTUALLY SLOWED DOWN THERE AT THAT LOCATION.

SO IT WAS A GOOD PROJECT.

SO, BOARD MEMBERS, JUST TO ADD TO WHAT SONNY SAID, THIS WAS A PROJECT THAT REQUIRED ABOUT 70 STAFF MEMBERS TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH OVER FOUR DAYS AND A, A CONTRACTED TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS.

SO I THOUGHT THEY, IT WAS WORTHY OF RECOGNIZING, UM, THE TEAMWORK AND ALSO RECOGNIZING, UM, HOW COMMITTED THIS TEAM IS TO DELIVERING, UH, A SPACE THAT LOOKS SAFE AND THAT PEOPLE CAN ENJOY COMING TO.

UH, ON ANOTHER NOTE, WE ARE ALSO TRYING TO DELIVER SPACES THAT PEOPLE, UM, THAT OUR COMMUNITY CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT COMING TO, AND SPECIFICALLY THAT THEY CAN FEEL ABOUT COMING, CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT COMING TO WHEN, UM, WHEN IT APPEARS AS THOUGH WE ARE HAVING COLD WEATHER OR OTHER SORTS OF POWER ISSUES.

AND SO, TARA SARAH TALKINGTON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THE EQUIPMENT UPGRADE SO THAT WE HAVE REDUNDANT POWER AT OUR RECREATION CENTERS.

AND I'LL HAND IT OVER TO SARAH TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT WORK.

SIX.

SURE.

UM, EFFECTIVELY, UM, TO ACCOMMODATE REDUNDANT POWER AT OUR BUILDINGS, WE NEEDED TO INSTALL, UH, TRANSFER SWITCHES AND DOCKING STATIONS FOR BACKUP POWER.

SO AT ALL OF THE LOCATIONS,

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WE, UM, HAVE PROCURED THE EQUIPMENT AND THE EXCEPTION OF IN TOPLESS, WHERE WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR SOME OVERDUE SUPPLY CHAIN, UH, COMPONENTS OF THAT PROJECT.

BUT OTHERWISE, THE OTHER FIVE SITES WERE PREPARED IN ADVANCE OF THE WINTER STORM.

THIS IS, UH, WHAT THE PHOTO LOOKS LIKE FOR THE, UM, TRANSFER SWITCHES AND DOCKING STATIONS THAT WERE INSTALLED AT TURNER ROBERTS MULTIPURPOSE ROOM.

AND THE NEXT SLIDE SHOWS THE FULL, UH, GET UP WITH THE GENERATOR THAT'S PROVIDED BY BUILDING SERVICES AND HOW IT PLUGS INTO THE DOCKING STATION.

UM, THIS LAST SLIDE IS STAFF GARNERING TRAINING ON HOW TO OPERATE THE GENERATORS AND PLUG THEM INTO THE DOCKING STATION, SHOULD THEY BE REQUIRED.

AND, UM, JUST TO UNDERSCORE THAT, THIS WAS A REALLY COLLABORATIVE PROJECT ACROSS MANY DEPARTMENTS.

IT TOOK A LOT OF, UM, COORDINATION AND MANY CONTRIBUTORS.

SO I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THIS WORK TODAY.

SO, BUT FOR, UM, WE WERE VERY LUCKY IN THIS LAST, UH, WINTER EVENT THAT WE DID.

POWER DID NOT GO OUT.

BUT SHOULD THAT EVER HAPPEN, UH, WE NOW HAVE THE ABILITY AT SIX OF OUR COLD WEATHER SHELTER SITES TO BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT THE LIGHTS AND THE THE HEAT WILL STAY ON, UH, IN THAT EMERGENCY.

AND THAT IT, I KNOW SHE, I THINK SARAH'S BEING VERY GENEROUS IN SAYING THAT.

A LOT OF PEOPLE DID IT, BUT, BUT FOR SARAH, THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

AND SO I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT I MAKE THAT POINT.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US THIS TIME TO RECOGNIZE, UM, OUR MAINTENANCE TEAM AND, AND SARAH AND HER TEAM FOR THE REDUNDANT POWER.

THANK YOU.

UH, BOARD MEMBERS, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

SEEING NONE, I WOULD LIKE TO READ THE TWO LETTERS, UM, THAT WE DRAFTED.

UM, THE FIRST ONE IS RELATING TO THE BMX PARK, WHICH STATES WE ARE WRITING TO EXPRESS YOUR DEEPEST APPRECIATION FOR THE OUTSTANDING WORK THAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAVE DONE IN GRAFFITI ABATEMENT AND PARK MAINTENANCE AT THE HEATH ISLAND AND MORGAN MOSS, BMX SKATE PARK, THE RECENT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE NOT GONE UNNOTICED.

THE POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY IS PALPABLE.

YOUR DEDICATION TO MAINTAINING A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR SKATEBOARDERS AND OTHER PARK GOERS IS TRULY COMMENDABLE.

IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE EFFORT AND CARE PUT INTO THE CLEANUP AND MAINTENANCE HAVE TRANSFORMED THE SKATE PARK, MAKING IT A MORE WELCOMING SPACE FOR EVERYBODY.

THE METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN THE MAINTENANCE WORK WOULD NOT HAVE, HAVE NOT ONLY ENHANCED THE PARK AESTHETIC, BUT HAVE ALSO CREATED A SENSE OF PRIDE AMONG THOSE WHO UTILIZE THE FACILITIES.

YOUR HARD WORK HAS NOT ONLY IMPROVED THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF THE SKATE PARK, BUT HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE OVERALL WELLBEING OF OUR COMMUNITY.

THE SKATE PARK PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN PROVIDING A RECREATIONAL OUTLET FOR INDIVIDUALS OF ALL AGES.

AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO ENSURING ITS UPKEEP IS TRULY VALUED ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY.

WE WANT TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE FOR YOUR EFFORTS IN MAINTAINING THE SKATE PARK.

YOUR WORK HAS NOT ONLY RESTORED THE PARK, BUT HAS ELEVATED IT TO A NEW LEVEL.

THANK YOU FOR DEDICATION, PASSION, AND THE POSITIVE IMPACT YOU CONTINUE TO MAKE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WE WISH YOU, UH, CONTINUED SUCCESS IN YOUR ENDEAVORS AND LOOK FORWARD TO ENJOYING THE SKATE PARK FOR YEARS TO COME.

AND IN REGARDS TO THE, UH, POWER SOURCE, UH, PROJECT, IT STATES, UH, WE ARE WRITING TO EXPRESSION TO YOUR GRATITUDE FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL WORK AND DEDICATION THAT YOU DEMONSTRATED IN PREPARING SIX RECREATION CENTERS.

UH, PREPARING SIX RECREATION CENTERS TO ACCEPT PORTABLE GENERATORS AS A SUPPLEMENTAL ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCE IN CASE OF ELECTRICAL POWER UNAVAILABILITY.

YOUR FORESIGHT AND PROACTIVE APPROACH TO ENSURING THAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS A RELIABLE AND RESILIENT POWER SOURCE DURING UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES ARE TRULY COMMENDABLE.

THE EFFORT YOU HAVE INVESTED IN MAKING THESE RECREATIONAL CENTERS RESILIENT WELL, UH, WILL UNDOUBTEDLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE SAFETY AND WELLBEING OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO RELY ON THESE FACILITIES DURING TIMES OF WEATHER RELATED EMERGENCIES.

BY TAKING THIS INITIATIVE, YOU HAVE NOT ONLY DEMONSTRATED YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY'S WELFARE, BUT HAVE ALSO SHOWN EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP IN PREPAREDNESS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

IN TIMES OF POWER OUTAGES OR OTHER DISRUPTIONS, THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE A RELIABLE POWER SOURCE CAN MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE.

WE WANT TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR HARD WORK, ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A SAFER AND MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITY.

YOUR EFFORTS HAVE NOT GONE TO NOTICE IN THE IMPACT OF YOUR WORK WILL BE FELT BY THOSE WHO UTILIZE THE RECREATION CENTERS.

SO THOSE ARE THE TWO LETTERS, UH, THAT WE'VE WRITTEN, UH, BOARD MEMBERS AND WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE STAFF WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROJECT.

UM, AT THIS TIME, UM, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LETTERS? ALRIGHT.

AND AT THIS TIME THEN I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE TWO LETTERS, UH, THAT I JUST READ.

UM, IS THERE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

THERE'S A SECOND FROM BOARD MEMBER BAAN.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALRIGHT.

MOTION CARRIES.

10 ZERO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM WE WILL BE, UH, MOVING ON TO IS AGENDA ON ITEM NUMBER FOUR.

UM, AND THIS IS AN AGENDA ITEM THAT WAS, UH, IS THERE ANY SPEAKERS ON AGENDA

[4. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to Austin City Council to approve negotiation and execution of a one-year contract extension with Zilker Park Boat Rentals. (PARD Long Range Strategies: Relief from Urban Life, Urban Public Spaces, Park Access for All).]

ITEM NUMBER FOUR? OKAY,

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NOW THIS AGENDA ITEM WAS TAKEN UP AT THE CONTRACTS AND CONCESSIONS COMMITTEE.

SO AT THIS TIME, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO, UH, BOARD MEMBER BECKER, UH, TO MAKE A PRESENTATION, UH, TO, TO MAKE A STATEMENT AND POSSIBLY A MOTION.

UH, YES.

SO, UM, UH, WE DID PASS, UH, THIS RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD IN THE MOST RECENT CONTRACTS AND CONCESSIONS.

UH, COMMITTEE MEETING ON JANUARY 19TH, UM, IS FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD.

THE, UM, WE ARE AT THE TAIL END OF A LONG-TERM CONTRACT WITH SEVERAL EXTENSIONS WITH ZILKER PARK BOAT RENTALS, AND IT'S TIME TO RECOMPETE, UH, RECOMPETE THAT CONTRACT FOR THAT SPACE.

UM, ORIGINALLY THERE HAD BEEN, UM, THERE HAD BEEN, UH, IN TERMS OF THE TIMING, THERE IS A NEED TO EXTEND THE CURRENT CONTRACT FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO, IN ORDER TO GIVE THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TIME TO RECOMPETE IT.

UM, THE NEED THIS EXTENSION COMES FROM THE FACT THAT THEY WERE ORIGINALLY TRYING TO COORDINATE WITH THE ZILKER PARK VISION PLAN.

UH, BUT SINCE THAT HAS BEEN SHELVED, THEY'RE PUSHING FORWARD TO THIS INDIVIDUALLY.

AND SO THAT ADDITIONAL YEAR THAT THIS EXTENSION IS ASKING FOR IS THERE TO GIVE, UH, TO GIVE THE DEPARTMENT TIME TO SUCCESSFULLY, UM, PUT IT BACK OUT FOR BID AND MAKE A NEW SELECTION SO THAT IT'S FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD.

AND I WOULD, UH, UH, WE RECOMMENDED IT FROM THE COMMITTEE BECAUSE IT'S A FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD ASK AND FAIRLY STRAIGHT STRAIGHTFORWARD RECOMPETE.

AND SO I WOULD, UH, ENCOURAGE EVERYONE HERE TO PASS IT THROUGH AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

UH, BOARD MEMBER BECKER AT THIS TIME, DOES, UH, ANY PARKS BOARD, UH, BOARD MEMBER HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR? OKAY, THIS, IS THERE A PRESENTATION FROM THE CITY? IT'S IN THE BACK.

UM, NO.

OKAY.

UM, ALRIGHT.

UH, AND IF MR. BECKER WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN COUNSEL AUTHORIZE THE NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF THE CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH ZILKER PARK RENTALS BETWEEN FEBRUARY, 2024 AND FEBRUARY, 2025.

I'LL MAKE THAT MOTION.

ALRIGHT, THAT MOTION HAS BEEN MADE BY BOARD MEMBER BECKER.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND.

THERE'S A SECOND, UH, BY BOARD MEMBER REED, UM, AT THIS TIME, UM, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION? ALL RIGHT, I WILL TAKE A VOTE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALRIGHT.

MOTION CARRIES 10 ZERO EXTENSION.

WE'LL, NOW, UH, LIKE I AS MENTIONED BEFORE, UH, AGENDA ITEM NUMBER FIVE HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

SO WE'LL NOW MOVE ON TO AGENDA ITEM NUMBER SIX.

ARE THERE

[6. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to Austin City Council to approve a Temporary Staging Area, not to exceed 540 Calendar Says on parkland located at Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt (8020 Spicewood Springs Rd). Total Mitigation is $70,652.]

ANY SPEAKERS ON AGENDA ITEM NUMBER SIX? YES, CHAIR.

WE HAVE, UH, SEVERAL SPEAKERS.

UH, OUR FIRST SPEAKER WILL BE, UH, UH, CHAIR.

ARE WE GONNA DO, UH, THREE MINUTES OR 60 SECONDS FOR THESE SPEAKERS? WHAT HAVE WE DONE? I, IT'S BEEN TWO MONTHS SINCE WE MET.

WHAT DID WE DO PREVIOUSLY? WELL, I BELIEVE THAT TYPICALLY WE DO 60 SECONDS FOR ITEM SPECIFIC COMMENT.

OKAY.

IS THAT WHAT WE DID? HOLD ON.

I DON'T KNOW SPECIFICALLY.

THAT DOESN'T SOUND RIGHT TO ME, BUT MAYBE I I'M MISREMEMBERING.

WE HAVE LIMITED IT TO 60 SECONDS IN THE PAST ON SPECIFIC ITEMS WHERE WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK, BUT I DON'T REMEMBER NORMALLY LIMITING TO 60 SECONDS, BUT I HAVE A LOT GOING ON AND MY MEMORY COULD BE FAULTY.

SO I THINK IT WAS THREE.

YEAH, IT'S THREE.

I'LL DO THREE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

OUR FIRST SPEAKER WILL BE, UH, CEDAR STEVENS, FOLLOWED BY SHARON BLYTHE, SIT DOWN.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO US.

UH, I WANNA SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE CONCRETIZATION OF OLD LANE PASSES DOWN NUMBER THREE.

THIS IS A VERY SMALL PARK AND IT'S UNKNOWN TO VERY MANY PEOPLE EXCEPT FOR NEIGHBORS AROUND THERE.

AND THE FEW OF US WHO LOOK OUT FOR ANY KIND OF TRAILS IN GREEN SPACE ANYWHERE IN TOWN TO HIKE.

UH, IT'S SO SMALL AND IT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A NAME.

ALTHOUGH, AS WE WORKED ON THIS, WE STARTED REFERRING TO SAVE THE DAM CANYON.

SO WE'RE NOW CALLING IT DAM CANYON.

UH, THIS PLAN IS OVER-ENGINEERED AND OVERWROUGHT IN TOTAL OVERKILL.

UH, IT WOULD DESTROY UP TO FOUR AND A HALF ACRES AT THE HEAD OF THIS LITTLE PARK.

UH, IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN THERE, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO AND VISIT.

IT'S HARD TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND HOW MUCH CONCRETE IS BEING PLANNED FOR SUCH A SMALL PLACE UNLESS YOU GO THERE AND LOOK AT IT YOURSELF.

THE TRAIN IS VERY STEEP, ROCKY, AND DENSELY FORESTED.

AND THE PROJECT AREA HAS VILLE SALAMANDER SPRINGS, ONE OF WHICH APPEARS TO BE UNDER THE PROPOSED DAM.

UH, THE AREA IS CURRENTLY IN A STAGE OF RECOVERY FROM PREVIOUS LANDSCAPE AL ALTERATIONS RANCHING AND DEVELOPMENT.

AND, UH, THERE ARE TWO ARTIFICIAL, UH, FILLINGS THAT COVER THE LITTLE CREEK, INCLUDING THE DAM.

UNDER,

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UH, DISCUSSION.

THE BOTANY THERE IS VERY DIVERSE.

THERE'S, UH, ANIMAL LIFE EVIDENT EVERYWHERE, AND THERE'S LITTLE ENCROACHMENT, UH, SO FAR OF NON-NATIVE SPECIES.

UM, THE CANYON AND THE CREEK HAVE MANY CAVES.

SO I DON'T SEE THIS MENTIONED IN ANY OF THE STAFF.

UH, PREPARATION AND THE PROXIMITY TO ADJACENT ENDANGERED CAVE BUG AND CAVE INVERTEBRATES.

UH, I THINK IT'S HIGHLY LIKELY THAT THE ENDANGERED CAVE BUGS MIGHT BE PRESENT, UH, IN THIS CREEK AND IN THE CANYON WHERE THE PROJECT IS.

SO I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT ADDRESSED.

THE FLOODING, UH, UH, IS EXAGGERATED, IF NOT, UH, FICTITIONAL, YOU CAN'T SEE, UH, UM, TREE DEBRIS THAT INDICATES HIGH FLOODING.

THERE ARE SOME DRAIN PIPES THAT HAVE BEEN ERODED BECAUSE OF POORLY CONCEIVED, UH, PLACEMENT.

BUT, UM, NATURE, THEY'RE OUT OF VIEW AND NATURE IN TIME WOULD, UH, REPAIR THIS.

IN SHORT, I SEE NO REASON FOR $14 MILLION PROJECT OF CONCRETE IN THIS TINY PARK.

IT'S AN IDEAL SITE FOR A REWILDING FOR THE SMALL AMOUNT OF REMEDIATION THAT IS NEEDED TO CORRECT SOME OF THE EROSION.

FES, THANKS SO MUCH Y'ALL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE SHARON BLYTHE, FOLLOWED BY LINDA ELKINS.

I HAVE A POWERPOINT HERE.

UM, THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL CANYON IN DANGER OF DESTRUCTION.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THIS IS A VIEW FROM MY BACKYARD INTO THE CANYON.

IT'S A VERY, VERY BEAUTIFUL, UH, VIEW FROM ALL OF OUR HOUSES UP THERE.

WE HAVE 400 HOUSES.

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THIS IS A PICTURE I TOOK OF THE TRAIL THROUGH THE CANYON.

AS YOU CAN SEE, IT'S VERY PRISTINE AND VERY, UH, WELL USED FOR A TRAIL.

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IT HAS A SMALL RISK OF FLOODING DOWNSTREAM.

THIS IS A PICTURE I TOOK THIS MORNING OF THAT STREAM.

IT'S, IT'S, IT'S RUNNING PRETTY GOOD, BUT IT'S NOT FLOODING.

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THE PLANNED RESERVATION WHERE THE RESTORE ENDANGERED SPECIES HABITAT SPRINGS ARE PRESENT.

MOST RUN OF US FROM THE SPRINGS BULL CREEK DOES NOT RUN THROUGH THIS CANYON.

THE CANYON HAS CAVES WHERE THEY'RE ENDANGERED SPECIES AND BACKUP WATER WILL DESTROY NATURAL HABITAT OF COVERING THE SPRINGS.

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THIS IS ALSO A PICTURE I TOOK THIS MORNING ON THE CANYON JUST EAST OF THAT OTHER CANYON.

THIS IS CALLED THE ALBERT BULL CREEK CANYON.

IT'S NEAR SCOTLAND.

WELL DRIVE, YOU CAN SEE THE WATER IS ALMOST TO THE BANK FULL.

THIS IS WHERE THE FLOODING TOOK PLACE.

IT WAS NOT IN THE OLD LAND PASSES DAM CANYON.

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THE CHANGE OF THE DAN RESTORATION PLAN, PLAN, UH, WILL NOT DESTROY, WILL DESTROY THE CANYON IF YOU PUT ALL THAT CONCRETE IN THERE.

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UM, THE STAGING AREA IS ANOTHER PROBLEM WHERE WATER TREATMENT PLANT TUNNEL WAS ACTUALLY BUILT THE SHAFT THERE.

I SENT YOU ALL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAWSUIT THAT WE FILED IN 2010.

WE WON THAT LAWSUIT, UH, AND UH, WHICH RESULTED IN AN AGREEMENT THAT HAS NEVER BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

UH, THEY PROMISED TO PUT A KIOSK DOWN THERE THAT'S NEVER BEEN BUILT AND A $500,000 PAYMENT TO PARKS FROM AUSTIN WATER, PART OF WHICH WAS TO BE USED FOR PARKS CLOSE TO OLD LAND, PASSES TO AREA.

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THE NEW MO REVIEW PROMISES $70,000 TO BE USED ON THE EAST SIDE OF AUSTIN, NOT IN IN THE OUR AREA WHERE WE'RE GONNA BE AFFECTED BY IT.

THIS IS WRONG TO TEAR UP OUR CANYON AND PARKLAND AND USE THE MONEY ELSEWHERE.

THE TRIANGLE SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A STAGING AREA OVER A SENSITIVE WATER TREATMENT PLANT SHAFT.

THE TRUCKS COULD COLLAPSE THAT SHAFT.

TOO MUCH TRAFFIC ALONG SPICEWOOD SPRINGS ROAD TO BE SAFE FOR CARS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THIS IS A COMPLETE OVERKILL IN THE CANYON WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO HIKE AND ENDANGERED SPECIES LIVE.

DO NOT USE A TRIANGLE AS A STAGING AREA, WHICH IS CLOSE TO BULL CREEK.

UNDO THE PLANS, REDO THEM AND MAKE IT RIGHT FOR US.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

WE'RE

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OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS GOING TO BE VICTOR.

UH, SORRY, VICTOR, UH, SHIRIA.

IT'S HARD.

I KNOW.

AFTER VICTOR WILL BE, UH, CHRIS SOA.

HELLO.

IT'S AN HONOR TO SPEAK HERE AND TRY TO INFLUENCE THINGS FOR THE BETTER.

UM, I PERSONALLY HAD A LOOK AT THE OLD DAM CANYON AS WELL, AND I'M A GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND I HAVE WORKED AROUND CULVERT DESIGNS AND I DON'T SEE, FRANKLY, I DON'T SEE THE JUSTIFICATION FOR SUCH A LARGE DAM TO BE BUILT IN THIS LOCATION.

I DON'T SEE THE, THE RUNOFF THAT WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THAT MUCH WATER THERE PRESENT.

I DID SEE THE SPRINGS FLOWING ON THIS LAST SATURDAY WHEN I WAS THERE, RIGHT FROM UNDERNEATH WHERE THE CURRENT DAM IS LOCATED AS WELL AS I HEARD THERE'S 13 HERITAGE TREES I SAW AROUND FIVE THAT ARE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE VALLEY AND WILL DEFINITELY BE KILLED IF THE VALLEY IS FLOODED, WHICH WILL HAPPEN, YOU KNOW, AFTER A HEAVY RAINFALL.

UH, THE TERRAIN AROUND THIS CANYON IS STEEPLY SLOPED, CURRENTLY HEAVILY FORESTED AND COVERED.

IF ANY REMOVAL OF THIS HAPPENS, IT WILL DEFINITELY CAUSE EROSION, MORE EROSION PROBLEMS, WHICH SEEMS TO BE WHAT THIS WHOLE PROJECT IS TRYING TO MITIGATE.

UM, I FEEL LIKE THE, THIS COUNSEL NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE THIS WHOLE SITE MORE CLEARLY OR CLOSELY TO SEE, YOU KNOW, THIS IS REALLY NECESSARY BEFORE MOVING FORWARD.

'CAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS.

AND I DID SEE MANY SIGNS OF WILDLIFE LIVING IN THE CANYON, AND WHILE WE WERE THERE, EVEN, IT WAS ALMOST A CONSTANT PRESENCE ACTUALLY.

AND GOLDEN CHEEK WARBLER HAS BEEN CITED ALL OVER THIS AREA, EVEN THOUGH I DON'T THINK IT'S IN THE TECHNICALLY PROTECTED AREA.

UM, IT'S DEFINITELY GONNA DESTROY THEIR HABITAT IF ANY OF THESE MATURE CEDAR TREES ARE REMOVED, WHICH MANY OF THEM WERE ALREADY TAGGED FOR REMOVAL, UM, ON THE DAM AND IN THE VALLEY.

UM, I HAVE A LOT OF PICTURES.

I WISH I HAD TIME TO PRINT OUT AND MAKE A SLIDE FOR YOU GUYS, BUT YOU JUST GO OUT THERE AND LOOK.

IT'S REALLY BEAUTIFUL AS IT IS AND I DON'T THINK IT NEEDS ANYTHING ALONG THE LINES OF WHAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED TO MITIGATE IT.

THERE'S NO SIGNS OF FLOODING CURRENTLY THERE.

UM, I DON'T WANT TO TAKE UP MORE TIME.

I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO PREPARE MY SPEECH MORE CLEARLY, BUT I DEFINITELY THINK THIS DESERVES MORE CONSIDERATION.

WE'RE MOVING FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS GONNA BE CHRIS SOWA, FOLLOWED BY SUSAN SPATARO.

SUSAN'S HERE EVENING.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND, UH, HAVING, UH, ALL OF US SPEAK.

I ALSO KIND OF HAVE CONCERNS, UM, ABOUT THIS, UH, PROJECT FOR THE DAM.

UH, WHEN I MOVED HERE, UM, IT WAS, UH, A PLEASANT SURPRISE HOW MANY TREES AND PLANTS AND THINGS WERE IN THE CITY.

UM, AND I THINK THE NAME OF THE, ONE OF THE SLOGANS WAS CITY WITHIN A PARK.

IT STILL STICKS.

UM, AND THAT PARTICULAR AREA, UM, FEELS LIKE THE COUNTRY.

I REMEMBER COMING UP, UH, SPICEWOOD SPRINGS AND JUST GOING, WOW, THIS IS KIND OF, IT'S KINDA LIKE THE COUNTRY UP HERE.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.

I THINK A LOT OF THE THINGS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAID ABOUT, UM, ITS, UH, FUNCTIONALITY.

IT.

AND, UH, I GUESS THE POINT I WAS REALLY GONNA MAKE IS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, NATURE DESERVES OUR REVERENCE EVEN WITHIN THE CITY.

UM, AND, UH, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T PUT A PRICE TAG IN WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE IN AN NATURAL SPOT.

AND, YOU KNOW, THE, THE BENEFITS TO HUMANITY TO PEOPLE THAT GO THERE ARE, ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED, UH, BY THOSE THAT CAN SEE THAT.

AND, UH, SO THAT'S REALLY ALL I HAVE.

UM, MAYBE THE MONEY COULD BE USED FOR OTHER THINGS.

AND, UH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

LAST SPEAKER ON THIS ITEM WILL BE SUSAN SPATARO.

HELLO AND THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I'M NOT GONNA REPEAT WHAT YOU'VE ALREADY HEARD, BUT THE WAY THE CITY IS GOING NOW WITH THE HOME INITIATIVE, THE ELIMINATION OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES, WHICH MEANS THERE'S GONNA BE FEWER TREES, SMALLER LOTS, YOU HAVE A REAL JOB AHEAD OF YOU TO PRESERVE PARKS.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR OUR COMMUNITY NOT TO, BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE WANNA MOVE HERE, UM, TAKE OUR PARKS AWAY BECAUSE WITH THE DENSIFICATION, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT THERE ARE PARKS AND TRAILS AND PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO WALK AND BRING THEIR CHILDREN.

THERE IS NO NEED, YOU'VE HEARD TECHNICALLY FOR THIS PROJECT, AND THERE'S A LOT OF DAMAGE TO BE DONE.

SO ONE HAS TO SAY, FOR THIS KIND OF MONEY, WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? IS

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THIS THE BEST EXPENDITURE FOR THIS MONEY? AND I WOULD SAY NO.

THE FACT THAT THIS CONSTRUCTION IS IN A CANYON BELOW AN AREA WITH 400 HOMES, AGAIN, IT'S A DISRESPECT OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND I THINK THAT YOU NEED TO FIGHT HARD.

I KNOW YOU ALL LOVE PARKS OR YOU WOULDN'T BE ON THIS BOARD, BUT YOU NEED TO FIGHT HARD TO KEEP THE PARKS, KEEP THEM OPEN, NOT COMMERCIALIZE THEM, AND NOT ENGAGE IN THIS KIND OF CONSTRUCTION, WHICH REALLY HAS VERY LITTLE VALUE.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, DO THE RIGHT THING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, THAT WAS OUR LAST SPEAKER, SO NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM MARIE LANCASTER.

GOOD EVENING BOARD MEMBERS.

UH, UNFORTUNATELY MARIE WAS NOT ABLE TO BE WITH US TONIGHT.

UH, SHE'S DEALING WITH SOME, UH, SICKNESS IN HER FAMILY.

UH, MY NAME'S HENRY PRICE.

I'M A ENGINEER WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

AND MR. PRICE, CAN YOU JUST HOLD ON, WE HAVE THE WRONG SLIDE UP RIGHT NOW.

IS NEXT IN ORDER? OKAY.

THERE YOU GO.

THINK YOU, YOU CAN GET SOME RESTART.

YEAH.

YEAH, NOT A PROBLEM.

SO ONCE AGAIN, UH, BOARD MEMBERS, UM, REALLY APPRECIATE Y'ALL'S TIME THIS EVENING TO ALLOW US TO COME AND, AND DISCUSS OUR OLD LAND PASSES DAM PROJECT AND, UH, WHY WE AS A DEPARTMENT AND, AND THE CITY FEEL THAT THIS IS A NECESSARY PROJECT, UH, TO ADDRESS SOME REALLY SIGNIFICANT, OUTSTANDING SAFETY ISSUES IN THE AREA.

UM, I ONCE AGAIN APOLOGIZE FOR MARIE NOT BEING ABLE TO BE WITH US TONIGHT.

UH, HOWEVER, UH, SHE WASN'T FEELING WELL AND I'M, I'M FILLING IN FOR HER.

UM, SO ALONG WITH ME, UH, TONIGHT WE DO ALSO HAVE OUR PROJECT MANAGER, UH, FROM THE CAPITAL DELIVERY SERVICES PROJECT, MINDA SANTO.

AND WE ALSO HAVE OUR ENGINEERING CONSULTANT ON THE PROJECT, KIM POTOK FROM A LOCAL ENGINEERING FIRM, ZA NICHOLS.

UH, AND ALSO TO MY SIDE RIGHT HERE IS GREG MONTEZ