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CALLING THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION

[CALL TO ORDER]

BOARD FOR MAY THE 20TH, 2024 TO ORDER PETER VIA, UH, ROLL CALL, UH, PETER VIA LOBOS.

PRESENT, CATHERINE FLOWERS PRESENT.

SHELBY ORM.

PRESENT.

NICOLE MERRI.

STEPHANIE BISON PRESENT.

KIM TAYLOR, JENNIFER FRANKLIN, HOLLY REED.

PRESENT.

LANE BECKER PRESENT.

HAVING FOUND A QUORUM WILL NOW PROCEED TO PUBLIC

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

COMMUNICATION GENERAL.

ALL SPEAKERS WILL BE LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES, AND IT'LL BE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 10TH SPEAKER TO SPEAK ON NON-AG AGENDA ITEMS. MR. DOMINIC, CAN YOU PLEASE CALL FIRST PERSON? YES, JR.

OUR FIRST SPEAKER WILL BE LIZ IDE, FOLLOWED BY CHRIS FLORES.

THAT BUTTON, MAKE SURE.

COOL.

YOU'RE GOOD TO GO.

ALL RIGHTY.

OH, PERFECT.

UM, OKAY.

UM, HI, I'M LIZ BARITE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

UH, TONIGHT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.

IT'S BEEN BUSY.

UM, ON MAY 4TH SATURDAY, WE OPENED THE BOATHOUSE TO THE COMMUNITY TO WELCOME THEM DOWN TO LEARN HOW TO ROW.

SO WE HAD OVER 80 PARTICIPANTS, UH, THAT CAME DOWN.

AND, UM, IT WAS ACTUALLY A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

IT WASN'T SCORCHING HOT, AND THEY HAD A GREAT TIME TO BE ON THE WATER.

UM, THE JUBILEE SCHOOL, UH, ALSO JOINED US FOR TWO DIFFERENT DAYS, ONE DAY OF ROWING AND ONE DAY OF PADDLING.

UH, SO WE HAD A TOTAL OF 48 STUDENTS THAT WERE ABLE TO JOIN US AND, AND LEARN HOW TO DO BOTH OF THOSE ACTIVITIES.

A RC SUPPORTED THE TEXAS REGIONAL PARISPORT ORGANIZATION AT THE REGIONAL GAMES IN SAN ANTONIO, UH, AT THE VERY END OF, UH, APRIL AND A RC IN PARTNERSHIP WITH US ROWING ASSISTED.

WE COACHED THE ATHLETES ON THE ER R COMPETITION, AND WE ASSISTED APPROXIMATELY 50 ADAPTIVE MILITARY AND CIVILIAN ATHLETES IN THIS COMPETITION.

WE HAVE A ROWING IN SCHOOL PROGRAM AT MARTIN AND MEISON MIDDLE SCHOOL.

AND SO WITH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, UM, THEY GET TO COME DOWN TO THE BOATHOUSE AND WE HAVE THEM GO OUT.

WE HAVE THESE ROWING PONTOON BARGES, WHICH YOU CAN SEE IN THE PHOTO.

UM, AND THEY, UH, OVER A PERIOD OF ABOUT FOUR DAYS, WE HAVE ALL OF THEM COME DOWN.

AND ACTUALLY, FOR WHAT THEY'VE LEARNED ON LAND, THEY ARE THEN LEARNING ON THE WATER.

WE ALSO ARE A PART OF THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER WELLNESS PROGRAM.

SO THIS IS A PICTURE OF THAT PROGRAM HAPPENING.

IT WAS A ONCE A MONTH PROGRAM AND, UH, EVERYONE PARTICIPATING NOW IS MOVING TO A WEEKLY PROGRAM IN JUNE, AND THEY WILL BE ROWING IN AN EIGHT.

THEY'LL BE COACHED WITH THE GOAL OF RACING IN THE HEAD OF THE COLORADO ON LADYBIRD LAKE ON OCTOBER 26TH.

THE MACBETH RECREATION CENTER DOES COME AND HA WE ARE ONE OF THEIR ACTIVITIES, UH, ON FRIDAY MORNINGS.

SO WE TEND TO HAVE ABOUT EIGHT TO 10 OF THEIR, UH, PARTICIPANTS COME AND, UH, WEATHER PERMITTING.

THEY GO OUT ON THE WATER.

OTHERWISE, WE WORK WITH THEM INSIDE ON THE ROWING MACHINES.

AND LET'S SEE, THAT WE HAD OVER SEVEN, SEVEN CLEANUPS.

LET ME JUST SAY IT WAS 350 BAGS OF TRASH AND RECYCLING, UM, OVER THE TIME PERIOD THAT WAS OFF THE LAKE.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS CHRIS FLORES, FOLLOWED BY MARK MEOR.

UH, GOOD EVENING, ESTEEMED BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, I'D LIKE TO OFFER COMMENTS BOTH IN GENERAL AND ONE COMMENT ON AN AGENDA ITEM.

THE HILL COUNTRY CONSERVANCY, UH, $900,000 PROJECT.

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I WASN'T SURE.

UM, CHAIR BIA LOBOS, HOW, HOW TO PROCEED.

DO I JUST DO MY GENERAL FIRST AND YOU'LL CALL ME LATER ON THE OTHER ONE? YES.

OKAY.

YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

SO HERE, HERE'S MY GENERAL, UM, BARTON SPRINGS POOL, BATHHOUSE .

I KNOW WE, WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING THIS WITH YOU FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS, AND, UH, WE JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE'RE STILL HERE AND WE, WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR BACK FROM CITY STAFF ON OUR PROPOSED CHANGE ORDERS.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING.

UM, THE LAST WE HEARD THERE WERE EMAILS EXCHANGED BETWEEN DIRECTOR MCNEELY AND ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER HAYDEN HOWARD, SOMETIME AT THE END OF MARCH.

UM, BUT THAT'S WHERE WE LEFT OFF.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANY NEWS.

UM, I, I HAVE TO CONFESS, WE, WE WILL BE BRINGING THIS ISSUE UP AGAIN WITH YOU NEXT MONTH WITH A NEW TWIST.

UM, WE WOMEN SWIMMERS LEARN QUITE BY ACCIDENT THIS MONTH THAT WE OVERLOOKED ANOTHER DESIGN OPTION, WHICH WAS TRADING SHOWER ZONES WITH THE MEN.

UM, THIS WAS SUGGESTED IN THE PUBLIC COMMENT IN 2019, BUT NONE OF US HAD EVER THOUGHT TO SET FOOT IN THE MEN'S AREA.

WE NOW KNOW IT'S HUGE.

IT'S SHADY, IT'S SAFE.

IT, WE REALIZE THAT FOR DECADES, WOMEN HAVE GOTTEN THE SHORT STRAW WITH REGARD TO SPACE.

UM, I DON'T KNOW HOW WILLING YOU WOULD BE TO COME AND TAKE A LOOK, BUT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS STAND THERE AND BEHOLD IT TO SEE THAT ONE IS THIS BIG AND THE OTHER IS THIS BIG.

UM, SO WE THINK WE OVERLOOKED THAT POSSIBILITY.

WE THINK CITY STAFF AND BARTON SPRINGS CONSERVANCY ALSO OVERLOOKED THAT POSSIBILITY.

AND SO WE WANT TO STUDY THE, UH, THE PLANS AND SEE IF MAYBE THIS IS AN OPTION WE CAN EXPLORE WITH YOU.

SO I'M JUST LETTING YOU KNOW THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MARK MEOR.

TO ME, I'M HOPING TO DONATE MY TIME TO CAMERON CAMPBELL PARK.

WE DO NOT ALLOW DONATION OF TIME FOR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

I THINK HE SIGNED UP FOR THE ITEM.

HE MEANT TO SIGN UP FOR ITEM THREE.

DID YOU SIGN, DID YOU WANT TO SIGN UP FOR ITEM, AGENDA ITEM? YES.

OKAY.

AND ARE YOU SPEAKING ON THE AGENDA ITEM AS WELL, OR PUBLIC GENERAL COMMUNICATION? UH, AGENDA ITEM.

OKAY.

SO, WE'LL, OKAY.

SO WE WILL CALL YOU WHEN THAT, BEFORE THAT AGENDA ITEM COMES UP.

I SEE YOU ALSO NODDING YOUR HEAD IN THE MIDDLE ALSO, AGENDA ITEM NUMBER.

ALL RIGHT.

JUST COME SPEAK, SPEAK WITH MR. DOBE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SIGNED UP SO WE DON'T MISS YOU.

OKAY.

ALL, ALL THREE OF YOU, IF YOU CAN.

OKAY.

PLEASE.

UM, WHO'S THE NEXT SPEAKER, MR. DOBE? UH, AFTER MARK WOULD BE WOLF SITLER.

OKAY.

THAT'S ME.

OH, GREAT.

GOTCHA.

UH, MR. CHAIRMAN MEMBERS, UH, NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

I WAS HERE AT THE LAST MEETING.

OKAY.

UH, I'M WITH THE REVIVE NORWOOD ALLIANCE.

WE PICKED UP WHERE THE NORWOOD PARK FOUNDATION LEFT OFF, AND THEY HAD WORKED WITH FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO CREATE A MASTER PLAN FOR THE NORWOOD HOUSE ON RIVERSIDE I 35.

UH, WE, OUR INTENT IS TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON WHAT IS GOING ON.

AND SO THE LATEST, UH, DEVELOPMENT IS WE MET LAST FRIDAY WITH, UH, STEPHANIE HAYDEN HOWARD AND, UH, PARTS, OR KIM MCKNIGHT TO DISCUSS THE WAY FORWARD.

AT THIS POINT, UH, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT WANTS TO STUDY THE PROJECT IN MORE DEPTH.

I'M NOT SURE WHY, SINCE THE PROJECT WAS READY TO GO, UH, 18 MONTHS AGO.

BUT THAT'S HOW IT GOES.

AND THEY INTEND TO PRESENT A, A REPORT TO COUNSEL ON AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

UH, THEY STILL HAVE, UH, DEMOLITION AS ONE OF THE OPTIONS, WHICH THE TRAVIS HEIGHTS COMMUNITY IN SOUTH RIVER CITY CITIZENS, UM, DO NOT SUPPORT WHATSOEVER.

WE THINK THE PROJECT, WE KNOW THE PROJECT IS ALREADY, THE HOUSE IS 25% DONE, AND, UH, WE FIGURE IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN GET A GREEN LIGHT TO GO AHEAD.

BUT WE DON'T HAVE THAT YET.

ONCE WE GET IT, UH, OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE READY TO JUMP INTO FUNDRAISING MODE BECAUSE WE KNOW THE PARKS DEPARTMENT DOESN'T HAVE THE FUNDS REQUIRED TO, UH, DEAL WITH THIS PROJECT.

UH, SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR SUPPORT FROM, UH, FROM Y'ALL, FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, FROM WHOEVER HAS ANY INFLUENCE ON THESE MATTERS.

'CAUSE WE KNOW THAT AS AUSTIN GROWS, SO DOES THE NEED FOR PARK FACILITIES, AND THERE'S NOT A LOT OF, UH, AVAILABLE ONES THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GONNA ADD TO WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE.

SO THIS ONE IS IN A GREAT SPOT, IT'S READY TO GO.

AND, UH, WE JUST NEED TO HAVE, UH, THE SUPPORT TO PROCEED.

WE'RE NETWORKING WITH THE AUSTIN PARKS

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FOUNDATION, AUSTIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PRESERVATION, AUSTIN, UH, TRAIL CONSERVANCY, ALL GROUPS THAT HAVE PREVIOUSLY EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN THIS PROJECT.

SO, UH, THAT'S WHERE WE ARE.

UH, ANOTHER MEMBER WILL BE HERE AT YOUR NEXT MEETING TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT'S UP.

AND, UH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOPEFULLY GETTING YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS MATTER.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

CAN I ASK A QUESTION? WHAT, WHAT DISTRICT IS THE NORWOOD HOUSE? SEND, PLEASE? MR. SITLER? UH, DISTRICT NINE.

DISTRICT NINE? YEAH.

OKAY.

IT'S RIGHT AT RIVERSIDE AND I 35, UH, NEXT TO A DOG PARK.

OKAY.

AND IF Y'ALL HAVEN'T BEEN THERE, UH, I INVITE YOU TO GO OVER THERE AND WALK AROUND THE SITE AND SEE WHY IT IS THAT THIS WOULD BE SUCH A GREAT PARK FACILITY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YEAH.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE PHILLIP THOMAS.

AND PHILLIP, YOU'RE ACCEPTING A TIME DONATION FROM CEDAR STEVENS.

IS THAT RIGHT? I WAS.

YEAH.

WE, WE ARE, BUT WE DON'T, WE'RE NOT DOING, WE DON'T DO TIME DONATIONS.

OKAY.

THE CHAIR SAID NO.

SOUNDS GOOD.

UH, WE'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK, AND THEN CEDAR STEVENS WILL BE THE, THE NEXT SPEAKER.

OKAY.

I'VE GOT, GOT A VISUAL FROM EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU.

IF THEY CAN SEE WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, WHAT I'M TALKING.

SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THIS, UH, LAST YEAR, BUT THERE YOU GO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS PHIL THOMAS WITH DEEP DEEP POLY ADVOCATES, A MEMBER OF THE FREEZE ILKER COALITION.

I LIVE IN THE HOLLY NEIGHBORHOOD IN COUNCIL DISTRICT THREE, AND I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE NASH HERNANDEZ BUILDING IN EDWARD WENDO PARK.

EDWARD RENDON PARK, A 99 ACRE PARK LIES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LADY BIRD LAKE, BETWEEN I 35 AND PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD.

IT IS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

I, ALONG WITH OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS AND ADVOCATES, SPENT OVER A YEAR WORKING ON THE 2014 HOLLY SHORES.

EDWARD RENDON PARK'S MASTER PLAN, OR JUST MASTER PLAN FOR SHORT PAR IN THE CITY DID DUE DILIGENCE BY INCLUDING LOCAL STAKEHOLDER INPUT AND EXPERT GUIDANCE AT GREAT EXPENSE.

THE PLAN WAS CLEAR THAT THE LONG VACANT BUILDING WOULD BE RENOVATED FOR COMMUNITY SPACE AND PART OFFICES ONCE THE FUNDING ARRIVED.

THE SPACE WAS INTENDED FOR COST-FREE COMMUNITY MEETINGS FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS, AS WELL AS SPACE FOR LOCAL CULTURE, ART, AND HISTORY, AS WELL AS PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS AND ELDERS.

AND YOU'LL SEE ON YOUR BREAKDOWN LIST WHERE WE HAVE REFINED, UM, THOSE USES INTO, UM, A POSSIBLE SCENARIO FOR SPACE ALLOCATION.

THE 3.3 MILLION IN FUNDS ARRIVED IN 2022, AND PARD INITIATED RENOVATION PLANS IMMEDIATELY.

COUNCILMEMBER PO RENTERIA PROPOSED A RESOLUTION TO STUDY THE FACILITY FOR A DIFFERENT USE, AN ADULT CHILD DAYCARE CENTER, OR INTERGENERATIONAL RESOURCE, RESOURCE AND ACTIVITY CENTER.

WITH THE INITIALS IRAQ, THIS STOPPED THE FORWARD PROGRESS OF THE MASTER PLAN AS FAR AS THE NHB.

THE NH NA HERNANDEZ BUILDING RENOVATION WENT.

THE PROPOSED IRAC PILOT PROGRAM INCLUDED AN ELDER CHILD DAYCARE CENTER, WHICH WOULD HAVE ALIENATED PRIME PARKLAND, MAKING IT VULNERABLE TO DEVELOPMENT.

ULTIMATELY, TWO FUNDED CITY FUNDED STUDIES DID NOT RECOMMEND THE FACILITY FOR AN IRAQ USE.

MOREOVER, THE THREE IRAQ PROPONENTS ATTEMPTED, BUT FAILED TO GATHER SUPPORT FROM BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

THEY PETITIONED.

NEVERTHELESS, IRAQ CONTINUED PUSHING FOR THE BUILDING AND THE FUNDS, ALTHOUGH THEIR PLANS CHANGED AND MORPHED CONSIDERABLY ALONG THE WAY.

FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, WE HAVE WATCHED THE IRAQ GROUP TRY TO LAY CLAIM TO THIS ICONIC PARK BUILDING.

ALONG WITH THE ALLOCATED FUNDS.

NOW INEXPLICABLY, THEY ARE PRESSING TO REMOVE PARED OFFICES FROM THE MASTER PLAN, LEAVING US TO WONDER WHAT NEW SCHEME MIGHT BE AFOOT.

IN THE INTERIM, THE IMPRESSION WAS GIVEN THAT THE BUILDING WAS UP FOR GRABS, WE'VE HEARD, WE'VE HEARD OTHER SUGGESTIONS USED BY LOCALS SUCH AS A SEA HOME TYPE DEVELOPMENT, UH, OR SO-CALLED AFFORDABLE

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HOUSING.

I'D LIKE TO STRESS THAT THE FUTURE OF NASS HERNANDEZ IS NOT RIPE FOR NEW PLANS.

IT'S A PARK BUILDING ON PARK LAND, AND NOT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ANY KIND, EXCEPT FOR THE RENOVATION FOR THE BUILDING FOR COMMUNITY USE.

LET US MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PARK MASTER PLAN AS IT WAS APPROVED AND UPDATED.

LET'S BAN TOGETHER AND GET IT DONE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU.

NEXT, OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE CEDAR STEVENS.

HI PARKS BOARD.

THANKS FOR HAVING US HERE.

UH, I'M, UH, CEDAR STEVENS, AND I'M WITH BREEZE ZILKER COALITION.

AND I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF DEEP HOLLY ADVOCATES, WHICH IS, UH, ONE OF OUR MEMBER GROUPS AND ALSO OTHER, UM, EAST AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE TRYING TO PROTECT A CHICANO PARK IN GENERAL.

BUT, UH, SPECIFICALLY IN THIS CASE, WE'RE TRYING TO, UH, PROTECT THE NASH HERNANDEZ BUILDING.

UH, WE'VE, UH, COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S NEW MOTION HAPPENING WITH THIS.

UM, BUT WHAT WE WANT TO, UH, SEE HAPPEN IS THAT WE RETURN TO THE MASTER PLAN.

THE, UH, PROPOSAL FOR AN IROC CENTER WAS BROUGHT TO US, UH, WITHOUT ANY COMMUNITY SPORT, UH, SUPPORT, AND IT'S NOW FOUNDERING ON LACK OF SUPPORT AT BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

SO WE WERE, UM, WE'RE VERY MUCH HOPING TO RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT OF THE USE OF THIS BUILDING, WHICH WAS IN THE MASTER PLAN, AS I UNDERSTAND, WAS GOING TO BE USED FOR, UH, PARKS OFFICES, UH, FOR THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND FOR COMMUNITY SPACE.

NOW, WHAT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT, UM, WITH THE NEW PLANS AFOOT, IS HOW THAT COMMUNITY USE IS GOING TO BE ALLOCATED.

SO WE HOPE THAT THE PARKS BOARD AND THE NEW PARKS, UM, COMMISSIONER, UH, PARKS DIRECTOR WILL, UH, FAIRLY ENGAGED WITH THE COMMUNITY SO THAT NO ONE GROUP, LIKE THE IROC COMMUNITY, CAN COME IN AND TAKE OVER THE, UH, ALLOCATION OF HOW, UH, COMMUNITY SPACE IS GIVEN TO THE NEIGHBORS AND TO THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN AT LARGE.

SO, UH, THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, AND I HOPE WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS MASTER PLAN.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

THAT IS THE, UH, THE END OF SPEAKING DURING GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UH, WE'LL NOW MOVE

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ON TO AGENDA ITEM NUMBER ONE, APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION REGULAR MEETING OF APRIL THE 22ND, 2024.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY, UH, EDITS OR SUGGESTIONS? MM-HMM.

ALL RIGHT.

AT THIS TIME, UM, I WILL MOVE TO, UH, APPROVE THE MINUTES AS, UH, WRITTEN AND BACKUP FOR THE APRIL 22ND, 2024 MEETING.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND? THERE'S A SECOND.

ANY DISCUSSION? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

MOTION CARRIES SIX ZERO.

UM, WE'LL NOW MOVE ON TO

[2. Presentation, discussion and approve letters of support for George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural Center and Genealogy Center staff and the 2024 Stay Black & Live Austin Citywide Juneteenth Festival. (Sponsors: Villalobos, Flowers). Presenter(s): Carre Adams, Culture & Arts Education Manager, Parks and Recreation Department.]

AGENDA ITEM NUMBER TWO.

OH, IS THERE ANY SPEAKERS ON AGENDA ITEM NUMBER TWO? SORRY, I APOLOGIZE.

NO, CHAIR.

ALRIGHT, THERE WE GO.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, MY NAME IS CARRIE ADAMS, AND I'M THE CURATOR AND CULTURE AND ARTS EDUCATION MANAGER AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM, WHICH IS, UH, MANAGED BY CITY OF AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION

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DEPARTMENT, AND WE'RE A PART OF THE MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS DIVISION.

I'M HERE TODAY TO SHARE WITH YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON, AND PROVIDE A BRIEF ON OUR PLANS FOR OUR JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION.

UM, THAT STARTS ON JUNE 15TH AND IS GOING TO RUN THROUGH JUNE 19TH.

UM, SO AT THE MUSEUM, UM, OUR MAIN MISSION IS TO PRESERVE AND EXHIBIT BLACK HISTORY, CULTURE, ART, AND MATERIAL EXPRESSION.

UH, WE HAVE A COLLECTION AND ARCHIVE, UM, AND WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS WORK, UH, SINCE 1980.

UH, ONE OF OUR MAJOR PROGRAMS IS, UH, BLACK HISTORY MONTH, UM, WHICH HAPPENS EVERY YEAR ON THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR.

UM, AND SO WE DO OUR BEST TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT.

UM, AND SO SOME OF OUR SIGNATURE PROGRAMS DURING THAT TIME INCLUDE, UH, BLACK HISTORY MONTH KIDS DAY, UM, WHICH IS REALLY ABOUT MAKING BLACK HISTORY CULTURE AND ART VERNACULAR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND FOR FAMILIES.

UM, FINDING, UM, NEW AND ENGAGING WAYS FOR FOLKS TO TAP INTO SOME OF THEIR HISTORY AND THEIR CULTURE.

IT'S USUALLY VERY WELL ATTENDED.

UM, AND WE PARTNER WITH A LOT OF THE LOCAL SCHOOLS, UM, SPECIFICALLY, UM, KEELING MIDDLE SCHOOL, UM, USUALLY COMES BY AND WE HAD SOME OF THEIR STEP TEAMS PERFORM THIS YEAR.

WE ALSO HAVE A SOLAR SATURDAYS PROGRAM, WHICH IS MODELED OFF OF BROOKLYN FIRST.

SATURDAYS.

I'M NOT SURE IF ANY OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR, BUT BASICALLY IT'S A, A SITE-WIDE ACTIVATION THAT HAPPENS ON A QUARTERLY BASIS BECAUSE OF BUDGET.

WE LIKE TO MAKE IT MONTHLY.

UM, BUT WE DO HAVE, UM, A, UH, COMMUNITY PARTNER, P UH, PNC BANK, UH, PNC, OR IS IT P IS IT PNC OR IS IT I ALWAYS MIX IT UP.

PC IT IS PNC.

YES.

THANK YOU.

UM, THAT, UM, RECENTLY STARTED SPONSORING, UH, PART OF OUR SOLAR SATURDAYS PROGRAM.

AND SO WE DO EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS.

UM, WE HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THOUGHT LEADERS.

WE OFFER WELLNESS PROGRAMMING, AND WE ALSO, UM, DO TOURS OF OUR GALLERY SPACE IN THE COMMUNITY GARDEN SPACE.

UM, AND THERE'S TYPICALLY, UH, LOCAL OR REGIONAL, UH, MUSICAL PERFORMANCE.

AND THAT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT, UM, HAS HISTORICALLY AND CONTINUES TO BE REALLY WELL ATTENDED.

AND WE'RE LOOKING TO DO MORE OF THAT.

ANOTHER ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS IS OUR FILM SERIES PROGRAM.

THAT'S MY FACE, UM, WHICH, UH, SHOWCASES, UH, FILMS BY AND ABOUT AND, UM, BY AND ABOUT, UM, PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT.

UM, AND IT'S EVERYTHING FROM ANIME TO DOCUMENTARIES, RIGHT? UM, AND WE USUALLY PARTNER WITH, UH, MUSICOLOGY PROFESSOR, DR.

CARL, DR. CARSON, UM, WHO DOES THE Q AND A TALK BACK WHEN WE CAN'T HAVE, SAY, YOU KNOW, UH, THE ACTUAL FILMMAKERS COME AND, AND DO THE TALK.

AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT, UM, IS ALSO ONE OF, I THINK, OUR FAVORITE REGULAR PROGRAMS. AND WE ALSO HAVE A CREATING HILL PROGRAM, WHICH WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS, UM, ESTABLISHED IN 2020, RIGHT? UM, AS A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO SORT OF BEGIN PROCESSING SOME OF THE ENDEMIC VIOLENCE ALONG WITH THE COLD CURRENT GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS.

SO WE WERE FIGURING OUT HOW CAN WE HOST CONVERSATION AND DO SOMETHING THAT'S THERAPEUTIC AND MAKE SPACE FOR FOLKS TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND JUST BE IN COMMUNITY.

AND SO OUR CREATING HEAL PROGRAM HAS, UM, EXISTED SINCE 2020, AND IT CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF OUR, UM, MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS. SO THERE WERE A FEW OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID.

UM, DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH THIS YEAR, WE ALSO HAD ABOUT 2,500 TO 3000 PEOPLE ATTEND OUR PROGRAMS OVER THE COURSE OF THE MONTH.

SO WE WERE VERY PLEASED WITH THAT.

UM, ANOTHER ONE OF OUR MAJOR PROGRAMS IS OUR SMALL BLACK MUSEUM RESIDENCY PROJECT.

UM, AGAIN, THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS STARTED IN 2020 BECAUSE WE HAD A BUDGET FOR, YOU KNOW, EXHIBITIONS THAT WE COULDN'T USE BECAUSE OUR FACILITY WAS CLOSED.

UM, AND SO THIS, UM, IS A RESIDENCY PROJECT FOR, UM, EMERGING YOUNG ARTISTS.

SO THEY'RE GONNA BE EARLY CAREER.

THEY MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE AN MFA.

UM, WE PROVIDE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT A NORMAL RESIDENCY PROVIDES WITH A, WITH A FEW ADDITIONS.

UM, OUR FOCUS IS REALLY ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

WE WANT THEM TO BE COMPETITIVE, UM, IN MARKETS OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN AND IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF CREATIVE ECONOMIES.

SO WE GEAR OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAMMING AROUND THOSE THINGS IN ADDITION TO OFFERING CURATORIAL GUIDANCE, FEEDBACK, UM, AND SUPPORT.

SO THIS YEAR'S RESIDENCY ARTISTS WERE CORY SHEARD JR.

TAYLOR BARNES AND NATASHA JOHNSON.

UM, EACH OF THEM FROM REPRESENTING DIFFERENT CITIES, HOUSTON, DALLAS, AND TEXAS, UH, AUSTIN, TEXAS.

UM, AND THEIR SHOW JUST OPENED ON MAY 16TH.

IT WAS WELL ATTENDED.

I'M EXCITED TO SEE A COUPLE OF REVIEWS, UH, MOVING ON JUNETEENTH 2024.

UM, SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS LINEUP.

UM, OUR STATE BLACK AND LIVE JUNETEENTH PROGRAM STARTED AS A LIVE STREAM, AGAIN, PANDEMIC ERA, AND WE ACTUALLY HAD ABOUT 10,000 PEOPLE WATCH OUR TWITCH FEED.

I THINK WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST, I THINK, CULTURAL CENTERS OF ORGANIZATIONS TO KIND OF PIVOT TO FESTIVAL FORMAT ON ONLINE.

UM, AND SO WE WERE REALLY, YOU KNOW, PROUD

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OF OURSELVES.

UM, AND IT'S GROWN SINCE THEN.

UM, WHAT WAS JUST A LIVE STREAM IS NOW A MULTI-DAY.

UM, MULTI-SITE ACTIVATION THAT INCLUDES, UM, PANEL DISCUSSIONS IN SYMPOSIUM, IN ADDITION TO, YOU KNOW, BARBECUE AND MUSIC, UH, AND PARADING, RIGHT, WHICH IS A SIGNATURE OF JUNETEENTH.

AND SO THIS YEAR, UM, OUR HEADLINER, OUR CONFIRMED HAND LETTER IS TAKING THE BANGERS.

I DON'T KNOW IF FOLKS ARE FAMILIAR, BUT THEY, UM, WON A TINY DESK CONCERT.

SOMEBODY BEHIND ME KNOWS WHO TANK THE BANGERS ARE .

UM, AND SO, UH, WE WERE, WE WERE ABLE TO, UH, TO, TO SECURE THEM AND WE'RE SUPER EXCITED, UM, BASED OUT OF NEW ORLEANS.

UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK FAMILY FRIENDLY, UM, AND I THINK UP AND COMING, GRAMMY NOMINATED.

UM, AND SO, UM, THESE ARE SOME PICTURES FROM LAST YEAR.

UH, WE HAD, UH, ACTIVATION, UM, THE NIGHT BEFORE, UH, THE PARADE LAST YEAR.

THAT WAS, YOU HAD KIND OF FAMILY FOCUSED, RIGHT? WE HAD, YOU KNOW, UH, HULA HOOPS AND KITES AND MUSIC AND BUBBLE GUNS, AND JUST A LITTLE BIT OF, I THINK, LIKE, UH, LEVITY AND FUN BEFORE THE FESTIVITIES KICKED OFF.

UM, AND HERE'S SOME PICTURES OF FOLKS THAT ALSO ATTENDED THE DAYTIME COMMUNITY COOKOUT AND MUSIC FESTIVAL.

UM, SO LIKE I SAID EARLIER ON JUNE 15TH, UM, WE ARE GONNA BE HAVING THAT FESTIVAL AND TAKING THE BANGERS WILL BE HEADLINING AND SCARFACE, UM, IS INTERESTED IN COMMITTED.

WE'VE NOT UNDER CONTRACT YET, BUT PROVIDED EVERYTHING GOES WELL, THAT WILL ALSO BE HAPPENING.

UM, AND THEN OG RON C UM, IS ALSO COMING THROUGH.

UM, AND SO HE'S A HOUSTON, TEXAS BASED DJ AND PRODUCER.

UM, HE'S ALSO THE GODFATHER OF CHOPPED AND SCREWED.

SO IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHERE ANY OF THAT CAME FROM, OG RON C.

UM, SO HE'S GONNA COME IN, DO A DJ SET, AND PROBABLY GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF A MUSIC HISTORY LESSON AS WELL.

UM, THE SYMPOSIUM AND LECTURE SERIES STARTS ON THE FOLLOWING MONDAY.

UM, AND SO WE ARE GONNA HAVE AMANDA JOHNSON, WHO IS THIS YEAR'S TEXAS POET LAUREATE, AND SHE'S ALSO THE FIRST, UM, BLACK WOMAN TO RECEIVE THIS HONOR.

UM, AND SHE'S BEEN A LONG TIME PARTNER, UM, AND COMMITTEE MEMBER AT, UH, OF THE CARBON MUSEUM.

SHE'S A CO-FOUNDER OF TORCH LITERARY ARTS, WHICH REALLY LIFTS, UH, THE POETRY AND LITERARY WORK OF BLACK WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

UM, SO WE'RE EXCITED VERY MUCH TO BE IN DISCUSSION WITH, WITH HER.

UM, DR. QUINN WEST, WHO IS ACTUALLY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024, UM, HAS TENTATIVELY AGREED TO COME, UH, SPEAK WITH US AGAIN.

HE WAS IN TOWN PREVIOUSLY, UM, AND HE LOVED THE SPACE.

UM, WE HOSTED HIM, UH, ALONG WITH THE OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERS.

UM, AND SO WE'RE JUST WAITING TO HEAR BACK.

OBVIOUSLY WE CAN'T PAY HIM IF HE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, AND WE WOULD NOT.

UM, UH, BUT WE'RE HOPING THAT THAT WILL, THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE, UH, EARLY AFTERNOON OF THE 18TH, BUT WE SHOULD BE CONFIRMED, UM, HERE SHORTLY.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE PUBLIC SCHOLAR, DR.

MARLON AND BAILEY, UM, WHO WROTE A, A BOOK CALLED, UH, BUTCH QUEEN UP IN PUMPS.

IT'S JUST ABOUT BALLROOM CULTURE IS SOMETHING THAT'S BECOME, I THINK, PRETTY BIG AND POPULAR CULTURE.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US, UM, AS A CULTURAL CENTER IS THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT BLACKNESS AND BLACK EXPERIENCE IS MULTIFACETED.

PEOPLE OCCUPY SO MANY DIFFERENT IDENTITIES OUTSIDE OF THEIR RACE AND ETHNICITY, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, UM, BLACK FOLKS, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EVERYBODY.

UM, AND SO, UM, WE'RE LOOKING TO HAVE HIM, UM, COME AND SPEAK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIS WORK, ANOTHER, UM, BOUNCE MUSIC SCHOLAR, UM, AND THEN WE'LL BE, UH, HOSTING A PERFORMANCE OF PATCHES, UM, THAT FOLLOWING EVENING.

AND THEN, UM, PUBLIC SCAR SCHOLAR, UH, ZOE, UH, SHE, UM, ACTUALLY HAS A, UH, BACKGROUND IN, UM, GENOCIDE STUDIES AND PEACE STUDIES.

UM, SHE'S A SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOLAR, UM, AND WE WANTED TO HAVE A, A, A, A CONVERSATION ABOUT CURRENT GEOPOLITICAL LANDSCAPE AND ALL OF THE DIFFERENT, UM, WARS AND CONFLICTS THAT ARE HAPPENING AROUND THIS COUNTRY AND, AND HOW, HOW WE'RE CONNECTED TO THEM AS PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY.

UM, AND SO, UH, THIS YEAR, UM, OUR FISCAL BUDGET IS, UM, APPROACHING 300 K.

UH, LAST YEAR WE HAD, UM, CITY COUNCIL MEMBER NATASHA, UPPER MADISON, UM, ADD A HUNDRED K SPECIFICALLY FOR JUNETEENTH PROGRAMMING.

AND SO THAT'S THE MONEY THAT'S COMING OUT OF OUR GENERAL FUND BUDGET TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT.

UM, AND THEN WE HAVE A COMMUNITY PARTNER THIS YEAR, CARVER, A TX FOUNDATION, WHICH IS A 5 0 1 C3 NONPROFIT THAT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2022, SPECIFICALLY TO SUPPORT, UM, MAJOR PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, AND INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE CARVER MUSEUM.

AND SO THEY, UM, HAVE

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BEEN OUR NONPROFIT PARTNER WHO HAS RAISED ADDITIONAL DOLLARS, UM, FOR THIS PROGRAM TO HAPPEN.

AND WE ALSO HAVE A SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH THEM, UM, TO HELP US BOOK SOME OF THE MAJOR ACTS THAT I SHARED, UM, WITH YOU EARLIER.

UM, AND WE ALSO RECEIVE A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND INTERNAL DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE CASHING IN KIND.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT GENERALLY COMPOSES OUR BUDGET.

I THINK LOOKING FORWARD, UM, I WOULD LOVE TO SAY THAT THE PRICE OF THIS IS GONNA GO DOWN , BUT THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE HOW THINGS, THINGS HAPPEN.

SO I DO THINK THAT PROBABLY AS TIME PROGRESSES THIS WILL INCREASE, BUT I THINK WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO DIVERSIFY, UM, THE WAY THAT WE FUND THIS PROJECT AND WHO WE COLLABORATE WITH.

AND I'M VERY, VERY EXCITED FOR THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM.

UM, HERE'S JUST A TENTATIVE RUN OF SHOW OF OF EVERYTHING THAT'S GONNA HAPPEN OVER THAT WEEKEND.

UM, AND THEN LEADING INTO THE WEEK WITH THE, UH, FREEDOM MIND LECTURE SERIES SYMPOSIUM.

SO THE HISTORIC JUNETEENTH PARADE, UM, IS, UH, ORGANIZED BY GREATER EAST AUSTIN YOUTH ASSOCIATION.

THEY'VE DONE THE PARADE FOR DECADES, RIGHT? AND SO WE START OUR PROGRAMMING AFTER THE PARADE IS SUPPOSED TO BE OVER, UM, , RIGHT? AND WE ALSO PARTIC SUPPOSED TO BE OVER.

YEAH, WELL, LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU MAKE YOUR PLANS.

SOME THINGS ARE ON TIME AND SOME THINGS ARE NOT.

UM, BUT WHEN THE PARADE IS SUPPOSED TO BE OVER, THAT'S WHEN OUR PROGRAMS BEGAN.

UM, AND THIS YEAR, WHAT I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IS THAT WE'RE HAVING A JUNETEENTH CHESS CLASSIC.

UM, SO WE'VE DONE A PARTNERSHIP WITH, UM, JOYOUS TUTORING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW, AND THEY ARE TEACHING, YOU KNOW, DOING LITERACY PROGRAMMING THROUGH CHESS, RIGHT? UM, AND IT'S, UM, YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILY COME AND THEY LEARN HOW TO PLAY CHESS, AND THEY ALSO GET ASSISTANCE WITH THEIR HOMEWORK.

UM, AND IT'S A REALLY COOL WELL ATTENDED PROGRAM.

UM, AND WE DECIDED THIS YEAR THAT WE WANTED TO HAVE A CHESS TOURNAMENT.

SO THAT'S GONNA HAPPEN INSIDE, UM, DURING THE JUNETEENTH FESTIVITIES.

UM, AND SO THEY'RE GONNA GET STARTED AT ABOUT 12 O'CLOCK, BUT EVERYBODY THAT'S PARTICIPATING IS GONNA ARRIVE AT 1130, AND THERE'LL BE CASH PRIZES AND TROPHIES AND LOTS OF BRILLIANT YOUNG PEOPLE RUNNING AROUND, UM, WHO DREAM ABOUT CHESS ALL DAY.

UM, AND SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

AND THEN OBVIOUSLY, HERE'S OUR MUSICAL LINEUP, UM, FOR, UH, THE FESTIVAL THAT DAY.

UH, UH, AND THEN, SO ON MONDAY, JUNE 17TH, WHAT HAPPENS THERE IS OUR, OUR LECTURE SERIES BEGINS AND WE, WE KIND OF, I THINK, TRY TO HAVE UNCONFERENCE SORT OF SCHEDULE WHERE IT'S LIKE, THERE'S SOME WELLNESS, THERE'S SOME MOVEMENT, THERE'S SOMETHING THAT'S HAPPENING WHERE YOU'RE NOT JUST SITTING THERE LISTENING TO SOMEBODY TALK, UM, JUST TO GET THINGS FLOWING.

AND THEN WE'RE HOPING TO SCREEN, UM, I'M NOT YOUR NEGRO.

UM, AND RAUL PECK, WHO IS THE, UH, DIRECTOR, WRITER, AND PRODUCER OF THAT, UM, WILL HOPEFULLY BE JOINING US.

IF NOT, UM, ONE OF HIS, UM, ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS WILL PROBABLY COME AND JOIN US.

AND THEN THAT EVENING WE WILL HAVE THE CONVERSATION WITH, UH, TEXAS POET LAUREATE AMANDA JOHNSON.

UM, SAME FORMAT FOR TUESDAY.

UM, BUT THIS TIME WE'RE GONNA BE SCREENING MISS JUNETEENTH, UM, AND CHANNING GORIE PEOPLES IS EXPECTED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE TO HELP TALK ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THEM TO MAKE THIS FILM.

IT CAME OUT IN 2020.

WE WANTED TO SCREEN IT IN 2020, BUT, UM, WE COULDN'T GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM.

SO WE'RE EXCITED TO ACTUALLY BE DOING THAT NOW.

AND THEN WE'LL BE HAVING A DISCUSSION ABOUT GEOPOLITICS, GAZA GENOCIDE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS, UM, WITH, UH, DR.

ZI.

UM, AND THEN THAT EVENING WE'LL CONCLUDE WITH, UH, A SLAM POETRY COMPETITION THAT'S GONNA BE HOSTED BY CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL POETRY SLAM AND CARVER, A TX FOUNDATION IS ACTUALLY OFFERING A GRAND PRIZE FOR $2,500.

SO THEY'RE GONNA BE SOME REALLY, REALLY AMAZING POETS IN THE HOUSE, UH, FOR THAT KIND OF CASH MONEY.

SO, UH, WE'RE, WE'RE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

AND THEN CORNELL WEST, UM, AND EVERY YEAR WE CONCLUDE OUR, UM, JUNETEENTH, UM, PROGRAMMING WITH A REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY, UM, JUST TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS THAT, THAT FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERATION, UM, TO LIFT THAT, TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, AND TO THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

AND SO THAT'S IT.

I HAVE A VIDEO MAYBE, UM, , UM, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE LINK WORKS.

THAT'S OKAY.

UM, I CAN SHARE IT WITH YOU OF JUST A RECAP OF WHAT WE DID LAST YEAR.

AND SO I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND WELCOME ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, GORDON BOARD.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I'LL JUST SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR, UM, THE ARCHIVES AT THE CARVER MUSEUM.

I'VE BEEN THERE MANY TIMES AND REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO TO KEEP AND PRESERVE

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ARCHIVES IN EAST AUSTIN.

UM, THEY'RE AMAZING.

IF PEOPLE HAVEN'T VISITED, GO AND SEE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, AND I'LL REITERATE THAT I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE CARVER MUSEUM IN GEOLOGY, GEOLOGY CENTER MANY A TIMES FOR, UH, EITHER COMMUNITY EVENTS, UM, THAT WERE BEING HOSTED THERE, OR FOR EVENTS THAT I'M PARTICIPATING IN AS WELL.

UM, AND IT'S, I I, IT'S, IT'S VERY TOUCHING THAT Y'ALL ARE, UH, THIS, THIS IS GROWING, ESPECIALLY AS THAT PART OF TOWN EAST SIDE IS GROWING AND IT'S LOSING A LOT OF WHAT USED TO MAKE IT, UH, VERY SPECIAL TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

SO, UH, SEEING Y'ALL GROW WHILE THAT IS THE DICHOTOMY THAT'S HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF YOUR FOUR CORNERS IS, IS REALLY AMAZING.

UM, AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO KEEP THE MISSION, UM, AND THE, UH, VISIBILITY THERE AND GROWING.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID BOARD, I DID, AS IS TRADITION.

WE DID WRITE A LETTER, UM, AND I'LL JUST READ IT OUT LOUD AND THEN I'LL MAKE A MOTION, UH, AFTERWARDS.

SO IT SAYS, UH, DEAR WA DEAR GEORGE, WASHINGTON CARBON MUSEUM CULTURAL CENTER, GEOLOGY CENTER, AND 2024, STAY BLACK AND LIVE.

LIVE LIVE.

AUSTIN CITYWIDE JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL STAFF.

WE ARE WRITING TO EXPRESS OUR COLD-HEARTED SUPPORT FOR THE DEDICATED STAFF OF, UH, TO THE DEDICATED STAFF.

THIS ANNUAL CELEBRATION IS A VITAL AND VIBRANT PART OF OUR COMMUNITY, PROVIDING A POWERFUL PLATFORM TO HONOR AND REFLECT ON THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF JUNETEENTH, WHILE ALSO CELEBRATING THE RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CONTRIBUTION OF BLACK AMERICANS IN AUSTIN AND BEYOND.

THE CARVER MUSEUM STANDS AS A BEACON OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN AUSTIN.

THE WORK THAT, UH, THE MUSEUM DOES IS INVALUABLE IN PRESERVING THE HISTORY AND FOSTERING THE CULTURAL EXPRESSION OF AFRICAN AMERICANS.

THE COMMITMENT IN PROVIDING A SPACE FOR LEARNING, EXPLORATION AND CO AND CELEBRATION IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED AND CRUCIAL FOR THE ENRICHMENT OF OUR CITY'S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE.

YOUR WORK UPLIFTS THE SPIRIT AND RESILIENCE AND UNITY THAT JUNETEENTH REPRESENTS THE FESTIVALS.

NOT ONLY THAT DOES NOT ONLY COMMEMORATE THE EMANCIPATION OF ENSLAVED AFRICAN AMERICANS, BUT ALSO SERVES AS A REMINDER OF THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY AND JUSTICE.

BY OFFERING A DIVERSE ARRAY OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES, YOU CREATE AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT BRINGS TOGETHER PEOPLE OF ALL BACK BACKGROUNDS TO CELEBRATE THIS IMPORTANT DAY.

UM, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE POSITIVE IMPACT THAT YOU HAVE HAD ON OUR CITY.

YOUR WORK CONTINUES TO ENRICH OUR COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE AND FOSTERS A SENSE OF PRIDE AND CONNECTION.

WE'RE PROUD TO SUPPORT YOU, THE CENTER, THE GEOLOGY CENTER, THE MUSEUM, THE JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL, AND THE 20 AND THE STATE BLACK AND LIVE AUSTIN CITYWIDE JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL.

OUR COMMUNITY LOOKS FORWARD TO PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATION AND WINNING THE CONTINUED GROWTH AND SUCCESS OF YOUR EFFORTS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR PROVIDING A SPACE WHERE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF AFRICAN AMERICANS CAN BE CELEBRATED IN CHERISH SIGNED PEDRO VILLA LOBOS AND CATHERINE FLOWERS AND THE PARKS RECREATION BOARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MUCH SO MUCH.

SO WITH THAT, UH, BOARD, I WILL MAKE A MOTION THAT WE ADOPT THIS LETTER, UM, AND SEND IT OFF TO THE APPROPRIATE PEOPLE.

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

THERE'S A SECOND.

THERE'S A SECOND.

BY BOARD MEMBER BECKER.

ALL THOSE, ANY DISCUSSION? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

UH, MOTION PASSES.

SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OH, AND I FORGOT TO MENTION AS A NATIVE IAN, I APPRECIATE, UH, THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE BRINGING IN REGARDS TO CHOP AND SCREWED.

I WAS, I, I'VE HAD MANY OF FRIENDS WHO EXPOSED ME TO THAT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, SO IT'S GOOD TO SEE THAT IT'S, IT'S EXPANDED, IT'S BOUND BEYOND HOUSTON, AND IT'S NOW, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S NOW EVERYWHERE.

SO, , UM, ANY, UH, WE'LL NOW OPEN IT UP TO PUBLIC COMMENT ON, WE'LL MOVE ON TO AGENDA

[3. Discussion and approve a recommendation to Austin City Council to direct the Watershed Protection Department to seek alternative solutions to the current proposed plan for the Reed Park Water Quality Improvement Project. (Sponsors: Reed, Taylor). ]

ITEM NUMBER THREE.

UH, WE WILL MOVE ON TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

YES, CHAIR.

AND BEFORE WE, UH, MOVE ON, I WANT TO CONFIRM THAT WE ARE ACCEPTING TIME DONATIONS ON THIS ITEM.

I, WE USUALLY DON'T.

SO CHAIR, I'D LIKE TO ASK, UM, BECAUSE, UH, SOME OF THE CITIZENS WHO ARE PRESENTING TONIGHT HAVE A PRESENTATION THAT RUNS A LITTLE BIT LONGER THAN THREE MINUTES.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR YOU TO PLEASE ALLOW, UM, DONATIONS.

I, I, I, THE BOARD DOES, OTHER BOARD MEMBERS ARE, ARE NODDING THEIR HEAD.

SO YES, WE WILL DO IT.

THANK YOU.

SO, ALRIGHT.

UM, THANK YOU CHAIR.

AND UH, I WANT TO CONFIRM THE SPEAKER LIST BEFORE WE GET INTO IT.

SO I HAVE SIX PEOPLE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM.

I WANNA CONFIRM THAT THEY'RE ALL HERE.

UM, CAMERON CAMPBELL, JAMES PAGE, MARGARET RAIN, WALTER, JAMES RAIN, ANN CAMPBELL.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAD

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ONE PERSON SIGN UP MARK METER.

AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT YOU ALL WILL BE ESSENTIALLY COMBINING YOUR TIME INTO ONE SPEAKING SEGMENT OF 18 MINUTES.

AND THAT THAT SEGMENT WILL BEGIN WITH COMMENTS FROM JAMES PAGE.

AND THEN CAMERON CAMPBELL WILL TAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THE SPEAKING TIME, CORRECT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

WELL, WITH THAT, I'LL INVITE JAMES PGE AND CAMERON CAMPBELL UP TO THE, Y'ALL WILL HAVE A COMMAND, 18 MINUTES TO ADDRESS THE BARKS BOARD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

UH, MY NAME'S JAMES PAGE WITH FRIENDS OF REED PARK.

UH, WE'RE A 5 0 1 C3 ORGANIZATION, UH, KINDA STEWARDING REED PARK IN WEST AUSTIN, TAKING CARE OF THE PARK.

AND WHAT WE'RE HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT TODAY IS, UH, OUR OPPOSITION TO THE CURRENT WATERSHED DEPARTMENT PLAN FOR WATER, WATER FILTRATION FOR REED PARK.

UM, REED PARK WAS GIFTED TO THE CITY IN 1951, UM, NAMED AFTER, UH, MRS. DICKEN DIXON, UH, GIFTED IT TO THE CITY, NAMED IT AFTER HER TWO DAUGHTERS.

AND SO EVER SINCE THAT, THE PARK HAS BEEN USED FOR THE USE AND ENJOYMENT OF THE NEIGHBORS.

UH, THE BALL FIELD RECREATION IS ACTUALLY INTENDED FOR THE LOCAL, UH, CASIS ELEMENTARY KIDS TO ENJOY USING THE FIELD TO PLAY, UH, YOU KNOW, ON THE FIELD AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

AND SO WE REALLY WANT TO MAINTAIN OUR BALL FIELD.

WE'RE, UH, ADAMANTLY OPPOSED TO WATERSHED'S CURRENT PLAN TO TURN OUR BALL FIELD INTO A WATER RETENTION POND FOR WATER FILTRATION PURPOSES.

AND I'LL LET CAMERON CAMPBELL CONTINUE TO PRESENT ON THIS MATTER.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS CAMERON CAMPBELL.

I AM A LOCAL RESIDENT, UM, AND USE REED PARK FREQUENTLY.

AND I AM ALSO A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, UM, PRACTICING HERE IN AUSTIN.

UM, WE'VE PUT TOGETHER A LITTLE PRESENTATION TO SPEAK, UM, ABOUT THE WATERSHED PLAN.

WE HAVE A FEW SLIDES JUST TO KIND OF SPEAK ABOUT FRIENDS OF REED PARK, AND I THINK, IF IT'S OKAY, JAMES AND I WILL KIND OF JUMP BACK AND FORTH A LITTLE BIT FOR, FOR THE FIRST PART.

SO, AS I SAID, FRIENDS OF REED PARK IS A 5 0 1 C3, MEANT TO BASICALLY MAKE THE PARK AS GOOD AS IT POSSIBLY CAN.

SO, UH, WE'VE ACTUALLY BEEN AROUND FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS AND OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS HAS MOST RECENTLY BEEN HANDED OFF TO CAMERON, MYSELF, MEG RYAN AND AARON STEVENS.

WE RECENTLY HAVE REDONE THE PLAYSCAPE THERE, UM, AT REED PARK.

AND REALLY THE GOAL OF OUR ORGANIZATION IS TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY AND USE THE PARK, UM, TO ITS ABSOLUTE POTENTIAL.

WHEN THE WATERSHED DEPARTMENT REED PARK PLAN CAME TO OUR ATTENTION, FIRSTLY WE TRIED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM AND WEREN'T REALLY ABLE TO DO SO FOR A VERY EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

BUT AROUND THE TIME THAT THEY ISSUED A PUBLIC SURVEY, AS WELL AS A DIRECT MAIL CAMPAIGN TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND AN IN-PERSON WALKTHROUGH WITH THE PARK, THEY GATHERED COMMUNITY INPUT REGARDING, UH, THIS WATERSHED PLAN AFTER THE WALKTHROUGH AND AFTER THE COMMUNITY WAS FULLY AWARE OF THE INS AND OUTS OF THE PLAN AND WHAT IT WOULD CONSIST OF.

AND AS YOU'LL SEE IN OUR SLIDE DECK HERE, THERE'S SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION TO THE PLAN IMMEDIATELY RIGHT AFTER THE ENGAGEMENT WAS PUT FORWARD WITH THE COMMUNITY.

UH, MOST OF THE FEEDBACK HIGHLIGHTED THERE YOU'LL SEE IS IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO THE USE OF CONCRETE, THE USE OF WATER BASINS, FRANKLY, JUST CHANGING THE PARKLAND AS IT WAS DESIGNED AND GIFTED TO THE CITY FOR AT THE BEGINNING.

AND SO WE DID OUR OWN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

WE'VE HELD COMMUNITY EVENTS, WE'VE WORKED WITH AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION MOST RECENTLY FOR, IT'S MY PARK DAY IN MARCH TO CLEAN UP THE PARK.

AND SO WE KIND OF HELD OUR OWN, UH, INFORMAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, BUT HAD, YOU KNOW, STICKY NOTES PUT ON A, A BULLETIN BOARD THERE WHERE EVERYONE WAS ABLE TO WRITE WHAT THEY WANTED, UH, OUT OF OUR PARK.

AND MORE THAN ANYTHING, WE GOT THAT, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE JUST WANTED TO KEEP THE PARK AS IT IS OPEN AND FREE FOR, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TO PLAY AND DOGS TO ENJOY IT.

LET ME JUMP IN.

WE'VE, WE'VE ORGANIZED AS A COMMUNITY AND WE HAVE A WEBSITE.

WE HAVE AN INSTAGRAM PAGE.

THERE'S A LOT OF DISCUSSION GOING

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ON OVER THE WATERSHED PLAN.

AND, UM, WE ARE, WE'RE REALLY KIND OF UNIFIED ON THIS STRATEGY TO, UM, ESSENTIALLY REQUEST FOR AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT WATERSHED PLAN.

WE'VE THOROUGHLY REVIEWED THE, UM, PROPOSAL.

WE'VE LOOKED AT THE VARIOUS, UM, ITEMS AND BENEFITS.

WE ARE VERY MUCH SO IN SUPPORT OF STILL IMPROVING WATER QUALITY, UM, BY TREATING THE 127 ACRES OF WATERSHED UPSTREAM OF THE PARK.

HOWEVER, WE ARE NOT IN SUPPORT OF TAKING AWAY A CURRENT USE OF A BALL FIELD THAT'S BEEN THERE FOR, FOR MANY DECADES TO PUT BACK THE STORMWATER DETENTION AS A NEW USE OF THE PARK.

UH, THIS PROPOSAL PROPOSES 30,000, UM, POUNDS OF SEDIMENT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE PARK ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

WE HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE MAINTENANCE AND REMOVAL OF THE SEDIMENT.

UM, WE HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE AESTHETICS AND THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE PARK AS WELL.

AND THE FOLLOWING SLIDES WILL REALLY SPEAK TO THIS.

AND EVEN ON THE WATERSHED PAGE, THEY SAID, HEY, THIS IS GONNA STILL BE A PLAY FIELD, HOWEVER THEY REFER TO IT AS A POND.

UM, GO AHEAD JAMES.

WE'VE SET UP A, UH, UH, PETITION IN RELATION TO THIS CURRENT PLAN AND OVER ABOUT A MONTH'S TIME, WE'VE ALREADY GATHERED 762 SIGNATURES IN OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN.

CLEAR CUT OPPOSITION TO THE PLAN AS IT EXISTS.

UM, THAT'S LIKE I SAID, IN A MATTER OF WEEKS OF JUST OUTREACH.

UH, SO OBVIOUSLY THE COMMUNITY IS VOICING THEIR OPINION AND, UM, ON ALL LEVELS, EVERYTHING THAT WE HEAR AS WE REPRESENT THE PARK.

AS FRIENDS OF REED PARK, EVERYONE HAS BEEN IN OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN, UH, VEHEMENTLY.

OKAY, SO I WANTED TO GIVE A LITTLE OVERVIEW OF THE PARK.

UM, IT'S FLANKED BY PECOS STREET ON THE EASTERN SIDE.

UM, WE'VE HIGHLIGHTED THE EXISTING PLAY FIELD, IT'S ABOUT 0.6 ACRES, AND THE OVERALL PARK SIZE IS A 6.4 ACRES.

SO IT'S, IT'S A VERY SMALL PORTION OF THE PARK AS IT IS.

AND THIS IS THE ONLY OPEN SPACE PLAY FIELD THAT WE HAVE, UM, IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THIS FLEXIBLE AREA FOR KIDS TO PLAY, FOR FAMILIES TO GATHER, FOR EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE.

UM, SOME PHOTOS OF HOW WE ARE USING IT TODAY.

SOCCER, THROWING THE BALL WITH A DOG.

LARGE EVENTS, THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE CONGREGATES IN THIS SPACE.

UM, IT'S VERY MUCH RESPECTED AND UTILIZED BY THE COMMUNITY.

UM, THIS IS A PHOTO OF, UH, THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT PLAN FROM THE 1980S, UH, 1983 TO BE EXACT, UM, PROPOSING UNSTRUCTURED PLAY IN THAT PARK AREA.

SO THE PLANS GO BACK FROM THE PARKS DEPARTMENT MANY DECADES NOW, AND WE REALLY WANT TO PRESERVE THAT.

UM, SO WE'VE DUG INTO THE WATERSHED PLAN.

THIS IS AN OVERLAY OF THE PROPOSED PLAY FIELD THAT WATERSHED IS PROPOSING TO LEVEL OUT THE AREA, PUT IN, UH, BERMS AND STORM WATER, UH, BIO AND FILTRATION BASINS ALL THE WAY AROUND THE PLAY FIELD.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IS ESSENTIALLY THEY'RE CUTTING THE OPEN SPACE IN HALF, GOING FROM 240 LINEAR FEET TO A HUNDRED BY 60.

AND SO UP ABOVE YOU CAN SEE THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD AND THE SIZE OF A BASKETBALL FIELD.

IT'S ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE BASKETBALL FIELD, AND THAT'S NOT GONNA ALLOW US TO THROW A FRISBEE.

IT'S NOT GONNA ALLOW US TO HAVE SOCCER GAMES OUT THERE LIKE WE USE IT CURRENTLY.

UM, THE PLAN IS A BEAUTIFUL PLAN TO SOME EXTENT.

AND AGAIN, WE ARE VERY MUCH IN SUPPORT OF IMPROVING WATER QUALITY TO TAILOR SLOUGH.

UM, HOWEVER, WHEN WE DUG IN DEEPER, WE REALIZED THAT THE PLAN WAS GOING TO SIGNIFICANTLY INTERFERE WITH THE CURRENT USE.

UM, IT'S A VERY PICTURESQUE PARK.

IT'S SURROUNDED BY MATURE TREES.

UM, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS PHOTO, THERE'S EXISTING CHAIRS, DEDICATED BENCHES, UM, TABLES, ALL FLANKING THE EDGES OF THE GREEN SPACE.

AND THOSE ARE THE PLACES THAT PEOPLE SIT AND GATHER IN THE SHADE, BUT STILL ENGAGE IN THE FIELD.

THEY, YOU SIT IN A CHAIR, YOU THROW A BALL FOR YOUR DOG, UM, YOU LET YOUR KIDS KICK THE BALL AROUND, BUT THE SHADE ON THE EDGES AND ACTIVATING THE EDGES OF THIS PARK IS ESSENTIAL, UM, AND PRESERVING THAT.

AND SO WITH THE CURRENT PLAN, THE WATERSHED PLAN, IF WE OVERLAY THEIR PLAN ON TOP OF OUR PLAN, UM, THIS WOULD SEVERELY IMPACT THE CURRENT USE OF THE PARK AS IT'S BEEN PROPOSED.

IT WOULD NOT BE FUNCTIONAL IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT IS.

UH, WE HAVE A BACKSTOP, WHICH IS AN AREA THAT WE USE FOR, FOR, UH, KICKBALL GAMES AND T-BALL AND SOCCER.

THAT BACKSTOP WOULD NOW BE IN THE CENTER OF A STORM WATER INFILTRATION BASIN.

THIS IS THE TECHNICAL PLAN

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PROPOSED BY WATERSHED.

UM, WE'VE RESEARCHED THIS AND DUG IN AND HAVE OUR BIT OF FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS ON THIS.

AND IT'S, IT'S HARD FOR ME TO READ THE EXACT NOTES HERE, BUT WE'VE HIGHLIGHTED SOME KEY ELEMENTS, PROPOSED RETAINING WALLS AROUND THE PERIMETER.

UM, THE PLAY FIELD WILL SERVE AS A POND, WHICH WILL, UM, ESSENTIALLY, UH, CREATE DEBRIS, MUD, AND DESIGN TO FLOOD OVER 30 TIMES A YEAR.

AND CURRENTLY WE HAVE NOT SEEN IT FLOOD ONCE.

UM, SO WE HAVE REAL CONCERNS ABOUT THAT.

AS I MENTIONED, PECOS IS ON THE EASTERN SIDE.

THAT'S THE MAIN VIEW OF THE PARK.

UM, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL VIEW AND IT, WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE PARK, YOU WILL NOW SEE A GIAN BASKET AND A, A SEDIMENTATION TRAP AND LIKELY SOME SIGNAGE AS WELL.

AND I'VE GOT SOME SLIDES TO SHOW THAT, UM, RETAINING WALLS.

AND IN ORDER TO CREATE A POND, AN INFILTRATION BASIN, AND YOU HAVE TO LEVEL THE ENTIRE PARK CURRENTLY, THERE'S A GRADUAL SLOPE.

AND SO WE WILL, UM, THEY WILL HAVE TO, THEY'RE PROPOSING BURMING UP ALL OF THE AREAS, PUTTING A CONCRETE TRAIL ALL THE WAY AROUND AND JUST SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THE USE OF THE PARK AND HOW WE CURRENTLY USE IT TODAY.

UM, THIS IS A VIEW FROM PECOS OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE CURRENTLY.

IT'S VERY NICE AND OPEN.

THIS IS THE COMMUNITY LOOKING INTO THE PARK AND SEEING WHAT'S GOING ON.

AND THE PROPOSED PLAN IN THIS VIEW, UM, LIKE I MENTIONED, WILL HA BE A GABON WALL, A RETAINING WALL, SEDIMENTATION TRAP, UM, LIKELY SIGNAGE, UM, SIMILAR TO THIS BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO NOW REQUIRE THAT IT'S A STORM WATER FACILITY.

IT'S A CHANGE OF USE OF THE PARK, TURNING IT INTO A STORMWATER FACILITY.

AND WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THAT'S, YOU KNOW, THE RIGHT THING TO DO, TO TAKE AWAY OUR OPEN SPACE TO TURN IT INTO A STORMWATER FACILITY.

UM, BIOFILTRATION BASINS WILL INFILTRATE THE PERIMETER AS WELL.

AND A CONCRETE PATH, UM, WHICH WE DO BELIEVE IN A DA ACCESSIBILITY.

HOWEVER, WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BEING DESIGNED FOR MAINTENANCE VEHICLES WITH ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE AND GATES.

UM, THIS IS ANOTHER VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE LOOKING AT THE CREEK, UM, HOW IT IS TODAY.

IT'S VERY NATURAL AND UM, IT'S, IT'S A WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE.

UH, THE NEW PLAN WILL PROPOSE RETAINING WALLS ON BOTH SIDES TO REGRADE THE SITE TO HOLD UP THE LEVEL, CREATE A DAM TO ALLOW FOR THE INFILTRATION BASINS TO TAKE PLACE.

UM, THE FLAT LAWN WILL BE CUT IN HALF.

NEW FIELD WILL BE REDUCED TO A BASKETBALL SIZE IN COURT.

UM, WE EVEN DUG IN AND CUT SECTIONS THROUGH THE PARK.

AND UM, YOU CAN SEE THERE'S ESSENTIALLY TWO SECTIONS THAT WERE CUT IN A CROSS SECTION.

THE EXISTING SECTION HIGHLIGHTS THE OPEN SPACE AND AREA THAT WE HAVE NOW.

AND THE PROPOSED SECTION SHOWS THE BERMS, THE CONCRETE PATHWAY AND THE STORMWATER INFILTRATION BASINS.

UM, THE BOTTOM LEFT, UH, SECTION SHOWS THE BACKSTOP AND A LOT OF THE EXISTING PARK BENCHES TABLES DEDICATED BENCHES WILL ALL HAVE TO GO AWAY AS WELL.

UM, WE ALSO TOOK THE WATERSHED PLAN AND WE STAKED IT OUT ON SITE TO GET A SENSE.

WE SAID, WELL, GOSH, LET'S JUST SEE WHAT IT LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE.

UM, MAYBE WE CAN LIVE WITH THIS.

AND WE REALIZED THAT, UM, IT'S SO SMALL COMPARED TO WHAT IT IS NOW, UM, THAT ALL OF THESE AREAS OUTSIDE OF THAT RECTANGULAR PROPOSED, THE A HUNDRED FOOT BY 60 FEET WILL BE RECLAIMED BERMED UP THREE TO ONE SLOPES, THREE TO FOUR FEET TALL, UM, RETAINING WALLS, UH, GIAN BASKETS, ET CETERA.

SO THESE ARE SOME OF THE DIFFERENT VIEWS SHOWING ALL OF THE OPEN SPACE THAT WE'RE GONNA LOSE WITH THIS CURRENT PROPOSAL.

UM, THE NEW FIELD LOCATION, OOPS, ANOTHER SHOT OF THE BACKSTOP AND THE LOSS OF, OF THAT AREA AS WELL.

AND ANOTHER ONE MORE VIEW.

SO JUST A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE OF USE REALLY IS OUR CONCERN.

UM, DURING THE PUBLIC INPUT PROCESS, UH, WATERSHED, UM, HELD AN ONLINE FORUM, UM, SPOKE ABOUT THE PROJECT, IT'S BEEN RECORDED, IT'S ACCESSIBLE ON THE WATERSHED WEBSITE.

UM, THEY SPOKE A LOT ABOUT BATTLE BEND PARK AS A GREAT PRECEDENT FOR SUCCESSFUL USE OF, UM, THIS STRATEGY.

AND, UH, AND ON MAY 8TH, 2023, FRIENDS OF REED PARK WENT OUT TO BATTLE BEND PARK TO GO TAKE A LOOK AND SEE WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE.

UM, THE FIELD WAS OVERGROWN, THE LAWN WAS NOT THERE ANYMORE.

THERE WAS SEDIMENT DEPOSITED IN THE LAWN AREAS.

AND, UM, WE EXPRESSED OUR CONCERNS AND THE, UH, WATERSHED SAID THAT THEY WERE GONNA FIX IT.

WELL, WE WENT BACK AGAIN A YEAR LATER, MARCH 8TH, 2024, AND IT GOT WORSE.

THESE ARE SOME SHOTS SHOWING THE SIGNIFICANT

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AMOUNT OF MUD CONES.

UM, SOME OF THE SIGNAGE AND THE GATES THAT SAY BASICALLY KIND OF STAY OUT, IT'S NOT A VERY INVITING SITE AND I'M NOT EVEN SURE IF THE COMMUNITY IS ABLE TO USE IT, NOR DO THEY KNOW THAT THAT WAS INTENDED TO BE A PLAY FIELD FOR REED PARK.

WE'VE BEEN USING IT FOR DECADES, AND THIS IS GOING TO CHANGE A USE THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE AS AN OPEN SPACE AND FIELD.

SO HERE'S THE CURRENT PROPOSED, UM, POND AND BASIN PLAN AND THE WATERSHED PLAN.

AND WE'RE HERE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT FINDING AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION TO TREAT THE WATER QUALITY ISSUES.

WE'RE NOT SAYING THAT WE'RE AGAINST THE IDEA OF, UM, IMPROVING WATER QUALITY.

WE'RE VERY MUCH SO, UM, PROPONENTS OF IMPROVING THE WATER QUALITY AND TREATING THE WATERSHED, UM, UPSTREAM OF US.

BUT WE'D LIKE TO ASK YOU TODAY TO, UM, SEE IF WE CAN GET SUPPORT TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE PLAN.

UM, FRIENDS OF REED PARK HAS PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER.

WE'VE TALKED TO SOME CIVIL ENGINEERS, WE'VE TALKED TO, UM, OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND WOULD LIKE TO FIND ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE CURRENT STORMWATER, UM, INFILTRATION BASINS OUTSIDE OF THE PLAY FIELD BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A SUCCESSFUL SPACE.

SO THIS IS A PLAN SUGGESTING ALTERNATIVE BASIN LOCATIONS, UM, WITHIN OUR SIX AND A HALF ACRE PARK ESSENTIALLY, BUT PRESERVING THAT 0.6 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE THAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY.

UM, WE'D ALSO LIKE TO SEE IF THIS GOES TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, THINK ABOUT OTHER ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS, UM, SUCH AS CAN THE CITY PURCHASE LAND SOMEWHERE NEARBY TO TREAT THE STORMWATER? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE IN A PARK THAT'S BEEN GIFTED, UM, TO THE COMMUNITY THAT'S BEEN PROPOSED TO BE USED IN A CERTAIN WAY? UM, OR CAN THE CITY FIND A WAY TO WORK WITH THE PUBLIC TO FUND UNDERGROUND CISTERNS THAT REPLACES THE AGING AND, AND REPLACING THE AGING WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT THEY SAY IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROBLEM.

WE'VE HEARD ABOUT HIGH E COLI, YOU KNOW, ISSUES AND DIFFERENT THINGS IN IT.

SO WE THINK THAT IT COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO PARTIALLY THE WASTEWATER SYSTEM.

SO WE'RE A PROPONENTS OF REMOVING THAT, BUT STILL PRESERVING THE OPEN SPACE AGAIN.

UM, AND CAN THE CITY, CAN WE WORK WITH THE CITY TO PROMOTE THE USE OF THE RAIN CATCHER PROGRAM FOR THE 120 SECOND, UH, SEVEN ACRES UPSTREAM.

UM, FIND OTHER SOLUTIONS THAT MEET THE GOALS OF WATERSHED BUT NOT TAKING AWAY OUR PARK.

SO WITH THAT, UM, THANK YOU AND WE WOULD LIKE TO OPEN IT UP TO COMMENTS, FEEDBACK, AND UH, GO FROM THERE.

THANK YOU.

WHAT'S YOUR DEFINITION OF URBANIZED AREA IN YOUR LAST SLIDE? UH, I DON'T KNOW IF WE CAN GO BACK TO THE SLIDE.

OUR DEFINITION OF AN URBANIZED AREA WOULD ESSENTIALLY, UM, BE EVERYWHERE.

THAT'S 127 ACRES UPSTREAM.

THAT HAS BEEN URBANIZED OVER TIME.

OF COURSE, YES.

WATERSHED GAVE US SPECIFIC AREAS FROM 35TH STREET ALL THE WAY DOWN TO IT SEEMS, WHETHER IT'S IN INFIELD OR LAKE AUSTIN, UH, WEST OF MOPAC, DRAINING TOWARDS REED PARK.

SO I SHOULD MENTION TOO, REED REED PARK IS, HAS TAYLOR SLEW THAT FLOWS DOWN TO SCENIC AND FLOWS INTO LAKE AUSTIN.

AND, UM, WE'RE VERY MUCH AWARE THAT THE CITY IS URBANIZING, THAT THE PRESSURE ON TREATING THE STORM WATER UPSTREAM AND IN ANY AREA WE CAN IS, UM, A NECESSITY AS AUSTIN CHANGES.

UM, HOWEVER, OUR OPEN SPACE IS PRECIOUS TO US AND WE WANT TO FIND ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS.

CHAIR, THIS IS .

YES, YOU MAY.

YEAH, YOU I JUST HAVE A QUESTION.

I FEEL LIKE THIS HAS TURNED INTO A PRESENTATION AND I WAS WONDERING IF WATERSHED OR ANYONE FROM WATERSHED IS HERE AS WELL.

CAN I ANSWER THAT? I THINK WE DO HAVE SOMEONE FROM WATERSHED.

OKAY, GREAT.

YEAH, SHERRY, JUST TO SAY, WILL YOU BE PRESENTING OR SPEAKING OR ANSWERING QUESTIONS OR, UM, I WAS NOT PLANNING TO SPEAK JANAE SPENCE WATERSHED PROTECTION, UH, PROJECT DESIGN DELIVERY.

WE DID NOT HAVE A PRESENTATION PREPARED.

UM, WE WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THIS IS, WE HAD SENT SOME STUFF TO YOU GUYS TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF HEADS UP, BUT WE GONNA HAVE THE IMPRESSION THIS IS FOR HEARING FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

OKAY.

AND AS THE PROJECT PROGRESSES, WE'LL COME BACK AT A LATER TIME AS IS OUR USUAL SCHEDULE FOR THESE PROJECTS.

OKAY.

SO BOARD MEMBER BAAN, WHAT I WILL DO IS, AND IF YOU'RE AMENABLE TO THIS IS UNLESS ANYONE ELSE HAS ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, I'LL JUST ASK YOU, I'LL JUST GO BACK TO THE AUDIENCE SEATS, BUT

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DO, HOLD ON, LEMME JUST SEE IF ANYONE HAS ANYTHING AND THEN I'LL KEEP IF YOU CAN STAY THERE AND WE'LL SEE IF ANY BOARD MEMBER HAS ANY QUESTIONS.

SURE.

OKAY.

SO DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY BOARD MEMBERS FOR FRIENDS OF REED PARK MEMBERS THAT ARE HERE TODAY? SPEAKING QUESTIONS.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? QUESTIONS? WHAT DID I SAY? BOARD MEMBERS.

OH, SORRY.

TRYING.

I'VE BEEN UP SINCE LIKE 4:00 AM UM, ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK Y'ALL.

AND CAN YOU JUST STATE YOUR NAME TOO, JUST SO WE ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE? JANAE SPENCE.

THANK YOU.

AND YOU'RE WITH WATERSHED? WATERSHED PROTECTION ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OVER PROJECT DESIGN AND DELIVERY.

OKAY.

AND BOARD MEMBER WAS ON, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAD ANY QUESTIONS.

YEAH, I JUST WANTED, UM, UH, WE, WE, WE RECEIVED THE MEMO, BUT I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYTHING HAD CHANGED SINCE THAT MEMO CAME IN.

UM, OR YOU KNOW, WHAT THE PARTICULAR, UM, RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN BETWEEN Y'ALL AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD RECENTLY? YEAH.

AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE THAT.

YOU KNOW, WE HEARD THE FEEDBACK, ESPECIALLY I WAS IN THE MEETING IN, UH, MARCH WITH THE FRIENDS OF REED PARK.

UH, PERSONALLY I WAS IN THE MEETING, HEARD THE FEEDBACK SINCE THEN.

I, I TALKED TO THE TEAM, I SAID, HEY GUYS, I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT THIS AGAIN.

WE'RE RETOOLING.

WE HAVE A COUPLE CONCEPTS WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO, UH, FINALIZING TO TRY TO KEEP THAT ITERATIVE PROCESS.

AGAIN.

THE, THE CONCEPTS THAT WE'VE COME UP WITH, THEY'RE NOT OUR FINAL, THESE ARE THE ONES, IT'S