Ideas ranging from more community gardens in parks to expanding linear parks and greenways to adding new signage that make parks accessible to all are being considered as part of the Long Range Plan for Austin’s parks, facilities, and programs. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is wrapping up a long range planning effort and will present a draft plan to the public in late July. The long range plan is designed to guide the development and growth of Austin’s park system over the next ten years.
“We’ve had a great response from the community and we are excited to share the plan we have developed to guide Austin’s park system into the future,” says Kim McKnight, project lead for the planning process and Acting Assistant Director for Parks Planning, Development, and Operations. “Everyone is invited to join us at the final round of community meetings in late July. We will encourage public review and comment online following the meetings, and we will be going out into the community to get feedback by popping up at different events around town.”
The final community meetings are scheduled at:
Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave St.
Austin, TX 78702
July 25, 2019
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746
July 27, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Additional "pop-ups" throughout Austin will be announced at a later date.
The Our Parks, Our Future planning process began in the fall of 2018 with the first five community meetings held in November. Immediately following those meetings, more than 4,400 community members completed an online survey describing how the parks system should improve in the next ten years and beyond. This input, together with needs assessment data gathered by WRT, the consultant developing the plan on behalf of the City, has helped park planners prioritize investments for parks and recreation over the next ten years.
The long range plan is developed every ten years and provides a blueprint to guide land acquisition, capital improvements, and the development of programs and amenities. The City of Austin’s leadership, staff, and partners are committed to involving the community in planning and decision making through a variety of means, including in-person meetings, ongoing informal conversations, and technology.
Free language assistance can be provided upon request. Persons interested in attending the hearing who have special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to call 311 at least five days before the public meeting. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.
Ayuda gratuita en su idioma se puede proporcionar por petición. Personas interesadas en assistir el audición que tienen necesidades especiales para comunicación están alentados a llamar al 311 por lo menos 5 días antes de la reunión publica. Cada esfuerzo razonable sería hecho para acomodar sus necesidades.