The Zilker Park Working Group was composed of key stakeholders, which included business owners, non-profit organizations, and neighborhood associations as members. The Environmental Commission, Urban Transportation Commission and Parks and Recreation Board, as well as all City Council district offices were asked to appoint representatives to the working group. Staff members from PARD, the Watershed Protection Department, and the Austin Transportation Department supported the working group and served as resources.
The Working Group was tasked to:
Determine the viability of proposed improvement plans to fortify the landfill cap along Stratford Drive and make recommendations of terms for implementation of the improvements, including pilot solutions;
Evaluate immediate options and opportunities for parking outside of the park area and strategies for reducing traffic in Zilker Metropolitan Park and at surrounding amenities with a goal of piloting options by October 2018;
Make recommendations to establish a plan to permanently remove parking on the Polo Fields, taking into consideration possible strategies to reduce parking demand and utilization of transportation demand management strategies; and
Provide a report to Council by March 1, 2019 on the working group's findings and recommendations. (The deadline was extended to June 14, 2019.)
Final Report and Additional Background Information