Tonight there is a meeting regarding the Land, Facilities, and Program plan for
the Austin PARD. See http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/longrangeplan.htm for the details.

Public Meeting for the N/NW portion of Austin
Tues. April 14, 2009
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Northwest Recreation Center-Gym
2913 Northland Dr., 78757
512.458.4107 Steven Zettner

From Steven Zettner:

The above input meeting is for the area northwest of our part of town.  The meetings for North Central Austin are at the following times and places:

Public meeting for the N/NE portion
Wed. April 22nd, 2009
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Dobie Middle School – Cafeteria
1200 E. Rundberg Ln.
512.414.3270

Public meeting for the Central portion
Wednesday. April 29th, 2009
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)
600 River St.
512. 478.6222

You can provide PARD with feedback on their long-range plan through the end of the month. 

What the plan does:

The plan recognizes the need to support Transit-Oriented Districts (TOD) like Crestview Station and Highland Mall with open space amenities close to the station area.

The plan recognizes the need for pocket parks for TOD and VMU.

What the plan doesn’t do:

The plan does not treat VMU as transit-oriented districts in the same way as TOD, so support for these districts is not prioritized near where transit will be.

The plan does not recognize that for VMU districts, more than one pocket park or outdoor feature may be appropriate to support a concentrated population of thousands of multi-family residents.

The plan does not recommend Parkland Dedication funding explicitly in the VMU districts from which the funding originated.  There is no adequate City definition of a VMU “district” based on where transit stations would be.

These may seem like fine distinctions, but getting them into the long-term plan lays the groundwork for meaningful action in the years to come.

Please email PARD at longrangeplan [Email address: longrangeplan #AT# ci.austin.tx.us - replace #AT# with @ ] with a letter asking for these changes.  PARD is collecting feedback until the end of the month.