Last year, the future of Hostelling International Austin, a 47-bed facility in Town Lake Metropolitan Park with a beautiful view of the lake and downtown, was very much in doubt.
The nonprofit’s lease was set to expire on the first day of this year. The hostel had asked to extend the lease until the end of this year, with the option of another decade. Austin Parks and Recreation head Sara Hensley, while sympathetic to hostel officials, was adamant that such a facility wasn’t appropriate for city parkland, especially with the boardwalk development expected to draw more people to the area.
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