Last month, City Council unanimously approved the Auditorium Shores redevelopment project and, in so doing, gave the people of Austin a wonderful gift. This project was first approved as part of the Town Lake Metropolitan Park master plan in 1999. But for 14 years, the city lacked the funding to put the plan in motion. Now, thanks to generous private donations, our beloved downtown park can realize its full potential so everyone can enjoy it in harmony for generations to come.
Getting to this point took much collaboration and compromise. The plan received input from runners, cyclists, dog-lovers, neighborhood residents, and ecology and landscape design experts. The Austin Parks Foundation is confident that the current redesign plan meets the needs of our growing city. It offers something for all — health, safety, functionality and the quality Austinites deserve. The Austin Parks Foundation is joined in its support of the plan by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board, the Nature Conservancy, the Trail Foundation, South by Southwest and the Downtown Austin Alliance.
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Colin Wallis is executive director of the Austin Parks Foundation and Daniel Woodroffe is the foundation’s board chairman.