Viewpoints: Precourt is eyeing Guerrero Park. Why that’s worth a debate

With Butler Shores Metropolitan Park in the rearview mirror, Precourt Sports Ventures has turned its attention on two other city-owned properties, with one – Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park – being the clear favorite for its Major League Soccer stadium.

The focus shifted to Guerrero Park in Southeast Austin when the challenges regarding Butler near downtown became insurmountable, including City Council Member Ann Kitchen’s threat to put a measure before the City Council barring all parkland for consideration of a stadium Precourt wants to build for its professional soccer team. Kitchen’s District 5 includes Butler park.

Precourt also is considering city-owned property at 10414 McKalla Place near the Domain.

For months, Precourt, which owns Columbus Crew SC, has been looking at relocating to Austin. Guerrero is considerably larger than Butler Park and is situated in a less-congested part of Austin. Nonetheless, the challenges of using that park are no less daunting. A key question is: Under what, if any, circumstances should city parkland be used for private, for-profit development? CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING.

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