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Zilch on Zilker

RECEIVED Wed., April 19, 2023

Dear Editor,
    Behind closed doors, a proposed $200 million “vision plan” for Zilker Park has been developed with little public input but with ACL/C3 and LiveNation/Ticketmaster at the table –their presence denied until discovered by advocates. The Parks department declined to reveal meeting notes and required an open records request – which is in the hands of AG Paxton. This “vision plan” proposes a three-story underground parking garage that violates regulations protecting the springs; a Visitor Center complex increasing impervious cover near the springs, moving the Hillside Theatre, etc. The massive construction will irrevocably alter the park. Most importantly, Zilker would be run by a “unified nonprofit,” not the Parks Department. Years of what looks like deliberate neglect is being used to justify radical development, and if this happens, soccer players, runners, Barton’s swimmers, and local kids will see our beloved park closed for months and years. Find out more and fight it! If you care about Zilker Park remaining a natural spot rather than an entertainment venue, please join us and show up at the Austin Parks Commission meeting this Monday April 24, at 6pm at City Hall, council chambers.
Diana Claitor
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