Final Purchases made from Austin Parks Foundation Grant

Let’s give one last cheer for the Austin Park Foundation Grant that gave us the chance to purchase all the following in the last year:

– Expandable 50 foot hose
– 50 green scrubbers
– 12 copper scrubbers
– 1 thachet rake
– 2 regular rakes
– Snake tongs
– Dog catcher pole
– 3 Plastic buckets
– Metal Baby Garbage Can
– 1 Plastic Bin
– Screw Extractor
– 1 package cleaning cloths
– 2 hose nozzles
– 2 Fiskars Shovels (the world’s best!)
– Mattock (big pick ax)
– Weasel Weed Puller
– Razor-Back Flat Shovel
– Pendulum Lawn Edger
– 3 Safety Hoses (100 ft/yellow)
– 1 Hose (100 ft/red & black)
– Ace 2-Wheel Wheelbarrow
– 2 Job Site Brooms
– 3 Bulls-Eye Nozzles
– 5 Heavy-Duty Push Brooms
– 2 Stiff Small Stand Up Brooms
– 1 Dust Pan
– 1 Half Moon Shovel
– 1 Bush Axe
– 1 Fiskars Manual Lawn Mower
– 12 Pairs of Gardening Gloves
– 24 6″ x 3.8″ Scouring Pads
– 1 Size 8 Hip Waders
– 1 Size 11 Water Boot

That’s a lot of stuff! And if you want to see what some of it does, stay tuned for our pool cleanings when they ramp up again in March. You would be surprised how fun a lot of this cleaning equipment is to use!

“Children’s Facilities” Focus Group Meeting — McBeth Recreation Center on Nov. 5 (6pm)

Please join us on November 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM at McBeth Recreation Center for the second Focus Group Meeting to discuss the Children’s Facilities goals, priorities, and solutions in connection with potential Zilker Park Improvements within the Barton Springs Bathhouse Zone.  This will be the third meeting from the City of Austin’s scheduled public engagement topic meetings which include:

  • October 27th, 2015 — Open House from 6:00-8:00 PM at Zilker Botanical Gardens
  • November 3rd — Environmental/Infrastructure Focus Group, 6:00-9:00 PM McBeth Recreation Center
  • November 5th — Children’s Facilities Focus Group, 6:00-9:00 PM McBeth Recreation Center
  • November 12th — Bathhouse Focus Group, 6:00-9:00 PM Zilker Botanical Gardens
  • November 18th — Review and Alternatives, 6:00-9:00 PM Zilker Botanical Gardens
  • December 9th Draft Recommendations, 6:00-9:00 PM location TBD

The agenda for the November 5, 2015 Children’s Facilities Focus Group Meeting is set forth below:

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Introductions and Structure of the Meeting (5 min)
  2. Project Summary (5 min)
  3. Presentation- Bathhouse Zone Plan and Overview of Constraints (10 min)
  4. Small Group Discussions (20 min each)
    1. Playscape issues, such as replacing or expanding playscape equipment with safe, modern, natural, age appropriate structures (e.g., natural, faux, or manmade structures).
    2. Children’s Amenities & Other Facilities issues, such as children’s restroom facilities at different locations in the park,
    3. Environmental Education issues, such as the adequacy and improvement of the environmental and water quality education provided at the Sheffield Center and Splash! Exhibit, safe bus loading, and the interaction between Splash! and education classrooms and other sites in the area.
  5. Share Responses (10 minutes)

Public Engagement Meetings for Barton Springs/Zilker Park Improvement Projects

Please join us on November 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM at McBeth Recreation Center for the first Focus Group Meeting to discuss the Environmental and Infrastructure goals, priorities, and solutions in connection with potential Zilker Park Improvements within the Barton Springs Bathhouse Zone.  This will be the first focus group meeting from the City of Austin’s scheduled public engagement topic meetings which include:

  • October 27th, 2015 — Open House from 6:00-8:00 PM at Zilker Botanical Gardens
  • November 3rd — Environmental/Infrastructure Focus Group, 6:00-9:00 PM McBeth Recreation Center
  • November 5th — Children’s Facilities Focus Group, 6:00-9:00 PM McBeth Recreation Center
  • November 12th — Bathhouse Focus Group, 6:00-9:00 PM Zilker Botanical Gardens
  • November 18th — Review and Alternatives, 6:00-9:00 PM Zilker Botanical Gardens
  • December 9th Draft Recommendations, 6:00-9:00 PM location TBD

Following up to the October 27 Open House meeting, each topic meeting will provide an introduction, project summary, and a presentation overview of the Bathhouse Zone Plan and applicable constraints in the area.  The agenda for the November 3, 2015 Environmental/Infrastructure Focus Group Meeting is set forth below:

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Introductions and Structure of the Meeting (5 min)
  2. Project Summary (5 min)
  3. Presentation- Bathhouse Zone Plan and Overview of Constraints (10 min)
  4. Small Group Discussions (15 min each)
    1. Parking issues, such as traffic flow and parking improvements, including the idea of improving drainage and reducing impervious cover from the north side driveway and parking lot area by converting the turnaround area in front of the bathhouse into a greenfield-type drainage area.
    2. Pedestrian and Bicycle Circulation issues, such as trail connections and conflicts,
    3. Amenities and Concessions, such as how/whether the Café, Zilker Zephyr, and Boat Rental concessions fit/work in the area.
    4. Environment issues, such as federal permit requirements for maintaining endangered species habitat (salamander), education and Splash! requirements, trees, water quality zone and drainage requirements, and floodplain requirements.
  5. Share Responses (10 minutes)