Author Archives: Friends of the Parks of Austin

A Critique of the TUR Partners Report on Town Lake Park

by Larry Akers While TUR Partners made some reasonable recommendations regarding operations at Town Lake Park, their design recommendations became convoluted and very expensive and would produce only marginal improvements in conditions.  This critique starts with the failure sources in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

City Manager’s Scheme To Shirk Funding Auditorium Shores

City Hall is eagerly embracing the notion that $3.5 million of funding from C3 Productions will take care of renovating the Auditorium Shores portion of Town Lake Park.  Council is letting C3 take them off the hook for having failed … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town Lake Park Stakeholders Set the Record Straight

Former Assistant City Manager Rudy Garza and CM Marc Ott have tried to rewrite the terms of the Town Lake Park Community Events Center Venue Project to remove Auditorium Shores from the project and continue redirecting its funding to Convention … Continue reading

Image | Posted on | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Reflections on 2012 Bond Election Part II — Waller Creek Project

In a previous note, I discussed how the City redirected publicauthorization for the construction of Town Lake Park.  With theWaller Creek Project again on the bond ballot, we should reflecton its history, too. Support for the Waller Creek Tunnel Project … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Reflections on 2012 Bond Election, Part I — Town Lake Park

A central question in the City’s bond election is whether the public can trust the City to deliver on what is proposed, once the taxpayers have obligated and paid their money. If Town Lake Park or the Waller Creek Tunnel … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Understanding the Austin Transportation Department’s West Riverside Drive Traffic Analysis

Understanding the Austin Transportation Department’s West Riverside Drive Traffic Analysis by Larry Akers Friends of the Parks of Austin Stakeholder Representative Town Lake Park Community Project Executive Summary Accept the findings. Reject the conclusion. In their West Riverside Drive Traffic … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Riverside Drive and Town Lake Park

Riverside Drive and Town Lake Park The Undoing of a Remarkable Compromise or How 7 Seconds of Commute Time Is Worth More Than a Great Park And The Lives of People Who Go There by Larry Akers Friends of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment