A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
As anyone visiting Barton Springs knows, Zilker Park is a beloved and special place because its natural environment provides a clean, safe, enjoyable, and welcoming outdoor space for millions of visitors each year, including not only swimmers, hikers, tourists, families, and recreational park users, but also numerous outdoor events that celebrate Austin’s natural spaces in a metropolitan setting located at the intersection of Barton Springs, Barton Creek, Lady Bird Lake, and the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The growing popularity of Zilker Park embodies the tension between the development pressures of our growing city and the environmental fragility of this open space with spring fed swimming hole and salamander habitat, but also presents an “opportunity” to leverage this growth, not only by harnessing revenue from this growth to make park improvements and protect the natural environment, but also by educating the rapidly growing number of pool visitors about the environmental threats to this natural treasure and about the stewardship opportunities for preserving and protecting it for future generations.
To attend to the needs of Zilker Park, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is leading a Vision Plan process to establish a framework for the restoration and future development of Zilker Metropolitan Park. The project planning team is currently gathering community input and ideas for park enhancements through a series of five community meetings and an online survey.
The next community meeting will be Virtual Community Meeting #2 on Tuesday, August 10, at 6pm on Zoom. To sign up, go to the Zoom Meeting Registration site and enter your name and email to register. We also encourage everyone to take the online Community Survey #2 TODAY. Another way to provide input is to sign up to receive ongoing updates on the Vision Plan website.
Please join Barton Springs Conservancy in advocating for our values and priorities which we believe will protect the environment while welcoming visitors from across the city to enjoy all that Zilker Park has to offer by addressing increased usage of Zilker Park while prioritizing the natural environment of the park through education and park improvements that focus on sustainable systems and innovative methods for maintenance and operations.
For the Love of the Springs,
Barton Springs Conservancy, President
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