AUSTIN -- Tuesday morning a group of more than 30 park advocacy and neighborhood and community organizations will gather in front of City Hall. They say it's a wake up call more funding is needed for park maintenance after a tree fell on a jogger Saturday.
Most people using the hike and bike trail see it as a way to get in shape, not a potential hazard to their health. But after a tree fell on a jogger Saturday, breaking his leg, there are concerns.
"There are people out here with strollers all the time and babies and people listening to music and they're not really paying attention," jogger Freida Kohler says.
Urban Forestry program manager for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Angela Hanson says they receive thousands of work requests for tree maintenance a year. "We respond to those as quickly and efficiently as possible."
She says the tree that fell was marked with orange paint and was on a list of about 100 other trees needing work.
"Due to the drought, we expect to see continued level of need. If not an expanded amount of need," said Hanson.
To keep up with demand, Great Austin Parks, is urging Austin City Council to increase funding for park maintenance. It's a city wide coalition of park advocates, neighborhood and community groups.
The group is meeting Tuesday morning at 10:45 at City Hall plaza. They think the maintenance budget should be increased by 4.75 million dollars, an eight percent increase.