AUSTIN -- Described as Austin's premier lakefront park, Town Lake Metropolitan Park consists of 54 acres of land anchored by the Long Center and Palmer Events Center.
Since completion of the original master plan in 1999, the park has been the focus of numerous redevelopment efforts, which included the Great Lawn and fountain.
To help imagine the future, the city is collecting public input and working with an advisory firm headed by former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and former Austin mayor Will Winn, spoke on a panel at the public session.
“We think it's vitally important because this space is so unique and different. As you see development going around, this is like sacred ground. So you want the max amount of people using the park,” Daley said.
Daley was key in bringing Millennium Park to Chicago and in getting sponsorships for what's now considered a city gem. It wasn't without controversy, as Austin will most likely see.
”There will be! There's nothing wrong with controversy, but I think in the long run, people are trying to get to the right decision,” said Daley.
Some are already concerned about the plan to soon relocate the off-leash dog park from Auditorium Shores. The plan is to resurface the grass and realign the trail and irrigation system.
The long term project will be determined by what the city hears from the public, extensive research, and analysis.
Public Meeting #2 - 09/28/13; 11:00AM - 12:00PM @ Dougherty Arts Center
MORE: Information on possible materials and design elements under consideration for the off-leash area.
Public Meeting #3 - 10/08/13; 6:30PM - 7:30PM @ Dougherty Arts Center
MORE: Study on Town Lake Metropolitan Park