The Parklands Events Task Force has put forth recommendations to move some major events that currently occur in Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores near downtown to other less utilized parks in other parts of the city, the Austin Monitor reports.
The report wants the city to start utilizing parks like Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park and Onion Creek Memorial Park for events such as KGSR’s Blues on the Green, the Zilker Relays, the Urban Music Festival, the Austin Food & Wine Festival, Austin Pride, the Cap Tex Tri Triathlon and the Tri Rock Triathlon.
The report will be presented today to City Council’s Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee, who will then parcel out its recommendations to the corresponding departments.
Most of the report is about lessening the effect of events on surrounding neighborhoods. The report wants to decrease or reroute car and pedicabs, look more closely at the impact of sound bleed on the area around the events, and make the setup and tear-down process for stages and event infrastructure quicker and smoother. They also want to increase environmentally friendly practices during events and study fee increases to fund the impact events have on parks.
The chairs of the committee said that they will involve the neighbors around the four Austin parks in what improvements are necessary to the parks to have events, in what events are put there, and in how the events are implemented. In addition to Walter E. Long and Onion Creek Metropolitan Park, the other parks are Bolm Road District Park and Johnny Trevino Jr. Metropolitan Park. Most of the new sites are on the edges of town.