Park That Decision
Austin city manager halts the plan to change Zilker Park
The controversial Zilker Park Vision Plan is not moving forward. Austin Mayor Kirk Watson said he and the city council no longer have plans to consider the “Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan,” and the city manager has stopped the process.
The council was set to discuss the plan later this month.
The proposal included some major changes at Zilker Park, including new parking garages, a pedestrian bridge and an amphitheater.
Council members heard feedback from the public on the plan. Those who were against it said they did not want to see Austin's iconic park change.
In a joint statement on Monday, Council members Ryan Alter, Zo Qadri and Mayor Pro Tem Paige Ellis said they “do not see a path forward” for the plan and cannot support it.
“We know that the Zilker Park Vision Plan proposes many improvements that have community consensus, such as additional green space, shade trees, erosion control and bathrooms,” they said. “Other elements, however, seem to be flash points of irreconcilable differences.”
Alter, Qadri and Ellis said they believe it is their responsibility as council members to protect the park for “many generations to come.”
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