Now that we’re out of the 100º weather, C3/LiveNation closes Zilker Park’s Great Lawn beginning 9/23 in preparation for Austin City Limits (ACL). Austinites can expect most closures to remain through the rest of the year for Trail of Lights. This summer we had 78 days over 100º. For those counting, that is 4 months the […]
AUSTIN, Texas — 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.
Weeks before Austin City Council was set to take a final vote on the controversial Zilker Park Vision Plan, city officials announced the proposed framework is effectively dead following more than two years of development and public debate.
The Zilker Park Vision Plan will no longer be considered by the Austin City Council, according to Mayor Kirk Watson, possibly killing the controversial $200 million plan.
“I have some serious problems with that plan,” said city Mayor Kirk Watson. Watson said the park needs to improve on its accessibility, but he’s not in favor of the three proposed parking garages. “I think we can address the parking issues in ways other than putting a parking garage in one of our crown […]
Austin’s signature green space is at the center of a long-running debate over how much the city should cling to its past as it prepares for the future.
I don’t support a big amphitheater on the Great Lawn. We’ve proven you don’t need such a thing to have amazing shows there. And we just opened a pretty cool amphitheater in downtown at Waterloo Park. Plus, we can, and should, upgrade and make improvements at the current Hillside Theatre. I also don’t support putting […]
Mayor Kirk Watson on Tuesday expressed strong opinions about the Zilker Park Vision Plan, particularly areas of the plan that have already caused controversy. Watson wrote in his “Watson Wire” email that he was opposed to putting a proposed 5,000-seat amphitheater on the Great Lawn, which would replace the aging Hillside Theater.
For the last few years, the Zilker Park Vision Plan has been a controversial one. Including new parking initiatives and structures in the park and near Barton Springs, the plan, in its many iterations, has been decried as pandering to either a technocratic version of Austin’s future, the Live Nation/C3 music industrial complex, or both.
AUSTIN, Texas — A new poll shows some Austin residents are opposed to a couple of big changes to Zilker Park. Over 80% of those polled say they do not want an amphitheater or parking garages within the park. The poll of 600 Austin residents was conducted by Rewild Zilker Park. It came out on Tuesday, […]