So they discussed our park funding in City Council today and it wasn’t great, but we are still holding out hope. Tovo introduced the item and they approved $10,000 from the general budget to provide annual maintenance on the site as it is (mow and empty trash). The 3 Million budget surplus that we were hoping to draw the rest of the money from was already allocated to other items at this point.
Here is where Laura Morrison stepped up in an attempt to save our bacon. She asked the others to go back tonight and look at the their own budget items from that 3M and find ways to shave it, just a little bit. If they can all cut just a little bit, they can redistribute funds to come up with a paltry sum of $67,575 for the park.
Below is another template urging council to make these cuts, and find the money for us in the next two days of work sessions. Let’s flood them with so much public support for this that they can’t say no. Your friends, your family, your dog, we need all of their emails! WE CAN DO THIS!!!
Thank you for your emails and dedication!
Highland Neighborhood Park Committee
Subject – Funding a Park at 401 W. St. Johns
Dear Council Members and Mayor,
Thank you for recognizing the amount of effort our neighborhood has put into getting a park at 401 W. St. Johns, and for voting to allocate funds to annual maintenance of the site.
We know that on Monday, September 8th you debated how to fund the additional $67,575 we are requesting. With that amount, we are not asking you to build this park, only that you allocate seed money for site preparation, the very necessary master plan, and fencing needs. If each of you could find $11,000 of the funds already allocated to redistribute to this effort, our hands would be untied and we would have the ability to write grants and collect donations that we can actually use toward building park amenities.
This park will benefit not only Highland neighborhood but all of North Central Austin. The site is intersected by 3 bike lanes and is within 1/2 mile of two train stations and North Lamar, one of the busiest travel corridors in Austin. With the severe lack of amenities and large amount of development in North Central Austin, this park will serve so many Austinites. We beg you to find a way to provide $67,575 for a park at 401 W. St Johns.
Thank you again for recognizing the hard work of our neighborhood and the desperate need for parkland to serve the community of North Central Austin.