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Park event days reduced, regulations codified

Friday, June 16, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

City Council approved a resolution reducing event days for three parks and codifying regulations covering parking, noise limits and vending. The resolution was postponed last week per Council Member Ann Kitchen’s request, who was not present for the meeting. Council Member Jimmy Flannigan also worried that Austin City Limits Festival and other major events would take up the majority of the reduced event days, leaving even less room for less popular events. The Parkland Events Task Force made recommendations for Zilker Park, Vic Mathias Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park (“Auditorium Shores”) and Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach (“Festival Gardens”). The task force recommended Zilker go from 29 to 24 event days, Auditorium Shores from 20 to 17, and Fiesta Gardens from 19 to 17 days through attrition, meaning new events cannot replace any existing events that choose to leave. Existing events such as Austin City Limits and South by Southwest are safe and sound, and the task force has said it is not kicking out existing events, but rather suggesting they go elsewhere to venues farther from the downtown hub. Parking is also prohibited on a park’s grassy area or an area designated “reserved for patrons” or “special event parking.”

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