City wants input to improve Town Lake Metropolitan Park

Auditorium Shores renovation forced the Austin Symphony to find another place for fireworks. (Kevin Schwaller)
Auditorium Shores renovation forced the Austin Symphony to find another place for fireworks. (Kevin Schwaller)

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  The City of Austin is working with an advisory firm to finish a study on how to ultimately improve Town Lake Metropolitan Park over the next five to 20 years.

The Austin Parks Foundation Tur Partners, an advisory firm and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department hosted a public session that will go over the current visioning plan for Auditorium Shores, and Butler Park along Lady Bird Lake.

Since September, a series of public sessions have taken place to gather input on how to improve the public access for area. Past meetings have included talks about ways to help the infrastructure, design, and traffic issues at Town Lake Metropolitan Park.

In May, the study recommended creating a dedicated traffic management division under the Austin Police Department. It would be made up of non-sworn staff specifically trained to manage and direct traffic.

The study says traffic is a major issue during events and people entering and leaving the Palmer Event Center garage. There is also an issue with crowd control and people walking around the park. It says sworn officers are primarily trained to police, not manage traffic and it costs more to hire police.

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