Austin recreation department asks residents how to spend tax dollars

Kids playing at a summer camp (KXAN file photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thursday the public has a chance to help shape how their tax dollars are spent on recreation in Austin. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is holding an interactive town hall meeting where anyone can give their input from the comfort of their home.

At the Hancock Recreation Center in Hyde Park – summer camps are continually sold out. Even the line dancing class for older adults is a popular choice. These types of programs were continued as a result of feedback from the public three years ago.

The department has $8 million to allocate for recreational programming and public feedback helps shape that.

“From that information we’ll do a final analysis and we’ll start developing our recreation program plan that sets the guide and direction for the next three years,” said Patrick Corona, Division Manager Community Recreation Centers. “Those programs that we can implement immediately we will do so and those that take more planning we’ll do that as well,”

The Interactive Town Hall Meeting starts at 7p.m. Here’s a link to the live stream. The public can comment through Twitter, Facebook, or even call in. The public can also attend the meeting in person – it’s happening at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center in east Austin. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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