In light of chronic budget shortfalls, this year GAP is asking Council to at minimum support priority issues of safety and long-range planning. Keeping parks safe is critical to their value and has a direct relationship to accessibility and usage. Perception that a space is not safe or accessible is, in effect, viewed as a primary barrier to use and enjoyment.
Austin’s park system can live up to its world-class potential by investing $4.4 million in the outlined safety and planning measures requested by PARD. We respectfully encourage City Council and Mayor Adler to include the attached investments in the FY2017 Budget.
2016 – 2017 Budget Ask
|Aquatics||Safety and Security – Automated External Defibrillators (AED)||$49,451|
|Grounds Maintenance||Safety and Security – Hepatitis B Vaccinations||$30,000|
|Grounds Maintenance||Safety and Security – FTE’s for Playground Safety and Maintenance Team||$405,359|
|Aquatics||Safety and Security – Aquatic and Nature Based Program FTEs Lifeguard/Instructor||$1,615,133|
|Nature Based Programs||Safety and Security – FTE Request – 10 Park Ranger II||$850,679|
|Joint Use Parks||Safety and Security – GAVA||$500,000|
|Park Planning & Development||Long Range and Master Planning – Consultation for Long Term Plan||$950,000|