Tuesday, December 10, 2013

KXAN provides balanced round-up on Auditorium Shores leash-free park controversy

AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
The proposed modifications will first be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Board during their meeting Tuesday.
The new design comes after many people were concerned about the reduced area for dogs off their leashes.
The main concern for Parks and Recreation has been safety issues raised by having off leash dogs.
Many also believe the plans were solely what C3 Presents, the company funding the project, wants.
C3 is expected to donate $3.5 million over a 5-year-period.
The new plan adds an additional 1.45 acres of off leash zone. It also adds 350 feet of open run area.
Making those changes caused a 35 foot reduction in water access.
No dogs will be allowed on the event lawn once the changes are made.
If the new plan is approved on Thursday, construction of the off-leash area is expected to begin next April.

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