Partial closures coming to Auditorium Shores in November

Partial closures coming to Auditorium Shores in November

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You have one month left before portions of Auditorium Shores start to close for construction.

It's a project we told you about in May.

A public input meeting had to be stopped several times Tuesday night because of constant interruptions, shouting and people going over the designated time limit.

A $3.5 million Auditorium Shores improvement project is made possible because of a donation from C3 Presents, the same group that puts on the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Reps with the city's Parks and Recreation Department insist they are the ones making the decisions for the changes to auditorium shores, not C3 Presents.

One of the main issues is limiting the amount of space for un-leashed dogs to about three acres.

Richard Bagdonas said, "It would be easy to blame the congestion and condition of the park on the dogs that visit just under the area under the 1st Street Bridge, but they are not the problem, the current watering schedule, lack of grass and the excessive number of the events, blocks access."

Brandon Crown said, "One of the serious concerns is the now lack of handicap parking access to the park which we have now."

Marty Stump, with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, said, "There's nothing in the contract or the agreement between the city and C3 presents. I certainly haven't been present in any meeting where we've been encourage strongly to adopt an eye on leash or no dog policy this is something is coming from staff."

The proposed changes to Auditorium Shores still have to go before city council in November. This is also when construction is supposed to start. The entire project won't be completed until 2015.

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