Youth Event for the Festival Beach Master Plan
August 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Saturday August 18, 2012 — Fiesta Gardens-West End, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street (Under the Pavilion)
I dropped by the Youth Event for the Festival Beach Master Plan at Fiesta Gardens. At this event, youth in the community were going to create a model of a park using cake as a building block. The activity would give the youth an opportunity to express their ideas of what they want to see in a park. The ideas and results of the event are to be presented at the community meeting tonight (Monday Aug.20 6pm-8pm) at the Community Meeting at the ESB MACC.
There was minimal attendance by the public. I only saw about one family participate while I was taking photos.
I had a chance to conduct a couple of quick interviews from two people at the park. Here they are:
Rebecca Brisco-Rohne – She was helping with a local clean-up effort by picking up trash around park with a team of 17 volunteers from LBJ School of Public Affairs. She was familiar with parts of the Master Park Plan dealing with trails and pedestrian walkway. While we walked, she spoke about her general ideas to improve the park and some of her concerns.
‘Rambo’ – Andy Ramirez — Rambo was sitting under the shade of a tree near the boat ramp at “Chicano Beach”. He is a native East Austinite who lives blocks away from the park. As a war veteran, he is taking advantage of a program at the Austin Community College to continue his education. Mr. Ramirez expresses his concern & frustration of rising property taxes for homeowners & residents in the area (especially elderly population with fixed incomes) due to new development. As a long time park visitor, he recognizes the new interest in the area by many people. A person who has deep roots in the community, Mr. Ramirez regards East Austin as ‘God’s country’ which needs to be treated with respect and care to preserve this precious place.
More photos from event