Friday, September 23, 2022

Austin Public Health & Travis County Partnering with Community Organizations for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics This Weekend

Austin Public Health (APH) and Travis County are partnering with community organizations to provide free COVID-19 vaccination clinics around the county from Sept. 23 - Sept. 26.   

Clinics are open to all eligible individuals without registration or appointment and do not require identification, insurance, or proof of citizenship. All vaccinations are free. If you are receiving your second dose, third dose or booster shot, please bring your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to be updated.   

Individuals attending these events should be weather- and traffic-aware. Remember to wear appropriate clothing, including garments that allow you to easily expose your arm.   

To locate providers in your area with a supply of COVID-19 vaccines, go to Vaccines.gov (Vacunas.govfor Spanish), or text your zip code to 438829 (822862 for Spanish).  

NOTICE: Hours are subject to change. 
 

Friday, Sept. 23 

La Mexicana Market – Rundberg (Travis County) 

La Mexicana Market – Stassney (Travis County) 

Poco Loco Supermercado – Cameron (Travis County) 

Movies in The Park: Pan American Park (Travis County)


Saturday, Sept. 24 

Travis County Constable Precinct 4 Office (Travis County) 

Austin Country Flea Market (Travis County) 

812 Outdoor Flea Market (Travis County) 

Ponciana Neighborhood Park (Travis County)

Trove Eastside (Austin Public Health)

  • Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Address: 2201 Montopolis Dr. Austin, TX 78741
  • Vaccine: Pfizer (6+ months) Moderna (6+ months) Novavax (12+) Pfizer bivalent booster (12+ years) Moderna bivalent booster (18+ years) season flu shot (6+ months)

 

Sunday, Sept. 25 

Travis County Constable Precinct 4 Office (Travis County) 

Austin Country Flea Market (Travis County) 

812 Outdoor Flea Market (Travis County) 

Thinkery Children's Museum (Austin Public Health)

  • Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Address: 1830 Simond Ave Austin, TX 78723
  • Vaccine: Pfizer (6+ months) Moderna (6+ months) Novavax (12+) Pfizer bivalent booster (12+ years) Moderna bivalent booster (18+ years) season flu shot (6+ months)

 

Monday, Sept. 26

Central Texas Allied Health Institute (Travis County) 

La Mexicana Market – Rundberg (Travis County) 

La Mexicana Market – Stassney (Travis County) 

Poco Loco Supermercado – Cameron (Travis County) 

*The vaccination sites are closed to the press. While vaccinations are occurring, each site is considered a hospital with patients, and only authorized visits are allowed. Agencies listed in parentheses for each location (Austin Public Health or Travis County) are the only entities that can authorize admittance.  


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Roy Kizer Golf Course Grand Reopening


The Austin Parks and Recreation Department's Golf Division, Golf ATX, will host a grand re-opening of the Roy Kizer Golf Course (https://www.austintexas.gov/department/roy-kizer-course) on Thursday, September 29 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. The course, which has been closed since early March 2022, underwent a putting greens resurfacing project and reopened under modified operations on September 8, 2022. The Grand Re-Opening will feature a live onsite radio broadcast, golf, music, giveaways and breakfast for all attendees.

The Roy Kizer Golf Course is a links-style layout spread over 200 acres located in southeast Austin. The course was named for Roy Kizer, a long-time golf course superintendent at Lions Municipal Golf Course from 1937 until his retirement in 1973. Mr. Roy Kizer earned the respect of the Austin golf community through his dedication to the course and his support of junior golf in the City of Austin. With 35 acres of lakes and 22 acres of wetlands, the golf course offers residency to migratory waterfowl in the area and is a beautiful experience for players of all skill levels.

 

About Golf ATX:

The City of Austin owns six golf courses and one short practice course all focused on a great golf experience at an affordable price. The Golf ATX courses serve a large and diverse golf public with more than 300,000 rounds played annually and over 300 tournaments and events hosted on its golf courses annually. Golf ATX offers golf programs for adults, juniors and players of all skill levels. For more information, visit www.GOLFATX.org.


Los habitantes de Austin pueden ayudar a determinar el futuro de las rutas peatonales y las ciclovías de la ciudad

Usando las opiniones de la comunidad recolectadas durante el año pasado, el Departamento de Obras Públicas de Austin y el Departamento de Transporte de Austin están presentando tres escenarios para el futuro de los senderos urbanoslas ciclovías y las aceras. Los habitantes pueden compartir en línea sus comentarios acerca de estos escenarios y preguntas adicionales sobre políticas de transporte hasta el 23 de octubre. Los opiniones del público informarán los planes actualizados de las aceras, los senderos urbanos y las ciclovías de Austin.

La Reunión Pública Virtual de ATX Walk Bike Roll: Escogiendo Nuestro Camino pide a los residentes que compartan su opinión sobre una variedad de temas acerca del transporte.

Opciones para ciclovías y senderos urbanos: Al público se le presentan tres formas en que los senderos urbanos y las ciclovías podrían construirse en el futuro. Un escenario se enfocaría en facilitar el movilizarse alreadedor de la ciudad, otra opción crearía un mejor acceso a los destinos locales dentro de los vencindarios y el tercero le daría prioridad al acceso a la naturaleza. Los tres escenarios tienen como objetivo mejorar el acceso para las personas de color y las personas de bajos recursos económicos. Los habitantes pueden ayudar a decidir qué tipos de conexiones deberán priorizarse para tener el mayor impacto positivo para las personas que caminan, andan en bicicleta o se movilizan en transporte público.

Calles compartidas: También se les pide a los habitantes que compartan su opinión acerca de un nuevo concepto llamado Calles Compartidas. Calles Compartidas utilizará dispositivos para disminuir el tráfico, como bolardos, pintura o jardineras, para hacer que algunas calles residenciales sean más cómodas para las personas que caminan, andan en bicicleta o se movilizan en transporte público. El objetivo es construir lugares más seguros para caminar en menos tiempo y a un costo menor de lo que se necesita para construir aceras. Se pregunta a los habitantes si les gustaría ver un aumento en la construcción de calles compartidas.

Darle prioridad a los cruces peatonales: Además, la Ciudad de Austin está determinando cómo priorizar los proyectos de cruces peatonales. Se les pregunta a los habitantes qué tan importantes creen que son los cruces peatonales en lugares seleccionados para determinar dónde construirlos primero.

Conceptos de política de transporte: Por último, se les pide a los habitantes que compartan sus comentarios acerca de las preguntas de política, que se enfocan en ideas que podrían reducir el costo de movilizarse de una manera equitativa y abordar los subsidios ocultos que actualmente favorecen a los automóviles por encima de otras opciones de transporte.

ATX Walk Bike Roll se encuentra en un momento clave y está tomando decisiones importantes acerca de cómo la ciudad debe avanzar en la planificación para el futuro de la movilidad de Austin y necesita que los habitantes ayuden a decidir acerca de este futuro.

¡Por favor, comparta su opinión sobre estos modelos e ideas de políticas antes del 23 de octubre!

Visite la Reunión Pública Virtual
Los residentes que no puedan completar la encuesta en línea pueden recibir una encuesta por correo. Solicite este formulario llamando al (512) 974-7182 o enviando un correo electrónico a ATXWalkBikeRoll@AustinTexas.gov


Austin Residents Can Help Determine the Future of City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Routes

 

Illustration of people walking, biking, and rolling.

Using community input gathered over the past year, Austin Public Works and Austin Transportation are presenting three scenarios for the future of urban trailsbikeways, and sidewalks. Residents can give feedback on these scenarios and additional transportation policy questions online through October 23. Public feedback will inform Austin’s updated Sidewalks, Urban Trails, and Bikeway plans. 

The ATX Walk Bike Roll: Choosing Our Path virtual open house asks residents to give input on a variety of transportation topics. 

Options for bikeways and urban trails: The public is presented with three ways urban trails and bikeways could be built in the future. One scenario would focus on making it easier to get across the city, another option would create better access to local neighborhood destinations, and the third prioritizes access to nature. All three scenarios aim to improve access for People of Color and people with low incomes. Residents can help decide what types of connections should be prioritized. 

Shared Streets: Residents are also asked to give input on a new concept called Shared Streets. Shared Streets will use traffic calming devices, such as bollards, paint, or planters, to make some residential streets more comfortable for people walking, biking, or rolling. The goal is to build safer places to walk in less time and at a lower cost than it takes to build sidewalks. Residents are asked if they would like to see more shared streets in Austin.

Prioritizing pedestrian crossings: Additionally, the City of Austin is determining how to prioritize pedestrian street crossing projects. Residents are asked how important they think pedestrian crossings are at select locations to determine where to build first.  

Transportation policy concepts: Finally, residents are asked to give feedback on policy questions, which focus on ideas that could lower the cost of getting around in an equitable way and address the hidden subsidies that currently favor automobiles above other transportation options.

Visit the Virtual Open House
ATX Walk Bike Roll is at a key moment and making major decisions about how the City should move forward in planning for the future of Austin’s mobility and needs residents to help decide on this future! Residents can take the ATX Walk Bike Roll survey now through October 23.

Anyone who is unable to take the online survey can request that a survey be mailed to them by calling (512) 974-7182 or emailing ATXWalkBikeRoll@AustinTexas.gov 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

City of Austin Completes Economic Development Department Leadership Team

The City of Austin Economic Development Department (EDD) is pleased to announce the final recruitment of its leadership team with the hiring of David Gray as Assistant Director and Susana Carbajal as Deputy Director.

“With a strong leadership team in place, we are positioned to continue recovery support and resources for growth in small business development, cultural arts and music industry rebound, heritage tourism, economic policy for business expansion, and redevelopment of city-owned property,” explains Sylnovia Holt-Rabb, Director of the Economic Development Department. “We look forward to increased collaboration to build Austin’s future.”
 
The City of Austin's Economic Development Department supports and recruits business to Austin. The mission is to promote a competitive, sustainable and equitable economy for all through six divisions:

  • Cultural Arts programs integrate arts and artists into economic development.
  • Global Business Expansion increases jobs and investment in Austin with programs that support business expansion and attraction.
  • Heritage Tourism programs aim to attract tourists by preserving historic buildings, sites, and districts.
  • Music & Entertainment supports Austin’s venues, commercial music businesses, and musicians.
  • Redevelopment facilitates innovative partnerships and projects to re-invigorate Austin neighborhoods and commercial districts.
  • Small Business helps small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start a small business.

David Gray as Assistant Director will oversee the Creative and Cultural Ecosystem, which includes the Cultural Arts Division, Heritage Tourism Division, and Music & Entertainment Division, as well as the communications team.

“I look forward to working with our local creative and historic communities and ensuring that our services reach our most vulnerable neighbors,” notes David Gray. “We will continue to sustain Austin’s world-renowned cultural ecosystem by delivering programs, funding opportunities, and policies that produce economic and community benefits for our local creative professionals and organizations.”

Susana Carbajal as Deputy Director will oversee Business Engagement and Community Building, which includes the Small Business Division, Redevelopment Division, and Global Business Expansion Division, as well as the administrative and finance teams.

“We will continue to advocate for all Austinites through equitable development and business programming.” notes Susana Carbajal. “Engaging our local businesses and building inclusive communities are the foundation of economic development.”

David Gray

David Gray, Assistant Director

David initially joined EDD in March 2020 as the department’s Public Information & Marketing Program Manager and established the department’s first centralized communications team. David also served as EDD’s Economic Recovery Programs Project Manager when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Austin. In this role, he led 12 program launches in two years, which collectively distributed more than $60 million dollars in emergency support for local businesses, creatives, and communities.

Most recently, David served as Interim Assistant Director for Austin’s Housing and Planning Department (HPD), where he supported the Displacement Prevention, Inclusive Planning, and Strategic Data Divisions. David’s experience prior to joining EDD includes leading community engagement efforts for the Austin Transportation Department’s Vision Zero Program; managing the Community Benefits Division for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; serving as the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond, CA; and holding other key positions in outreach and policy with local government organizations. David earned his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelor’s degrees from Tulane University.


Roadway Rehab Underway Along Springdale Rd.

Sep 20, 2022 

Austin Public Works recently began a roadway improvement project on Springdale Rd. An effort funded by the voter-approved 2018 Bond; the project’s purpose is to rehabilitate Springdale Rd. and improve mobility options in the neighborhood.

The project was designed and is being managed completely by Public Works’ Capital Project Delivery Program. The repairs consist of: replacing existing pavement with new asphalt, limited concrete curb replacement, and adding new pavement markings. Austin Public Works is also taking the opportunity to adjust, and in some locations add, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps in the area. New pavement markings will also be installed on the road.

The first of three phases will focus on Springdale Rd. between Goodwin Ave. and Oak Springs Dr. and is expected to last a little over a week. The full Springdale rehabilitation will span from Airport Blvd. to Manor Rd. and will reach completion by mid-November 2022 (subject to the nature of construction and weather).

Localized construction impacts include:

  • Lane closures: Alternating lane closures and detours will be in effect as needed during construction.
  • Sidewalk closures: A portion of the sidewalks will be closed as needed as they are added/adjusted for ADA Compliance. Detour signage for pedestrians is posted.
  • Transit: Select Capital Metro bus stops along Springdale Rd. will be accessible as construction allows.

Austin Public Works urges everyone traveling in the area to watch their speed and stay alert for construction workers and pedestrian traffic.

To learn more about Austin's Road Resurfacing Programs, visit AustinTexas.Gov/StreetAndBridge or call 3-1-1.

City of Austin and HousingWorks Update Progress on Strategic Housing Blueprint Goals

Austin continues to make progress toward meeting the 10-year goals laid out in the Strategic Housing Blueprint, particularly by constructing income-restricted units in High Opportunity Areas and preserving existing subsidized units, while production of new affordable housing units lags slightly.

The data comes from the 2021 Blueprint Scorecard and a four-year Progress-to-Date Scorecard (2018-2021) released through a partnership between the City’s Housing and Planning Department and the nonprofit group HousingWorks Austin.  

The scorecards measure the progress made on the housing production goals and other metrics related to housing affordability set forth in the Strategic Housing Blueprint that was approved by Council in 2017. The Blueprint seeks to align resources and facilitate community partnerships around a single, strategic vision to create 60,000 affordable housing across the city, particularly for those making less than 80% of the median family income. 

According to the scorecards, in 2021, the city exceeded its goal of building new housing units within a half-mile of Imagine Austin Centers and Corridors for the fourth year in a row. Over the past four years, the city has been most successful in meeting this goal, with 91% of all new housing units from 2018 to 2021 located within these areas. 

Substantial progress was also achieved in preserving existing affordable housing, repairing and upgrading 1,550 units of housing units, ensuring that they remain affordable for low-income Austinites for years to come.  Additionally, construction of units for households earning 81% MFI or above continued to grow, with the construction of nearly 7,500 units in 2021.

Nora Linares-Moeller, the Executive Director of HousingWorks Austin said, "The increase in the number of affordable units preserved over the past year is especially encouraging. With the cost of living continuing to increase in Austin, it is important that we do not lose any of the existing affordable housing in the city while new units are built to address the current housing shortage."

While the scorecards also indicate a continued lag toward the goal of 60,000 new affordable housing units, officials say delays are expected due in large part to the time and resources necessary to launch extensive housing projects.

“Realistically, the slower pace of constructing new affordable units is understandable when you consider the time and resources required to build both rental and home ownership units,” said HPD Executive Director Rosie Truelove.  “We are currently looking at more than 2,000 rental and home ownership units in the construction pipeline within the next two years from funds made possible in large part by the voter-approved $250 million affordable housing bond in 2018.”

The annual scorecard (published 6-12 months after the close of the reporting period) can help Austin track its efforts to sustainably achieve affordability goals, expand housing opportunities, and ensure Austin remains a liveable city for all.
 
For access to the Blueprint Scorecards, more about the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint, and links to all of the past versions of the Blueprint Scorecard visit:  AustinTexas.gov/blueprint  


About HousingWorks Austin
HousingWorks Austin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They advance their mission to preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing through research, education, and advocacy in Austin, Texas and the surrounding region, with a commitment to ensuring those most in need have access to safe and affordable housing. Advocacy is guided by the maxim, ‘All Kinds of Homes, in All Parts of Town, for All Kinds of People’.
 
About Housing and Planning Department
The Housing and Planning Department provides resources related to planning, zoning, housing, and community development to enhance the quality of life of all Austinites. Equitable, efficient, and comprehensive planning with displacement prevention as a prioritized focus is the Department’s core charge in delivering housing services to the community.

Austin Public Health & Travis County Partnering with Community Organizations for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics This Weekend

Austin Public Health (APH) and Travis County are partnering with community organizations to provide free COVID-19 vaccination clinics around...