Tuesday, May 31, 2022

City’s Seeks Public Input on Proposals for Central East Austin Multifamily Rental Housing Development

 

The public may review and vote for their preferred proposal before June 19 deadline 

Austin, Texas — The City of Austin and Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) today announced an open public comment and voting period for proposals to develop and operate a multifamily rental housing development(s) on a three-acre property—located at 3515 Manor Road— owned by the City of Austin and the AHFC. The public comment period is open now through the end of the day on June 19, 2022. 

This RFP is a partnership between APH and the AHFC. Supporting documentation and proposals are available on the RFP web page

The development of the property at 3515 Manor Road is anticipated to address both affordable housing priorities and additional community priorities that were identified through previous public engagement efforts. The development shall consist of one or more multifamily rental developments developed as low-income affordable housing for families, and Permanent Supportive Housing for persons experiencing homelessness. 

The required Permanent Supportive Housing will be supported by on-site social services to be provided by an experienced non-profit and funded through a Social Services contract with APH that is awarded through this RFP. 

For questions regarding the RFP, contact the authorized contact: 

Sarah Ramos 
Procurement Specialist 
Sarah.Ramos@AustinTexas.gov 

 
About Austin Housing Finance Corporation
The Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) was created as a public, non-profit corporation and instrumentality of the City of Austin. The mission of the AHFC is to generate and implement strategic housing solutions for the benefit of low- and moderate-income residents of the City of Austin.

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.


Friday, May 27, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend Personal Watercraft Ban on Lake Austin

The Austin Police Department Lake Patrol Unit will be enforcing the City Ordinance that prohibits personal watercraft, wet bikes, motorized surfboards, and similar devices. The enforcement will happen on Lake Austin, beginning at sunset on Friday, May 27, 2022, and ending at sunrise on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. As outlined in Ordinance 8-5-81, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards can still be used along with watercraft designed for the conventional manner of sitting or standing in the vessel.

The annual ban on personal watercraft is necessary to ensure the safety of many people who use the lake and parks over the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. This ban only applies to Lake Austin.

Police will be patrolling Lake Austin this weekend and urge people using waterways to follow the Texas Water Safety Act and City of Austin boating laws and ordinances. Police encourage all boaters to practice safe boating and call 9-1-1 for all reckless operations of boats or emergencies.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Police Department want the public to enjoy the parks and lakes but urge people to make this a safe holiday.

City Ordinance:  8-5-81 WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MOTORIZED CRAFT ON LAKE AUSTIN.

     (A)     A person may not use or possess a jet ski, wet bike, motorized surfboard, or similar device on Lake Austin:

          (1)     from sunset on the Friday before Memorial Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Memorial Day;

          (2)     from sunset on the Friday before Labor Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Labor Day; or

          (3)     from sunset on July 3 until sunrise on July 5.

     (B)     A person operating a motorboat on Lake Austin shall stay on the right side of the lake, except when assisting a downed water skier.

     (C)     A person may not operate a watercraft on Lake Austin at a speed that is greater than reasonable and prudent under the existing circumstances.

Source:  1992 Code Section 14-2-1; Ord. 031009-11; Ord. 031211-11.

Austin Enters Stage 1 of Drought Contingency Plan New Watering Restrictions to take effect June 6

The combined storage level of water in Lakes Travis and Buchanan is currently at 1.409 million acre-feet this morning and is projected to drop below 1.4 million acre-feet within the next few days. Austin’s Drought Contingency Plan sets a trigger at this storage level at which the City Manager may order the implementation of Stage 1 conservation measures. To give the community notice that these new restrictions are coming and consistent with the City’s Water Conservation Code, City Manager Spencer Cronk has ordered implementation of Stage 1, effective June 6, 2022. This comes after over a 3-year stretch at Conservation Stage, the lowest stage of the Water Conservation Code.

“Our community has embraced water conservation year-round and I’m confident they will step up to this additional restriction” said Interim Water Director Robert Goode. "The only change between Conservation Stage and Stage 1 is the reduction of automatic irrigation watering hours. Watering only in the early morning or late evening hours when temperatures are coolest, will help reduce unnecessary water loss through evaporation and that continues to support Austin’s water conservation efforts.”

Austin Water will undertake additional community outreach and education through social media, radio, television announcements, and responses to frequently asked questions on Austin Water’s website. In addition, Austin Water will continue its investigations of reported non-compliance received via Austin 3-1-1 and water waste patrols.

Stage 1 Watering Restrictions Summary
  • Stage 1 Watering Restrictions reduce the total number of hours available for watering via automatic irrigation systems from 15 hours to 13 hours (Midnight - 8am and 7pm - midnight).
  • All other watering restrictions remain unchanged including:
    • Once-per-week automatic irrigation watering schedule will continue for residential and commercial water customers.
    • Twice-per-week hose-end irrigation watering schedule will continue for residential customers.
    • Residents can continue the following irrigation methods without restrictions:
      • athletic fields
      • drip irrigation
      • hand-held watering with a hose
      • watering trees with automatic bubblers
      • automatic drip irrigation
      • soaker hose beneath the tree canopy and in vegetable gardens
    • Commercial car washes can operate normally. Residential car washes, and the washing of any outdoor surface, is permitted with a bucket and/or automatic shut-off nozzle.
    • Commercial customers will continue to limit the use of patio misters to the hours between 4pm and midnight.

 



Drought in Central Texas

“While the changes in restrictions for Stage 1 are limited, Austin Water also views the declaration of Stage 1 as an opportunity, and obligation, to inform citizens about the current situation with drought and lake volumes,” said Kevin Critendon, Assistant Director, Environmental, Planning and Development Services. “Although some rain has fallen in Central Texas this year, it doesn’t always make its way into the streams and rivers that replenish the Highland Lakes.”

For complete details about the drought contingency plan, triggers for additional water restrictions and other frequently asked questions, visit austinwater.org


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Extra Health Precautions Warranted Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

 Austin Public Health (APH) encourages additional preventive measures ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Reported cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Travis County as APH epidemiologists continue tracking outbreaks and clusters. A key determining metric for the Community Level, new COVID-19 cases per 100k population in the last 7 days, is climbing. As of 5/26, that figure is almost 180. Our Community Level is currently low, but once this metric reaches 200, Travis County’s Community Level moves to medium.  

Loved ones who are at risk for serious illness from COVID-19—and anyone who has close contact—should consider masking indoors. Additionally, stay home if you experience symptoms and test. Booster doses begin working immediately, and it’s not too late to get one before gathering and traveling. 

"We know this weekend’s celebrations will include many multigenerational gatherings," said Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority. "These gatherings have been associated with a surge in cases. We know how to prevent the spread of COVID-10. If we get boosted, celebrate outdoors when possible and wear masks indoors to protect those at risk, we can stop the current rise in cases." 

Getting up to date with COVID-19 vaccines is still the best way to protect against serious infection and hospitalizations. Booster doses are now authorized for everyone 5 and older. The CDC recommends a second booster dose for everyone 50 and older, noting "a steep and substantial increase in hospitalizations for older Americans." Even though older age groups have among the highest booster dose coverage, they most likely got their last dose many months ago and would benefit from additional protection. 

Studies show booster doses prompt the body to makes antibodies capable of neutralizing a range of COVID-19 variants. The BA.2 omicron subvariant currently accounts for most COVID-19 infections in Travis County. While this version can cause mild disease for those who are not considered high risk, it’s more transmissible. Everyone should get vaccinated and boosted as soon as they’re eligible. 

"We're more equipped than ever to keep COVID-19 in check," said APH Director Adrienne Sturrup. "Since we’re seeing more cases, please take advantage of all the free masks, testing and vaccine resources that are available to prevent spreading illness during holiday weekend gatherings."

Free N95 respirators 

Ask your local pharmacy (H-E-B, CVS, Walgreens) or use a feature on the CDC’s website to find a location near you. 

Free COVID-19 tests 

APH encourages testing before and after gatherings, especially if you plan to be in close contact with individuals who are at risk. A third round of free mail-order COVID-19 test kits are available through the federal government. You can also pick up free at-home tests at APH's Metz Elementary testing site. 

APH testing and vaccination information 

Find vaccine providers using Vaccines.gov (Vacunas.gov in Spanish) or by texting your zip code to 438829 (822862 in Spanish) to find a nearby clinic.       

APH clinics offer COVID-19 testing and vaccinations without an appointment, although creating an account online in advance saves time. COVID-19 vaccinations are free and require neither identification nor insurance. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000 or visit www.AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.       

The APH Mobile Vaccination Program brings vaccine clinics to businesses, churches and more. APH is asking all organizations to fill out an online form to request a pop-up clinic.

City of Austin offices and facilities to close in observance of Memorial Day

City of Austin government offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
 
Austin Resource Recovery (ARR)
There will be no changes in trash, recycling and compost collection schedules on May 30. For the most up-to-date information on all your ARR collections, use the My Schedule tool or download the Austin Recycles App for your Apple or Android device.
 
The Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center is open by appointment only, for drop off hard-to-recycle items and household hazardous waste. Austin/Travis County residents can schedule a drop-off time through the Austin Recycles mobile app or online.
 
Parks and Recreation Facilities
City of Austin Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, Museums and Cultural Centers will be closed on Monday. City parks, playgrounds, tennis centers, and golf courses will be open for their regularly scheduled hours on Memorial Day. Bartholomew, Barton Springs, Big Stacy, and Deep Eddy Pools will also be open as well as splash pads. Find all Austin Parks and Recreation facility closure information at AustinTexas.gov/ParkClosures.
 
Austin Energy
Utility Customer Service Centers will be closed Monday, May 30. Utility bill payments can be made at COAutilities.com. Other ways to pay can be found here.
 
Austin Public Library
Austin Public Library locations will be closed on Monday. Remote library resources will be accessible through the Austin Public Library website: library.austintexas.gov.
 
Austin Animal Center
The Austin Animal Center will close for Memorial Day and reopen on Tuesday.
 
Austin Public Health 
Austin Public Health testing and vaccine sites will be closed from Saturday, May 28, through Memorial Day. Services will resume on Tuesday, May 31.
 
The City of Austin is encouraging Austinites and visitors to know how they are going to get home before they leave the house for the holiday and graduation celebrations, so they can get home safe. Visit austintexas.gov/gethomesafe to see a list of options.
 
For questions about City services or information call 3-1-1. Service requests can also be submitted from the Austin 3-1-1 mobile app.

Volma Overton, Sr. Beach Renaming Ceremony at Town Lake Metropolitan Park

Join Austin Parks and Recreation for the Volma Overton, Sr. Beach Renaming Ceremony at Town Lake Metropolitan Park, 1003 West Cesar Chavez St., on Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 a.m. This is an outdoor park event, so please dress comfortably. 

Volma Overton, Sr. was born in Southeast Travis County and served in the Marines during World War II, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. Soon after his service to our country concluded, he enrolled in Huston-Tillotson University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a minor in Math. 

Volma Overton, Sr.'s contributions to the City of Austin were critical and transformational. He was a lifelong champion and advocate for civil rights and racial equality. Such advocacy is captured in his leadership role at the National Alliance of Postal Workers, a union comprised of primarily African American maintenance and janitorial workers, where he served as president and advocated for racial equality and fairness in the postal system.  

In 1962, he became president of the Austin Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). During his tenure, he organized numerous demonstrations and actions to combat racial inequality, systemic racism, and institutional inequities. 

In 1964, he led successful advocacy efforts for the Austin City Council to sponsor an antidiscrimination ordinance and the constitution of the Human Rights Commission, which was tasked with reviewing discrimination complaints. In 1965, Volma Overton, Sr. marched alongside Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma to Montgomery March. 

Volma Overton. Sr.’s commitment to justice included reforming Austin and Central Texas’ local institutions. One of his many other accomplishments included desegregating the Austin Independent School District through a lawsuit he filed in 1970, which named his daughter, DeDra, as the lead plaintiff. Additionally, he fought alongside Boy Scout Troop #70 to integrate the swimming pool at Bastrop State Park in 1963. 

Volma Overton’s, Sr.’s philanthropic efforts included a mentoring program for youth at Oak Springs Elementary, as well as the conversion of the Overton House into a community center for African Americans in Austin. 

Volma Overton, Sr. received accolades and awards for his pioneering civil rights work including NAACP Arthur B. DeWitty Award, The Villager newspaper’s Austin Living Legends Award, and University of Texas LBJ Award for Leadership in Civil Rights. 

Volma Overton, Sr. was laid to rest with military honors at the Texas State Cemetery alongside governors, senators, legislators, congressional leaders, judges and other legendary Texans. His contributions to Austin and Central Texas have been invaluable. He is an integral part of Austin’s history. 

News from the Economic Development Department of the COA

 

People's Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception

Join us on June 3 from 6 - 9 p.m. for an opening reception to celebrate the 17th Exhibition of the People's Gallery at Austin City Hall. The no-cost exhibition features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and other media by local artists. View artworks throughout City Hall, meet the artists, and enjoy light refreshments and live music.
 
Grant Opportunity for Nonprofits
The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant provides cost share/matching grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 for creative placemaking projects. Our Town projects must demonstrate a specific role for arts, culture, and design as a part of strategies that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, or social outcomes. These projects lay the groundwork for systemic change and center around equity. 
 
To qualify, local organizations must first apply for an endorsement of the application from the City of Austin by June 22. If you have questions, join the Cultural Arts Virtual Open Office hours on June 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 
Review the Draft Heritage Preservation Grant Guidelines
The Economic Development Department is seeking feedback on Draft Heritage Preservation Grant Guidelines. The Heritage Preservation Grant serves to preserve and promote Austin's irreplaceable historic sites and heritage tourism experiences through capital, planning, educational, or marketing projects that engage tourism. Provide feedback on the Draft Heritage Preservation Grant Guidelines by June 7. Questions? Attend Heritage Tourism Virtual Open Office Hours every second and fourth Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. No appointment is required.
 
Community Navigator Program
The Economic Development Department’s Community Navigator Program supports local businesses, non-profit organizations, and creative professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this initiative, local entities can receive no-cost assistance like one-on-one coaching, business classes, technical support, and application assistance for grants and resources. Learn more and register for the Community Navigator Program.

Seeking Input for the City’s 2022-2023 Budget

The City of Austin Budget Office is seeking resident input and feedback on city services and budget priorities. Take the short survey to help the City prioritize services that impact how you live, work, play, and more.
 
Community Feedback on Housing Spending
Share your feedback on the City of Austin's plan for spending federal funds dedicated to addressing homelessness and housing instability in our community. Learn about the American Rescue Plan Act allocation.

Community Goals for Equitable Transit-oriented Developments
The Equitable Transit-Oriented Development strategy helps shape inclusive and accessible communities. These communities integrate residential, business, and public spaces within walking distance of transit stations. Take a survey to share your feedback on six priorities for the Equitable Transit-Oriented Development strategy.
 
Create a More Sustainable Workplace
Eighty-five percent of Austin’s landfill waste comes from businesses and multifamily communities. Most of that waste is reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Help lead Austin toward a more sustainable future and inspire change at your job or in your multifamily community. Find more ways to create a sustainable workplace: 
  • Start a Green Team: Encourage employees to participate and empower them to reduce waste and recycle better.
  • Reduce paper use: Take steps toward a paperless policy when possible. Provide email receipts or change processes to reduce printing.
  • Review purchases and processes to reduce waste: Find vendors that offer take-back programs for materials and provide single-use items.
  • Collect batteries and electronics: Austin and Travis County residents can schedule an appointment to drop off these items for free at Austin’s Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center.
  • Buy durable and repair broken items: Access Austin Energy's rebates and incentives to help make smart energy choices and save money.

Record-breaking summer travel at AUS means passengers need to plan ahead and arrive early

 

As Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) prepares for a record-breaking summer, passengers flying out for Memorial Day Weekend should too. “Plan ahead, arrive early, and pack your patience” is AUS’s advice for what the airport expects to be the busiest Memorial Day travel time in the airport’s history.
 
Memorial Day Weekend traditionally signals the start of summer travel, but AUS daily passenger numbers have already been climbing. Austinites and Central Texans are starting their summer travel earlier than in previous years. Airport officials expect every day to be a high passenger volume day through the end of summer.
 
An estimated 22 million passengers will fly out of AUS this year, making 2022 a record-breaking year. The increase in passengers comes after significant growth and investment in Austin by the airlines. This year’s growth signifies AUS’s strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic with new airlines, new nonstop destinations, and more flights. This summer, when compared to 2019, AUS airlines have added upwards of 32% more available seats for passengers in May, June, and July.
 
“The growth Austin has experienced since the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredible,” said Gina Fiandaca, Assistant City Manager of the SD23 Mobility Outcome. “New businesses moving to Austin and recovering business travel, as well as a renewed desire for families and communities to connect, continues to drive strong demand for air travel at our airport. Over the past year, AUS has expanded our community’s ability to travel to more destinations than ever before, connecting us to places such as Amsterdam and Frankfurt, Germany, and more. Our Department of Aviation staff continues to advance progress on expansion and development improvements while collaborating with airport business partners to address the immediate needs of travelers.”
 
Last summer, peak travel days at AUS were Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays, mainly before 8 a.m. But heading into summer 2022, passengers can expect every day of the week to be busy. More flights are scheduled to connect travelers to over 90 nonstop destinations, including upcoming launches of nonstop service to Vancouver, Canada, Cozumel, Mexico, Montego Bay, Jamaica and more.
 
“Our COVID-19 recovery has been stronger than we ever could have imagined, which is why AUS is the strongest-recovering and fastest-growing airport in the U.S. based on seat capacity increases,” said Jacqueline Yaft, AUS Chief Executive Officer. “With unprecedented growth comes unprecedented challenges. We continue to work with our airlines, and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and concession partners to address staffing shortages that lead to lines and delays. AUS is also committed to delivering an improved passenger experience through our Airport Expansion and Development Program (AEDP). This summer, we will break ground on the first series of construction projects.”
 
Those near-term AEDP projects will accommodate future passenger demand and include a new outbound baggage handling system and Gate 13 renovation to maximize capacity for flights. As well, the Department of Aviation, along with airport business partners such as concession operators, airlines, the TSA, and more, are hiring for full and part-time positions. For airport employment opportunities, visit AustinTexas.gov/AUSJobs.
 
When to arrive at AUS
To help manage summer travel through AUS, passengers using general security should arrive at least two and a half hours before boarding domestic flights and three hours before boarding international flights, regardless of the day of week or time of day their flight is scheduled.
 
Travelers should budget extra time if they need to check luggage, return a rental car, or complete other activities before joining the security screening lines. First-time flyers, travelers who have not flown in years, large groups, and those traveling with small children should also give themselves extra time.
 
Preparing for TSA screening and packing properly
Security screening checkpoints open at 3:00 a.m. TSA PreCheck and Clear screening are available at Checkpoints 1 and 2 West. All four checkpoints lead to all gates and airlines in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
 
TSA security delays can occur when passengers accidentally pack prohibited items in their carry-on luggage. To help avoid delays, passengers should review what they can and can’t bring with them through security at TSA.gov.
 
Parking and or dropping off passengers
An increase in travelers means more vehicles at AUS. Drivers dropping off passengers can use either the upper level for departures or the lower level for arrivals to ease congestion. Passengers dropped off at the lower level can quickly get upstairs to ticketing and security using escalators and elevators. If the lower level is congested, arriving passengers can use escalators and elevators to be picked up on the upper level.
 
Travelers looking to park onsite can visit ABIAParking.com to reserve a parking space and check for real-time parking availability before arriving at the airport.
 
Uber, Lyft, Wingz, or other rideshares use a tram service available on the first floor of the Red garage to take passengers to the rideshare pick-up area located on the ground floor underneath the rental car facility.
 
Checking into your flight
Travelers without checked luggage can bypass the ticket counters and head immediately to TSA  screening checkpoints using these time-saving flight check-in options:
 

  • Use the lower curbside and upper curbside for drop-off — from the lower level, passengers can quickly get upstairs to ticketing and security via escalators and elevators.
  • Self-service flight check-in kiosks that allow travelers to print their boarding passes and bag tags are available inside the terminal, across from the airline ticket counters.
  • In addition to traditional check-in procedures, some airlines offer outside curbside check-in on the upper level.
  • Travelers can also save time by checking in for their flight using their airlines’ mobile app and a mobile boarding pass.

Getting the most out of AUS
Once inside the terminal, travelers can explore new art installations, concession offerings, live music stages, and more using step-by-step directions on the AUS digital wayfinding map at AirportMaps.AustinTexas.gov.
 
While airport restaurant hours may vary pending concession company staffing levels, AUS has invested in new self-service kiosks that are available 24/7 for passengers to purchase snacks, beverages, and travel necessities, including made-and-delivered-daily Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Information for Allegiant and Frontier travelers
Travelers flying with Allegiant and Frontier will depart from The South Terminal. All other airlines operate out of the main Barbara Jordan Terminal. The two terminals are not connected and must be accessed separately. The South Terminal is located near US 183 and Burleson Road, at 10000 Logistics Lane, Austin. Travelers can use the shuttle bus, which picks up from the departure level of the curbside, to travel from the Barbara Jordan Terminal to The South Terminal.


2022 People's Gallery Art Exhibition Highlights Abundance of Local Talent

 


17th Exhibition opens June 3 at City Hall featuring over 150 artworks

 

La exposición de arte Galería de la Comunidad 2022 destaca la abundancia de talento local 

La 17ª exposición se inaugura el 3 de junio en el Ayuntamiento de Austin con más de 150 obras de arte

4 colorful pieces of artwork for People's Gallery 2022 exhibition

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The City of Austin Economic Development Department announces the opening of the 17th exhibition of the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall. The exhibition will feature a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by artists from across the Austin area on the first three floors of the building.

The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, June 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. to view artworks throughout City Hall, meet the participating artists, and enjoy light refreshments and live music provided by local artist JC Stringz. Remarks by City leadership will begin at 6:30 p.m. Limited parking is available in the City Hall garage and will be validated at no-cost. Visitors are also encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation. Register to attend People’s Gallery 2022 Opening Reception.

The People’s Gallery 2022 Opening Reception
When: Friday, June 3, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street
Free and open to the public.
 
The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art in a community space. The curated pieces represent the Austin arts community’s excellence and cultural diversity, while promoting the City’s cultural and economic initiatives. The Economic Development Department opened a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations in January. This year, approximately 1,000 entries were submitted by more than 300 local artists.

The 2022 selection panelists included arts professionals: Alejandra Almuelle (ceramic sculptor), Valerie Fowler (artist), and Ryan Runcie (artist and educator).

Visitors to City Hall can view the People’s Gallery during regular building hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Admission is always free. The 2022 exhibition will remain on display through May 1, 2024.
For more information about The People’s Gallery, visit www.austintexas.gov/peoplesgallery
 
For additional programs that support artists and arts organizations who contribute creativity to our way of life and our city’s identity, visit www.AustinCreates.com
 
The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request - including translation and interpretation services. For assistance, please contact the Economic Development Department at 512-974-7819. The City receives and accepts Video Relay Service (VRS) calls from people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing through Relay Texas 7-1-1. 
 


AUSTIN, TX- El Departamento de Desarrollo Económico de la Ciudad de Austin anuncia la apertura de la 17ª exposición de la Galería de la Comunidad en el Ayuntamiento de Austin. La exposición presentará una amplia gama de pinturas, esculturas, dibujos y otros medios de artistas de toda la zona de Austin en los primeros tres pisos del edificio.

El público está invitado a una recepción inaugural el viernes 3 de junio, de 6 a 9 p.m., para ver las obras de arte en el Ayuntamiento de Austin, conocer a los artistas participantes y disfrutar de un refrigerio y música en vivo de parte del artista local JC Stringz. Los líderes de la ciudad comenzarán sus discursos a las 6:30 p.m. Hay estacionamiento limitado disponible en el garaje del Ayuntamiento de Austin y será validado sin costo.  También se anima a los visitantes ir caminar, en bicicleta o utilizar el transporte público. Regístrese para asistir la recepción de apertura de la Galería de la Comunidad 2022.

Recepción de apertura de la Galería de la Comunidad 2022
Cuándo: viernes, 3 de junio, de 6 a 9 p.m.
Dónde: Ayuntamiento de Austin, 301 W. 2nd Street
Gratuito y abierto al público
 
La Galería de la Comunidad está diseñada para mostrar el trabajo de artistas regionales y fomentar el diálogo público, la comprensión y el disfrute del arte visual en un espacio comunitario. Las piezas seleccionadas representan la excelencia y la diversidad cultural de la comunidad artística de Austin, al tiempo que promueven las iniciativas culturales y económicas de la ciudad. El Departamento de Desarrollo Económico abrió en enero una convocatoria de obras de arte para artistas, galerías, museos y organizaciones artísticas del área de Austin. Este año se presentaron aproximadamente 1,000 trabajos de más de 300 artistas locales.

El jurado de selección de 2022 incluyó profesionales del arte: Alejandra Almuelle (escultora de cerámica), Valerie Fowler (artista) y Ryan Runcie (artista y educador).

Quienes visiten el Ayuntamiento de Austin pueden ver la Galería de la Comunidad durante el horario habitual del edificio, de lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. La entrada es siempre gratuita. La exposición de 2022 permanecerá abierta hasta el 1 de mayo de 2024.
Para más información sobre la Galería de la Comunidad, visite www.austintexas.gov/peoplesgallery
 
Para conocer otros programas de apoyo a los artistas y organizaciones artísticas que aportan creatividad a nuestra forma de vida y a la identidad de nuestra ciudad, visite www.AustinCreates.com
 
La ciudad de Austin está comprometida con el cumplimiento de la Ley de Americanos con Discapacidades. Se proporcionarán modificaciones razonables y un acceso equitativo a las comunicaciones si se solicitan, incluyendo servicios de traducción e interpretación. Si necesita ayuda, póngase en contacto con el Departamento de Desarrollo Económico llamando al 512-974-7819. La Ciudad recibe y acepta llamadas del Servicio de Retransmisión por Vídeo (VRS, por sus siglas en inglés) de personas sordas o con problemas de audición a través de Relay Texas 7-1-1. 

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About the City of Austin Economic Development Department 
The City of Austin Economic Development Department supports business growth, creative industries, and local communities. These programs build an equitable, sustainable economy to improve the lives of all Austin residents. To learn more about helpful resources, visit www.austintexas.gov/edd or follow us @AustinEconDev on Facebook and @AustinEconDev on Twitter.
 
Información sobre del Departamento de Desarrollo Económico de la Ciudad de Austin
El Departamento de Desarrollo Económico de la Ciudad de Austin fomenta el crecimiento empresarial, las industrias creativas y las comunidades locales. Estos programas construyen una economía equitativa y sostenible que enriquecen las vidas de los habitantes de Austin. Para obtener más información acerca de recursos útiles, visite www.austintexas.gov/edd o síganos en @AustinEconDev en Facebook y @AustinEconDev en Twitter.

Flood Safety Awareness Week

Austin Residents Urged to Take Steps Now to Prepare for Future Flood Events

May 23-27, 2022, is Flood Safety Awareness Week in Texas. Our city lies in the heart of Flash Flood Alley, and it is critical that Austinites be alert to the dangers of flooding both in their home and on the road. 

Residents are urged to take precautions now to protect themselves and their homes and businesses from future flood events. The Watershed Protection Department encourages Austinites to visit www.ATXFloodSafety.com to access various resources related to flood safety, such as real-time road closures and rainfall data, floodplain maps, flood insurance information and steps on how to make an emergency plan. Residents can sign up for emergency alerts, and they can even contribute to the Watershed Protection Department’s strategic planning process—Rain to River!    

Flooding can occur any time of the year and causes more damage in the United States than any other weather-related event. On average, floods cause eight billion dollars in damages and eighty-nine fatalities annually. That is why it is so important to be prepared should flooding occur. 

Flooding is the most common and costly type of disaster in Texas. There have been major floods in the past during the spring time but as many Texas residents have experienced first-hand, flooding can occur any time of the year. Everyone has some flood risk, regardless of whether they live near a stream, river or the coast. A flood can happen anywhere it rains. Now is the time for individuals, families, and business owners to learn about their risk of flooding and take steps to protect themselves, their families, and their property in the event of a flood.


Monday, May 23, 2022

Barton Springs Pool to Resume Normal Monday Operations on Memorial Day, May 30

 

Hiring and Training Lifeguards for Austin City Pools is Ongoing
Austinites, rejoice! Starting today, Deep Eddy Pool will have the shallow side of the pool open at 12 p.m. on weekdays. Moreover, Barton Springs Pool will resume normal Monday operations beginning on Memorial Day, May 30. 

The Aquatic Division of the Parks and Recreation Department at the City of Austin continues to hire and train lifeguards to operate summer pools. There are currently a total of 234 lifeguards on staff. This is 31.2% of the 750 lifeguards needed to operate city pools.

Lifeguards can earn up to $1250 in bonuses and the pay ranges from $16 to $19 an hour depending on experience and certifications. Staff get paid sick leave, a free bus pass, and flexible scheduling. Lifeguard job applications, training information and bonus details at LifeguardAustin.com.

Aquatic staff have developed a tiered pool opening schedule that distributes their work force equitably. Tier one pools are open annually. Pools in the second tier will begin opening June 6. To be able to staff the pools opening on June 6, the Aquatic Division needs 375 lifeguards ready to work. 
 
Tier One Pools - Open Now
Barton Springs
Bartholomew
Deep Eddy
Springwoods
Stacy

Tier Two Pools - Open June 6
Balcones
Dick Nichols
Dove Springs
Garrison
Govalle
Montopolis
Northwest
Rosewood
Shipe
Westenfield

Additional pools will be opened as more lifeguards are hired and ready to work. For more information on pool hours, please visit AustinTexas.gov/Pools.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Austin Public Health and Travis County Partner with Community Organizations for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Austin Public Health (APH) and Travis County are partnering with community organizations to provide free COVID-19 vaccination clinics around the county from May 20-23.   

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. All APH sites offer Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, including  third doses for the immunocompromised and booster shots for qualifying individuals. 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.   

Pediatric vaccinations for children 5-11 years of age are offered at Old Sims Elementary Gymnasium and the Shots for Tots clinics. Shots for Tots offers vaccines by appointment only. 

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, May 20 

Consulate General of Mexico (APH) 

African American Youth Harvest Foundation (CTAHI/Travis County) 

La Mexicana Market – Rundberg (Travis County) 

La Mexicana Market – Stassney (Travis County) 

Poco Loco Supermercado – Cameron (Travis County) 

Creedmor Elementary School (Travis County) 


Saturday, May 21 

Asian Community Resource Fair (APH) 

Austin Country Flea Market (Travis County) 

Martin Middle School (Travis County) 

La Moreliana Market (Travis County) 

Travis County Constable Precinct 4 Office (Travis County) 

Austin Energy-Community Connections Resource Fair (APH) 

Old Sims Elementary Gymnasium (APH) 

 

Sunday, May 22 

Travis County Constable Precinct 4 Office (Travis County) 

 

Monday, May 23 

African American Youth Harvest Foundation (CTAHI/Travis County) 

Gus Garcia Recreation Center (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. 


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