Austin Energy owns the site at 6909 Ryan Drive at the northeast corner of Justin Lane and Ryan Drive, just west of the Airport Boulevard and North Lamar Boulevard intersection.

An Austin City Council Resolution (No. 20130117-054) called for looking at redevelopment options and stated, "The City will benefit from having a full dialogue about this tract and its redevelopment potential.”

The site is currently used by Austin Energy for operations and storage. Austin Energy no longer needs to utilize this site for a substation and the future of the property has not been decided.

We want to know what activities members of the community would like to be able to do on the site if the property is repurposed. Please be sincere and speak for yourself about what has personal heart and meaning.

What community values or aspects of our community’s vision do you think should be represented on this site?
What activities do you want to be able to do on this site that will enhance you quality of life and allow you to live, work, and play better?

If this area gets developed as a public park, it should have ammenities that Brentwood Park does not, like a off-leash area for dogs. One of the biggest complaints about Brentwood Park is that parents don't feel safe with their young children playing on the playscape there while dog owners let their dogs (illegally) off-leash in order to play fetch or exercise with other dogs. People used to be able to take their dogs to the reservoir off of Great Northern, but now most of that area is off-limits to dogs or paved. The dog park at Midtown Commons is for residents' use only.

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Kat Correa MBA over 3 years ago

I agree with the fenced dog park. It's equally important to create a safe environment for people/dogs as it is for people/kids. And there's room to do this in a substantial way if all 5.67 acres become parkland.

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Deborah Copas over 3 years ago

Make the entire property into parkland, with a fenced-in dog park as one component.

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Bonnie Lister over 3 years ago

Since we live in a hot climate and our beloved dog parks are being squeezed, I would love to see shade trees and a water feature to keep our pets cool in the summer (doggy splash pad).

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Lauren Winstead over 3 years ago

I would support developing part of the property into a fenced in dog park. There isn't a similar space close, so it would get utilized well.

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Anne Rogers over 3 years ago

NO to another dog park! There are already places in town where dogs can be off leash.

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Clare Gatten over 3 years ago

I agree completely with this idea. Make the area into a park with a fenced-in off-leash dog area and start enforcing the leash law at Brentwood Park It would be a slap in the face to the area residents to make this area into anything other than a park.

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Patricia Strong over 3 years ago

This piece of property is the last bit of publicly owned land in the neighborhood. It should remain publically held and developed as open parkland to benefit the growing population in this urban development corridor. Privatizing would only lead to creating a wall of highly dense development which will need some green relief. People in the transit area apartments, the new neighborhood beyond to the north, the Argosy Apartments and the general Crestview, Brentwood and Highland areas need a pocket of relief from the eventual filling in of the area.

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Heidi Johnson, Dr. over 3 years ago

Dog parks also help reduce crime in an area, because they attract so many people both early and late. Eyes on the street! There have been several articles about this in Boston & Seattle, among other places. A smart design would position the dog park so it best serves this purpose, maybe along Justin and the train tracks? With the whole 5.67 acres, we'd have room for a good big fenced doggie play space that wouldn't interfere with small children on swings or seniors strolling through the naturescape. Room for everyone!

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