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2023 FOWAP ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
April 5, 2023 Meeting
Alison Ryan: Chair
Barbara Salyers-Vice Chair
Chris Schorre-Fund Raising Committee
The Proposal for Professional Design Services from TBG was the main agenda item for the meeting. TBG has completed a proposal for the next steps towards the Overlook Project. There was general consensus that the construction documents need to be completed for the Overlook Project to go forward. The construction documents will allow the fundraising committee to continue seeking funding from private donors, grants and for city support. Before any money is committed or the contract signed, Chris will talk to both Shelley and Austin Parks Foundation regarding who will be the “client” in a relationship with TBG. It could be either Friends of West Austin Park or Austin Parks Foundation. Chris will also talk with TBG due to questions the committee had to help clarify the scope and details of this next phase of the project.
The Annual Meeting will be in October. although no date chosen. The overall need for new members to take over various positions was discussed.
The tailgate pizza party will be in the park on April 14th.
The next committee meeting will be June 8th.
January 19, 2023 Meeting
Barbara Salyers-Acting Chair
Chris Schorre-FundRaising Committee
Shelley Kilday-FundRaising Committee
I. It’s My Park Day was discussed. The upcoming volunteer day is March 4. Adrienne has submitted a proposal for the day’s activities. FOWAP is in need of someone to take over Dick Ryan’s duties organizing and leading the event. Chris will consult with Dick about next steps. Volunteers are needed and can register starting February 6 for the day.
II. FOWAP has received several complaints regarding dogs off-leash in the park. FOWAP has no authority to enforce city code regarding on-leash areas, but ways to address the issue were discussed. A questionnaire regarding use of the park will be sent out to the mailing list. Paula will bring up the issue at the next OWANA steering committee meeting.
III. Updates on the Overlook Project
Chris and Shelley have met with representatives of PARD and Austin Parks Foundation. The Watershed Department within PARD plans major improvements in the park. FOWAP coordinating the work needed for the Overlook Project with the upcoming City improvements may lead to help completing the Overlook Project.
The next FOWAP Meeting is scheduled for February 16, 6pm. Place to be determined.