Tonight, at 5:45 pm at the San Marcos Activity Center, representatives from the Blanco Gardens neighborhood will present a vision of a San Marcos river parks system that would extend from the west side of the highway, through Cape's Camp/Thompson's Island, and beyond Stokes Park. They are asking for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board verbal approval of this vision.
Parks and recreational opportunities along the east side of IH-35 are repeatedly called for in the 2010 Parks Master Plan and the city master plan. In addition, the expansion of the city's river parks system is only possible in a substantial way on this parcel. The extension of the greenbelt along to the east side of IH-35 was one of the most popular items proposed by citizens in the Dream San Marcos on-line input process. In the Hays County Parks Master Plan 2012, the citizens asked for more river access. The citizens of San Marcos have insisted over and over again of the need to ensure that we are able to conserve the greatest amount of parkland possible in this location. This is an opportunity to provide the citizens of San Marcos with additional river access, a greenway trail to connect to the west side, and recreational opportunities for the Blanco Gardens neighborhood. Cape's Camp from the interstate to Cape Road (and beyond) needs to become an extension of river parks system. Spread the word, attend tonight's meeting to learn more, and we will continue to update you on this project.
Additional agenda items include:
- Discussion and consideration - presentation from Neighborhood representative of Blanco Gardens on vision for riverside parkland that would extend from the west side of IH 35 to the east side of IH 35. Requesting support from the Parks Board in their efforts.
- Discussion and/or Recommendation - Casey development - approval/denial of combination proposal of Fee-in-lieu of with on site parkland dedication -
Allison BlakeAlison Brake, Planning Department
- Discussion and/or Recommendation - Options for disposition of the Leah tract previously acquired by the city in exchange for park land.
CORRECTION: the planning department representative for the Casey development is Alison Brake, not Allison Blake