Moody Foundation Awards Grant to Upgrade Waterloo Park

The Moody Foundation has awarded $15 million for a makeover of 11-acre Waterloo Park in downtown Austin. The upgrades will include a new iconic outdoor public amphitheater and a “great lawn” designed to hold up to 5,000 people, plus a mile and a half of walking trails, heritage trees, play spaces, elevated promenades, and wetland gardens. When the Waller Creek Conservancy made the announcement, it dubbed the grant “the largest …

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Texas #2 in Nation for U.S. Relocation in 2015

Texas was the second top state in the United States for relocation, with a net gain of 107,689 people moving to Texas from within the country, according to the 2017 Texas Relocation Report by the Texas Association of REALTORS®. This is a four percent increase in net gain compared to 2014. Total newcomers to Texas from within the U.S. increased 2.8 percent from 2014, to 553,032 incoming residents. Texas’ largest …

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Future of Lions Golf Course Remains Uncertain after UT Lease Offer

The future of the Lions Golf Course near Westlake and Tarrytown took a turn this week when the University of Texas offered to extend its lease of the 141-acre property to the City of Austin beyond its term of 2019 – but at a market price. The move, detailed by the Austin American-Statesman, follows years-long wrangling amongst the City of Austin, Austin residents, golfers, and the UT System. Many residents …

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Texas #1 in Population Growth by Numbers

Texas’ population grew by the largest number of any state in the period of July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016, adding 432,957 people, according to the most recent United States Census Bureau population estimates. The state’s population reached 27.86 million from the growth. Texas’ increase of 432,957 people was more than 60,000 above the number two spot, Florida. Growth in population generally is seen as a positive sign for …

Austin, Texas #2 in the Nation for Tourist Satisfaction

Austin, Texas has the highest overall satisfaction among visitors in the Southwest region of the United States and is second only to Las Vegas, Nevada in the entire U.S., according to a J.D. Power report. The study was the first of its kind to measure overall satisfaction among tourists of the top 50 U.S. travel destinations and was based on activities, cost and fees, food and beverages, infrastructure, lodging, and …

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Austin: America’s Fastest Growing City?

Austin will grow in population faster than any other large city in the United States in the next 25 years, according to research by American City Business Journals. It found that Austin’s population will almost double, increasing 98.5 percent by 2040, to almost four million residents. The report lists the Austin-Round Rock population as 2,000,860 in 2015. It projects the area will reach 3,971,820 in 2040. Other Texas cities made …

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Historical Marker Dedication at Lions Golf Course

The public is invited to a historical marker dedication at Lions Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m. The celebration will mark the listing of the famed central Austin course on the National Register of Historic Places and will include a press conference and a “Hands Around Lions” reception in Muny’s historic clubhouse ballroom. World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw is scheduled as one of the …

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Austin #2 for Online Real Estate Searches

Austin receives the second highest number in the country of online real estate page views from outsiders, based on Zillow page view data for June 2016 for sale and unlisted homes. Second only to San Francisco, this includes people from all over the United States who are conducting research into Austin real estate. San Francisco homes received more page views from other cities than 92 percent of markets, and Austin …

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Tarrytown Schools: O’Henry Round-Up September 23

O’Henry Middle School will have its largest fundraiser of the year on Friday, September 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The O’Henry Round-Up is a family friendly event that includes carnival games, sports booths, food, a raffle, and a dance for the middle school students. There will also be a photo booth, temporary tattoos, a dunking booth, a bungee run, ring toss, and more. The fundraiser helps supply teacher …

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Austin’s First Creative Crosswalk Debuts on Lake Austin Boulevard

The Austin Transportation Department debuted its first creative crosswalk this week at the 3700 block of Lake Austin Boulevard, just south of Enfield Road. Titled “Crosswalk by the Lake,” it is the first of its kind under ATD’s Creative Crosswalk Pilot Program, which has a goal of installing “safe, cost efficient and low-maintenance painted crosswalks by using a combination of colors, textures, and scoring patterns to liven up an existing …