Austin Prop B passes, trades downtown parkland for more elsewhere

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Proposition B passed in an emphatic fashion, and it allows the City of Austin to trade nine acres of parkland on South Lakeshore Boulevard to a bidder offering it at least 48 acres of land on the water.

More than 110,800 ballots said yes to the proposition for it to pass 73%-27%.

Other requirements of Prop B include:

  • The land has to be next to a current public park
  • The bidder must pay for or build a new maintenance facility for the Parks and Recreation Department on a different piece of city land
  • The bidder must partially or fully pay for the removal of the maintenance facility at Fiesta Gardens and its restoration to parkland

A City of Austin spokesperson says part of the requirements came from an unsolicited proposal the city previously received for its nine-acre complex. The spokesperson did not say who made the bid for the property, but the political action group supporting Prop B says Oracle America, which has its headquarters downtown, already has a bid for the land ready to give to the city.

Under Texas law, voters must approve the sale of any public squares or parks.

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