Auditorium Shores http://kut.org en Fun Fun Fun Fest to Stay at Auditorium Shores in 2014 http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-stay-auditorium-shores-2014 <p>Transmission Events announced their annual Fun Fun Fun Fest will stay at Auditorium Shores this year, despite the city's ongoing renovation of the park that initially put the fest's location up in the air.&nbsp;</p><p>The ninth annual fest will be held Nov. 7 to Nov. 9 this year. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:42:06 +0000 Andrew Weber 9540 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest to Stay at Auditorium Shores in 2014 City Council Update: Dogs Banned From Auditorium Shores ‘Event Lawn’ http://kut.org/post/city-council-update-dogs-banned-auditorium-shores-event-lawn <p>In its final meeting of the year, the Austin City Council approved a full slate of items.</p><p>Among the measures passed was a decision restricting where dogs are permitted at Auditorium Shores. More than a dozen speakers took to the council floor to argue against the change, which would prohibit&nbsp;dogs from<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;lingering on the so-called "Event Lawn" on the east end of Auditorium Shores.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensely said the department took community suggestions under advisement when revising the $3.5 million plan for the parkland. But under a new amendment, dogs are only allowed on the event lawn when traveling from a parking lot to the neighboring areas where dogs are allowed. (No one on Parks staff or the City Council bothered to explain just how that would be enforced.)</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:28:44 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Roy Varney 9365 at http://kut.org City Council Update: Dogs Banned From Auditorium Shores ‘Event Lawn’ VIDEO: Sunrise Memorial Service for Homeless Austinites Who Died in Poverty http://kut.org/post/video-sunrise-memorial-service-homeless-austinites-who-died-poverty <p>Austinites gathered at the Homeless Memorial and Tree of Remembrance at Auditorium Shores on Sunday to pay tribute to people in the city's homeless community who have died over the past year.</p><p>Organizers of the <a href="http://www.housethehomeless.org/memorial/" target="_blank">21st annual House the Homeless Sunrise Memorial Service</a> read the names of 146 people. They placed a small star for each name on the Tree of Remembrance next to the memorial.</p><p>KUT's Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon was at the service and put together this video:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="329" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ie85_91Xf7I" width="585"></iframe><br /> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:57:54 +0000 Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon 9202 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest: Staying True To Its Roots http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-staying-true-its-roots <p>Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off as at Auditorium Shores starting today.</p><p>The <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/" target="_self">festival began eight years ago</a> as a small music showcase in downtown Austin. Since then, it’s become one of the top independent festivals for music lovers. Known for its relaxed and creative atmosphere, the festival now includes comedy, action sports <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q25eDkiFHu8" target="_self">and flying tacos</a>.</p><p>Given all it takes to put on a music festival, you wouldn’t expect as much laughter and humor from festival organizers, <a href="http://transmissionevents.com/" target="_self">Transmission Events</a>, this close to their event. But the vibe over at the temporary small east Austin office was anything but serious. It’s clear that fest creators like to have, well, fun.</p><p>“We had half-pipe diaper changing stations last year,” says Transmission and Fun Fun Fun Fest co-founder, James Moody. “They are all miniature half pipes. One time we tried to run the stats about how many black t-shirts are at our fest. I would say it’s 65 percent more than that of ACL Fest. I don’t know what it means but I know it’s true [laughing]. So, we could sit here for an hour and talk about all those little differences&nbsp;–&nbsp;it’s one <em>big</em> difference if you roll them all up.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119085840" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9140 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest: Staying True To Its Roots Can Runners, Cyclists and Dogs Coexist on Auditorium Shores? http://kut.org/post/can-runners-cyclists-and-dogs-coexist-auditorium-shores <p>Proposed changes to Auditorium Shores – and specifically, changes to the area available to dogs and their owners – have people talking.</p><p>As part of <a href="http://kut.org/post/should-auditorium-shores-move-leash-area-dogs">a $3.5 million renovation</a>, the city’s proposed moving the off-leash dog area closer to the Lady Bird Lake shoreline – and away from joggers and cyclists using the trail. And while the change would shrink the current off-leash area, it would also restrict dogs entirely from the largest portion of Auditorium Shores – the so-called “Event Lawn.” (See a map of the proposed changes in the slideshow above.)</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:12:02 +0000 Emily Mathis & Matthew Alvarez 8917 at http://kut.org Can Runners, Cyclists and Dogs Coexist on Auditorium Shores? Should Auditorium Shores Move the Off-Leash Area for Dogs? http://kut.org/post/should-auditorium-shores-move-leash-area-dogs <p><strong>Update: </strong>A final public meeting on proposed changes to Auditorium Shores takes place tonight. And the plans have some dog lovers howling.</p><p>With a $3.5 million donation, the city plans to realign the hike and bike trail, put in new turf grass and redesign the off-leash area for dogs &ndash; moving it along the shoreline and adding a series of &ldquo;dog launches&rdquo; into Lady Bird Lake, but shrinking it in the process.</p><p>The donation comes from C3 Presents, the entertainment company that puts on the ACL Music Festival and the Austin Food and Wine Festival. (Its 2012 edition of the Food and Wine Fest, held at Auditorium Shores, <a href="http://kut.org/post/love-and-dust-scenes-austin-food-and-wine-fest">was marred by dust</a>.)</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:40:09 +0000 Mark Gwin 8816 at http://kut.org Should Auditorium Shores Move the Off-Leash Area for Dogs? Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: The Official Music Lineup http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-2013-official-music-lineup <p>After a month of leaks and guessing games, the official music lineup in out. This year’s <a href="http://www.funfunfunfest.com/" target="_blank">Fun Fun Fun Fest </a>headliners are: <strong>M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Descendents, Ice-T, Television, </strong>and<strong> FLAG.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The official release is Wednesday morning when weekend passes go on sale, but the full music lineup was revealed Tuesday night at a Fun Fun Fun Fest sponsored screening of the documentary, </span><a href="http://vimeo.com/53944958">Vannin’</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://vimeo.com/53944958">,</a> in Austin.</span></p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 03:31:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 8328 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: The Official Music Lineup City Council Preview: Rental, Auditorium Shores, Parental Leave and Parking http://kut.org/post/city-council-preview-rental-auditorium-shores-parental-leave-and-parking <p>City Council's got a full plate today, with everything from parking, rental registries, ride-shares, a possible closure of Auditorium Shores and a measure that could make Austin the first city to offer paid parental leave for city employees.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Rachel Adams-Heard 8018 at http://kut.org City Council Preview: Rental, Auditorium Shores, Parental Leave and Parking Council Mulls $3.5M Donation for Auditorium Shores Improvements http://kut.org/post/council-mulls-35m-donation-auditorium-shores-improvements <p>The Austin City Council is meeting in a <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=423&amp;doctype=agenda">work session </a>today. They could talk about accepting a $3.5 million donation from event production company C3 Presents to make improvements to Auditorium Shores.</p><p>C3 Presents is a concert promotion and management company that puts on events such as the Austin Food and Wine Festival at the park.&nbsp;The city approved C3 Presents’ <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/double-your-pleasure-mayor-makes-two-weekend-acl-official">request for a second weekend</a> for the popular Austin City Limits Festival in 2013 and later years. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:21:00 +0000 Mone Miller 7982 at http://kut.org Council Mulls $3.5M Donation for Auditorium Shores Improvements Parks and Rec Board Approves Auditorium Shores Renovation http://kut.org/post/parks-and-rec-board-approves-auditorium-shores-renovation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.austinparks.org/our-parks.html?parkid=598">Auditorium Shores</a> is a step closer to closing for a year.</span></p><p>Today, the Austin Parks and Recreation Board voted to recommend that City Council approve <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/turf-improvements-could-close-auditorium-shores-year">a plan to upgrade the park</a> with a $3.5 million donation from an Austin-<span style="line-height: 1.5;">based event planning company </span><a href="http://www.c3presents.com/">C3<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Presents.</span></a>&nbsp;You can <a href="http://austintx.swagit.com/play/05032013-522">watch that meeting online</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 04 May 2013 00:42:12 +0000 Marissa Barnett 7624 at http://kut.org Parks and Rec Board Approves Auditorium Shores Renovation Turf Improvements Could Close Auditorium Shores for a Year http://kut.org/post/turf-improvements-could-close-auditorium-shores-year <p></p><p>Popular park and festival spot&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/term/auditorium-shores">Auditorium Shores</a>&nbsp;could close for a whole year if the Austin&nbsp;City Council&nbsp;approves a proposal from the Parks and Recreation Department.</p><p>The changes include an improved irrigation system, new turf grass and an enhanced off-leash area for dogs. The cost would be shouldered via a $3.5 million donation from the Austin-based promoters <a href="http://www.c3presents.com/">C3 Presents</a>. The company has worked out similar deals to improve <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/zilkers-great-lawn-set-re-open">the grounds at Zilker Park</a>, which hosts C3’s Austin City Limits Festival.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 21:16:15 +0000 Marissa Barnett & Wells Dunbar 7594 at http://kut.org Turf Improvements Could Close Auditorium Shores for a Year AM Update: The Impact of Events on Parks, Smart Meter Opt-Out?, Clemens to Play Ball http://kut.org/post/am-update-impact-events-parks-smart-meter-opt-out-clemens-play-ball <p><strong>What's the Impact of All Those Events at Zilker &amp; Auditorium Shores?</strong></p><p>The Austin City Council is <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=298&amp;doctype=agenda" target="_blank">scheduled to discuss today</a> a resolution that would direct the City Manager to study the impact of events at Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores.</p><p>Last week, council members approved <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/acl-festival-expanding-two-weekends?nopop=1" target="_blank">expanding the Austin City Limits Music Festival</a> to two weekends next year. The festival organizer, C3 Presents, promised to pay not only fees for the use of Zilker but also an unspecified sum of money to upgrade Auditorium Shores.</p><p>C3 Presents also organizes the Austin Food and Wine Festival at Auditorium Shores. Attendees at this year’s event complained the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/love-and-dust-scenes-austin-food-and-wine-fest" target="_blank">festival was “dusty”</a> after grass was worn down to dirt from a previous event at the park. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:07:00 +0000 Laura Rice 4916 at http://kut.org AM Update: The Impact of Events on Parks, Smart Meter Opt-Out?, Clemens to Play Ball You Can Fight City Hall, but Don’t Mess With the Junior League http://kut.org/post/you-can-fight-city-hall-don-t-mess-junior-league <p>Formula Fest has crashed for the time being.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizers hoped a planned two-day concert would draw 50,000 people to Auditorium Shores in celebration of Austin&#39;s inaugural&nbsp;<a href="http://circuitoftheamericas.com">U.S. Grand Prix</a>&nbsp;race in November. In recent weeks, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and additional City Council members had sponsored a resolution to allow the event on Nov. 16-18.&nbsp;</p><p>But a red flag went up today from <a href="http://www.jlaustin.org/">Austin&rsquo;s Junior League</a>, a group of more than 2,000 women who dedicate time to charitable causes. Rather than go head-on with the League, City Hall decided to nix the Formula Fest proposal, and pull it from this Thursday&#39;s council agenda.</p><p>The Junior League&rsquo;s objection? A conflict with its annual charity event, a popular holiday craft show called <a href="http://www.jlaustin.org/?nd=2011aca">A Christmas Affair</a>.&nbsp; The event has run for 36 straight years, all but one year at the Palmer Events Center, located next to Auditorium Shores.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:30:17 +0000 Mark Dewey 4889 at http://kut.org You Can Fight City Hall, but Don’t Mess With the Junior League Austin Goes for Guinness Record-Breaking Dog Walk? http://kut.org/post/austin-goes-guinness-record-breaking-dog-walk <p>Austin goes to the dogs this weekend as the city attempts to break four canine-related Guinness World Records on Saturday at Auditorium Shores.</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.servicedogs.org/dogwalk12/">14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk</a>&nbsp;will try to break several records: the World&rsquo;s Largest Dog Walk, the Biggest Hairball, the Most Dogs Wearing the Same Bandana, and the Most Dogs Sitting at Once. &nbsp;The three-mile dog walk along Lady Bird Lake will include water stops for both pooches and people. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.servicedogs.org/dogwalk10/">11,256 dogs participated in the event</a>&nbsp;in 2010, which was thought to be the record. According to the Guinness World Book of Records, the largest dog walk was held in Great Britain that same year.&nbsp; That walk had 18,113 dogs with 178 types of breeds.&nbsp; The organizers of the British event claim that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greatnorthdogwalk.co.uk/page2.php">record was broken</a>&nbsp;yet again in 2011 with a tally of 22,742 dogs. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:02:09 +0000 Daniel Guerra 3990 at http://kut.org Austin Goes for Guinness Record-Breaking Dog Walk? Fun Fun Fun Fest Gets Third Day at Auditorium Shores http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-gets-third-day-auditorium-shores <p>Austin City Council gave the green light today for<a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/"> Fun Fun Fun Fest</a> to continue through Sunday when it opens the festival gates this November at <a href="http://www.austinparks.org/apfweb/park.php?parkId=598">Auditorium Shores</a>. The <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/58573083/Austin-City-Council-resolution-granting-Fun-Fun-Fun-Fest-three-days">resolution</a> directs city staff to do three things:</p><ul><li>Give Fun Fun Fun Fest organizers an extra day</li><li>Find a way to accommodate other events displaced by the closure of Waterloo Park</li><li>Develop a policy for charging a &ldquo;mitigation fee&rdquo; to events for park maintenance and upkeep Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:32:41 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1780 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest Gets Third Day at Auditorium Shores ANY Plans for New Year's? http://kut.org/post/any-plans-new-years <p>New Year’s Eve 2011 will look a little different in downtown Austin tonight. The bar and club scene will be about the same. But there won’t be a “First Night Austin” celebration, as there has been in years past.</p><p>In fact, this will be the first New Year’s Eve in six years where there has been no “First Night Austin” celebration. Organizers announced at the end of September that they didn’t have the money to stage the family-friendly downtown party this year. They’re hoping to be back to ring in 2012.</p> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 20:37:55 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 554 at http://kut.org ANY Plans for New Year's?