There is currently an opportunity to piggyback on a project being developed by the city to possibly re-purpose a building that is part of the Holly Shores compound into a multi-use hard court covered surface. The next meeting for the Holly Shores Redevelopment
Program is May 20th, 2013. We need to put in feedback on the draft
master plan ASAP in order for our voice to be heard as well as
those of other alternative amateur recreational sports.
Below are my suggestions on how to answer all of the questions. Please
take a moment of your time to fill out the survey and tell everyone you
know that supports Austin Texas Bike Polo about it too. If you have
connections to roller derby, hardcourt soccer, unicycle football, etc
please get them to fill it out too. We need all the support we can get
to hopefully make it into this project! Which amenity, idea or concept is your favorite and why? *
I represent the Austin Texas Bike Polo Social Club. We are an amateur
alternative sports club that plays hardcourt bicycle polo. We support
the re-alignment of the Holly Street wall to open up the space leading
into Metz park. We currently play at the tennis/multi-purpose court and
opening up the park would help us, as well as other amateur alternative
sports clubs (i.e. roller derby, hardcourt soccor, street/roller hockey,
unicycle football) gain more exposure within the community. We talked
to Chris Yanez at the February meeting about our need to either update
our current location or if there were any other options for us available
in the redevelopment. He stated there was a building being considered
for open-air and re-purposing for possibly a roller rink or multi-use,
walled in, hard court surface. If this is the case, it would be a
perfect opportunity to accommodate our club as well as these other clubs
What are the strengths of your favorite amenity, idea or concept? *
An enclosed, hard court, covered surface would not only provide and
adequate constant use practice space, but could also serve as a special
event location for tournaments, scrimmages, demonstrations, half-time
shows. These events could bring exposure to the park as well as money in
terms of rental fees. We currently rent out an alternative park for our
tournaments, but it would be ideal to have a covered/maintained space
for these events.
What are the weaknesses of your least favorite amenity, idea or concept? *
We are concerned with the projected solution to the current sewage
small permeating Metz Park and community at large. I think it would
benefit everyone if this issue was resolved.
Which area of the park is most in need of improvement? *
It seems the still waters (i.e. lagoon) could use improvement. We
support the projected plan of opening up these waters to create more
What area of the park has the most impact for you and why? *
Metz Park and/or the proposed building to be converted impact us the
most. We have played at various parks around the city, but only now have
we found a park where we have developed a good relationship with the
Community Center. We'd like to call this park our home, with adequate
facilities to develop as strong players and as a club, to be able to
compete among other top clubs around the world. We have volunteered with
the community center and are interested in participating more in this
effort and within the community. We are well known among the cycling
community and this will only continue as our club continues to grow.
What is missing or what issue has not been addressed in the concept? *
The draft master plan did not mention re-purposing the old building
into a multi-use hard court space. As stated earlier, we talked to Chris
Yanez separately who mentioned this space to us.
Please provide general comments on the preliminary concept.
Overall the preliminary concept seems good. We support incorporating
edible plants into the landscape, although we are confused in how this
will work in conjunction with the local community garden.