It’s not all bad news. There is, at the very least, widespread consensus that Zilker is in dire need of assistance. But what that help looks like—and how much it costs—has become the latest chapter in a long-running and increasingly hostile debate about how much Austin should cling to the best parts of its past as it prepares for an increasingly crowded future.

In an attempt to ready Austin for the metropolis it’s quickly becoming, in November 2022 city leaders unveiled the Zilker Park Vision Plan, a slick $200 million proposal that calls for a dramatic reimagining of the space.

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