Here are the projects one Austin council member is funding out of her personal office budget

A portion of Council Member Ellen Troxclair's contribution will go toward replacing playground equipment in Dick Nichols District Park with new updated ADA-compliant structures.

A portion of Council Member Ellen Troxclair's contribution will go toward replacing playground equipment in Dick Nichols District Park with new updated ADA-compliant structures.

Each year Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair aims to set aside savings from her personal office budget to fund projects across Southwest Austin. In response to requests made by her constituents, this year her office contributed $50,000 to fund projects within District 8 that are slated for completion within the next three months:

  1. Barton Creek Greenbelt improvements: Deemed a “valuable feature of District 8 and the entire city” by Troxclair, both the Spyglass and Lost Creek trailheads will be equipped with new signage and equipment in addition to trailhead improvements. Funding will also go toward installing a new information kiosk at the entrance to the Lost Creek trail. These improvements are scheduled for completion by November.

  2. Shade structure at Dick Nichols District Park: Several District 8 residents requested infrastructure be installed over the pool at Dick Nichols Park to protect children from the sun. A large shade structure will be implemented within the next two to three months.

  3. Drinking fountain at Circle C Metropolitan Park: As of now the only water fountain is located near the restrooms and at a distance from the play area. Funds from Councilmember Troxclair’s office will be used to purchase an additional water fountain to install near the playground. According to Outreach Director Alice Claiborne, this project will be completed within the next couple of months.

  4. Speed radar sign near Alexandria Drive: Residents of the neighborhood surrounding Alexandria Drive expressed concerns about the speed of traffic in the area. A speed radar sign was installed in the 4100 block to help keep the neighborhood safe.

To celebrate the completion of these projects, Troxclair will host a party in the coming months. The date is to be determined.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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