Zilker Park's "Great Lawn" Reopens Today

Check out Austin's newest homogenization, Zilker Park's "Great Concert Venue Lawn."

I'll be sure to stop by before it gets trampled to dust during the sold-out ACL Fest. Councilman Mike Martinez also has a cheerful ground-level pic with the Mayor that he tweeted.

Speaking of water conservation, I wonder how much water it takes to keep this sucker emerald?

Almost looks like they own the water company.
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3 Response to "Zilker Park's "Great Lawn" Reopens Today"

  • Scott In South Austin Says:

    Sorry to be an Engineer, but:

    Looking at the pipe diameters and the acreage from the COA GIS system, this will be expensive to irrigate. The purple pipes are 4-inch in diameter, which easily equals 500 gallons/minute. Even if the water flows for only 1 hour/day, which I suspect it won't, that's 30,000 gallons per day or 900,000 gallons per month. To give you some perspective of what 900,000 gallons equals, think of the big brass and stainless steel nozzle on top of every Austin Fire Department Engine company. Those nozzles can move about 2,000 gallons per minute (GPM). This means that the Zilker Concert venue (oops, I meant Park) requires one AFD Engine company would need to be at the park 7.5 hours a day to move that much water. I suspect my flow rates are conservative and I hope they irrigate during the early morning hours. But the Rain Bird sprinklers operating during daylight make me call this whole thing into question.

    It’s interesting that the contractor planted grass just in time to enjoy the 63rd day of a South Texas drought. To successfully complete this job means a irrigation waiver was most likely obtained from Water and Wastewater Services to use as much water as necessary to complete the job. Again, I am only speculating.

    I think the folks at Lake Travis have it right as indicated on the front page of either the Tuesday or Wednesday edition of the AAS. Just move to the shore of Lake Travis, drop a hose in the lake, and suck all the water you want. In the AAS article, one responsible homeowner says he pays about $100 a year for 1 acre-foot of water. That’s 325,821 gallons of water or 27,154 gallons per month. My worst water bill was 17,400 gallons. My calculation of this amount of water equals about $2000 year from the COA utility. In defense of the homeowner, I doubt if he ever uses this amount – but it does show the inequity in water rights in Texas.

    At the end of the evening, it’s all about who is in charge and the Benjamin’s. But it damn sure is interesting that on Monday we Austinites will be in Stage 2 water conservation while others can water the dickens out of their landscape. It’s not equitable but life isn’t either.

    From my music loving side, I’m actually glad I’ll miss ACL this year. Right before an El’Nino, it’s always hot. I bet this ACL is as miserable as the 06 ACL. I love ACL and Austin is my home. But sometimes we locals seem to be forgotten.

    Save your water – the temperatures this summer set another record. I hope next summer returns to normal. Pray for the farmers and ranchers as they are the population who really suffers.

    Scott in South Austin

    PS: I guess Mike McCaul isn't such a water pig after all. But I won't recall any of my snide, smartass comments that I made toward him. According to Kay and Gubnor GoodHair, that's all a tax paying Democrat is good for. Since I care for people without health care and want Gitmo closed, I am unpatriotic. My post is about water, not my political affiliation so check the snide ass comments and focus on what Rachel presented in this post on her blog.

    Time for some Lucinda Williams...


  • Howard Says:

    Don't know about Austin, but here in California the real water abusers are usually industry and agriculture -- not keeping parks green.


  • Mean Rachel Says:

    howard, this is industry. they built the park to be a concert venue. C3 productions paid for the grass and paid for the irrigation system. Why? because they make tons of money off of ACL festival held here every year.