WHO WE ARE
Friends of the Hollow is a group of over 900 boaters, swimmers and beach-goers interested in maintaining, promoting and enjoying Hippie Hollow. No better stewards for the park exist than the individuals comprising this diverse group.
On Sunday, February 3rd, 2013, five boats dropped anchor on the northwest side of Hippie Hollow Park, a common weekly occurrence, fifty-two weeks a year, for the last 30 years. By Thursday, February 7th, 2013, the swim buoys at Hippie Hollow had been extended from one end of the park to the other, ending this safe anchorage option for boaters at Hippie Hollow.
WHY IT HAPPENED
Travis County Parks staff, lead by Charles Bergh and Dan Perry, provided very unclear reasons for this action. Friends of the Hollow received justification ranging from boats attracting “a certain demographic” to the accusation that boaters bring underage people to the park. It is clear that Travis County Parks didn’t have much justification for their actions and now have backed into two reasons:
- The expansion of the existing swim area was needed to protect swimmers from boats
- Underage people are coming into the park from boats
TCP has not provided any clarification or corroborating evidence to support these claims. Three Freedom of Information Act request have been filed requesting all notes, emails, written reports and records that TCP used to arrive at this decision. And prior to taking action, TCP did not elect to hold public hearings or reach out to the community of boaters, business owners and park-goers (all tax payers) who are community stakeholders in the continued success of Hippie Hollow.
WHAT WE ARE SEEKING
We are seeking an immediate reversal to move the buoys back to their 2010 location as an established and dedicated swim area already exists in the park. We are seeking understanding of the concerns from TCP and a chance to be part of the solution. As stewards for “The Hollow” we share a common goal and purpose with Travis County Parks.