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  • Petitioned Charles Bergh

This petition was delivered to:

Travis County Parks Division Director
Charles Bergh
Travis County Parks Division Manager
Robert Armistead
Travis County Parks West Division Manager
Dan Perry
Travis County Commissioner Pt. 2
Sarah Eckhardt

Travis County Parks: Work with the boating community to resume anchoring off Hippie Hollow

    1. Petition by

      Friends of the Hollow

February 2013


From Petition Organizer: Travis County Parks have announced they will be letting boats back along the shores of Hippie Hollow. Though we are still working out the final details, we are proud of all those who got involved and voiced their opinion. Please keep an eye on www.friendsofthehollow.com for further details and updates.



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.


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:

  1. The expansion of the existing swim area was needed to protect swimmers from boats
  2. 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.


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.


Charles Bergh, Travis County Parks Division Director
Robert Armistead, Travis County Parks Division Manager
Dan Perry, Travis County Parks West Division Manager
Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Commissioner Pt. 2
Allow the boating community to resume anchoring off Hippie Hollow and fulfill your commitment to open the discussion to a public forum. By not doing so, you are directly impacting local businesses and revenue in your park.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Terry Enlow AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      We're all adults at the park and know how to interact with each other, whether beach goer, swimmer or boater.

    • ed palmer LAKEWAY, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Free Hippie Hollow for boaters! We are extremely safe boaters and we've never had an accident!

    • Sonny Hood AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Few things are more synonymous with Central Texas gay and lesbian culture than Splash, Hippie Hollow, and the floatilla of boats anchored in the cove. If implemented, the County will inflict more damage to the core of our community than the radical right has accomplished in the last 40 years.

    • David Brian SPICEWOOD, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      The boats should be dispersed, as they were in 2010, instead of being banned from the park. The park patrons, swimmers, and the boats have been historically symbiotic. The parks department & the Travis County Sheriffs department need to lose the attitude toward park patrons & boats!

    • Samuel Browning LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I go to Austin every summer!!


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