Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 First Weekend
Posted 10/4/2013 5:13:00 AM

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Several City of Austin departments are coordinating in an effort to ensure a safe and successful 2013 ACL Music Festival.

According to an impact analysis by AngelouEconomics, when the festival ran for a singular weekend in 2012, it generated more than $102 million in local economic impact.  Early figures for the two-weekend long 2013 festival show 38% of participants are from Texas, but outside Austin; 21% are from across the U.S., outside of Texas; and 4% are international.  Of the international visitors, the most travel from Mexico.  Of our U.S. guests, the most travel from California.  Of the Texas visitors, the most travel from Houston.


Since 2006, the Austin City Limits Music festival has contributed more than $7.4 million to the Austin Parks Foundation for beautification projects.  In addition to that, they have given $5 million toward renovating the City of Austin's Auditorium Shores.


The City of Austint has activated an on-site Event Command Center for both weekends of the event.  Below is a partial listing of the activities by department, working towards a positive festival weekend for visitors and residents alike.


Austin Parks Department

 • The entire Zilker Metropolitan Park encompasses 350 acres, and the Parks department welcomes ACL to the Great Lawn portion of the park, which makes up 46 acres of those 350 acres

• Areas outside Great Lawn’s festival grounds remain open to the general public during the event, including Barton Springs Pool

• This is a big weekend for Barton Springs Pool as the pool is less than 2 blocks away from the Festival, but annually, more people visit Barton Springs Pool (500,000+) than the populations of the City of Miami or the City of Atlanta

• The Parks Department has increased the nighttime lighting along the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail for the increased pedestrian traffic between downtown and the festival grounds

 Austin Resource Recovery

• Provides about 170 recycling containers to event organizers to encourage a more “green” event  and help control litter & waste in this City park

• Note that the event organizers employ a private hauler to collect their waste and process these recyclables

 Austin Fire Department

 • Has a presence at the on-site Event Command Center

• Has a staffed fire truck on site, ready to address issues related to fire, weather (thunderstorms or high wind), or electrical accidents

• Has two fire inspectors working the event to focus on vendor use of propane, maintaining emergency exits and general hazard compliance

 Health & Human Services

 • Provides Health Inspectors to work with festival food vendors for the planning, permitting and inspection of food booths

• The department has already facilitated more than 70 food booth permits for the festival this year, up by ten permits from last year

• Provides an educational team, available to provide assistance to vendors on health related concerns and issuers

 Planning & Development Review

 • Has issued temporary use permits (for the temporary sale of items, typically for vendors along Barton Springs Road)

• Has issued sound permits to businesses or entities looking to host a band or have amplified sound

 Austin/Travis Co. EMS

 • Has ‘Motorcycle Medics’ on standby at the Event Command Center to quickly respond to emergencies in and around the festival, including the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail

• Began making contingency emergency preparations six months ago with a self-sufficient area that includes their own power, water, communications and medical supplies

  Watershed Protection

• Has crews on standby, monitoring weather radar, creek gauges and predictive modeling for potential flooding

• In case of flooding, offers real-time road closure information at

• Reminds festival attendees to dispose of trash appropriately as full-time lake crews clean up more than 250 tons of trash and debris from Lady Bird Lake each year

 Austin Transportation Department

• In anticipation of increased traffic, encourages people to organize carpools, ride a bike or take the bus/rail to the festival

• Coordinated event plans in partnership with multiple City departments within the Austin Center for Events

• Will have a presence at the on-site Event Command Center and will maintain the parking and right of way enforcement

• Will be actively monitoring mobility on key travel ways including Barton Springs Road

 Office of Sustainability

• Partnered with the Austin City Limits Music Festival to launch the PICC (Positive Impact on Climate & Community) program

• Festival participants can contribute to the effort by checking out the ArtMarket and making a purchase that supports PICC

• 50% of funds raised will go to support to the Hill Country Conservancy’s Violet Crown Trail project and 50% going to purchase verified carbon offsets

• Carbon offsets are reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere

 Public Works

 • Is working hard to keep the city looking its best while we welcome visitors and ramped up sidewalk cleaning prior to the event

• Worked with event organizers to provide bike parking accommodations for up top 10% of festival attendees 

• The street and bridge division will be on standby for emergency repairs during the festival weekends (and all weekends throughout the year)

 Austin Police Department

 • Reminds residents and visitors in vehicles to share the road with pedestrians and cyclists and that if you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1 immediately.

• Will be ticketing and towing vehicles parked in the right of way (particularly the grass) on Mopac and the frontage roads

• Encourages everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time and reminds folks to not let your vehicle be a target for thieves; Hide-Lock-Take.

 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

 • Has placed signs over the airport escalators, welcoming ACL visitors

• Encourages visitors to take photos of themselves with the giant guitars in the bag-claim area and share on social media @AUStinAirport

• Will be showcasing live music to welcome travelers

• Are staffing friendly customer service representatives ready to help at the ABIA Visitor’s Center

  Austin Public Library

• Will feature on the main page of their website a sampling of local artists selected in partnership with the Austin Music Office

• Will feature the blog from a reference librarian who has attended the event

  Austin Energy

 • Has crews on standby to address power failure issues

• (These crews are also on standby to address residential outages as well)


 • This weekend and every weekend has customer services representatives on standby to assist residents and visitors alike with city-related issues and information.  For non emergency help call 3-1-1.

Posted By: Todd Jeffries  

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