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LTYA to move to Lakeway?

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The City of Lakeway has announced its involvement in the replacement for the Bee Cave LTYA Field of Dreams - embroiled for some time in a fight over housing development density.

 

The City announced: "A new 70-acre multi-sport, multi-field venture could turn families’ dreams into reality as the City of Lakeway, Lake Travis Youth Association and Travis County address the growing demand for youth sports facilities.

 

The multimillion dollar site under consideration is on Bee Creek Road near the new Lake Travis Middle School in Lakeway.

 

Because the proposal is in its preliminary stages, the exact number of fields and courts is to be determined. Based upon fund-raising, the facility could feature 12 ball fields, six soccer fields, a football field and two indoor basketball courts, according to LTYA Vice President Glenn Smith.

 

Lakeway Mayor Dave DeOme said the public-private partnership could be finalized within the next 30 days to meet a need expressed by young families and grandparents alike.

 

“This first-class venue would clearly meet Lakeway’s objective of continuing to improve the quality of life for its residents,” DeOme said. “There’s a sizeable number of kids from Lakeway who are participating in LTYA’s athletic programs, and it’s important for the city to be able to support that activity.”

 

To fund the project, the City of Lakeway would put a bond before voters in a special election this November for the purchase of the land, which the city would own. Precinct 3 Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty said he would lobby to include $3 million to $4 million for the complex in the county’s next bond package that could finance improvements such as ball fields, courts, concession stands, restrooms and parking lots.

 

“I am totally supportive of promoting Travis County to help find money to assist — along with other entities — LTYA’s efforts in building additional facilities,” Daugherty said. “This money would most likely come from funds that would have to be voter approved. It is my opinion that Travis County will have our next bond election in the fall of 2014 or the spring of 2015.”

 

LTYA, a privately funded, not-for-profit organization that serves more than 4,500 youth, would manage and maintain the facilities and have first rights to field use.

 

“We at LTYA are very proud and honored to work with the City of Lakeway and Travis County in building a new sports complex for the children of the Lake Travis area,” Smith said. “We are growing at a rapid rate, and LTYA does not have the space for the additional kids we expect in our program in the next year, much less the next 10 years. This new complex will enable us to satisfy our commitment to create great memories for all the kids and families of our Lake Travis community.”

 

In the next few months, LTYA will start a $4 million to $5 million capital campaign that would go toward the complex’ infrastructure, Smith said.

 

“We will need help from the entire Lake Travis community to make this new ‘Field of Dream’ come true, but we now see the light at the end of the tunnel with a plan to get this accomplished,” Smith said.

 

Proceeds from the sale of LTYA’s Field of Dreams in Bee Cave would go toward the proposed Lakeway complex, but DeOme said the new facility is not contingent upon that transaction.

 

“The membership of LTYA has grown so much that it has put such a demand on that much smaller facility in Bee Cave that the quality of the experience there has diminished,” he explained. “The size of this property in Lakeway and the number of new fields will be a significant improvement over what is available in the area today.”"

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Great job on the story, we love the Bee! I do hope we get something other than apartments at the old site.
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The story is a copy and paste from the City of Lakeway website. Not that it's a bad thing but it needs to be sited. Second, I think this is a terrible idea! Passing a city and a county tax to pay for a private business (whether they provide a service to kids, elderly, dogs, or whatever.) I do not have kids in LTYA sports and I don't want to be taxed to pay for it. Pop Warner, I9, Nitro, and HCI aren't asking for taxpayer money for their youth programs, why should LTYA?

EDITOR: The preamble is my own and I do CITE (sp!) the rest as the City's announcement and use quote marks. It was a Press Release sent to the Bee.
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LTYA will be "renting" the land and constructing facilities, much like a retailer in the galleria rents space and installs their fixtures to operate their business. I don't see a problem with the city of Lakeway owning a rental property, especially one that enhances property values for everyone.
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I find the editor's snide reply to the above comment laughable, "CITE (sp!)." I enjoy reading the BEE and am thankful for the service it tries to provide, but I have never read a blog or news source so fraught with typos, misleading ideas, or spelling and grammar inconsistencies. Editor, in your effort to belittle one of your readers, you lost the little respect I had for you.
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LTYA cannot continue to exist in the small dust bowl facility that they currently own and operate in Bee Cave. A longterm solution is long overdue. A Travis County bond of $3-4 million spread over the entire county will be unnoticeable on your taxes relative to the many benefits for the kids playing sports (staying out of trouble) in this area. Travis County already has built sports fields for other areas of the county, except Eanes and Lake Travis because we are the "wealthy districts." Nothing wrong with a little support when needed. This is a Winning proposal all the way around for everyone concerned if they can pull it off. I know the Homestead will be happy to do away with those field lights at night.
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I agree, seeing some of the taxes already paid by western travis county property owners being spent in western travis county seems appropriate.

Bee Cave should participate in funding this project as well. The city's sales tax revenues generated from these kids should be funneled back into expanding youth programs.
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Enter your name Thursday, 15 May 2014
The LTYA should be paying for it NOT ME through another Lakeway Bond Issue for something I don't use. Vote NO!
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You have a choice. You can move out and make room for a family to move in.
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That seems a bit drastic but true. Voting with your feet is always an option.
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Do you have children? Did they have fields to play on? Did your kids go to public school? Did the entire community pay tax for your kids to attend public school? You sound like some old geezer who now that your kids are grown don't want to support the future generation. Never mind that an older generation also paid your kids way back when they were young. The city of lakeway is helping to fund the initial cost but LTYA is paying them rent. They are not asking for these fields for free. Also, it makes the area much more desirable for families with young kids looking to move to the Lakeway/Bee Cave area. TRANSLATION... Higher property values. Stop being so short sighted and think about someone other than yourself. Or maybe just move to an assisted living. That sounds about right for you.
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I completely agree.
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maybe they can build a swimming pool and some tennis courts. johnny
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Maybe you should join The Reserve?
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I really like the cooperation between the school district, the city, the county, and area businesses to support the development of our community's youth. Projects like this are the backbones of great communities.
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How many of you know how much they are currently paying
Mr. Smith? How many of you know that they lost hundreds of
thousands of dollars? They want you all to pay for the fields and sure they will rent it, but their main focus is profit with you
all putting up the funds. Wake up and look into their failures and business practices before you say you are for it. When did
you say your were leaving Zelda?
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It will also be rented by other clubs which will be fantastic as currently all baseball tournaments are at a minimum 1 hr away. It would be great to keep my dollars here instead of Round Rock, Pfluger, San Marcos, and other areas that already have multimillion dollar facilities. Time for us to get in the game!
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It's very telling that the City of Bee Caves isn't helping with this endeavor when most of the growth is in their area. They are only interested in sales tax revenue not citizens.
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First of all, the city is called BEE CAVE, no "s". Second this is not a city run recreation facility but a private business. What happens when all the other businesses come running to the city asking for funding? We have an assisted living facility going in. Should we raise taxes to help fund them because that's putting money into the elderly in this area? What about Nitro? Should we raise taxes to help then run their swim teams for youth? This is not a city or county program. It's a private business that needs to work with the money they have by managing their money accordingly. Other businesses are on their way in will offer what LTYA cannot get their act together to do.
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I guess you want to ignore the thousands of public/private partnerships that enhance communities all over this country.

I really get tired of these retirees that would rather see our youth in a juvenile center than in school or on a sports field.
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How do you know I am a retiree? You shouldn't make assumptions- I am a working parent of children who have played in LTYA- we left and went to other organizations because LTYA is so poorly run and disorganized- not to mention that leagues in Westlake are cheaper- by a lot. I don't trust where my money was going when we played for LTYA.
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So rather than participating and helping to improve the local programs you jump into your minivan and head to the slums for a bargain. Great.
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There you go assuming again- you are 0-2. We did volunteer- several times in different sports. After realizing the problems were so imbedded and not going to change, we decided to speak with our wallet as well was getting our kids in a better sports club, with better rules, and better organization. But, you're totally right we lowered ourselves for our children to play in Westlake of all places. The way you act, and are acting all over this website, attacking all the posters (retirees, soccer moms, etc) and name calling is not doing you any favors as a representative of LTYA. It's the reason we left, along with many many other Bee Cave families that we see on the fields in Westlake. You've made my case for me. They all have the same complaints for not wanting their children in LTYA, and never once have I heard it was because of the conditions of the fields.
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Haha Westlake is "the slums"? Wow Bee Cave's distorted view of its upscale status is hilarious.
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A lot of public pools are rented by private businesses that run swim teams and swimming lessons. The city of Austin rents out Zilker park to C3, a private business, for week long concerts.

Would you be happier if LTISD bought the 70 acres and rented it to LTYA?
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Perhaps if they volunteered their time like I did this past fall with LTYA Cheer, you would understand. Go meet some of the kids, see how hard they work and take pride in their sportsmanship and friendships made. Then, you might shut up.
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Is the new school in Lakeway? The news release makes it sound as if it is, and I thought that it is Spicewood. If so, never heard about the annexation. What a bummer for property owners near the school.
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Wake up people. This project will be a huge profit windfall for their overpaid salaried staff. How soon we forget the fumble
of 200K to the bankrupt CMI and Zortal of an unknown amount. Glenn Smith is an overpaid bully. No bond approval on my dime.
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Perhaps LTYA, or Glenn Smith, needs some local competition. Go for it.

My experience with youth programs tells me the organizers have to have thick skins to deal with some of the transient parents. As long as they can recruit skilled staff to work with the kids I'm not too concerned.
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I am Glenn Smith and I don't receive a nickel from LTYA. LTYA is a non-profit for our youth. I worked over 600 hours last year for LTYA and have never received a nickel. I do it because I believe the youth in our area should have a place to play and I see it on their faces every day. We create life long memories for the kids and their families. This is supposed to create a sense of community pride. Look on the face of a 6 year old when they score a goal or throw the baseball across the diamond to get an out. Sports help the kids grow up to be responsible adults for our community as well. The city of Taylor built their fields, the city of Round Rock build their fields. Travis County built NE Metro and so on and so on. The City of Lakeway and Travis County are taking an active roll in creating a better quality of life for the kids and their families.
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Then will they let other organizations such as Pop Warner, I9, and NFL leagues also rent space on these fields or does LTYA have a monopoly on them?
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Probably depends on who is paying for the liability insurance.
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Roxanne, you are now in the running of taking the tiara away
from M. Murphy as the village idiot!
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Steve may have the original letter, but if I remember correctly, they were asking Bee Cave to fund the entire thing, not just a portion like Lakeway and now they are funding part as well. Steve? I remember thinking at the time, why wouldn't lakeway, spice wood, travis county, bee cave, LTYA all be helping to fund this, not just Bee Cave. Steve, do you still have the original article. I may not be remembering correctly.

See prior article here: www.beecavebee.com/news/local-news/194-l...of-bee-cave-over-fod
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reading the history, it looks like they were asking Bee Cave to contribute about $3M, not "the entire thing".

it also seems like a lot of people believe the current FOD land is owned by the city of Bee Cave, effectively condemned for "public use" even though it is privately owned.

IMO, the city should buy the land for the $6.5M and market it as a corporate campus to entities like google, microsoft, cisco, flextronics, etc ...
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Cities as landlords! Seriously?
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I guess you have never lived in a real city. It is pretty common.
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True colors and small minds are definitely shown in some of the above comments. Sad for the parents and Children in any community who have the few bullies who down grade the elderly, the elder taxpayers, which also says a lot about their own elderly parents and grandparents if they are still alive. The type of attitude of some of the bullies in all the communities is just laughable. Come back in about 20-35 years and see what the younger generation says about you becoming elderly in your old age. The youth of the communities is what is in question on this topic. Can anyone put a price tag on the quality of our youth, the leaders of your tomorrows?
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Maybe Hill Country Indoor and LTYA should get together. HCI can participate and relieve the potential tax burden to the citizens and tell the City of Bee Cave to #%$& OFF! This will be the second major failure for COBC and when Lakeway Town Center is complete it will be the final proof that egos and political bs have accomplished nothing for Bee Cave!
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Johnny you should run for BC city council. You would be amongst equals.
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Sorry I don't get it. Equals because I'd like to see some publicly accessible pool and tennis around here? Okay then. Glad the Council is like minded. Johnny
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Yes you and a council that is expected to pay for frivolous things will run us into the ground.
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