NLand Surf Park is an inland surfing destination near Austin, located ten minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 4836 East Highway 71, Del Valle, Texas 78617. The park offers surfing sessions, clinics, or group surfing for first-time, beginner and advanced surfers. In addition to the 14-acre surf lagoon and surrounding land, the park includes a surf shop and a restaurant, a craft brewery. NLand’s surf lagoon is the largest man-made surf lagoon in North America. Founder Doug Coors partnered with Spanish engineering firm Wavegarden to design and build the lagoon, which offers six-foot-high waves as well as gentler waves for surfing and bodyboarding. NLand's waves provide rides of up to 35 seconds and surfers have the opportunity to catch a new wave every two minutes. On January 8, 2019, the World Surf League disclosed. Construction on NLand began in 2014 and was completed in 2016; the Travis County Commissions court delayed the park from opening in July 2016 due to a lawsuit filed citing regulatory concerns.
NLand rebutted by filing a lawsuit in Federal Court stating the county has violated their constitutional right to equal protection of the law. NLand reached an agreement with state and local officials in October 2016 regarding how the park will be regulated. An injunction requiring strict water quality testing settled the opposing lawsuits between NLand and the county; the park opened to the public on October 7, 2016. Shortly after opening, the park closed unexpectedly due to damage under the lagoon; the lagoon was drained to make repairs and water from the park spilled into neighboring properties. Six months the park reopened to the public on Friday, May 12, 2017; the lagoon is bisected by a pier. Each half of the lagoon is divided into zones according to wave height; the perimeter of the east side provides whitewater waves ideal for beginners. NLand refers to this area as the "Bay Wave." The west side of the lagoon provides a larger four-foot wave for intermediate surfers. NLand refers to this area as the "Inside Wave."
The section closest to the pier on both the east and west sides provides the tallest wave, with a five-to-six-foot face, designed for advanced surfers. NLand refers to this area as the "Reef Wave". A hydrofoil beneath the pier in the center of the lagoon at NLand produces the waves by pushing more than 11 million gallons of water through the lagoon; the technology is similar to the motor used on a ski lift. Coors describes it as a chairlift motor with a snow plow on it; the lagoon's customized bathymetry was designed by engineers from NLand and Wavegarden to optimize the shape of the waves for surfing. NLand’s engineering team and founder, Doug Coors, developed a solution to address the need for millions of gallons of water; the team started by digging a series of trenches for drainage channels for water to move. NLand uses a water catchment system that collects rainwater on the property to ensure the NLand lagoon is sustainable without drawing on precious water resources. Water from the park is channeled to a wet pond and bio-filtered by plants and aquatic life before it moves to a deep reservoir and through a filtration system for treatment.
The onsite Blue Prairie restaurant uses compostable utensils, plates and cups. In addition, NLand sources ingredients from local ranches near Austin. Cybulski, Chris. "Del Valle Surf Park Under Construction". Spectrum News. Parish, Stan. "Artificial Wave Pools: A Landlocked Surfer's Solution?". The Wall Street Journal. Findell, Elizabeth. "Massive surf park east of Austin hits legal snags over pool permit". Austin American-Statesman. Theis, Michael. "Austin surf park makes waves as construction continues". Austin Business Journal. Hernandez, Juan. "It Turns Out the NLand Surf Park Lawsuit is About Defining What Makes a'Swimming Pool'". The Inertia. Jechow, Andy. "Surf park outside Austin won't reopen anytime soon". KXAN. Mahl, Sydney. "Surf's up in Austin at NLand Surf Park". The Daily Texan. Official website
UFCU Disch–Falk Field
UFCU Disch–Falk Field is the baseball stadium of the University of Texas at Austin. It has been home to Texas Longhorns baseball since it opened on February 17, 1975, replacing Clark Field as the home of the Longhorns; the stadium is named for former Longhorns coaches Billy Bibb Falk. Beginning August 1, 2006, the name of the stadium was changed to UFCU Disch–Falk Field, following a sponsorship deal with a local credit union, University Federal Credit Union. Geographic coordinates: 30.280°N 97.726°W. Capacity: The facility seats more than 6,500 spectators, with chairbacks on more than 5,000 seats and covered seating throughout most of the stands. Surface: The entire playing surface, excluding the pitcher's mound, is FieldTurf installed in 2017. Field dimensions: 340 feet down the left field line, 325 down the right field line and 400 to center field. In 2013, the Longhorns ranked 6th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 5,793 per home game. In 2012, college baseball writer Eric Sorenson ranked the stadium as the fifth best big game atmosphere in Division I baseball.
In July 2005, the University announced an $18 million renovation project for Disch-Falk Field. Construction began in late 2006; the Longhorns played their 2007 season at the stadium during the renovation, although a few early season games and the NCAA Regional Tournament were moved to the nearby Dell Diamond. Completed for the 2008 season, the renovated Disch-Falk field was designed by architectural firm DLR Group; the renovations included: 107 premium seats added increasing capacity to 6,756 17 new suites lowering of the seating bowl six feet to field level complete replacement of the seating bowl expanded concourse new team merchandise store new full-service ticket office expanded concessions and restrooms enhanced media services spaces new lighting and sound systems new metal wall cladding and TPO roof dugouts moved closer to the field new bullpens new weight training facility new team training areas new team meeting room new coaches offices replacement of AstroTurf surface with FieldTurf.
During the 2005 season, the scoreboard in left-center field, installed in 1989 and upgraded in 1996, was dismantled. A new scoreboard with a full-color video screen was erected in its place. October 12, 2005, the University announced a $13.1 million gift from University Federal Credit Union as the major gift in the campaign to finance the renovation of the ballpark. In connection with this gift, the name of the stadium changed to UFCU Disch–Falk Field on August 1, 2006. List of NCAA Division I baseball venues UFCU Disch-Falk Field information at TexasSports.com Texas Step Up to the Plate Renovation Donation Campaign Disch-Falk renovation and renaming announcement at TexasSports.com DLR Group awarded expansion contract DLR Group website
Dell Diamond is the home stadium of the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros major league baseball team. On April 16, 2000, the then-Double-A affiliate Express played their first home game at the stadium. Dell Diamond is built on 85 acres of former farmland on the east side of Round Rock, Texas, a growing suburban city northeast of Austin. Nolan Ryan and his son Reid Ryan, part owners of the Express wanted a stadium inside the city of Austin, but found a more attractive site in the City of Round Rock, with support from the city leadership; the city of Round Rock contributed $7.35 million to the $25 million cost of the facility. The city gave the Express a 38-year lease. Local-based computer technology company Dell contracted for naming rights in a deal that will cost the company $2.5 million over 15 years. The stadium has hosted several college games, including some early-season University of Texas contests in 2007 while the Longhorns' home field, UFCU Disch-Falk Field, had been undergoing a major renovation project.
A showcase neutral-site game was played on February 21, 2012, between the Baylor Bears and Texas State Bobcats. Dell Diamond is the designated site for the University Interscholastic League state baseball tournament. On February 13, 2016, the stadium hosted a rugby union match between Canada and USA Rugby, as part of the Americas Rugby Championship. On June 25, 2007, Manny Parra, pitcher for the visiting Nashville Sounds, pitched a perfect game against the Round Rock Express at the ballpark. In October 2016, the stadium hosted the Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour during the period prior to the field being resurfaced for the first time. From September 2017 to mid-March 2018, the stadium was transformed into a set used for the fourth season of television's Fear the Walking Dead; as a result, the field had to be resurfaced again because vegetables had been planted on it and the grass killed with chemicals to attain a post-apocalyptic look. Ballpark Profile Round Rock Express The Dell Diamond
Concordia University Texas
Concordia University Texas is a private, coeducational institution of liberal arts and sciences located in northwest Austin, in the U. S. state of Texas. The university offers undergraduate and online degrees as well as an Adult Degree Program for part-time and returning students. Concordia University Texas is affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System, the nine-member association of LCMS colleges and universities; as a Lutheran university, Concordia's stated mission is to develop Christian leaders. Concordia was founded in 1926 as Lutheran Concordia College of Texas, a four-year high school that prepared young men for careers in ministry and teaching; the school opened with 26 students on its original site along East Avenue on the northern outskirts of Austin, Texas. In 1929, a two-story classroom building called the Music Building, still known as College Central, was built. Concordia was founded by members of Texas's Wendish immigrant community.
The original main building, Kilian Hall, is named for the Wend John Kilian, founder of the first Texas Lutheran church associated with the LCMS and leader of a large group of Wends who settled in the Serbin area. Today, between 10 and 15 percent of Concordia's faculty and students are of Wendish heritage. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s many buildings were added to the campus, such as Hirschi Memorial Library in 1949 and Kramer Hall, the college's first air-conditioned classroom building, in 1950, but dedicated on February 25, 1951. In 1951, Concordia started using a two-year junior college curriculum. Building developments on campus continued throughout the 1960s; the campus built its chapel, named Birkmann Memorial Chapel, in 1952. Texas Hall, which housed dining services and faculty offices was dedicated in 1953. Studtmann Hall, an all-girl's dormitory opened in 1955; the first Beto Hall on the Concordia campus was housed science labs. In the early 21st century, this building was converted into the school's mail services facility.
In 1955 Concordia admitted women as students for the first time and the institution changed its name to Concordia Lutheran College in 1965. In 1969, the four-year high school program was disbanded and Concordia’s curriculum expanded to four years after receiving permission to award Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1980. Concordia joined the Concordia University System in 1993; the CUS represents the ten colleges and universities run by the LCMS. In 1995, under the leadership of President Rev. Dr. David Zersen, the name of the institution was changed to Concordia University at Austin; the Accelerated Degree Program, with sites in Austin, Ft. Worth and San Antonio, within the College of Adult Education, was launched in 1995 to offer working adults the opportunity to earn a degree. Harms Hall, a dormitory, opened in January 2000 more than doubling campus resident capacity; the first Graduate program was developed during this period. In 2002, Dr. Thomas E. Cedel, a former fighter pilot and Colonel in the United States Air Force was named President of the university.
In 2007, Concordia University at Austin changed its name to Concordia University Texas. In August 2008, Concordia University relocated its primary campus, moving onto more than 389 acres in Northwest Austin; the city of Austin allowed the demolition of the former campus. A developer bought the space with plans to construct a mixed-use development; the new campus was dedicated on October 26, 2008. In 2005, the Board of Regents approved the relocation of the Concordia University Texas campus. Since its founding the school had occupied a 23-acre campus near downtown Austin; the new campus is located in northwest Austin on 384 acres of land. Construction began in the spring of 2007, the new campus opened in September 2008; the site for Concordia's new campus is the former Schlumberger Austin Systems Center. The site an R&D facility, had six buildings connected by covered walkways and encircled by a nature trail; the six buildings, named by letter A-F, while extensively renovated, retained their basic design and features, including solid oak trim, large windows, sky lights and atria.
Three new structures were built prior to occupation of the new Concordia campus: student housing, a fieldhouse and a front entry/guard house. In addition to the new structures, 600 additional parking spaces and new roads were built to handle the increased traffic on the campus. In 2014, Concordia broke ground on a state-of-the-art softball field, completed in 2016; the campus includes a 250-acre nature preserve that has springs and wetlands, dense trees and wildlife. A 10-A federal permit is required and only one other higher education institution carries one; the inclusion of the nature preserve allows Concordia to devote time to urban environmentalism in the Austin community. The Concordia University Nature Preserve is part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, a system of preserves in western Travis County that provides habitat for a number of rare and endangered plant and animal species such the Golden-cheeked warbler and Black-capped vireo, two rare species of songbirds that breed in Central Texas.
In 2013, Dr. Thomas E. Cedel, announced his retirement from Concordia University Texas. In 2014 Former Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Don Christian was named Chief Executive Officer. Student Body, Fall 2017 Total Enrollment: 2619 Undergraduate: 1722 Graduate: 897 Concordia University Texas has majors and programs of study within four colleges: Business & Communication, Nursing and Arts & Sciences. Co
Frank Erwin Center
The Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center is a multi-purpose arena located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, it is sometimes referred to as "The Drum" or "The Superdrum", owing to its round, drum-like appearance from outside. The multi-purpose facility hosts entertainment events and is the home court for the UT men's and women's basketball programs; the Erwin Center is located at the southeastern corner of the UT central campus and is bounded on the east by Interstate 35. Built to replace Gregory Gymnasium as the men's and women's basketball teams' home arena, the Special Events Center was completed in 1977 for a total cost of $34 million; the Texas men's basketball team opened the events center on November 29, 1977 with an 83–76 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. UT undertook extensive renovations of the facility from 2001 to 2003 at a cost of $55 million, among other things and renovated seating, new video and sound systems, new lighting, 28 suites; the building is named for former UT Board of Regents member Frank Erwin, who as a regent was controversial due to his hostility towards the burgeoning on-campus, political counterculture movement of the late 1960s and was directly involved in the arrest of protesting students and the purging of what he deemed as "unpatriotic" faculty.
Known as the Special Events Center, the facility was renamed in 1980 to honor Erwin, who died that same year. A two-level layout accommodates up to 16,540 spectators for basketball games and up to 17,900 spectators for concerts; the inner ring of the arena averages around 20 rows deep, while the mezzanine is deeper at around 24 rows. The size of the arena's inner ring is dependent on the event being hosted; the Dell Medical Center, a $334 million teaching hospital for the University, has identified the parking lot and Waller Creek area directly across from the Frank Erwin Center as Phase I of construction, with phases calling for the demolition and relocation of the Frank Erwin Center, preferably on the University of Texas at Austin campus. A discussed location is the parking lots south of Mike A. Myers Soccer Stadium. In 2018, it was announced that Oak View Group and the University of Texas had agreed to build a new $338 million dollar arena for the Texas Longhorns basketball program to replace the Frank Erwin Center.
Located adjacent to downtown Austin, The Erwin Center is accepted to be Austin's current premier venue for large public and private events. The center holds many events such as concerts, professional wrestling events, bull riding and private banquets; the arena has hosted three UFC mixed martial events: UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares in 2010, UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson in 2014, UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros in 2018. Music artists such as KISS, U2, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, Def Leppard, Garth Brooks, Van Halen, Prince, Rod Stewart, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and many others have performed at the arena; the Erwin Center hosted the semifinals and finals of the University Interscholastic League boys' and girls' basketball playoffs in all five classifications until 2015, when the playoffs moved to San Antonio. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas Frank Erwin Center Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events Center – Texassports.com
Austin Independent School District
Austin Independent School District is a school district based in the city of Austin, United States. Established in 1881, the district serves most of the City of Austin and surrounding towns, the City of Sunset Valley, the Village of San Leanna, unincorporated areas in Travis County; the district operates 129 schools including 84 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, 16 high schools. As of 2013 AISD covers 172.4 square miles of land within the City of Austin, making up 54.1% of the city's territory. In 2011, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency. Forty-nine percent of districts in Texas in 2011 received the same rating. No state accountability ratings will be given to districts in 2012. A school district in Texas can receive one of four possible rankings from the Texas Education Agency: Exemplary, Academically Acceptable, Academically Unacceptable. Historical district TEA accountability ratings 2018: Academically Acceptable 2017: Academically Acceptable 2016: Academically Acceptable 2015: Academically Acceptable 2014: Academically Acceptable 2013: Academically Acceptable 2012: No state accountability ratings were assigned in 2012 2011: Academically Acceptable 2010: Academically Acceptable 2009: Academically Acceptable 2008: Academically Acceptable 2007: Academically Acceptable 2006: Academically Acceptable 2005: Academically Acceptable 2004: Academically Acceptable Like other Texas public school districts, AISD is funded through a combination of local property taxes, general state revenues, federal education funds.
The district funds some facilities construction and improvements through the issuance of debt by bond elections. John B. Winn – 1881–1894 Prof. Thomas Green Harris – 1895–1903 Arthur N. McCallum Sr. – 1903–1942 Dr. Russell Lewis – 1942–1947 Dr. J. W. Edgar – 1947–1950 Dr. Irby B. Carruth – 1950–1970 Dr. Jack L. Davidson – 1970–1980 Dr. John Ellis – 1980–1990 Dr. Gonzalo Garza – 1990–1991 Dr. Jim B. Hensley – 1991–1992 Dr. Terry N. Bishop – 1993–1994 Dr. James Fox Jr. – 1995–1998 A. C. Gonzalez – 1998–1999 Dr. Pascal D. Forgione Jr. – 1999–2009 Dr. Meria Carstarphen – 2009–2014 Dr. Paul Cruz – 2014–present In the 1970s white flight to Westlake and other suburbs of Austin that were majority white began. In 1970 the student body of AISD was 65% non-Hispanic white. In the late 1970s the student body was 57% non-Hispanic white, 26% Hispanic and Latino, 15% African-American; until 1978 AISD categorized Hispanics and Latinos as "white" so they could integrate them with African-Americans while leaving non-Hispanic whites out of integration.
That year it was forced to integrate non-Hispanic whites. In 2000 the student body of AISD was 37% non-Hispanic white; the Hispanic student population peaked in 2011, at 52,398 students. As of the 2016-17 school year, there are 48,386 Hispanic students, 22,761 non-Hispanic white students, 6,578 African-American students. Images of AISD High Schools The following high schools cover grades 9 to 12. Zoned high schools Unzoned high schoolsLiberal Arts & Science Academy High School Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Images of AISD Middle Schools Zoned middle schools Unzoned middle schoolsAnn Richards School for Young Women Leaders Fulmore Magnet of Humanities and Law for International Studies; the Magnet is not housed separately from Kealing's comprehensive program, but provides different classes to its students. Images of AISD Elementary Schools Toney Burger Center I. I. Nelson Field Delco Activity Center Ellie Noack Sports Complex House Park List of school districts in Texas List of high schools in Texas McGee, Kate.
"Black Students Are Eight Percent of AISD – and Nearly One-Fourth of Suspensions". KUT. Monday May 19, 2014. Austin Independent School District
Austin Police Department
Austin Police Department is the principal law enforcement agency serving Austin, United States. As of Fiscal Year 2018, the agency had an annual budget of more than $442 million and employed around 2,646 personnel, including 1,900 officers. Brian Manley was named chief effective June 14th, 2018. Airport Aggravated Assault Unit Air Support Unit Auto Theft Interdiction Unit Chaplain Child Abuse Unit Cold Case Unit Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Court Services Decentralized Investigations Digital Forensics Unit DWI Enforcement Team Executive Protection Unit Explosive Ordnance Disposal Family Violence Protection Team Financial Crimes Unit Gang Suppression Unit Homicide Honor Guard Human Trafficking Unit Intelligence Internal Affairs K9 Unit Lake Patrol Boat Unit Mounted Patrol Horse Unit Peer Support Unit Property Management Recruiting Risk Management Unit Robbery Unit Sex Crimes Unit Special Events Unit Special Investigations Unit Special Weapons & Tactics Traffic Enforcement Training Academy Vehicular Homicide Unit Victim Services Downtown Area Command Northeast Area Command Northwest Area Command North Central Area Command Central East Area Command Central West Area Command Southeast Area Command Southwest Area Command South Central Area Command Highway Enforcement Command Law enforcement in the United States Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Approved Budget, Executive Summary.
City of Austin Budget Office. Http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/budget/09-10/downloads/Exe%20Final%20Draft.pdf. Retrieved 2010-03-26. City of Austin – Austin Police Department, Administration. Http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/police/chiefs.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-26. Austin Police Department