From the city of Austin's web site


History
In 1933, the National Park Service prepared the initial plan for this prk for the City of Austin. the park was established in 1939 with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). On August 11, 1939, 50 CCC enlistees moved to Lake Austin area and began clearing a site to house 200 enlistees. The necessary wooden barracks were constructed and a well dug. Following the settlement of the permanent camp, the 200 CCC enlistees developed permanent improvements to the site such as a bathhouse and concession stand. These wooden structures later burned and were replaced b the stone buildings which stand today.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a 1,142 acre oak, ash and juniper woodland in the hill country. Nestled on Lake Austin, the park has approximately a mile of lake front. The lake itself serves as a flood control and hydropower reservoir of the lower Colorado River. Visitors to the park my enjoy water activities such as boating and skiing or swimming and relaxing on the large, sandy beach, 350 feet in length. Camping and a motocross track set Emma Long apart from the other City of Austin parks as the sole provider of these activities.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park is named after Emma Long, Austin's first woman to serve on the council of a large city in Texas. She was elected to council in 1948 where she reactivated the then empty Parks and Recreation Board. She also served as the first woman Mayor Pro Tem from 1967-1969. "I came storming in" said Emma Long on her birth during a Texas Panhandle snowstorm in 1912. "The doctor had to come out in a sled to deliver me." Storming she stayed as she set firsts for women in politics, introduced civil rights ordinances in Austin, and served as an advisor for the United Nations.

An ordinance passed by Council naming what was known as "City Park" as Emma Long Metropolitan Park. "Lots of my friends got together and wanted to name something after me. Ben White was a member of the City Council with me and had a street named after him down south. Ed Bluestein was a colleague and had a street named after him." At first, her friends considered having Research Boulevard renamed for her. "There was understandable opposition. People had settled in there; Research Boulevard was the address on their letterheads and business correspondence," said Long. Then, on June 18, 1984, Carol Keeton Rylander, Mayor of Austin from 1977-1983, proposed to the Austin City Council that the park be named for Emma Long. The Council passed the ordinance naming the park after this influential, extraordinary leader of Austin.



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