Pease Park Master Plan meeting – June 5th

Community members will have an opportunity to see the draft Pease Park Master Plan at a public input meeting on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lamar Senior Activity Center at 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue. Hosted by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Pease Park Conservancy, this will be the third and final community meeting in the planning process. The project area is from 15th Street to 31st Street and includes Pease Park and the associated Shoal Creek Greenbelt along Lamar Boulevard. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide the further restoration, preservation, and development of this historic green space located in Central Austin.

Information about the planning process and the two previous public meetings can be found on the Pease Park Master Plan website at:

http://www.austintexas.gov/department/pease-district-park-master-plan

The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Please call 512/974-9478 to request assistance.

Background
WRT and the Pease Park Conservancy will undertake the Master Plan process in close partnership with the City of Austin. An integral part of the process includes a series of public stakeholder meetings and surveys designed to solicit input from various members of and stakeholders in the Austin community, including residents who use the park and the greenbelt. WRT will synthesize this public input to create a feasible and sustainable blueprint for the recreational development and ecological restoration of those areas in the future. The plan is projected to be completed by early fall of 2014. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks and Recreation Board and City Council will review and approve the Master Plan.

Since 2008, the Pease Park Conservancy has led efforts to improve the area’s landscape, including planting 500 new trees and restoring historic features in the park, such as the Tudor Cottage and Memorial Entry Gates constructed in the 1920s and the picnic tables installed by the Works Progress Administration. Founded in 1963, WRT has established a national reputation for planning public spaces across the country. The firm’s headquarters are located in Philadelphia, with satellite offices in Dallas, San Francisco and Miami. Among its numerous projects, WRT has prepared a master plan for Houston’s Memorial Park and is currently working on the Trinity River Park project in Dallas. WRT also spearheaded the comprehensive “Imagine Austin” plan for the City in 2012.

To learn more about the Pease Park Conservancy, please go to http://www.peasepark.com, contact (512) 777-1632 or email info@peasepark.org. For updated information about the Pease Park Master Planning Process or to provide feedback, please email kim.mcknight@austintexas.gov or call (512)974-9478.

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