Support Pease Park Conservancy During Amplify Austin!

 

There are 24 hours to give where you live and help the park you all love!

Amplify Austin is a 24 hour ‘festival of giving’ organized by I Live Here, I Give Here. Debuting last year, over $2.8 million dollars were distributed to local nonprofits. This year they’ve set a goal of raising over $4 million dollars for the many organizations that make Austin a great place to live, work, and play. Individuals donations are amplified through incentive matching dollars put forward by Amplify Austin’s generous sponsors. The more Pease Park Conservancy raises, the bigger portion of the incentive fund we get!

This year’s event starts at 6:00 pm on March 20th and ends at 6:00 pm on March 21st, but you can schedule a donation in advance.

Now, more than ever, Pease Park Conservancy needs your support. As we continue to develop our Master Plan, we’ll need funding to make all the ideas and projects in the plan a reality. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the changes at Pease Park. Come join us!

You can follow the link below to schedule a donation on Pease Park Conservancy’s Amplify Austin page.

https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/peaseparkconservancy

Please feel free to reach out to others who, like you, appreciate all the good work being done at Pease Park. We also hope you might consider sharing about your donation to Pease Park Conservancy on Facebook!

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Pease Park 2nd Master Plan Meeting – Thursday Feb 27th

Austinseal-4c-150pxThe Pease Park Master Plan process is off to a promising start with more than 500 people providing ideas and input into the planning process. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Pease Park Conservancy will host the second public input meeting for the Pease Park Master Plan on Thursday, February 27, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lamar Senior Activity Center at 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue. The design team will review the input received to date and will present initial concepts and options that reflect the community’s desire to protect and enhance one of the city’s oldest parks.

See the Official Post on Parks and Recreation Website HERE.

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Master Plan Press Release

The Pease Park Conservancy is proud to announce the receipt of several grants for the Pease Park Master Plan from the following Texas charitable foundations:

  • The Brown Foundation: $30,000
  • The Moody Foundation: $15,000
  • The Marchbanks Foundation: $15,000
  • Austin Community Foundation: $9,500 (Urban Forestry Grant)
  • The Summerlee Foundation: $7,500
  • Warren Skaaren Trust: $2,500
  • Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation $6,000
  • Lester Kabacoff Foundation $5,000

Richard Craig, Chairperson of the Conservancy, said, “The Conservancy is extremely grateful to all of these wonderful foundations for their support.  The development of a Master Plan for Austin’s historic Pease Park and an adjacent section of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt is now well underway, thanks in large part to these far-sighted philanthropic organizations. We are deeply humbled that they share our belief in the importance of this precious green space to Austin’s residents today and to our collective posterity. We cannot thank them enough for their kindness and generosity.”

The second public engagement meeting on the Master Plan will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest, Austin 78705. “Anyone who is interested in the park’s future is urged to attend and share ideas, “ Craig said. The landscape design team from Wallace, Roberts and Todd will reveal the results of public surveys conducted for use in the development of the Master Plan at the upcoming meeting.

Questions: Please call Richard Craig, Pease Park Conservancy, at 512-925-5306 or Kim McKnight, Austin Parks Department, at 512-974-9478.

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MLK National Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 20th

MLK National Day of Service 2013MLK National Day of Service is fast approaching.  The PPC will be hosting a volunteer event at the park to plant some trees and pick up trash.  It will be a great way to start the new year right!  Come on out and give us a hand.  We’ll have t-shirts, refreshments, and some light snacks.

We’ll be meeting up at the south end of the park near the picnic tables.  1100 Kingsbury St. Please wear work appropriate clothing.  Gloves and tools will be provided

Sign-Up!

 

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Get the Eeyore’s Birthday 2014 Wall Calendar & Support Pease Park

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The 2014 “Eeyore’s Birthday” calendar celebrates the 50th year of Austin’s most unique party with John Langmore’s distinctive b&w photography. Proceeds from the calendar benefit the Pease Park Conservancy, home to Eeyore’s Birthday. For anyone that loves Austin, this is the perfect gift and is sure to become a collector’s item so don’t miss the first year!

Calendars get be purchased at…

http://www.calendars.com/Photography/Eeyores-Birthday-2014-Wall-Calendar/prod201400053740/?categoryId=cat00038&seoCatId=cat00038

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Join Us at the Master Plan Public Engagement Input Meetings

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We need your input at the Pease Park Master Plan Public Engagement Input meetings.Is there something you want to see in the park? Now is your chance. Please join us and let us know. If you can’t attend, Take The Online Survey instead.

Meeting #1 
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6‐8 pm
Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
 
Meeting #2
Thursday, Feb. 27, 6‐8 pm
Senior Activity Center  - 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

The Pease Park Master Plan is funded by the Pease Park Conservancy (PPC) with support from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about the PPC, contact please call (512) 777‐1632  or  email  info@peasepark.org.

Can’t Attend a meeting?  Take the brief  ONLINE SURVEY instead.

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Watershed Protection to Improve Shoal Creek at Pease Park

erosion_controlThis winter WaterShed Protection will begin a large major improvement project which will run through the Pease Park portion of Shoal Creek.  This will include erosion control, invasive plant removal, planting new trees and plants, adding water gardens and relocating the portions of the sewer drain currently located inside the creek. There will be a lot of large vehicles and moving of dirt. It will be completed in 3 three phases.

To learn more about this project and see plans visit…http://austintexas.gov/shoalcreekrestoration 

Project Maps & Documents can be viewed   HERE.

 

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Watch the Pease Park Master Plan Video

“Why have a master plan?” – watch the video to find out.

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     Total Running Time –  6 minutes.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

 

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Benchmark Bank donates $5000.00!

The Pease Park Conservancy is very proud to announce the receipt of a $5,000 donation from Benchmark Bank. We are deeply appreciative of Benchmark’s generosity and the bank’s commitment to help make the park a better place for all of Austin to enjoy. One of the bank’s Austin branches is located across from the park at the corner of MLK and North Lamar. They are the living embodiment of the expression: “I live here, I give here !”  Thanks guys!

benchmarkPease Park Chairperson Richard Craig accepts a $5,000 check from Sheila Bostick, Vice President of Benchmark Bank.

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Pease Park Chooses WRT
Landscape Architects
for Master Plan

PEASE PARK CONSERVANCY PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Richard Craig: 512-925-5306 or Steve Davis: 512-699-9971


The Pease Park Conservancy has selected WRT (Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC) as landscape architects to prepare a Master Plan for Pease Park and an adjacent portion of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt north of the park. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide the further restoration and preservation of this historic green space located in central Austin. 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.

WRT principal Eric Tamulonis, ASLA will lead the firm’s efforts to create a Master Plan for Austin’s oldest public park and the section of neighboring greenbelt. A landscape architect with 30 years experience in the planning and design field, Mr. Tamulonis serves on the Board of Directors of the City Parks Alliance, a national association of park departments, park planners and advocates.

“WRT is pleased to assist the Pease Park Conservancy to develop a vision for stabilizing the parkland’s natural environment, improving its recreational use, and enhancing its aesthetic appeal,” he said. “The Conservancy has expressed a strong desire to make Pease Park and the Shoal Creek Greenbelt better public recreational areas, rather than radically remake them into something else. We want to help the organization achieve this laudable objective.”

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 will include 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 first public stakeholder meeting in this process is tentatively scheduled to take place sometime in November.

“The Master Plan process will begin this fall and hopefully will be completed in less than a year,” said Richard Craig, the Pease Park Conservancy’s chairman. “We are very excited to work with WRT to ensure the future of this beloved natural refuge in the heart of our city.”

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks and Recreation Board and City Council must review and approve the Master Plan before its presentation to the City of Council for final approval. Austin Parks and Recreation Department Director, Sara Hensley, expressed her appreciation for the Pease Park Conservancy’s efforts. “Partnerships and alliances are key to the success and future of our park system. We support the great work of the Pease Park Conservancy and look forward to the planning process,” said Hensley.

To learn more about the Pease Park Master Plan and the Conservancy, please go to www.peasepark.com or contact Mr. Craig at 512-925-5306.

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