One of the streambanks set to be repaired during the Shoal Creek Restoration Project
Today the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department announced the City has given the contractor the green light to begin work on the Shoal Creek Restoration Project. Construction will be done on the Shoal Creek corridor between 15th and 28th Streets, including portions of Pease Park.
During construction the Shoal Creek Hike-and-Bike Trail will temporarily be detoured, but there will continue to be north and south transportation routes throughout the project.
Pease Park will see many improvements to its natural environment as a result of this project. Over 3,000 linear feet of creek bank will be stabilized, wastewater lines from the creek bed will be relocated, stormwater treatment will be installed for water quality, and trails will be improved along the sides of the creek. Another exciting feature is the inclusion of an underpass to the hike-and-bike trail, which will soon bypass the increasingly busy Windsor/24th Street intersection. Finally, project designs have been updated to provide for a rain meadow, instead of rain gardens, to capture and retain stormwater runoff at Custer’s Meadow.
In order to promote safety and keep the public informed of the project, we encourage you to regularly check for projects updates on the Shoal Creek Restoration page. Additionally, below you’ll find important constructions impacts that were included in an email from the City:
• Portions of Pease Park may be closed during construction. To view maps of the project phases, the timeline and the areas impacted, visit the Shoal Creek Restoration Project web page.
• Mobility along the Shoal Creek corridor (from the south end of Pease Park to Shoal Creek Blvd.) will be available, but portions of the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail will be temporarily rerouted. Once construction is completed in a section, it will reopen. Detour plans can be seen on the Shoal Creek Restoration Project web page.
• Expect to see heavy equipment operating along or in the creek. Work zones can be very noisy. Also, expect to see bare ground and landscaping being disturbed or moved.
• Orange construction fencing designates work areas. Park users are not permitted inside these areas.
The second Master Plan public input meeting drew close to 100 Austin residents, the third public meeting has been scheduled for June 5th.
Following two well-attended public meetings, Pease Park Conservancy is excited to announce the third Pease Park Master Plan public input meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, June 5th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Lamar Senior Activity Center.
The public is welcome to come see what the landscape design team from WRT has developed in response to the input received at the two prior meetings. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with the design team, see concept maps, and provide feedback. Hope to see you all there!
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.
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!
The 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.
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.
MLK 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
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!
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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.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6‐8 pm
Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t Attend a meeting? Take the brief ONLINE SURVEY instead.
This 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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