“It’s My Park Day” at Pease Park!

The Pease Park Conservancy is seeking volunteers to participate in the Austin Parks Foundation’s annual citywide “It’s My Park Day” event. Volunteers will spread mulch, weed flowerbeds, clear trash, and perform other tasks to maintain the natural environment of historic Pease Park. Persons interested in volunteering at Pease Park should register through the Austin Park’s Foundation registration page.

APF’s “It’s My Park Day” event takes place on the first Saturday in March each year. At last year’s event, over 3,000 volunteers provided more than 10,000 hours of labor to improve Austin’s parks and greenbelts.

“We had a great turnout at Pease Park last year and we hope to repeat that success this year,” said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s executive director. “The ‘It’s My Park Day’ event is a great way for the people of Austin to express their appreciation for our wonderful park.”

The Conservancy will provide “It’s My Park Day” t-shirts to registered volunteers and refreshments to all volunteers who participate in this event at Pease Park.

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What: “It’s My Park Day” at Pease Park

Where: Volunteers to meet at the picnic tables located at 1100 Kingsbury St. on the south end of Pease Park

When: Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

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New PPC Website Coming Soon!

As we continue to mature at Pease Park Conservancy, we’ve enlisted help from a local web design firm to create a better website. It will be a hub of all pertinent Pease Park information and will help us better connect with you! In the meantime, the best way to stay up-to-date on upcoming volunteer events and Master Plan implementation is by liking us on Facebook and following along there.  Check back around mid-to-end of February for the new website!

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Pease Park Master Plan Receives Final Approval

On October 16th the Austin City Council voted unanimously to approve the Pease Park Master Plan. This marked the final stop of a long and thorough City approval process. Prior to the City Council vote, the Master Plan had been recommended for approval by 5 City boards and commissions with a cumulative vote of 30-0. The Council’s passage of the Master Plan was marked by highly supportive remarks by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and several other Council members, they described the accomplishment of receiving a cumulative vote of 37-0 as “unprecedented”.

The Master Plan sets out a long-term vision for Pease Park’s recreational development and ecological restoration. In the plan you’ll find recommendations for new trails, more trees, picnic shelters, better restrooms, state–of-the-art playscapes and a grand entrance that does justice to the park’s historic importance and much, much more. We hope you’ll take a look at the Master Plan documents attached below.

Pease Park Conservancy is now transitioning into implementation of the Master Plan. Throughout the development and approval process the Plan received overwhelming and widespread community support. This incredible show of universal enthusiasm is reflective of Austin’s deep affection for this iconic green space and a strong desire to see it improved. We view this as a clear mandate for our organization and PARD to get started on implementation of the Plan as soon as possible.

Exciting things are happening at Pease Park and we hope you’ll join us in realizing an even more special Pease Park!

Pease Park Master Plan Executive Summary

Pease Park Master Plan – Full Report

Appendix A: Natural Resources Inventory

Appendix B: Cultural Resources

Appendix G: Concept Plan Development

Appendix H: Trees for Pease – Major Efforts

Appendix J: Cost Estimate – Phasing Matrix

PARD survey boundaries

Rendering of Renovated Tudor Cottage

Rendering of Kingsbury Pavilion

Rendering of Tudor Cottage and Kingsbury Pavilion Layout

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Another Step Closer – the Final Draft of the Pease Park Master Plan!

Pease Park Conservancy and the Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) are happy to announce the DRAFT Pease Park Master Plan is now available for community review. This final draft comprises comments received during the June 5th public input meeting. Members of the community have until September 4th to submit comments, questions, and suggestions to PARD for final draft of the plan to be presented to the Parks & Recreations Board and City Council.

The following links allow you to review the full report and appendices. You can also visit PARD’s Pease Park Master Plan webpage to review materials from previous public input meetings and view the upcoming schedule of Boards, Commissions, & Council.

DRAFT Pease Park Master Plan Report: www.goo.gl/BqW5HI

DRAFT Pease Park Master Plan Report Appendices: www.goo.gl/zGRJi4

A rendering of Kingsbury Commons from the Master Plan

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New City of Austin 311 App for Smart Phones!

10526158_10152160063976946_2389342339360613126_nHave you ever used the City of Austin’s 311 service? Not only can you simply call 311, but through the linked webpage you can submit an online service request or send an email to a 311 Ambassador. Well, it just got even easier! You can now download the free Austin311 app to your smartphone from the iTunes or Google Play stores. The app allows citizens to log issues right from their phone by choosing from a list of service requests, snapping a photo, and including a location. You can report things like sidewalk repair, street sweeping, graffiti removal, park maintenance, failed crossing buttons, or vegetation overgrowing public space. Stay engaged in your community and help keep Pease Park, and all of Austin’s parks, clean and safe for everyone to enjoy!

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Pease Park Master Plan Update

Pease Park Conservancy appreciates community members taking time to provide feedback about the draft Pease Park Master Plan concepts. The final draft of the plan is being prepared and will be available for community review in early August. PARD will send a notice to stakeholders when it’s posted to the website. You can sign up for emails through the City of Austin’s website, linked below.

Below you’ll find an updated schedule for presenting the Draft Pease Park Master Plan to boards, commissions and City Council. The Land, Facilities and Programs Committee of the Parks and Recreation Board deferred action on the master plan until the September 8 committee meeting. Please note that the Environmental Board, Design Commission and Planning Commission meetings have been moved to August.

You can find the City’s Pease Park Master Plan site here.  That site contains all previously introduced drafts and concepts, as well as a schedule of previous public meetings. You can also sign up at this site for email updates.

To view the entire presentation from June 5, the most recent and complete presentation, please select this link: http://goo.gl/6jeV7i

To view the site plan and draft concepts from the June 5 presentation, please select this link: http://goo.gl/WEoM4x

 

Schedule for Boards, Commissions and Council (subject to change)

Aug. 20                 Environmental Board

Aug. 25                 Design Commission

Aug. 26                 Planning Commission

Sept. 8                  Land, Facilities & Programs Committee of Parks and Recreation Board

Sept. 17                Urban Forestry Board

Sept. 23                Parks and Recreation Board

Oct. 16                  City Council

Public Engagement Process

The planning process began in the Fall of 2013 and has included a robust public engagement process with hundreds of participants. Information about the planning process and the previous public meetings can be found on the Pease Park Master Plan website at: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/pease-district-park-master-plan

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Thank You Benchmark Bank !

A special “Thank You” to Benchmark Bank for hosting last nights WRT Master Plan reception at Hotel Ella.  Everyone enjoyed introducing and meeting all the designers, architects, planners that are helping with the Pease Park Master Plan. Benchmark Bank has been vital to the success of the master plan with their generous support and donations.  We appreciate your support. BenchmarkBankLogo72dpi

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Third and Final Master Plan Public Meeting – June 5th

In collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Pease Park Conservancy will be hosting the third and final Pease Park Master Plan public input meeting on Thursday, June 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Lamar Senior Activity Center (2874 Shoal Crest Avenue).

The landscape architecture firm of Wallace Roberts Todd (WRT) has worked tirelessly over the last 7 months to take public input and develop the Pease Park Master Plan. On June 5th you’ll have an opportunity to see the many great ideas and projects that have resulted from two public meetings, an online survey, and numerous meetings with Pease Park stakeholders. Come see the results of their hard work and share with them your vision for the park!

Click here to see updates of the project. Hope to see you on June 5th!

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Shoal Creek Restoration Project Update – Construction set to Begin!

One of the streambanks set to be repair during the Shoal Creek Restoration Project

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. 

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3rd Pease Park Master Plan Public Meeting – Thursday, June 5th

The second Master Plan public input drew close to 100 Austin residents, the third public meeting has been scheduled for June 5th.

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!

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NEW WEBSITE!

As we continue to mature at Pease Park Conservancy, we’ve enlisted help from a local web design firm to create a better website. It will be a hub of all pertinent Pease Park information and will help us better connect with you! In the meantime, the best way to stay up-to-date on upcoming volunteer events and Master Plan implementation is by liking us on Facebook and following along there. Check back around mid-to-end of February for the new website!

Watch the Video of History & Master Plan

Master Plan Video

Pease Park Conservancy on Facebook!