Pease Park Conservancy (PPC) is in the process of developing a capital campaign to implement Phase One of the Pease Park Master Plan that was unanimously adopted by the Austin City Council in October 2014. The Plan sets out a comprehensive blueprint for the park’s future that preserves the natural environment and thoughtfully adds a few amenities desired by the public that will greatly improve the visitor experience. The three projects that comprise Phase One Implementation will have the greatest and most immediate impact on the park’s functionality and appearance.
The first project to be completed is the Kingsbury Gateway, located at near the intersection of Parkway and Kingsbury. This entry serves as visitors’ first introduction to the park. The Gateway project will enhance accessibility and the overall entryway aesthetic to the park, make dramatic improvements to trails to increase outdoor activity opportunities, and create a welcoming and safe space for the community to gather.
The whimsical 1920’s Tudor Cottage is the crown jewel of Pease Park. Perched on the hillside, it will be adaptively repurposed as a community gathering space to accommodate birthday parties, family reunions, and offer snacks & beverages for park patrons. A gracious stone terrace will be added on the north side to provide additional outdoor seating.
The Kingsbury Pavilion is a newly introduced multi-use facility that houses modern restrooms, storage, and additional picnicking space. Built immediately to the north of the Tudor Cottage, it will help supplement the park’s overcrowded existing picnic facilities and the current inadequate and unsightly concrete block restrooms. The new pavilion will allow park patrons to picnic in all weather conditions. The new building will provide badly needed additional capacity to accommodate large school groups as well as the park’s busy weekend crowds.