Ixchel Granada has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Plant Biology from North Carolina State University.
Ixchel comes to us with 3 years in the private sector as Lead Designer at Yarrow Landscaping. In that capacity she utilized water-conscious designs and principles of sustainability in residential and commercial sites using a diverse planting palette with a rich array of textures, forms and wildlife function while creating a unique sense of place. Additionally, she specialized in playscapes for children based on the principles of nature-based play
Ixchel’s background includes being part of a team of environmental coordinators completing environmental assessments for the Lower Colorado River Authority, fostering volunteer relationships with her work at Keep Austin Beautiful and additionally, she has worked with the Honduras Conservation Corps in her native country, rebuilding watersheds, revegetating riparian zones, and stabilizing soils with a team of international volunteers.
Ixchel applies her diverse skill sets...more
The Shoal Creek Trail is closed from Shoal Creek Boulevard to roughly 24th Street due to massive slope failure and resulting trail damage. Please use Lamar Boulevard sidewalk as a detour. The area is not safe for use by pedestrians or cyclists.
The damage is located just south of the area known as Gaston Green, Pease Park's off-leash dog park (2609 Shoal Creek Boulevard) and extends roughly 300 feet to the south along the west side of Shoal Creek. The trail in this area is no longer passable.
What is the City of Austin doing now?
- Testing the stability of the cliffs in this area
- Designing solutions to keep drainage off the landslide
- Developing plans to remove debris and clear up Shoal Creek
- Re-routing damaged wastewater lines.
Once they have more information from the testing, they will develop both short-term and long-term plans to address the hike and bike trail and the safety of the properties at the top of the cliff.
Shoal Creek Restoration Project
The recently completed...more
Heath Riddles joined the Pease Park Conservancy as CEO in April 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and began his professional journey as a television news producer at the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, and later at FOX 7 News here in Austin.
In 2000, Heath transitioned into the nonprofit sector, and over the last 18 years, he has helped raise millions of dollars for local organizations. He has held senior leadership positions at Equality Texas as Deputy Director of Fundraising and Communications; Texas Advocacy Project as Deputy Executive Director; the Long Center for Performing Arts as Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications; and The Hispanic Alliance as Vice President of Fund Development and Communications. Along the way, he did a brief tour on the agency side of things as a director at Elizabeth Christian Public Relations.
Heath has served on the boards of the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, The Hispanic Alliance, and Waterloo Counseling Center. He is a member of the advisory council for...more
Pease Park is competing to be named the "Best Austin Park" in the "Best of Austin" issue of The Austin Chronicle. We are encouraging everyone to vote and let the wonderful people of Austin know what we've known since 1875!
There is only one online or paper ballot per person and ballots must be postmarked or submitted online by Monday, October 16, 2017. Ballots can be found here!
Don't forget to leave a comment when you vote and tell us why you love us so darn much! A selection of comments will be included in the "Best of Austin" issue of The Austin Chronicle.more
The Contemporary Austin and Pease Park Conservancy invite the community to a public input meeting at the Lamar Senior Activity Center (2874 Shoal Crest Avenue) on October 11, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to review two proposed public art installations that will be a part of the City of Austin's Art In Public Places program. Both art installations will be presented at the Arts Commission's October meeting for final approval.
As Austin’s only museum solely committed to artist-centric projects and collaborations, The Contemporary Austin offers exhibitions, educational opportunities, and events that spark conversations and fuel the city’s creative spirit at its downtown campus at the Jones Center on Congress Avenue, its sculpture park at Laguna Gloria, and at public spaces through...more
Internationally-acclaimed Stickwork artist, Patrick Dougherty, visited Austin on August 16th after recently finishing a Stickwork installation in Montreal’s Botanical Garden. Dougherty has been creating these environmentally-minded, site-specific, public art installations all over the world for over 30 years and has chosen Austin as a one of the locations which appeal most to his creative spirit for 2018.
Dougherty is a personable, accessible artist whose work and creativity are energized by his involvement with the various stakeholders in the community where one of his Stickwork projects is being created; especially, the volunteers who participate in the actual construction of the design he creates for a specific locale. His creative process is inspired by a site visit to that community prior to the actual three-week installation process. The site visit allows him the chance to become familiar with the environment and the people of the area where he will be working.
In Austin, those...more
Pease Park Conservancy is excited to announce its first Chief Executive Officer, Kristen Brown. A native Austinite, Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Public Affairs degree with a specialization in nonprofit and philanthropic studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Most recently, Kristen served as the Executive Director of Austin Smiles - The Austin Plastic Surgery Foundation, and before that, as a Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Embassy San Salvador. Kristen previously ran her own nonprofit consulting firm, Simple Gifts Consulting, and prior to that served as Program Manager for the Oasis Foundation of Washington, D.C., the private charitable foundation of the UAE Ambassador to the United States. Kristen also worked as Assistant Staff Secretary for President George W. Bush at the White House.
Kristen returned home to Austin in 2016 after years of living in Washington, D.C. and overseas in San Salvador, El Salvador and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with her...more
PPC is very excited to announce that internationally-acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty will be coming to Austin in January 2018 to create one of his majestic Stickwork sculptures in Pease Park utilizing locally-harvested tree saplings at a location along Shoal Creek.
Mr. Dougherty has a 30-year track record for building his Stickwork sculptures at prominent museums, public parks, and college campuses all over the world. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been featured in the New York Times and the Princeton Architectural Press published a book highlighting his work.
Each piece takes roughly three weeks to construct and utilizes volunteer labor in harvesting materials. The installation will remain on display in Pease Park for several years and will become an instant Austin landmark sparking the imagination of old and young park patrons and passersby.
Donate directly to the Stickwork project...more
The long anticipated bikeway under the 24th Street bridge is now open! This short underpass allows trail users to avoid the dangerous 24th & Lamar intersection, while also enjoying Shoal Creek and a bit of nature. Handrails, solar lights, under-bridge lighting, and a bicycle counter were also installed.
To provide shade and beautify the area, the Conservancy recently planted 40+ native trees that will assure the trail is shaded from the Texas sun.more
The 2015 Memorial Day Floods did a number on the Shoal Creek Trail. Raging floodwater uprooted an oak along the creek that took the Shoal Creek Trail with along it, resulting in the section between 29th and 31st being closed to the public.
This section of the trail, and subsequently the Greenbelt from 29th to 31st was closed to the public for nearly two years! Not only did we miss out on the important trail connection, but the bluffs are one of the most majestic natural features in central Austin.
After much anticipation, we're pleased to see the trail has reopened! Thanks to Austin Parks and Recreation Department for seeing through this important repair. See you on the trail!more
As consumers and citizens, we make choices every day.
Give 5 to Mother Earth is giving us the opportunity to choose to spend our money at local businesses in Austin, and in-turn support nonprofit organizations who work to preserve and protect areas in our community.
Each year around Earth Day, we gather together around this purpose, working alongside socially conscious business owners in Austin to raise funds for our nonprofit beneficiaries in an effort to keep Austin clean, green, and healthy.
On Give 5 Day, Friday, April 21st, we ask Austinites to rally and “Eat, Shop & Play” by patronizing the businesses who are standing beside our nonprofit partners, generously choosing to pay it forward by dedicating a portion of their profits from Give 5 Day toward making our city a better place.
We recognize that each and every Austinite has a choice about where to eat, where to drink, where to shop, and we hope that all of our fellow citizens will make those choices wisely on Give 5 Day and on every...more
We have a few exciting opportunities to come out and enjoy Pease Park in the springtime! All of the events listed below are FREE!
As we continue our progress implementing the Pease Park Master Plan, we also have an eye towards activating the park through various events. From educational opportunities like the Shoal Creek Bike Tour and Tree ID Walk, to volunteer days like Clean Sweep, to entertaining events like Eeyore's Birthday Party and Movies In The Park. What's best is that we're partnering with other organizations to bring these fun events to you at no cost. Many thanks to TreeFolks, Bike Austin, Shoal Creek Conservancy, Keep Austin Beautiful, Austin Parks Foundation, and the Friends of the Forest for helping make Pease a great place to build and strengthen our community.
See you out there!
- Saturday, March 25th - Shoal Creek Bike Tour
- Saturday, April 1st - Tree ID with TreeFolks
- Thursday, April 6th -...
Last year, Pease Park Conservancy partnered with the Austin Art in Public Places Program to bring local artist Yareth Fernandez and her piece, Geospace, to the park. The event was a huge success, connecting public art with the environment and patrons of the park. Visitors interacted with the piece and spoke with the artist who was on site.
The 2017 Request for Proposals has just been released. The Art in Public Places Program is seeking proposals from professional visual artists or artist teams to design and display short-term, exterior artworks in City-owned sites. New this year, the TEMPO 2017 program will culminate in a temporary public art festival, which will be a registered group exhibition during East Austin Studio Tour in November.
The deadline for application is March 16, 2017. For more information, visit the TEMPO website.more
AUSTIN - It's with deep appreciation and admiration that we announce Pease Park Conservancy Founder Richard Craig will be stepping down as Chairperson of the Board of Directors. This transition will become effective following executive committee elections scheduled for the Conservancy's January 3rd board meeting.
Richard began Trees for Pease in 2008 following his retirement from the State Comptroller Office to reverse the steady decline in Pease Park's infrastructure and ecology. From 2008 to 2014, Pease Park Conservancy (PPC) largely focused on environmental restoration of historic Pease Park. Under Richard's leadership the Conservancy began hosting volunteer days that contributed thousands of volunteer service hours in the park each year. That effort resulted in nearly 3,000 native trees being planted, the removal of invasive species, dramatic improvements to the park's walking trails, the establishment of substantial understory cover, and the proper maintenance of the park's heritage trees. Chances are if you've visited Pease Park on a Saturday morning, you've...more
AUSTIN- With 2016 coming to a close, we're thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who came out to Pease Park this year to help us in our efforts to beautify the park and greenbelt. Since 2008 the Conservancy has been organizing and managing volunteer workdays to restore, and now enhance, Pease Park and the Shoal Creek Greenbelt.
All told, nearly a thousand volunteers participated in over 30 volunteer days in 2016. Tasks ranged from picking up trash, mulching trees, removing invasive species, removing graffiti, planting new trees, spreading wildflower and native grass seed, to hauling debris out of Shoal Creek. Volunteers worked in Pease Park, the Shoal Creek Greenbelt, and along Lamar Boulevard.
True to our roots, we're already planning for 2017. We currently have 4 volunteer opportunities posted to our volunteer events page. We hope you'll consider registering for an upcoming workday. The volunteer page is regularly updated and workdays will be continually added.
Large groups and businesses should contact...more
In partnership with the Austin Art in Public Places Program, we are excited to host a TEMPO installation at Pease Park. Local Artist Yareth Fernandez will install her piece Geospace during the weekend of November 5th and 6th. Geospace is comprised of tetrahedrons meant to create a heavy contrast with the environment while also forming a playful visual geometric pattern.
On the morning of November 5th we'll kick-off the installation with a fun-raiser. That's right FREE to the public and open to all ages! Light breakfast bites and refreshments will be provided. Park patrons will have an opporutnity to interact with Geospace, talk with Yareth, and construct their own tetrahedron art pieces.
Hope to see you out there!more
We're proud to announce that the Conservancy has been awarded funds from Visit Austin, Texas (Convention & Visitor's Bureau) to repair and restore a number of historical features in Pease Park and the Shoal Creek Greenbelt! CCC-era picnic tables, benches, and walls as well as the southern section of the Janet Fish Wall built in the 1960's will all be addressed. You might recall that just over a year ago we restored the northern section of the wall. All told, about $50,000 worth of repairs will be made.
Constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the stone walls along Kingsbury Street in Pease Park are contributing elements to the Old West Austin National Register Historic District. Ash Masonry Masterworks got started with restoration of these walls this morning. Ash Masonry has worked on a number of other historic preservation project, including The Governor's Mansion and Tower Life Building.more
AUSTIN – Pease Park Conservancy (PPC) has formally notified the Watershed Protection Department (WPD) that it will oppose any plans for construction of a Shoal Creek flood control tunnel with an intake facility in the park. (See attached a copy of a letter dated August 3, 2016 to WPD Director Joe Pantalion from PPC Chairman Richard Craig)
The Watershed Protection Department is set to conduct a feasibility study based on a 1991 Army Corps of Engineers report that recommended building a flood control tunnel on Shoal Creek with an intake facility located on the east side of the park at Lamar Boulevard and MLK Jr. Boulevard. WPD regards such a tunnel as the most cost-effective means of controlling flooding on the creek and thus seems their preferred solution. It would be similar in size and scope to the Waller Creek Tunnel and proceed under the park and portions of Old Enfield and Clarksville neighborhoods via Pressler Street to an outlet on Lady Bird Lake. (See attached WPD Summary of Flood Reduction Studies in Shoal Creek Watershed published in August 2014).
Give 5% to Mother Earth, also known as Austin Give 5, is an annual Earth Day campaign designed to raise awareness and support for local environmental nonprofits and businesses who share a passion and commitment to preserving our natural resources in central Texas.
Now in its 7th year, Austin Give 5 encourages local businesses to commit to donate 5% of their gross sales on Earth Day (Friday, April 22nd) to benefit local environmental nonprofit organizations.
As a 501(c)3, contributions to Austin Give 5 are 100% tax-deductible and they go directly to supporting local nonprofits who work tirelessly to keep Austin green, clean, and healthy. In 2016, all business contributions to the campaign will go to our nonprofit beneficiaries, which include Hill Country Conservancy, Shoal Creek Conservancy, Austin Parks Foundation, Sustainable Food Center, Pease Park Conservancy, Treefolks, Waller Creek Conservancy, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, and the Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund.
To see a full list...more
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Local Austin television station, KVUE, recently covered Pease Park Conservancy's (PPC) annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Just over 50 volunteers, most making the trek from West Campus down MLK Boulevard. Since 2008, PPC has led volunteer workdays on MLK Day.
This year's tasks varied from removing invasive species, raking flat the mulched trails, mulching and watering newly planted trees, weeding the flowerbeds, and picking up trash along Lamar Boulevard.
"One of the more fulfilling reasons we host workdays is to instill a sense of community and appreciation for the outdoors, even if we're only blocks from booming downtown Austin," said Pease Park Executive Director of Conservancy Andrew Gill.more
Be sure to earmark a healthy donation to Pease Park Conservancy on Amplify Austin Day, the 24-hour online day of charitable giving that begins at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 8 and ends at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9. The Conservancy has set a goal of $15,000.00 in donations through this annual online event benefitting Austin-area non-profit organizations.
The Conservancy will apply the contributions received on Amplify Austin Day towards its volunteer program, native tree & grass planting, restoration of historic stonewalls, and the implementation of the Pease Park Master Plan, which the Austin City Council unanimously approved in October 2014. The Plan establishes a comprehensive blueprint for the long-term restoration, preservation, and enhancement of Pease Park's natural, recreational, and cultural elements. Phase One Implementation of the plan includes the repurposing of the historic Tudor Cottage as a community gathering space, the construction of a new multi-use pavilion to provide adequate restroom availability and expanded picnicking options, and the...more
In cooperation with the Old Enfield Neighborhood Association, Pease Park Conservancy invites you to join us on February 27th for an informational walking tour of the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department's Shoal Creek Restoration Project. The tour and discussion will be lead by WPD Project Lead, Clayton Ernst.
"The Shoal Creek project aims to provide erosion protection in Shoal Creek, improve the quality of stormwater runoff that enters the area, and restore native vegetation along the creek corridor.
The desired solutions will retain or restore the natural character of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt and integrate with desired park uses."
This will be a great opportunity for neighbors, park users, and the general public to better understand the many components of the project. The tour will begin at 2:00 near the historic picnic tables located at 1100 Kingsbury Street and proceed north. Folks are encouraged to wear walking shoes as the project area...more
Pease Park Conservancy recently announced that it has received over $55,000 in grant funding for new native tree plantings, tree care, and invasive plant removal in the Shoal Creek Greenbelt. Andy Gill, Executive Director of the Conservancy, said that they are very gratified to receive this money from the City’s Urban Forestry Grant Program. “It will be immediately put to good use,” says Gill, “removing invasive plants like ligustrums, chinaberry and bamboo, pruning heritage trees and planting native Bald Cypress trees along Shoal Creek.”
The work will start this winter and will be performed by three different local professional arborist companies: Austin Tree Experts, Bartlett’s Tree Experts, and Texas Heritage Tree Care. The results will be immediately visible to motorists on Lamar Boulevard and users of the Shoal Creek Hike & Bike Trail. The work will be performed from the Gaston Trailhead to West 31st Street and...more
Pease Park Conservancy seeks an Accounting & Development Associate to assist the organization with bookkeeping and development tasks. Please see the attached job description for details.
Questions can be directed to Andy Gill. Please also submit resumes and cover letters to Andy at andrewgill(AT)peasepark.org.more
A free, expert-led guided tour of historic Pease Park will be conducted from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, November 21 as part of the two-day “What’s Out There Weekend Austin” event sponsored by The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreational Department.
Pease Park Conservancy Chair Richard Craig, Conservancy Historian Charles Peveto, and Conservancy board member Mitchell McGovern will discuss the rich history and traditions of Austin’s oldest park during a leisurely walk to various points of interest in the 43-acre area, starting near the historic picnic tables located at the south end of the park at 1100 Kingsbury Street. Pease Park is a contributing element to the Old West Austin Historic District.
“We’re very excited that Pease Park is a featured site in this weekend event celebrating Austin’s diverse and unique landscape legacy,” said Peveto. “This guided tour of the park is a great opportunity for Austinites to learn about the past, present, and future of this treasured...more
Despite the threat of heavy rainfall, everyone attending this year’s seventh annual celebration benefitting Pease Park Conservancy held Thursday, October 22 stayed dry during a lovely evening of music, food, and drink at the historic Allan House. “The event was a rousing success from every perspective, “ said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s executive director. Gill estimated the event raised approximately $60,000, a record for the annual fundraiser.
This year’s fundraiser featured a silent auction and a wine pull, in which guests received a bottle of wine in return for a set donation. The event’s attendees dined on Texas-themed hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by the Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen and consumed beverages from 512 Brewing, Pioneer Wine, and Deep Eddy Vodka. Beautiful table floral arrangements from David Kurio Design and handsome table centerpieces from East Austin Succulents decorated the open patio area where guests mingled and listened to the soothing bluegrass and Americana music of Will DuPuy wafting over the celebration all evening long.
The Pease Park Conservancy has scheduled two volunteer days in the month of November, just as the leaves on the trees in Pease Park begin to turn colors and the days grow cooler and shorter. The volunteers for both of these events come from the park’s nearby neighbor, the University of Texas (UT).
First, Absolute Texxas will once again pitch in to beautify Pease Park on the morning of Saturday, November 1, beginning at 9 a.m. until noon. Absolute Texxas is a UT co-ed organization serving the Austin community and supporting Longhorn athletics. Volunteers at this event will focus their clean-up and other activities at the south end of the park, near the historic Depression-era picnic tables and the Tudor cottage.
Second, the Tejas Club and the Texas Sweethearts will help spruce up the park on the morning of Sunday, November 15, starting at 9 a.m. until noon. The Tejas Club is a long-standing UT social organization for men promoting the goals of scholarship, leadership and friendship, and the Texas Sweethearts is UT social organization for...more
The Pease Park Conservancy’s seventh annual celebration benefitting the Conservancy is less than a week away!
Longtime Austin parks advocate Jill Nokes is scheduled to speak about the continued revitalization of Pease Park at the event. Also, the American Planning Association will present its 2015 Project Planning Award to the Conservancy and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department for their joint effort in creating the Master Plan, a conceptual blueprint for preserving and enhancing the natural, cultural, and recreational environment of both the Pease Park and the adjacent Shoal Creek Greenbelt.
The event will feature live music by Will DuPuy, food furnished by the Grove Wine Bar, and beverages provided by 512 Brewing. Attendees may participate in a silent auction for some tempting items and may also purchase bottled vino in a wine pull at the event.
The festivities will begin at 6:00 p. m., Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Allan House, 1104 San Antonio St., Austin, Texas.
Tickets are $75.00 per person. They can be purchased either at the door or...more
The Pease Park Conservancy will host its seventh annual celebration benefitting the Conservancy from 6:00 to 9:00 p. m., on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Allan House, 1104 San Antonio St., Austin, Texas. The event will feature live music by Will DuPuy, food furnished by the Grove Wine Bar, and beverages provided by 512 Brewing. Tickets are $75.00 per person. They can be purchased either at the door or online at www.peasepark.org.
“We are thrilled to host this annual event at the historic Allan House this year,” said Anne Wood, the Conservancy board member serving as the fundraiser’s chair. “It’s a lovely setting for celebrating our treasured Pease Park with great music, food, and cocktails.”
“We welcome the patrons of Pease Park to attend this annual event,” said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s executive director. “By attending the event, you help support the ongoing efforts to preserve and enhance the park.”
Gottesman Residential, Benchmark Bank, Frost Bank, and Thundercloud Subs are sponsoring this year’s...more
The Pease Park Conservancy will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26 with its “Beautification of Lamar Terrace” event scheduled from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Lamar Terrace in Pease Park is located southwest of the intersection of 29th Street and Lamar Boulevard. The Conservancy is hosting this event as part of the annual citywide National Public Lands Day volunteer effort coordinated by the Austin Parks Foundation (APD) and Texas Conservation Corps.
The spruce-up activities planned for the Lamar Terrace include mulching, watering new trees, removing invasive species, repairing the hike-and-bike trail, and brush removal. The Conservancy thanks Keith Brown and Austin Tree Experts for contributing the mulch that will be used in this beautification effort.
Mutual Mobile, Global Medical Training, and the Texas Iron Spikes are three companies or service organizations that have committed to pitch in at the Lamar Terrace event.
The Conservancy and APD will provide tools and gloves for use at the event, though volunteers are encouraged to bring...more
The once-crumbling retaining wall on the Shoal Creek Hike & Bike Trail north of Gaston Avenue now stands erect once more, thanks to the efforts of Pease Park Conservancy and the generous contributions of the Austin Parks Foundation and many local residents. Built one summer in the early 1960s under the supervision of the remarkable Janet Fish, the wall had deteriorated badly over the years as a result of flooding and human neglect. Now, new stones from Shoal Creek replace the missing or broken ones and the inclusion of rebar supports the structure to withstand the next fifty years and more.
“The retaining wall underwent an amazing transformation over the course of August,” said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s executive director. “I think Janet Fish would be extremely pleased by its fresh and renewed appearance. And undoubtedly, she also would be thrilled to know her wonderful legacy is being preserved.”
Having hired a stonemason to construct the wall, Fish hand-carried heavy bags of dry cement to the site and helped select the Shoal Creek limestone used to construct...more
The Pease Park Conservancy is hosting its first post-summer workday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015. Volunteers will mulch trails and weed flowerbeds in Pease Park, among other tasks. Snacks, refreshments, and t-shirts will be available for everyone who pitches in during this morning spruce-up event.
Volunteers will meet at 1100 Kingsbury St., near the picnic tables on the south end of Pease Park. Work gloves and tools will be provided. If interested, please register on GivePulse to provide the Conservancy an estimate of volunteers planning to attend this event:
As always, the Conservancy appreciates the time and effort all of you contribute to keep our park in top shape!more
The Austin City Council begins deliberations this week to adopt the 2015-2016 municipal budget, including funding for the city’s parks and recreational facilities in the upcoming fiscal year. The advocacy group Great Austin Parks has identified the need for additional monies in the proposed budget for trails, swimming pools, forestry, basic maintenance, and recreation center programs for disadvantaged youth.
The Pease Park Conservancy urges everyone to contact Mayor Adler and their City Council Member to request a greater level of funding in these areas in the budget currently under consideration. Today, the City of Austin spends only $65 per resident each year to operate its parks.
Visit https://www.austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members to send your email requesting the allocation of more monies for Austin’s parks and recreation areas today!more
Pease Park Conservancy will host another post-Memorial Day flood clean-up event, with the focus this time on clearing debris and trash from the Shoal Creek Greenbelt and refurbishing the park trail running along the creek. Volunteers will meet at the dog park near Gaston Street and North Lamar Boulevard at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 13 and work until noon.
All ages are welcome to participate in the event. The Conservancy recommends that volunteers wear close-toed shoes and loose casual clothing for this clean-up event. Volunteers will receive Conservancy t-shirts in appreciation for their participation.
“I can’t express enough how much we appreciate everyone who devotes the time and energy to assist in our efforts to get Pease Park and the Greenbelt back into shape after last month’s devastating flood,” said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “It makes me feel proud to be a part of a community that cares so much about this precious recreational area in the heart of Austin.”more
Austin demonstrated its love for historic Pease Park on the morning of Saturday, May 30 by pitching in at the post-Memorial Day flood clean-up event sponsored by the Pease Park Conservancy. Approximately 175 volunteers of all ages showed up to clear debris, level trails and recreation areas, and revitalize flower beds, among other numerous tasks designed to address the damage caused by water overflowing into the parkland from nearby Shoal Creek last week.
“I am truly astounded by the public turnout on Saturday,” said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s executive director. “The large number of volunteers who showed up for the event on short notice is unquestionable proof of how much Pease Park means to the people of this city. The Conservancy extends a big ‘thank you!’ to everyone who volunteered their time to help us get the park back into shape.”
Senior citizens and youngsters alike donned work gloves and handled rakes and shovels to remove vestiges of the flood’s impact on the park. Tacodeli and Austin Java generously donated breakfast tacos and coffee, respectively, for...more
The Pease Park Conservancy is hosting a morning clean-up event from 9:00 a.m. to noon on National Trails Day in Pease Park. This year, this nationwide celebration of parkland trails will take place on Saturday, June 6.
Volunteers at Pease Park will clear debris, pick up trash, and repair mulched trails following the extensive recent rainfall in the park and along the Shoal Creek Greenbelt. The Conservancy will provide water and T-shirts to everyone donating their time to participate in this worthwhile event.
“We welcome everyone to turn out and pitch in to help maintain the beauty of our wonderful park and greenbelt on this special day,” said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s Executive Director.
Interested persons can register with the Austin Parks Foundation for Pease Park projects on National Trails Day at:more
The Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) recently designated historic Pease Park as a “Lone Star Legacy Park”. TRAPS bestows this distinctive award upon Texas parks with a minimum 50-year history, a distinctive design, and an association with events specific to the local community.
“We are very grateful for this deserved recognition of Pease Park,” said Andy Gill, the Executive Director of Pease Park Conservancy. “Given its storied history, beginning with Governor and Mrs. E.M. Pease’s deeding the land to the people of Austin in 1875, the park is certainly worthy of the honor.”
TRAPs will present the award at an Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 26.
This accolade for Pease Park comes at a critical time, according to Gill. “As we begin to make plans to implement the Pease Park Master Plan, we will not only take steps to sustain and improve this beloved park for current and future patrons, but we will also honor those who came before us.”
Four other Texas parklands were also designated legacy parks...more
The Pease Park Conservancy raised over $4000 on a beautiful Saturday, April 25, as Austin once again celebrated Eeyore’s birthday in verdant Pease Park. Adults, children, and everyone in between enjoyed the sun and sights at this annual tradition that keeps Austin weird. The Conservancy thanks Benchmark Bank and T3 for again generously allowing it to charge festival attendees to park their vehicles in lots near the park. Start getting your costume ready for next year’s party!more
Pease Park Conservancy was honored at an inaugural award ceremony hosted by the Shoal Creek Conservancy (SCC) on April 21 at PGi Studios. Conservancy Board Chair Richard Craig and Executive Director Andy Gill accepted the Shoal Creek Keystone Award on behalf of the Conservancy at the well-attended event.
"We are extremely honored to receive this award from our friends at the Shoal Creek Conservancy,” said Craig. We look forward to our future collaborations with SCC for the betterment of this vital green space that we all love."
The Shoal Creek Keystone Award and other accolades bestowed at the event honored individuals, groups and companies that have contributed significantly to SCC’s mission. Other recipients included the Austin Parks Foundation, Cirrus Logic, GSD&M, the Bull Creek Road Coalition, and the Keep Austin Beautiful “Adopt a Creek” Program.
The SCC’s decision to recognize the Conservancy’s efforts reflects the close working relationship between the two organizations. “It's an exciting time to be in Austin, but as the...more
We always knew Pease Park was special. Now it is official! The Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS), a group of park administrators from all over the state, named Pease a “Lone Star Legacy Park” along with four other parks at their annual convention in Abilene on March 4th. To qualify for this designation a park must be associated with historic events or sites, be connected to events unique to the community and be home to special natural features.
Pease “knocks it out of the park,” so to speak, on all three points. History? Former Texas Governor & Mrs. E.M. Pease generously gave the land to the City of Austin for use as a park in 1875. Mrs. Pease had always sagely regarded it as the prettiest part of the their plantation, Woodlawn. The park was also the site of the post-Civil War encampment of Union General George Armstrong Custer’s cavalry troops in the winter of 1865-1866. The northern section of the park is still called “Custer’s Meadow” in memory of his troops short-lived bivouac on the banks of Shoal Creek.
As for events “unique to the community,” what...more
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.
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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
Have 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!more
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...more
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.more
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!more
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.
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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!
Image: The second Master Plan public input meeting drew close to 100 Austin residents, the third public meeting has been scheduled for June 5th.more