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 by TRAPS this year, including San Antonio’s Travis Park and New Braunfels’ Main Plaza.