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Get Involved Spotlight: Pease Park Conservancy

From Pease Park Conservancy, this month's Get Involved spotlight organization:

As one of Austin, Texas’ most iconic green spaces and oldest parks, Pease Park is a civic landmark and regional treasure. Unfolding across 84 acres, Pease Park serves as a shaded and lush oasis in the heart of the city – providing residents and visitors alike with an intimate, yet sprawling, natural amenity for picnics and birthday parties, nature walks, recreation and relaxation, connectivity, and general enjoyment and exploration of the outdoors.

Located in downtown Austin between West 15th and West 31st Streets, along Lamar Boulevard, Pease Park is comprised of a series of connected spaces that each has its own identity, character and typical use – connecting Austinites to nature and each other.

In 2008, friends and neighbors of Pease Park formed Pease Park Conservancy (formerly known as Trees for Pease) to ensure that Pease Park remains one of Austin’s greatest treasures. As stewards for the park’s history and future, Pease Park Conservancy celebrates the unique ecology and history that make Austin’s first public park valuable and unique. The Conservancy works to restore, enhance and maintain this 84-acre public green space for the sustainable use and enjoyment of all. The Conservancy’s vision for Pease Park is that it is known as an accessible urban green space for play, adventure and connectivity, where land stewardship, environmental innovation and inclusive programming embrace the community's history and inspire its future.

The Conservancy is thrilled to begin the implementation of the Pease Park Master Plan. PPC is embarking on an exciting new project to restore & beautify the southern 12.6 acres of Pease Park, known as Kingsbury Commons.

This project is the first phase in the Pease Park Master Plan and is made possible in part thanks to a generous gift from The Moody Foundation. This is the chance for Pease Park to have a more memorable and fitting gateway to this important civic landmark. A place that is beautiful, fun, and relaxing to be in - Pease Park can be both a signature central city park that is a symbol of our growing city, as well as a pleasant place to enjoy in respite from everyday stresses. 

Leading the design & construction of Kingsbury Commons is Austin landscape architecture firm Ten Eyck Landscape Architects. TELA has assembled a design team with expertise in all aspects of creating safe, welcoming, and enjoyable public spaces for all of Austin to enjoy. 

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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