The Brush Square Master Plan was adopted by the Austin City Council on March 28, 2019. The master plan envisions Brush Square as a unique park for downtown Austin that is distinct yet complementary to other downtown squares and public spaces. Existing heritage trees will be protected and an array of native or adapted plantings will be added to provide visual delight and habitat. Shaded, small gathering spaces will be abundant as places of respite for nearby residents, workers, transit users, and event attendees. The square will also comfortably support larger events, such as the annual O. Henry Pun-Off.

Future Vision of Brush Square

FINAL Master Plan Report (Adopted March 28, 2019)

Project Background

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department launched a master planning effort for Brush Square located in downtown Austin. Brush Square is one of three remaining historic public squares from the 1839 Waller Plan for the City of Austin and is located in the southeast quadrant of downtown. It is home to the Susanna Dickinson Museum, O. Henry Museum, the Austin Fire Museum, and Austin Fire Station #1. Funding for the master planning effort is provided by the 2012 General Obligation Bonds for Downtown Squares. 

Project Goals and Timeline

The planning process is expected to take 12 months is engaging a wide range of participants including downtown residents, workers, tourists, and commuters as well as planning partners including the Brush Square Museums, the Austin Fire Department, the Downtown Austin Alliance, Preservation Austin, the Austin Convention Center, Capital Metro, and the Waller Creek Conservancy. At this time, funding for master plan implementation has not been identified, but the master plan process will result in cost estimates, phasing recommendations for short and long term capital improvements as well as financing strategies.The Plan is being led by Asakura Robinson, a planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm. 

Community Engagement

Board & Commission Schedule

Presentation to Boards and Commissions

Final Survey Results

June 16, 2018 - Public Meeting #2 Meeting Materials

April 7, 2018 - Public Meeting #1 Meeting Materials

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For more information, email Kim.McKnight@austintexas.gov.