Pease District Park is an 84-acre public park that runs along North Lamar Blvd, bounded by Kingsbury Street to the south and 31st Street to the north. Most of the park's recreational infrastructure is located in Kingsbury Commons at the southern end of the park. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the Pease Park Conservancy to implement the Pease District Park Master Plan.

Kingsbury Commons site plan showing location of amenities such as historic gateway, basketball court, ball field, treehouse, and bocce/petanque court

Background

As the recreational heart and cultural soul of Pease Park, Kingsbury Commons serves as the welcoming front door to the park and serves as the first major project implemented from the Pease Park Master Plan.

Project Description

The Kingsbury Commons project team has designed a world class park with features that include the adaptive repurposing of the Tudor Cottage as a community gathering space with new terraced seating, a unique nature play area, a state-of-the-art water play feature, an innovative treescape, safe and inviting park gateways, a spring-fed water feature, improved basketball court and baseball field, a new volunteer plaza and storage building, multigenerational workout equipment, enhanced restrooms, new bocce court and numerous new native plantings.

Preliminary Schedule

  • Ceremonial groundbreaking: October 16, 2019
  • Anticipated start of construction: February 2020
  • Anticipated completion of construction: January 2021

Conceptual image of new amphitheater design

Funding and Resources

Funding for the Kingsbury Commons project will total around $15 million from the Pease Park Conservancy. A generous lead gift from the Moody Foundation and other supporters along the way have helped make this project possible.

Community Engagement

In addition to the engagement that happened around the Pease Park Master Plan, additional engagement occurred in 2018.

  • January to March: Digital survey about Nature Play facilitated by Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) - Received over 3,000 responses
  • March: Nature Play Stakeholder Workshop facilitated by Natural Learning Initiativ
  • September: Community Outreach Booth at Square 6 District Days Cultural Arts Fest
  • December: Stakeholder Open House in the Park, with in person surveys in Kingsbury Commons

Contact

For more information, please contact D'Anne Williams at (512) 974-9456 or by email.