The focus of the Veterans Park project is to relocate and enhance the exhibition of three war memorials, originally located at Waterloo Park, to the existing Veterans Park at the intersection of Atlanta and Veterans Drive, adjacent to the American Legion. The intent of the proposed design will create a setting for the monuments that expresses a respectful and peaceful sense of place.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

In the fall of 2011, in preparation for the development of Waller Creek Tunnel \ Inlet Project at Waterloo Park, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) removed the following memorials from Waterloo Park - The Vietnam and Korean War Memorials and the Hostile Action in Beirut Memorial. The memorials were removed early in the construction from Waterloo Park to avoid any damage to the monuments while the inlet\bypass tunnel and other improvements were constructed and completed. The monuments are currently safely stored at the Parks and Recreation Department Fiesta Garden Maintenance yard. The 2012 Bond initiative provides the funding to sensitively design a space for these memorials and future memorials at Veterans Park.

PROJECT PURPOSE

The focus of the Veterans Park project is to relocate and enhance the exhibition of three war memorials to the existing Veterans Park at the intersection of Atlanta and Veterans Drive, adjacent to the American Legion. The intent of the proposed design will create a setting for the monuments that expresses a respectful and peaceful sense of place. In addition, the project may also seek to incorporate into the design additional space for potential future Veterans' memorials. The proposed design also envisions to allocate space for events which may include ceremonies, dedications and local, regional, and national holiday observances.  The display of the monuments will be fully accessible. This includes the ability to touch and read inscriptions on any part of a memorial as intended. The design of the park will address accessibility from Atlanta Street and Veterans Drive, and maximize accessibility throughout while being sensitive to the display of war memorials.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

In response to public comments received during and after the second community meeting held on March 8, 2018, the Consultant, Design Workshop, has prepared the final concept drawing that incorporates the overall input received. The illustrated concept elements were incorporated into the final set of drawings used for permitting and construction drawings.  Design Workshop received permit approval on January 28, 2019, and is working towards 100% construction drawings.

Construction is anticipated to begin Summer 2019 for completion in late 2019 or early 2020.

FUNDING SOURCE

The project design and construction is funded by the 2012 Bonds.

Veterans Park

PROJECT CONTACT

D'Anne Williams, Project Manager, 512-974-9456

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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The Parks and Recreation Department will employ a robust public engagement process that will record and incorporate stakeholder interest and concerns regarding the design of the project.

Community Meeting #1

September 14, 2017, American Legion, Travis Post 76, 404 Atlanta St. Austin

Community Meeting #2

March 8, 2018, American Legion