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 UPDATE

The Veterans Pocket Park and Plaza will be open to the public January 2021. The park provides a new park space celebrating our veterans. This 2.0-acre park is located near Deep Eddy Pool and Community Gardens, adjacent to the Charles Johnson House / American Legion Post 76. The park features monuments commemorating the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Beirut Conflict, as well as space for future memorials. All monuments and plaques were relocated from Waterloo Park. The park was designed for both public events and private reflection with a wide promenade and lawn areas linking Atlanta Street to Veterans Drive through parkland. Mature trees and lush landscaping will provide shade to the promenade and seating areas. The project also includes a connection and extension of the stone staircase leading to the American Legion flagpole.

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.

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