The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Public Works Department, Austin Parks Foundation, Friends of Downs Field and Six Square - Austin’s Black Cultural District, invite the public to attend a celebration marking the renovations and historic marker unveiling at Downs-Mabson Field.
The improvements are the result of a unique public-private partnership between the Rosewood Neighborhood Association, Friends of Downs Field, Six Square, the Public Works’ Neighborhood Partnering Program and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Downs Field was once home field for the Austin Black Senators, and host to some of the greatest players like Satchel Paige, Willie Mays, Buck O’Neil and Austin’s own Hall-of-Famer, Willie Wells. Renovations to the field include a new park entryway and a stunning mosaic mural that honors the African-American baseball history at Downs Field.
Downs Field Renovation Celebration and Historic Marker Unveiling
2816 E. 12th Street, Austin, TX
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Please join Mayor Steve Adler, Council Member Ora Houston, City of Austin Employees, Six Square, Austin Parks Foundation and former baseball players to celebrate the unveiling of the new murals, renovations and the historic marker.
Former baseball players, City council members, City officials and project stakeholders will be available for interviews.
About Downs Field
For more than a century, Downs Field has played a significant role in the cultural and sporting history of Austin. Downs Field is a historic baseball field and stadium that is currently located in a historically black neighborhood. It was named for Rev. Karl Downs (1912-1948), the influential President of Samuel Huston College. It was originally constructed as an enclosed, lighted field for African-Americans, with grandstand seating for 600, and represents the history of African-American baseball and athletics in Austin. The Field also represents the self-sufficiency of the African American community and its support of academics and athletics at Samuel Huston College. Representing the period of segregation in Austin, the construction of both Anderson Stadium and Downs Field were related to the exclusive use of other facilities by white students and residents. For these reasons, it is important to preserve and maintain Downs Field for future generations.
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