After years of leasing the space for staging for the high-rise at 70 Rainey Street, the lot at 64 Rainey Street is now available to develop into a meaningful park space for visitors. Under the guidance of City Council Resolution no. 20220609-123, the Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with the Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board (MACC Board) are seeking community input on this future park space. City Council District 9

Overhead image showing empty lot of 64 Rainey Street

Project Background

The lot at 64 Rainey Street was acquired by the City of Austin in 2003 and dedicated as parkland in 2014. The lot is approximately 6000 square feet. For years, the lot was leased for staging for the high-rise at 70 Rainey Street.

In 2011, community engagement began to explore transportation and infrastructure issues on Rainey Street and consider options for 64 Rainey Street. After passing a recommednation to City Council that 64 Rainey Street be a pocket park recognizing the historical Rainey Street community, the MACC Board formed the Rainey Visioning Working Group in late 2013. Between 2015 and 2019, community engagement and placemaking engagement took place, leading to the 2022 City Council Resolution.

Project Description

Under the guidance of City Council Resolution no. 20220609-123, the Parks and Recreation Department is collaborating with the MACC Board to conduct a community meeting to receive feedback on what should be included in the future development of the parkland at 64 Rainey Street. In addition to creating the community meeting for feedback, this community engagement plan will outline the process for developing the community meeting outline and run of show, outreach to community, and the materials after the meeting.

Elements Identified in the Resolution

The list of elements in the Resolution identified outcomes from previous community feedback, including the following:

  • Historic markers;
  • Family stories narrated through sidewalk panels;
  • Metal papel picado artwork that could be affixed to lampposts;
  • Mural(s) possibly recreating some of Raul Valdez’s murals destroyed with the demolition of the Juarez Lincoln Building;
  • Art and storytelling elements in the 64 Rainey Street park space; and
  • A grand entrance (gran entrada) for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC).

Community Engagement

Pop-up Opportunities:

  • Pop-up Table at ESB-MACC for Viva Mexico, September 17, 2022, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Pop-up Table at ESB-MACC for Austin Museum Day, September 18, noon to 3 p.m.

64 Rainey Street Plática (Community Meeting) 
ESB-MACC, 600 River St., Austin, TX 78701
Thursday, September 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Presentation slides (PDF)
  • Community Sketches (PDF): The attached drawings are from the mini-charette that took place during the plática. These drawings were created by community members.

64 Rainey Street Priorities and Stories: View results

Contact Information

For questions, please contact Michelle Rojas, ESB-MACC Manager of Culture and Arts, by email or phone at 512-974-3772.