The Nash Hernandez Building is in the heart of the Holly Shores / Edward Rendon Sr. Metropolitan Park at Festival Beach. The building was built in 1966 and formerly housed the AFD Arson Division and a museum. It has been empty since 2009 when AFD moved locations. The Nash Hernandez Building is a part of the Holly Shores / Edward Rendon Sr. Metropolitan Park at Festival Beach Master Plan.

Nash Hernandez Building

Project Description

Following the Master Plan, the Nash Hernandez Building was identified as a potential joint use space with PARD Park Rangers and Austin Police Department. In 2018, community members gave feedback that the joint use of this space was not desired by the community. Beginning in late 2019, PARD began the process for future plans for this space again. Guided by the Master Plan, PARD is exploring uses supported by the community. The Master Plan states:

The shared community spaces might include: a community meeting and dining space; a commercial learning demonstration kitchen that can be a center for learning healthy meal preparation, publicly-accessible rest rooms and healthy food and drink vending. This program could be linked to community permaculture and “food Forest” areas in the western part of the park between the RBJ Center and I35, adjacent to the existing community gardens. These sustainably planted areas would be integrated into the overall pastoral landscape of the west park. (p. 81)

In 2012 a building assessment was conducted followed by asbestos and lead abatement in 2013. Additional work performed included roof repair in 2018.


No current schedule is in place.

Community Engagement

Community Meeting
Martin Middle School

Funding for potential use of this space will be developed as the programing of the building's use is determined.