Texas Historical Commission recognizes the park's significance.
Pease District Park was officially designated as a State Antiquities Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) at the THC's quarterly meeting on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The designation recognizes the park's historical and cultural significance.
Portion of the Statement of Significance:
Pease Park in Austin, Travis County, Texas is one of the preeminent public parks in the state of Texas. The original 23 acres comprising the park were given to the City of Austin by former Texas Governor E.M. Pease and his wife in 1875. The deed required that the city use the property as a "park or Public Pleasure Ground." Aside from Austin's four original public squares established by Edward Waller's 1839 City plan, Pease Park is Austin oldest park. Its development by the Kiwanis Club in 1926 proved to be the genesis of the City of Austin's parks system.
For additional information regarding this prestigious designation, please call Kim McKnight, Historic Preservation Planning Program Manager for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, at 512-974-9478, or Gregory Smith, National Register Coordinator from the History Programs Division of the Texas Historical Commission at 512-463-6013.
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