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City seeking public input on future of Pease Park

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Austin park managers are turning their attention to one of the oldest green spaces in the city.

Pease Park opened in 1875, and is host to the Austin adored annual event, Eeyore’s Birthday. The space--which stretches up Lamar Boulevard from 15th to 24th streets--is also home to acres of grass, trees, a swing set and Tudor Cottage built in 1926.

Now the city is crafting a master plan for the park’s future. Kim McKnight with parks and recreation is leading the effort.

"What is wonderful about a planning process is that it allows you to take a step back and look at the big picture," she said. "It is really a remarkable space in that it has been able to stay relatively undeveloped."

Many of its improvements have been paid for by private groups, like Pease Park Conservancy.

"This space has always been precious to the city, but it is going to be even more precious as time goes forward," Richard Craig with the group said. "These people need recreational outlets. The park and Shoal Creek Green Belt, and hike and bike trail are their recreational outlet."

Feedback so far shows people want the park to remain a green space where people can come together in nature. A public input meeting on the park’s future is coming up on Feb. 27 at the Lamar Senior Center on 29th Street. Click here for more information.

Once the master plan is completed, it will be used for the next 30 years.

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