Pease Park’s renovated Kingsbury Common opens


After a $15 million renovation, the seven-acre Kingsbury Commons area of Pease Park officially opens July 2.

“Nothing in my life could have prepared me for the excitement of seeing this project come together. And, it is going to be such a gift to the City of Austin,” said Heath Riddles-Sanchez, CEO of Pease Park Conservancy.

In partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the conservancy began construction on the southernmost seven-acres of Pease Park in March of 2020 to implement the first phase of a plan that identifies strategies for the park’s recreational uses, cultural inventory, and natural resources restoration.

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Among the park’s new features is the Treehouse structure, designed by Mel Lawrence Architects to imitate a seed pod resting on the forest floor. Park-goers can gather underneath the structure or traverse to the second story where they will find themselves suspended among the park’s canopy of trees.

Other new park amenities include:

      • A renovated, yet historic Tudor Cottage and Terrace
      • Unique nature play area
      • State-of-the-art water play feature
      • Amphitheater built into the hillside
      • High school regulation size basketball court
      • Expansive great lawn

In a public-private partnership, the Pease Park Conservancy now assumes responsibility for the operations and maintenance of Kingsbury Commons.

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