Austin, TX – November 2nd, 2018 – Pease Park Conservancy is thrilled to announce the release of the design plans for Kingsbury Commons, as envisioned by Austin-based Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc. (TELA), who will lead the design and construction for the southernmost 13-acres of Pease Park. Pease Park Conservancy and TELA teams are working in partnership with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department on the designs which enhance the park to better serve the needs of Austinites and creates an activated hub of play and community while protecting the natural landscape of the beloved park.
“This project will transform the lower 13 acres of the park while maintaining its natural integrity and historic character,” said Pease Park Conservancy CEO, Heath Riddles. ”We are witnessing an incredible moment in the rich and exciting history of Pease Park. The work we are doing out there now, in partnership with the City of Austin and Ten Eyck, is a true gift for everyone who loves Austin‘s green spaces, both now and in the future.”
The vision for Kingsbury Commons channels its place as the recreational heart and cultural soul of Pease Park and aims to enrich the area by infusing it with additional opportunities for play, fitness, activity, and connections among people of all ages while respecting the natural green space. Protecting and preserving the natural feel of this cultural landscape is a key component of the mission of Pease Park Conservancy and of Ten Eyck’s plans for Kingsbury Commons through the use of indigenous and sustainable materials throughout the project.
“We are honored to work on restoring one of Austin’s first public parks. We have a personal passion for Pease because it is in our own ‘backyard’ and loved by so many in our city. We have an epic story to tell of the Park’s history that we are anxious to help convey.” said Ten Eyck’s Founding Principal, Christine Ten Eyck. “Our team cherishes Pease Park and visits it regularly. Our goal is to preserve this natural green space by developing a system of authentic elements capable of addressing future growth, and to create opportunities for people to learn about and engage with the natural and cultural environment of Pease Park.”
The initial plans (subject to change) for Kingsbury Commons include:
• Architects, Clayton & Little Architects, will adapt the historic 1920’s Tudor Cottage into a community gathering and event space. In addition, a new gracious stone terrace to the north of the cottage will expand the space available for community use with a view to a daylighted spring and woodland beyond.
• The creation of a new multi-use facility, just north of the Tudor Cottage, to serve as a hub for park volunteer activity, also designed by the Clayton & Little team. The new structures will house modern restrooms, storage, and additional picnicking space to supplement the park’s overcrowded existing picnic facilities and concrete block restrooms.
• Innovative recreational and educational play pod or “treescape” inspired by the native species and trees of the park, designed by Mell Lawrence Architects.
• The creation of new children’s play areas, along with a dedicated age-specific play section for preschoolers and young children may include nature-based playscapes, like stumps and wooden beams for climbing, plus, the addition of new swing sets and slides.
• New state-of-the-art waterplay feature and splash pad with arcing and pop water jets that will be about three times the size of the existing splash pad.
• A new basketball court, volleyball courts, and inviting entrance on the eastern side of Shoal Creek to welcome all of Austin to Pease Park.
• An interpretive stone ribbon that winds throughout Kingsbury Commons, connecting the diverse activities of the area, and offering a place to highlight the ecology and the long history of Pease Park in Austin.
• Clear wayfinding and informational signage to increase awareness of elements within the park, with attention paid to the park’s historical and cultural heritage.
• New built-in bike racks and benches, along with the restoration of the historic picnic tables.
• Enhancing the experience and increasing accessibility of the entrance and gateway into the park at the intersection of Parkway and Kingsbury with native landscaping, new sidewalks, and changes to the parking lot.
• Improvements to the plantings and natural landscape, likely including the addition of rain and pollinator beds, built-in meadows, wildflowers, a woodland understory, and substantial native flowering tree grove along Lamar Boulevard.
With more than 20 years of landscape architecture experience, Ten Eyck’s impressive design portfolio includes civic, institutional, environmental, rural and mixed-used urban infill landscape architecture projects. To support the Kingsbury Commons project, they’ve assembled a collaborative team of design professionals with expertise in all aspects of creating safe, welcoming and enjoyable public spaces.
The full Kingsbury Commons design team includes:
• Prime Consultant / Landscape Architect – Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc.
• Architect: Tudor Cottage and Restroom/Volunteer Building– Clayton & Little Architects
• Architect: Treescape – Mell Lawrence Architects
• ADA Consultant – Altura Solutions
• Civil Engineer – Garza EMC
• Ecologist – Siglo Group
• Irrigation Designer – Sweeney & Associates
• Lighting Designer – Studio Lumina
• MEP Engineer – Jerry Garza & Associates
• Nature Play Consultant – Natural Learning Initiative
• Operations and Maintenance Consultant – ETM Associates
• Playground Safety Consultant – Play Safe, LLC
• Project Management – Ross Anders, American Realty Project Management
• Structural Engineer – Architectural Engineers Collaborative
• Sustainable Sites Coordination – Regenerative Environmental Design
• Water Feature Designer and Engineer – Fluidity Design Consultants
• Wayfinding and Graphics Designer – Page/Dyal
The proposed improvements to Kingsbury Commons are made possible in part by the transformative $9.7 million gift from the Moody Foundation in October 2017, and by continued contributions from the community.
The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has been looking forward to this moment since PARD and the Conservancy began the planning process for the Pease Park Master Plan in 2013,” said Kimberly McNeely, Acting Director of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. “This is such an exciting time for Pease Park, and for Austin as a whole, this treasured civic landmark is revitalized and restored.”
For more information about Pease Park Conservancy and Pease Park, please visit https://peasepark.org/
About Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc. Since 1997, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc. (TELA) has connected the urban dweller with nature and each other through civic, institutional, commercial, residential, and mixed-use urban infill landscape architecture projects. Recognizing the complexities of this endeavor, their collaborative sixteen-person team works closely with architects, engineers, ecologists, communities and clients to generate historically sensitive and socially, financially, structurally, and environmentally sustainable environments. TELA’s designs prioritize native plant communities, water harvesting technologies, and regional durable materials artfully expressed through form, color, and texture. From site planning through construction, TELA draws from extensive experience and intimate knowledge of the place to transform ordinary outdoor urban spaces into authentic, vibrant landscapes that stimulate the senses and unify communities.
About The Moody Foundation, The Moody Foundation was established in 1942 by William L. Moody Jr. and his wife Libbie Rice Shearn Moody. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $1.4 billion in grants across the state in support of its mission “to build a bigger, better Texas.” These grants have ranged from capital support for Moody Gardens in Galveston to endowment and programmatic support for the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. The Moody Foundation is governed by a board of three Trustees – Frances Moody Dahlberg, Ross Moody, and Elizabeth Moody. Learn more at moodyf.org