Brush Square was is one of three original public squares in the 1839 Waller Plan for the City of Austin. The square is located in the southeast quadrant of downtown and is the home of the historic Brush Square Museums, which include the Dickinson Museum, the O. Henry Museum, and the Austin Fire Museum. Austin Fire Station #1 is also located on the square and actively serves the surrounding downtown area.
The landscape architecture firm Asakura Robinson was contracted through the city’s Landscape Architecture rotation list and the funding for the effort is from the 2012 G.O. Bond for Downtown Squares. The planning process will engage the public in the development of a vision and conceptual master plan for the historic downtown square. In addition to enhancing the square’s green space and trees, the planning effort will respond to the highly urban context of the square, which includes the adjacent convention center, Lance Armstrong Bikeway and the expanding Capital Metro Downtown Station.
The planning process is expected to take 12 months and will engage a wide range of participants including downtown residents, workers, tourists, and commuters as well as planning partners including the Brush Square Museums, the Austin Fire Department, the Downtown Austin Alliance, Preservation Austin, the Austin Convention Center, Capital Metro, and the Waller Creek Conservancy. At this time, funding for master plan implementation has not been identified, but the master plan process will result in cost estimates, phasing recommendations for short and long term capital improvements as well as financing strategies.
Cover photo by Austin Parks and Recreation
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