In the midst of an urban boom, crowded cities across the world are turning to temporary public spaces to open up their crowded city centers. A temporary café, a picnic grove, a yoga studio, a hip restaurant, an artsy brewery, and an outdoor movie theater have all been formatted to take over unused public spaces, such as parking spots and abandoned lots. These temporary streetscapes have coined the name Pop Up Parks and they may be the breath of fresh air modern urban centers need.
Pop Up Parks allow cities to quickly, efficiently, and affordably create much needed public spaces. Not only do these temporary spaces allow for cash tight cities to create parks and plazas on a budget, they also give cities the ability to try out new types public spaces without a full commitment.
On Saturday, September 27, nearly 1000 local volunteers worked together to improve parks, trails, and creeks at 38 sites around Austin and Travis County. Twenty of those volunteers focused on cleaning up Waller Creek from 5th St. to 12th St. This clean up produced around 20 bags of trash! We are very grateful to our volunteers, who took time out of their Saturday to show some love to Waller Creek! There was a great mix of familiar faces and new friends, ages 6 to 60.
Thanks to the generosity of C3 Presents, Waller Creek Conservancy is looking forward to our third, best-yet annual benefit concert at Stubb’s on October 8. Join us for an official ACL Late Night Show with headlining act Fitz and The Tantrums with Austin native, Max Frost.
Tickets are available online for $29.50 (plus fees) by clicking here.
For the opportunity to sponsor a table at our pre-show dinner prepared by celebrity Chef Tim Love, or to volunteer, please contact email@example.com for more details. We will see you on October 8!
On the corner of Cesar Chavez and the I-35 frontage road stands the old Palm School building, the current home of the Travis County Health and Human Services and Veteran Services building, but the building is best known as the elementary school that stood in service to the communities of East Austin for 84 years before closing in 1976.
San Antonio is making plans to redevelop an under-utilized urban creek of their own. The San Pedro Creek is currently known as a narrow waterway that passes in between commercial buildings in a highly urbanized setting. The creek is underutilized and in some places unsafe; however, the San Antonio River Authority is spearheading a project that will redevelop the creek into a pedestrian and bike connection.