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Help Needed to Save Pease... AGAIN

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Help Needed to Save Pease... AGAIN

Post Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:44 pm

Heads Up Texas Disc Golfers, your help is needed, and quickly!

The City recently announced that they will be closing Pease Park Disc Golf Course by the end of the year. This announcement comes months after telling the community that the course would remain open until there was another course opened (possibly at Roy Guerrero Park) so that the other area courses are not drastically overused, drastically exaggerating environmental impact at every other area course. This was a complete lie. There will be no course at Roy G for many months, if ever. City officials strung us along, just to shut us up and announce their real intentions while the citizens were not paying attention. They did this on a Friday afternoon at 4:45 pm right before the short Thanksgiving week. Here is a link to the KXAN story on Friday …

The City also promised that they would work towards (or at least consider) reinstating some aspect of the course at Pease once the storm-water work is completed. Given that this information came from City officials, it is unclear what will be the final result, especially with their recent track record of inconsistent stories.

So, if you are interested in having future disc golf recreation in Austin, or are interested in simply having city officials which tell the truth and follow ethical protocol standards, PLEASE make yourselves heard. There is no chance that they will ever show the community respect if folks simply accept this as the way government works.

If you wish to contact the following people to express your opinion, here are the phone numbers of the elected representatives. You may e-mail them using this website

Mayor Lee Leffingwell - (512) 974-2250
Council Member Chris Riley - (512) 974-2260
Council Member Mike Martinez - (512) 974-2264
Council Member Randi Shade - (512) 974-2255
Council Member Laura Morrison - (512) 974-2258
Council Member Bill Spelman - (512) 974-2256
Council Member Sheryl Cole - (512) 974-2266
Sara Hensley, PARD Director – (512) 974-6716
Assistant City manager Bert Lumbreras – (512) 974-7717

To widen the scope of your responses, here are the email addresses of the Mayor and Council, many of their aides, the Parks Dept. Director and 2 of the Assistant Directors, and the Austin Parks Board. ALL of these people need to hear about this from you, and they need to hear about it often. The groups opposed to Pease are getting to these influential members often and vocally, the disc golf community now needs to do the same.

The city is, at best, breaking their word about keeping the course open until a new course is completely installed and operating. This was a publicly stated commitment.

Mayor & Council;;;;;;

Mayor\Council Aides;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

PARD Director & Assistant Directors;;

Austin Parks Board;;;;;;

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Re: Help Needed to Save Pease... AGAIN

Post Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:43 pm

Help us spread the word through email, facebook, myspace, texting, anything! This betrayal must not stand!

Do you play disc golf in Austin? Your help is needed NOW!!!

• The City told us Pease wouldn't completely close until a new course was ready, but at best, it is now breaking its promise. At worst, some will say they have lied the whole time.

• Pease is now being closed December 31st without a replacement course ready (Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park is the one most often offered to sub for Pease).

• Roy G isn't a promise - there is NO GUARANTEE the course will be installed any time soon (if ever).

• We've seen past examples of the City over-exaggerating the park destruction & erosion issues of disc golf, which is NOT ACCURATE.

What can you do? MAKE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!!!

• Email or call your Mayor & City Council members and Parks & Rec representatives - info can be found here on this site and on the pdga Discussion Board. Email and call everyone, and often!

• Attend the meeting about the Roy G. Guerrero disc golf project on Monday evening, November 29th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Road.

• Even more importantly, attend the Austin Parks Board meeting Tuesday evening, November 30th, 6 pm at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street, Boards and Commissions Room (Rm. 1101) disc golf is on the agenda, come and speak in Pease’s defense and to push for the new course at Roy G.

• Keep letting the City know how important disc golf is to us and how we DEMAND the truth about all park projects!!!!

Thank you for your support! We all must stand up for our parks and the future of our sport.

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Re: Help Needed to Save Pease... AGAIN

Post Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 3:13 pm

The city is going to start doing Master Planning work for Pease Park this year, maybe even starting as early as June, but we don’t have any definite dates/locations yet. As soon as we do we will pass those along. We will need, NEED, big attendance and input at these city meetings to really push for disc golf going back into Pease once the creek work is done.

In the meantime though, one of the Pease improvement groups, Pease Park Conservancy, is having a “Meet & Greet” to talk about the master planning process. They want neighbors and park users to give their input on what they want to see in the Pease Master Plan. The group’s website is: and they have a facebook page too

This is a great event for disc golfers to show up to and voice our desire as park users, neighbors, and city residents, for disc golf to be included in the park’s future.

Not in a confrontational way, but in a constructive, involved, “This is what we want; this is what we think is important; this is why” way.

We want and need to show that disc golf is still a desired and appropriate activity at Pease.

May 19th
6 pm
Pease Park, at the picnic table area

We hope to see you there!
Waterloo Disc Golf Club

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Re: Help Needed to Save Pease... AGAIN

Post Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 3:54 pm

We just heard (via their twitter feed) that the Pease Park Plan Meet & Greet is Postponed until May 26th at 6pm because of the rain.!/PeasePark

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Re: Help Needed to Save Pease... AGAIN

Post Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:59 am

Below is a link to a story about Pease Park and the master planning public input meeting coming up on Thursday, February 27th.

If you click on the link for more info, there is a link to a survey but apparently the survey is CLOSED.

Please contact the woman in charge of the master planning process and ask her to re-open the survey; and tell her you want disc golf back in Pease Park, that you want it as part of the Master Plan for the park.

A full 18-hole course would be preferable, but at the very least a 9-hole course.

Kim McKnight
Kim.mcknight @

We need lots and lots of disc golfers to attend the meeting and speak up for disc golf. If you can’t go, be sure to email and/or call Ms. McKnight about it.

Thursday, February 27th
6 – 8 pm
Lamar Senior Center
2874 Shoal Crest Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

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Re: Help Needed to Save Pease... AGAIN

Post Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:03 am

The Pease Park Master Plan Survey has been re-opened, but only until 5 pm this Friday, February 14, 2014. So go fill it out right away, and spread the word to others.

Our pressure to get them to re-open the survey worked, let’s make sure disc golfers are heard loud and clear that we want disc golf BACK in Pease Park, permanently.

Here is the link to the survey:

And here is the link to give feedback about the Master Plan: peaseparkmasterplan @ or call 512-974-9478

Below is a copy of the email Ms. Kim McKnight sent out in response to some of our contacts since last Friday. Lots of info and links, please go check it all out.

Remember: mark your calendar and plan on showing up to the public input meeting on Thursday, February 27th, 6 – 8 pm, Lamar Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, 78705. A big disc golf turnout is VERY IMPORTANT at Master Planning meetings.

We need you to fill out the survey, email and phone with feedback, and come to the meeting.

Waterloo Disc Golf Club

The City of Austin, in partnership with the Pease Park Conservancy, is working with WRT (Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC) to develop a Master Plan for Pease Park and an adjacent portion of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt north of the park. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide the further restoration and preservation of this historic green space located in central Austin.

Mark Your Calendars
The next meeting for the Pease Park Master Plan process will be Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lamar Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue, 78705. We encourage you to attend.

Take the online survey
The City of Austin wants to hear about your vision for Pease Park. We’ve extended the deadline for the survey until 5pm, Friday, February 14. Please be sure to share the survey link with your friends and neighbors.
Link to Pease Park survey:

Recap of Public Input Meeting #1—November 21, 2013
More than 60 people attended the Nov. 21 meeting to provide feedback about Pease Park’s future. Participants were asked for input about recreation, natural resources, cultural resources and infrastructure.

Click the following link to access the Nov. 21 presentation:

Click the following link to access inventory and analysis maps:

Click here to see public input received at the Nov. 21 meeting:

WRT and the Pease Park Conservancy will undertake the Master Plan process in close partnership with the City of Austin. An integral part of the process will include a series of public stakeholder meetings and surveys designed to solicit input from various members of and stakeholders in the Austin community, including residents who use the park and the greenbelt. WRT will synthesize this public input to create a feasible and sustainable blueprint for the recreational development and ecological restoration of those areas in the future. The plan is projected to be completed by early fall of 2014. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks and Recreation Board and City Council will review and approve the Master Plan.

Since 2008, the Pease Park Conservancy has led efforts to improve the area’s landscape, including planting 500 new trees and restoring historic features in the park, such as the Tudor Cottage and Memorial Entry Gates constructed in the 1920s and the picnic tables installed by the Works Progress Administration. Founded in 1963, WRT has established a national reputation for planning public spaces across the country. The firm’s headquarters are located in Philadelphia, with satellite offices in Dallas, San Francisco and Miami. Among its numerous projects, WRT has prepared a master plan for Houston’s Memorial Park and is currently working on the Trinity River Park project in Dallas. WRT also spearheaded the comprehensive “Imagine Austin” plan for the City in 2012.

To learn more about the Pease Park Conservancy, please go to, contact (512)777-1632 or email info @ For updated information about the Pease Park Master Planning Process or to provide feedback, please email peaseparkmasterplan @ or call (512)974-9478.

Best regards,
Kim McKnight

Kim McKnight, MSHP
Project Coordinator & Cultural Resource Specialist
Planning and Development Division
Parks and Recreation Department
City of Austin
kim.mcknight @

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