Republic Square Park is soon going to see a transformation, after years of planning.
A partnership between the City, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and the Austin Parks Foundation – which goes back to 2012 – is taking on the renovation, which is scheduled to begin in June. In order to install a water line through the park, the City has closed it to the public for the next year.
The park is in a central downtown spot bounded by Fourth and Fifth Streets and Guadalupe and San Antonio Streets, and is currently home to events like the SFC Farmer’s Market, Yoga in the Park, and Movies in the Park. While Austinites use the space, those behind the renovations hope to take it to the next level.
Plans for the space include public restrooms, a space for food vendors, a makeover for the lawn area, and transit improvements. Capital Metro is also partnering with the project.
Republic Square’s history goes back to Austin’s first years. In 1839, the year Austin was founded, land was set aside there for public space. It was briefly converted into a parking lot in the 1960s, but in the 1970s the Austin Parks and Recreation Department brought it back as a public park.
The renovation will also include enhanced bus stop walkways and platforms, better lighting, and walls to rest against. According to Capital Metro, the park is one of its busiest transit centers, with about 5,300 rides connecting to 32 routes each day.
Design Workshop is the firm that led the project’s master planning and design effort along with a team of consultants. BuildingATX will bring you updates on this project as construction makes progress.