Republic Square Park to Start Opening in Phases

September 6, 2017 by Kate Harrington

Republic Square Park, which has been closed since June 2016 for a $5.8 million renovation, will partially reopen this fall.

The Downtown Austin Alliance, with City Council’s approval, is now managing the park as of Sept. 1. Construction is still ongoing in parts of the park until next spring, so the opening will happen in phases. This fall’s opening includes the lawn portion of the park.

The Republic Square Park renovation is headed by a public-private partnership made up of the Downtown Austin Alliance, Austin Parks Foundation, and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The lead design firm and landscape architect for the project is Design Workshop.

The Alliance says the park will completely reopen in the spring, with features that will include a full-service café, public restrooms, and space for public programming like farmers markets, movies, and live music.

CultureMap Austin reports that the park’s events calendar is already filling up, with plans for two holiday parties this December, a Chinese New Year celebration in February of next year, as well as SXSW-related events and the Austin Food + Wine Festival next spring.

The makeover also includes some new public art: Blackbird is an abstract sculpture by local artist Holly Young-Kincannon.

“The revitalization of Republic Square has been years in the making, and the Downtown Austin Alliance is honored to play a significant role in supporting this Austin treasure,” Dewitt Peart, president and CEO of the Alliance, says in a news release.

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.