Gethsemane Lutheran Church approached the contact team in October with their desire to build a park for the neighborhood on their property along Wonsley. Since then, contact team members have met with church staff and members to generally discuss park features, funding, and neighborhood safety issues. This is a significant development project, so the planning will go on for some time. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be involved.
A pocket park “offers green space in location where public green space is limited or not served by any other park. … Pocket parks are incorporated into existing dense residential areas to meet the demand for public green space. These parks are typically less than two acres in size and within walking distance of a few blocks or 1/4 mile.” For the Gethsemane park, residential and planned residential within a quarter mile of the park includes ~850 households, or ~2000 people, including ~1200 children and youth.
The church also plans to incorporate part of their property south of Wonsley into the park, encouraging more neighborhood use of their softball/soccer field, and adding amenities such as distance markers for neighbors who walk around the church property for daily exercise. The church’s frontage on 183 is already used as an on-leash exercise area by the Austin Humane Society.
Objective P.4: The new park should become a neighborhood asset.
Objective P.5: The new park should directly serve the neighborhood.
Objective P.6: The new park should address the cultural diversity present within the neighborhood.
Objective P.7: The design for a new park should include facilities that promote the safety, convenience, and comfort of its users.
Objective P.8: The design for a new park should include facilities and amenities that promote sustainability and climate protection.
Objective P.9: The new park’s landscaping should provide function and safety to all visitors.
Objective Q.2: Ensure public safety throughout the neighborhood.