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Parks and squares are central to our happiness.

The DAA fosters partnerships to keep downtown’s open spaces active and thriving.


The Downtown Austin Alliance fosters public-private partnerships to revitalize and bring more activities to downtown squares, plazas and public spaces. Our parks are extremely underfunded yet crucial to downtown’s vitality and appeal.



Snapshot of Downtown Parks

Downtown Austin is surrounded by a greenbelt of parks. Waller Creek and Shoal Creek form the east and west boundaries. Lady Bird Lake frames downtown to the south, and the State Capitol Grounds provide a connection at the northern part of downtown. The three Historic Squares - Republic, Brush and Wooldridge - provide green space for nearby residents and employees. Pocket parks and plazas, such as the Old Bakery Park, Regents Plaza and City Hall Plaza provide gathering spaces within the the urban fabric. We have a total of 112 acres of dedicated public parkland downtown.

Parks and Open Space Master Plan

The Downtown Austin Parks and Open Space Master Plan provides both a vision and a blueprint to improving our downtown parks. We participated in the City of Austin’s development of this plan for the future of our green spaces. The plan now serves as a guide for establishing park master plans, improvements, policies and partnerships.

Physical Improvements

The DAA has a partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation and contributes funds to support its efforts towards stewardship and revitalization of downtown parks. We advocate for increased resources and support the efforts of the Austin Parks Foundation, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Republic Square Partners, Friends of Brush Square and Friends of Wooldridge Square to improve historic downtown squares.

Some of the recent improvements to the downtown squares include a new courtyard at Brush Square installed as part of the Art In Public Places Program; a deck with tables and chairs centered around the historic Auction Oak preservation at Republic Square Park; and a new irrigation system, trees and sod at Wooldridge Square.

Republic Square 

Through a public-private partnership established in 2015 between the PARD, Austin Parks Foundation and Downtown Austin Alliance, Republic Square is undergoing a $5 million renovation to revitalize this historic public space. The Downtown Alliance made a $500,000 contribution to the capital campaign. Following the Republic Square Master Plan, park reconstruction began July 2016 and is scheduled for completion in July 2017. The final product will include a Great Lawn, Market Promenade, food and beverage vendor facility, improved gardens, and landscape features.
When the park reopens, Downtown Austin Alliance will assume full operations, management and programming responsibilities to ensure that Republic Square is a vibrant, well maintained community asset. In 2016, we began developing the park’s programming and events plan and put out a request for a food vendor.

Waller Creek

The DAA has been a longtime supporter of public initiatives for Waller Creek, including the Waller Creek Tunnel (which broke ground in 2011), the Waller Creek District Master Plan, and most recently the formation of the Waller Creek Conservancy, a public-private partnership with the City of Austin that will oversee the design, planning, fundraising and implementation of the vision. The DAA provided funding to support the Waller Creek Design Competition and supports the Waller Creek Conservancy’s annual operations.

Wooldridge square

After a year of work by the Parks and Recreation Department to improve the lawn, trees, and historic bandstand, Wooldridge Square celebrated a grand reopening in September 2013. The Downtown Austin Alliance and partners presented the reopening celebration of Wooldridge Square with a weekend of fun family activities.

Since then, regular use of this park has been building with weekly yoga, tai chi, and fitness classes, political events, giant chess, and the addition of a favorite Austin food trailer, Chi'lantro.  Austin Parks Foundation has also added permanent tables and chairs for a place to enjoy a bite to eat, play a game, or just sit and relax.

Old Bakery Park

We worked with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Parks Foundation to create a pilot public-private partnership that allows the proceeds from a food vendor to be collected by the Austin Parks Foundation and reinvested in the park. In partnership with City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, and AIA Austin we are leading a community planning process to identify and implement an improved design for the Old Bakery Park. We funded the Old Bakery Ideathon, an intitative of AIA Austin to reimagine the Old Bakery Block.

Community Programming

The DAA provides funding and support for downtown parks programming such as Movies in the Park at Republic Square, the Sustainable Food Center’s Farmers’ Market Downtown, the weekly staffing of the Imagination Playground at Republic Square, and other events such as the Midtown Mutt-Minster Dog Show in Brush Square.