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POP UP PARKS, A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

In the midst of an urban boom, crowded cities across the world are turning to temporary public spaces to open up their crowded city centers. A temporary café, a picnic grove, a yoga studio, a hip restaurant, an artsy brewery, and an outdoor movie theater have all been formatted to take over unused public spaces, […]

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National Public Lands Day 2014

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single day volunteer effort for public lands. It began in 1994 with only 3 sites and 700 volunteers. By 2013, those numbers had exploded to 175,000 volunteers and 2,237 sites around the country. On Saturday, September 27, nearly 1000 local volunteers worked together to improve parks, trails, […]

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3rd ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT: OCTOBER 8

Thanks to the generosity of C3 Presents, Waller Creek Conservancy is looking forward to our third, best-yet annual benefit concert at Stubb’s on October 8. Join us for an official ACL Late Night Show with headlining act Fitz and The Tantrums with Austin native, Max Frost. Tickets are available online for $29.50 (plus fees) by […]

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A Second Linear Urban Creek Redevelopment for Central Texas

San Antonio is making plans to redevelop an under-utilized urban creek of their own. The San Pedro Creek is currently known as a narrow waterway that passes in between commercial buildings in a highly urbanized setting. The creek is underutilized and in some places unsafe; however, the San Antonio River Authority is spearheading a project […]

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John Spong on the Palm Park Picnic

If you’ve been to our website recently you will have noticed a new and exciting addition to our homepage: the Palm Park Picnic. Who better to talk about the event and how it fits into the conservancy’s mission than John Spong: Texas Monthly Senior Editor and husband to Waller Creek Conservancy board member and picnic chair […]

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Passion about parks

Last week, Melba Whatley was profiled in Culture Map Magazine’s series, “The Influentials” which features “the people who help to shape the City of Austin.” We were proud to see Melba get some well-deserved accolades for her signature glasses, wit, and hard work at the conservancy. Melba reminded us once again of the importance of creating […]

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Summers to come

This week, Texas Architect Magazine interviewed Michael Van Valkenburgh on being the selected team in Design Waller Creek: A Competition. When asked to describe a successful element of a similar project to Waller Creek, Michael answered: “Right off the bat, the stone wall in Teardrop Park in New York City comes to mind. It is certainly a […]

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