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Town Lake Park Alliance

 
 
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By Larry D. Moore, May 18, 2019
1. Town Lake Park Alliance Marker
Inscription.  In 1984, a small group of residents from modest nearby neighborhoods banded together forming the Town Lake Park Alliance (TLPA) to preserve this city-owned waterfront for public benefit. TLPA emerged in response to a proposal to construct a massive mixed-use public and private development with a convention center adjacent to Palmer Municipal Auditorium, built on this site in 1959. TLPA developed an alternative vision: a public park.

Throughout 1984, TLPA gathered 19,577 signatures forcing a charter referendum on the upcoming ballot. Under the slogan "Save Town Lake,” (the former name of Lady Bird Lake) proposition 18 sought to make this entire area a public park. Although proposition 18 was narrowly defeated in January 1985, TLPA remained undeterred. In a short time, the group advocated for an expanded plan that called for not only this site to be dedicated parkland, but to protect and enhance the entire town lake corridor. TLPA urged 1985 city council candidates to endorse their proposal and successfully pushed for the election of an environmentally friendly city council that spring.

TLPA influenced
Town Lake Park Alliance Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, May 18, 2019
2. Town Lake Park Alliance Marker Area
the newly elected council to coherently assess, plan, and regulate land use along Town Lake from Red Bud Isle to Montopolis. On July 17, 1986, the city dedicated these 56 acres as parkland because a group of passionate citizens united in advocacy creating a central park amid the green riverfront. TLPA members continued to champion the sensitive evolution of the town lake corridor, and the Alliance Childrens Garden commemorates their legacy.
 
Erected 2019 by Austin Parks & Recreation.
 
Location. 30° 15.794′ N, 97° 45.287′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Riverside Drive 0.2 miles east of South Lamar Boulevard (Loop State Highway 343), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michael Butler and Butler Brick Company (here, next to this marker); Michael Paggi House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shoal Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seaholm Power Plant (approx. 0.2 miles away); J.P. Schneider Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); Texas Newspapers, C.S.A. (approx. half a mile away); Austin City Limits (approx. half a mile away); Old I.V. Davis Homestead (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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