Lady Bird Lake Pier Project: Accessible fishing in the heart of downtown Austin
Austin Mobility Solutions & Vantage Mobility International
Austin Mayors Committee for People with Disabilities
Compounding and Wellness Centers: Dripping Springs Pharmacy & Lamar Plaza Drug Store
Bridgepoint Consulting, LLC
Pain Care Physicians
Asian American Cultural Center
McBride Conservation Fund Foundation
Austin Parks Foundation
Superior Health Plan
Scott & White Healthcare
H.A.N.D. Helping the Aging, Needy, Disabled Inc.
United Healthcare Community Plan
Austin Canoe & Kayak
Rocket Science Realty
The Trail Foundation
Right at Home
St Davids HealthCare
Austin Travis County Integral Care
Modern Woodman of America
Brodie Ranch, Riverside and West Oaks Rehabilitation & Healthcenter
Faith Angler Network
Ranch Road Creative
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Craig H Neilsen Foundation
The CORE Health Foundation is in the process of raising approximately $400,000 in donations to build a wheelchair accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) in downtown Austin.
On October 14, 2010, the Austin City Council approved the construction of the Fishing Pier through a unanimous vote of 7-0 following a recommendation by the Texas Parks and Recreation Board. The Foundation would like to thank Randy Scott and Ricardo Soliz at the Austin Parks and Recreation Department for their guidance and support throughout this project. Additionally, David Bessent of David Bessent Architects, Inc., has graciously agreed to take the lead on the construction.
In, 2012 the original location of the proposed pier was moved from the north side of the lake to the south side of the lake to be incorporated with the City of Austin's new Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk project. The Pier will be close to "Lakeshore Point". Engineering work has begun and should be completed by mid-November. We expect to choose a contractor and begin construction shortly thereafter.
Purpose of the Pier
- Lady Bird Lake has approximately 1.5 million visitors annually and no ADA accessible fishing opportunities available
- The pier will allow all anglers to fish without a boat
- Based on the plans of a similar pier in Nacogoches
- Close to accessible parking and bus lines
- Partially covered and lighted
- Promotes active lifestyles, family recreation and accessibility for all Texans
- Highlights the abilities of individuals with disabilities
Fishing and Individuals with Disabilities:
- The Texas Education Agency reports over 500,000 children have special needs
- People with disabilities have long been hindered from participating in recreation, like fishing, because of structural and social barriers
- People with disabilities who participate in recreational activities experience increased independence, confidence, mobility, socialization and enjoyment.
Austin is a special place to live and play. We anticipate this new downtown amenity will surely become another jewel in the Austin Parks system.
We need your help making this Pier another Austin Treasure!
Fund-raising Plan of Action