CORE Health Foundation News:
Austin City Council Approves ADA Fishing Pier on Lady Bird Lake
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2010
Back Row: Paul Boudreaux, Holiday Inn; David Bessent, Architect; Norman Keike, Austin Mayor’s Council for People with Disabilities; Eric Makowski, CORE Health Foundation; Front Row: Dennis Borel, Coalition for Texans with Disabilities; Dolores Gonzalez, Austin ADA Coordinator; Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez
AUSTIN, Texas— The CORE Health Foundation, a disability advocacy organization, is in the process of raising funds in order to build an accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) in downtown Austin. Founded in 2006, the Foundation's initial scope of activities include public works that create opportunities for people with disabilities to interact with the general public on equal terms and free of cultural stereotypes. On October 14th, 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.
“Based on the plans of a similar fishing pier in Nacogdoches, the pier will allow every angler to take advantage of the unique fishing opportunities of this urban lake, without the need for a boat.” Eric Makowski, a co-founder and trustee of the Austin-based CORE Health Foundation and immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of Texas.
The pier will include a section of dock so boats can be launched, specifically the long "dragon" boats used by the Asian-American Council in Austin. The partially covered, lighted pier will be located along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail near Capital Metro routes and accessible parking.
To kick-off the construction, Dolores Gonzalez graciously committed a $500 donation from the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities. The CORE Health Foundation seeks donations and volunteers to make this pier another Austin treasure. Additionally, individuals and corporations will have the opportunity to show their support of this project by adding their name to a commemorative piece of the pier.
“Austin is a special place to live and play. We anticipate that this new downtown amenity will surely become another jewel in the Austin Parks system.” Makowski stated.
For more information and to learn how you can volunteer and support this exciting project, please contact 512-894-0801 or email@example.com
About the CORE Health Foundation
The CORE Health Foundation was established in 2006 by leading experts in the fields of brain injury and recovery who came together through their work at CORE Health Care, a specialty residential treatment facility in Dripping Springs, Texas, for people with traumatic brain injuries, complex psychiatric disorders, autism and other special needs.
For more information, visit www.corehealthfoundation.org.