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Lady Bird Lake Pier Project: Accessible fishing in the heart of downtown Austin

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Austin Mobility Solutions & Vantage Mobility International
$ 20000

Austin Mayors Committee for People with Disabilities
$ 500

Compounding and Wellness Centers: Dripping Springs Pharmacy & Lamar Plaza Drug Store
$ 5000

Bridgepoint Consulting, LLC
$ 500

Flex Corp
$ 150

Pain Care Physicians
$ 500

Asian American Cultural Center
$ 5000

McBride Conservation Fund Foundation
$ 1000

$ 1000

Austin Parks Foundation
$ 25000

Superior Health Plan
$ 5000

EZ Corp
$ 1000
Russ and Dorothy Overgard
$ 550
Joan Hagelin
$ 100
Woodward Estate
$ 3000
$ 11500
H.M. Harrell III
$ 100
Margaret Mirabal
$ 150

Scott & White Healthcare
$ 1000
Dennis Borel
$ 400

$ 500
Cline Young
$ 500

H.A.N.D. Helping the Aging, Needy, Disabled Inc.
$ 500

Seton Healthcare
$ 2500

United Healthcare Community Plan
$ 3000

$ 1500
Harris Saunders: In Honor of Natalie Schneider & David Bessent
$ 1000

Austin Canoe & Kayak
$ 500

Rocket Science Realty
$ 825

Project Walk
$ 250

Pure Fishing
$ 250

The Trail Foundation
$ 500
Jody, Chrystal & Colton Wells
$ 500

Right at Home
$ 250

Silverleaf Resorts
$ 250

St Davids HealthCare
$ 2500

Harden Healthcare
$ 2500

Austin Travis County Integral Care
$ 5000

Modern Woodman of America
$ 250

Brodie Ranch, Riverside and West Oaks Rehabilitation & Healthcenter
$ 250
City of Austin 2012 Parks & Recreation Bond
$ 150000

Faith Angler Network
$ 0

Ranch Road Creative
$ 0
Austin Mayors Committee for People with Disabilities in honor of Kathy Kasprisin
$ 500

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
$ 5000

Craig H Neilsen Foundation
$ 22500
James William and April Carey Rohlich
$ 500

Raising Funds to Build an
ADA Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier
on Lady Bird Lake in Austin

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

pier from water
aerial view of pier
R to L - Tom Besson, Artist, and
Donors Norine & Howard Yukon

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Pier Committee
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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.
pier rendering

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

Grant Funding
Corporate Sponsorships
Individuals/Employee Giving

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