Parks and Recreation
Wed May 23, 2012
Wooldridge Park to Close for Eight Months, Displacing Homeless
Wooldridge Square, a small park between the Travis County Courthouse and Austin's Central Library downtown, will be closed for eight months starting in June.
The city is also reaching out to a few homeless people who live in the park, and referring them to social services. Austin's Department of Health and Human Services is asking local homeless service organizations to post this flyer in their offices.
“I’m not happy about the closure, and I don’t know if it’s really worth the effort,” homeless man Bruce Kline told KUT News. He said he’s lived in the park for about two years and doesn’t want to live in a homeless shelter. “They’re supposed to have people come out and tell us where to go once the park closes, but they haven’t yet.”
The Austin City Council voted in April to approve the $307,000 upgrade. The landscaping project will be paid for with parkland dedication fees, money collected from residential developers who opted to contribute cash to the local park system instead of devoting land on their property to parks.