Opening of Republic Square

Republic Square

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Republic Square

One of the most significant projects in APF’s history was the 2016-2017 redevelopment of Republic Square. Decades in the making, the renovation of the historic downtown park was made possible because of an innovative public-private partnership between Austin Parks Foundation (APF), the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD).

APF managed the design process for the new park, and was responsible for park construction. Additionally, we led the capital campaign to close the funding gap ($3.5 million) for the $5.9 million goal. Once construction was completed, DAA took over operations and management, while PARD continues to supervise the partnership and operations, ensuring the park serves the public.

Republic Square is an important piece of the city’s history and is home to the Auction Oaks. Austin’s original 306 lots were sold at auction in 1839 under these iconic trees. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the park had strong associations with Austin’s Mexican-American community, due to the concentration of Hispanic citizens in the surrounding neighborhood. In more recent years, it served as the first site of APF’s Movies in the Park, and is home to the Sustainable Food Center’s Downtown Farmers’ Market.

The newly renovated square is a green space unlike any in Austin. Daily programming and featured events, modern amenities, beautiful art and a café make it a uniquely Austin experience. APF was proud to play a leading role in shining a spotlight on Republic Square – honoring its important role in our city’s history, while elevating the space into a civic asset for all.

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Downtown Austin Alliance

Republic Square Campaign Committee

Bobbie Barker, Charlie Betts and Daniel Woodroffe

Ford Alexander
Bob Barnes
Larry Graham
Michele Haussmann
Perry Lorenz
Will Marsh
Dewitt Peart
Carol Polumbo
Meredith Powell
MariBen Ramsey
Colin Wallis
Jennifer Wiebrand

Our Generous Donors


ACL Music Festival

$200,000 - $999,999

City of Austin
Lincoln Property Company
& Phoenix Property Company
The Moody Foundation
U.S. General Services Administration

$50,000 – $199,999

Austin Community Foundation
Capital Metro
Gables Residential
IBC Bank
Texas Gas Service a Division of ONE Gas

$10,000 – $49,999

Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation
Armbrust & Brown
Bank of America
Brandywine Real Estate Trust
Bobbie Barker & Dan McClellan
Cielo Property Group
Gracy Title, a Stewart Title Company
Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc.
Mollie & Steve Butler
Nona Niland
Norwood Towers
Perry Lorenz
St. David’s Foundation
Wells Fargo

$1,000 – $9,999

Andrea Griswold & Larry Graham
Aspen Heights
Bill Talbot
Carol Polumbo
Cindy Stewart & Andy Austin
Debbie & Jim Alsup
Frost Bank
Highland Resources
Hotel ZaZa
Jane & Dewitt Peart
Jennifer & Robert Wooten
Jenny Wiebrand
Jessica & Greg Weaver
The John. A. Barclay Agency, Inc.
JP Morgan Chase
Julie & Joel Sher
Karen & Andy White
Kathy & Colten Smith
Leah & Ford Alexander
Leigh Ann & Tim Hendricks
Liz & Doug Opalka
Margaret Menicucci & Michael
MariBen Ramsey & Karen Kahan
McGinnis Lochridge
Megan & Jason Boulette
Meredith Powell
Michael P. McGill
Monica & Felipe Fernandes
Nicole & Tyson Tuttle
Royal Blue Grocery
Shelley Hardeman
Southwest Strategies Inc.
Susan & Stuart Laves
Suzanne & Mike Kennedy
Sylvia & Charles Betts
Terry McDaniel & Co. Investment Counsel
Terry Mitchell, Tyndall at Robertson Hill
The Wallis Family
William H. Marshe
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