About 2 weeks from now, the Austin Parks Foundation will begin Phase 1b of the Auction Oaks @ Republic Square project. The first phase will be the removal of the berm along fourth St, the partial reconstruction of the sidewalk and ADA ramp on Fourth St to San Antonio St, and the installation of irrigation and grass sod on the former berm site. Work is expected to take two weeks.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
We have also put out bids for the construction of the new deck/stage around the central auction oak. We’ll be installing a 4,000 square foot deck that is designed to protect the tree and allow folks underneath it. An image of the deck is included in this post. Only 11 hand-dug footings will be installed and they can be moved if roots are discovered. The deck will be sided with stone matching the bollards protecting the tree area already in place and will have IPE wood as the deck surface. The custom tree grate will be nine feet across! We’ll be posting updates here regularly. This phase is funded by grants from the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Downtown Austin Alliance and the National Conference of Woodmen of the World.