AUSTIN (KXAN) — More change is coming to Austin’s iconic Rainey Street, but this time, it’s about getting away from the development that has reshaped the district over the last decade.

64 Rainey St., right next to the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, is planned to become a pocket park. There will be a community meeting, being referred to as the 64 Rainey Street Plática, on Sept. 29 at the ESB-MACC Auditorium from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants will have the chance to review the recommended elements of the park space and provide guidance on priorities, experience the current space at 64 Rainey St., share community memories, and work on a charrette to create different models of what could be possible in the space.

Background

The lot was dedicated as parkland in 2014, and after years of leasing the space for staging for the high-rise at 70 Rainey St., the location is now available for development.

Under the guidance of City Council Resolution no. 20220609-123, the Parks and Recreation Department is directed to collaborate with the Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board to conduct a community meeting by Oct. 1, 2022, to receive feedback on what should be included in the future development of the parkland.

In addition to creating the community meeting for feedback, this community engagement plan will outline the process for developing the community meeting outline and run of the show, outreach to the community, and the materials after the meeting.

Additional opportunities for information and feedback will be available at the ESB-MACC during Viva Mexico on Sept. 17 and Austin Museum Day on Sept. 18.

More information can be found on the project webpage.

Community Reacts

Michael Adelson, who lives in the Rainey Street District, says he welcomes a park, especially with it being next to the Mexican American Cultural Center.

“It gives people a nicer impression of what the MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center) is and it will be an entrance way into the MACC,” said Adelson.

Neha Jindal, says she is happy to see a green space where she can walk her dog. She says a park will also benefit families that have moved into the district.

“Not having another bar is going to be beneficial to the kids in the neighborhood,” said Jindal.