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Pease District Park
Pease Park
Photograph of a stone gateway bearing a bronze plaque reading "Pease Park"
One of the stone gates at the south end of Pease Park
Type Public park
Location 1100 Kingsbury St
Austin, Texas 78703
Area 42 acres (17 ha)
Created 1875 (1875)

Pease Park (officially Pease District Park) is an urban park in central Austin, Texas. Paralleling Shoal Creek west of downtown, the park is frequented by University of Texas at Austin students and formerly by disc golf enthusiasts. Every spring it plays host to the annual Eeyore's Birthday Party celebration, a favorite event for Austin's hippie subculture dating back to the 1960s.

History

The parcel of land that is now Pease Park was donated to the city of Austin by Texas Governor Elisha M. Pease and his wife in 1875. The land remained undeveloped until the city and civic organizations cooperated to beautify the park in 1926, building entrance gates, restrooms, and other amenities. Further improvements were made later, including the installation of a group of long concrete picnic tables by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and the construction of a hike-and-bike trail connecting the park to the city's larger trail network in the 1950s.

Eeyore's Birthday Party

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A small drum circle at Eeyore's Birthday Party. Some drum circles at this event can have hundreds of drummers and dancers.

Since 1974 Pease Park has hosted Austin's annual Eeyore's Birthday Party event, with music, costumes, games and drum circles. The event is typically attended by thousands, filling the park with activities.

Disc golf course

Pease Park was the site of a popular disc golf course running along Shoal Creek. On January 1, 2011, the park's disc golf course was closed indefinitely due to environmental impact problems.

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