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Proposed Enhancements to Covert Park at Mount Bonnell


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Presentation outlining proposed enhancements to Covert Park at Mount Bonnell in Austin Texas. The proposals were rejected by the review committee, which was headed by the owner of a competitive architectural firm.

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Proposed Enhancements to Covert Park at Mount Bonnell

  1. 1. CITY OF AUSTIN CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS DISCUSSIONName of historic property: Covert Park at Mount BonnellAddress of historic property: 3800 Mount Bonnell Road; Austin, TXBrief description of proposed work: 0. Remove, restore and display 1938 marker in City Museum (PARD) 1. Install Replica of 1938 marker on site 2. Install new landscaping and amenities around markerAPPLICANT: West Point Society of Central Texas, representing Covert Family of Austin,Austin Parks Foundation (ACL Grant Committee), and Friends of Mount BonnellOWNER: City of AustinARCHITECT : O’Connell Robertson, AustinCONTRACTOR: KC Construction, Georgetown 11/14/2011 1
  2. 2. Founded in 1802, West Point is the nation’s oldest engineeringschool. The West Point Association of Graduates was founded in1869. West Point Societies exist to further the ideals of the MilitaryAcademy, to perform community outreach, and to assist withAcademy admissions.In 2010, the West Point Society of Central Texas adopted CovertPark at Mount Bonnell and began improvement projects under theAustin Parks and Recreation Department Adopt-A-Park program.There are over 600 West Point graduates in the Austin area. Contacts: Stan Bacon Fred Bothwell WPSCT , Class of 1958 WPSCT, Class of 1962 512-345-5964 512-635-4433 11/14/2011 2
  3. 3. WEST POINT SOCIETY OF CENTRAL TEXAS “ADOPTED” COVERT PARK IN 2010 MOUNT BONNELL/COVERT PARK PROJECTS 2010-2011•PARD Adopt-a-Park Agreement signed.•Supported Austin Oyster Urban Adventure Race.•Service Austin Days Fall Clean-up, 33 volunteers and 2 firefighters.•Used $1500 APF grant to restore views with PARD and community support•Raised funds for base of new kiosk in Covert Park•My Parks Day, APF, 23 volunteers.•Clean Sweep, KAB, 31 volunteers.•Supported Austin Oyster Urban Adventure Race.•Received KAB grant of $850 to apply to Kiosk Base payment.•Planned Clean-up w/Central Texas Mountaineers.•Service Austin Days Fall Clean-up.MOUNT BONNELL WEB SITE MAINTAINED BY WEST POINT SOCIETY 11/14/2011 3
  4. 4. PRELIMINARY CONCEPTUAL MEETING OBJECTIVESREVIEW current proposal of the Friends of Mount Bonnell and the West Point Society of CentralTexas for $100,000+ gift to the city of Austin in support of restoration and improvement of CovertPark at Mount Bonnell.DISCUSS How WPSCT can improve likelihood of being awarded Certificates of Appropriatenessfor proposed Covert Park projects: •Installation of replica Covert Marker, funded by Covert family •Landscaping and other amenities THE PROPOSED GIFT: $116,630 ($73,370 cash plus $43,260 in-kind support)The West Point Society, in cooperation with the Covert family, APF, the Austin City Limits MusicFestival, O’Connell Robertson of Austin, KC Construction of Georgetown, and other Friends ofMount Bonnell, proposes to give to the citizens of Austin gifts with a value in excess of $100,000,comprised as follows: •~$20,000 donated by the Covert Family plus additional funding from Friends of Mount Bonnell and the West Point Society of Central Texas •$44,000+ in professional services and labor donated by O’Connell Robinson, KC Construction, and others •$50,000 in matching funds granted by Austin City Limits and the Austin Parks Foundation •Other in-kind support provided by PARD 11/14/2011 4
  5. 5. THE PROPOSED PROJECTPART ONE – COVERT MARKER: $28,000 plus in-kind support•Removal of the existing 1938 marker to a site where it can be restored, protected from theelements, and preserved indefinitely (at PARD expense)•Erection of a granite replica of the original 1938 marker, donated by the Covert family,commemorating and rededicating the previous Covert family gift of the park and the 1938marker.PART TWO - DAIS: $38,700 plus in kind support:•Landscaping and additional amenities around the marker, final design in cooperation withPARD.•APF has informally announced the award of an ACL grant in the amount of $32,745 for the solepurpose of implementing PART TWO of the plan, pending resolution of the marker status. 11/14/2011 5
  6. 6. MOUNT BONNELL •“The Best View in Austin” •One of the most popular sightseeing destinations in the city: •775 feet above sea level. COVERT PARK•5.36 acre City park at summit of Mount Bonnell•Donated to Travis County for use as a public park in1938-39 by Covert family of Austin•Deeded in memory of Frank M. Covert, Sr., byClarence Covert and F. M. Covert, Jr•Marker erected in 1938•Deeded to city of Austin in 1972•Adopted by West Point Society of Central Texas in 2010 11/14/2011 6
  7. 7. COVERT PARK MARKER CONDITION:1938-2011 Marker is no longer vertical 1938 2010 Marker is disintegrating 2008 11/14/2011 2010 7
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  10. 10. FACTS: •The public, as reflected in the views of the neighborhood associations, the Friends of Mount Bonnell, and the grant committees of the Austin Parks Foundation and Austin City Limits support the WPSCT proposal. •The original 1938 limestone marker commemorating the Covert family gift of the park to Travis County has deteriorated, a possible matter of “Demolition by Neglect” Ch 25-11-211(6) •It is in the interest of history that the original marker be restored, preserved, and protected from future damage. •The Covert family has agreed to fund the installation of a durable replica of the original Covert marker so that the original may be restored, preserved and protected from future damage. Installation of a replica would allow the original marker to be removed, repaired, restored, and displayed in a suitable, protected environment in a city museum or public building, as in the case of many other historic artifacts: the Rosetta Stone, The Stone of Scone, the Elgin Marbles, etc. 11/14/2011 11
  11. 11. Over 70 years ago, the Covert family of Austin, then owners ofthe tract of land on which Mount Bonnell stands, gave thesummit of the mountain to the people of Travis County for useby residents and visitors. Known as Covert Park at MountBonnell, the site was dedicated in memory of the family patriarch,Frank M. Covert, Senior. Carrington-Covert House (1857)Now in their sixth generation in Central Texas, theCovert family continues in their civic-mindedtradition, playing an important role in support for local charitableorganizations and the restoration of the pre-Civil WarCarrington/Covert House in Austin, now headquarters for theTexas Historical Commission. Restored by Covert family, now occupied By Texas Historical CommissionThe Covert family would like to see the 1938 marker protected from furtherdeterioration, to be replaced on site with a more durable granite replica ofthe original marker, funded by the Coverts. 11/14/2011 12
  12. 12. Objects with historic significance may be placed in protective enclosures…. PLYMOUTH ROCK (1620) MASSACHUSETTS, USA SUENO’S STONE (800-900 AD) FORRES, SCOTLAND Suenos Stone stands about 21 feet high. It is the largest surviving Pictish stone of its type in Scotland. In the early 1990s the stone was encased in armored glass to prevent erosion. 11/14/2011 13
  13. 13. ....or displayed in museums THE ROSETTA STONE (196 B.C) British Museum, UK STELE OF NARAM-SIN (2450 B.C.) Mesopotamia On display in The Louvre, Paris ELGIN MARBLES 5TH CENTURY B.C. Removed from Parthenon 1801-1812. Put on display in the British Museum, planned for return to Acropolis Museum in Athens 11/14/2011 14
  14. 14. The original historic artifact may be placed in a protected location….THE STONE OF SCONE (1249 A.D.?)Original Stone in Westminster Abby REPLICA STONE OF SCONE at original site at Moot Hill, Scotland REPLICA ROSETTA STONE at original site at Rosetta (el-Rashid) Egypt ….AND A REPLICA INSTALLED AT THE ORIGINAL SITE 11/14/2011 15
  15. 15. CONSIDERATIONS: •If allowed, Covert family gift can set an example to encourage other sources of private funding for city improvement projects, e.g., Waller Creek development. •If disallowed, it may prevent any proposed enhancements, due to APF/ACL matching grant requirements. •If installed in an unprotected outdoor location, can future deterioration of the 1938 marker be prevented? For how long? 11/14/2011 16
  16. 16. DISCUSSIONHow can WPSCT improve likelihood of being awardedCertificates of Appropriateness for proposed Covert Park projects? •PARD removal and restoration of original Covert Marker, to be displayed in City Museum •Installation of replica Covert Marker •Landscaping and other amenities 11/14/2011 17
  17. 17. BACKUP CHARTS 11/14/2011 18
  18. 18. MUSEO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGIA, Mexico City MEXICA EXHIBIT ROOMReproduction of the Tikal Stela (250 – 650 A.D.) 11/14/2011 19
  19. 19. ARCHITECTURAL PLANS AND PROJECT SUPPORT: O’CONNELL ROBERTSON: •Established in 1950: Award-winning Austin-based, architectural/engineering/interior design firm •. Specializes in education, healthcare, and sports facility design •Known for developing innovative design solutions •Won statewide competition for design of Texas 9/11 Memorial Covert Park Planning Support 2010-2011 •Estimated value of pro bono support to date: ~$10,000 •OCR design staff site visits to Mount Bonnell •Joint design conferences and site study •Preliminary design concept and presentations •Plan reviews with Covert family, PARD, WPSCT, FOMB •Plan amendments and cost estimates, bids, renderings, continuing, ongoing support 11/14/2011 20
  20. 20. ARCHITECTURAL PLANS AND PROJECT SUPPORT: O’CONNELL ROBERTSON:REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS•The Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, North End Zone Expansion•Texas State University Baseball/Softball Complex Enhancements•New University of Texas Softball Training Facility•New Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Residence Hall•New Texas A&M University McFerrin Indoor Athletic Center A/E 11/14/2011 21
  21. 21. ARCHITECTURAL PLANS AND PROJECT SUPPORT: O’CONNELL ROBERTSON: TEXAS STATE CEMETERY 9/11 MEMORIAL, AUSTIN •The Texas State Cemetery 9/11 monument is dedicated to all Texans who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks •Commissioned in 2002, numerous designs were submitted from artists, architects and private citizens from around the state. •The final design by O’Connell, Robertson and Associates of Austin was chosen by the Governor’s Office and the Texas State Cemetery Committee. 11/14/2011 22
  22. 22. GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT KC CONSTRUCTION COMPANY OF GEORGETOWN Eric Klingemann, West Point ’95, PresidentPAST PROJECTS RECENT CUSTOMERS(New Construction/Site Remediation) Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)Williamson County Parks Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD)UT Wetlands Education Center and Park City of AustinMarine Science Institute, Port Aransas Austin EnergyTravis County East Metro Park Travis CountyCommunication Tower Sites Williamson CountyWater Treatment Plant Physical Security City of GeorgetownImprovements City of Cedar ParkParking Lot Improvements City of Taylor, TXWater Treatment Plant Construction City of Rogers, TX Housing AuthorityDrainage Channel Construction Williamson County MUD #10Detention Pond Construction Newland Communities of Texas (TeraVista)Drainage Culvert Construction Woodlawn Condominiums Home OwnersWater Meter Vault Association KB-CK Limited Partnership Oak Bluff Estates, Round Rock, TX Forest Creek, Round Rock, TX 23 11/14/2011
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