A plan to turn vacant lots across the street from Rio Grande Campus’ renovated Building 1000 into green space with pickleball courts was presented to the ACC Board of Trustees at their July meeting.

Landscape architecture design firm dwg. was contracted by the college to develop a green space proposal. The firm presented a plan that divides the lots into quadrants to include an area with shade trees and tables for gathering, a gravel plaza with games such as ping pong and washers, an event lawn, and pickleball courts. 

View a flythrough video of the site provided by dwg. HERE.

The space will be available for students, faculty, staff, and the community to use. It has the endorsement of the Old Austin Neighborhood Association. 

The District Wide Campus Master Plan for the Rio Grande Campus calls for the future development of a new Building 5000 on these lots. The lots were once home to the Peachtree and Attache Buildings, which were demolished in recent years. The green space is a temporary solution to cover the abandoned parking lots and building remnants until the college can expand and build Building 5000.

Next, dwg. and the college will develop design plans for the green space which will be part of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to retain a contractor. The RFP will go to the board for approval.