AUSTIN -- The City of Austin spent $300,000 renovating Wooldridge Square, adding new drought-resistant grass, trees, improved lighting, benches and signs.
The park has been a community hub since the city first dedicated it in 1909. It's been a home to political speeches and live music ever since.
"I've always considered Wooldridge my downtown neighborhood park," said resident Charles Peveto. He joined the group "Friends of Wooldridge Park" to advocate for improvements.
The city closed the park for more than a year to do the renovations.
"The park had really fallen into a state of disrepair and was underutilized," said Marty Stump with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.
The park was plagued with dead grass, dying trees, trash and a homeless camp at night. Now the social programs including Mobile Loaves and Fishes who fed the homeless in the area, no longer serve food everyday near Wooldridge Park.
The park curfew is 10:00 p.m. and there are signs warning visitors of the rules that include no camping, no cigarettes and no alcohol.
The Downtown Austin Alliance is planning several community events at the renovated grandstand, including an Austin Symphony concert in October. Starting Tuesday the park will also feature a food truck to attract new visitors.