The focus is on inclusion. That’s what Nicole Harmon of Core Health Foundation, a non-profit spin-off of Core Health (a for-profit facility focusing on rehabilitation of those suffering with brain injuries), tells me. The project is a fishing pier, located on the northern shore of Lady Bird Lake, just south of the Holiday Inn off I-35 in the Rainey Street District. The project has been in the works for over 8-years, but was officially approved in 2010, and construction is expected to be complete in 2013. And while the driver and primary purpose of this project is for use for gentle rehabilitation services (meaning, not too stimulating for a recovering brain) for those suffering traumatic brain injuries – the facility is going to be completely open to the public at all times, and, I’m told, the greater Austin community will have plenty of opportunity to use it. The pier will also be ADA accessible.
The project will cost about $400k to complete, and the City, as well as some private donors have given some funds towards this goal. They are still trying to raise about $200k, and hope to do so through increased awareness and community and corporate support. Please contact Nicole @ nharmon@corehealthfoundation.
Here are some pictures of the proposed pier, and also a pdf outline the sponsorship levels they are requesting: