Austin awards CORE Health Foundation $150K for fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake

City of Austin donates $150,000 to brain injury disability advocacy organization to build wheelchair accessible fishing pier in downtown Austin. Project designed to improve inclusion and active lifestyles for individuals with cognitive and mobility impairments.

Online PR News – 23-April-2012 – Austin/TX – The opportunity for everyone – no matter their abilities – to fish in Lady Bird Lake is one step closer to reality.

The CORE Health Foundation, an Austin area disability advocacy organization, received a $150,000 grant from the City of Austin Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) to help fund a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake.

"This project shows what we can achieve through Neighborhood Partnering: a community amenity that serves an important recreational purpose for individuals with mobility impairments and all Austin citizens. By partnering with the CORE Health Foundation, we are able to take a small amount of funding and create a large impact." Howard Lazarus, Director, Department of Public Works.

The NPP was established to develop a matching fund program to provide city support to neighborhood based organizations to advance projects of local interest on city‐owned property.

CORE Health Foundation trustee, Eric Makowski stated his excitement about the award, "Fishing is about so much more than just catching fish. It's about a bond, a connection to family generations, to the community and a connection to the natural world and this donation from the City will definitely impact and improve the Austin community."

The Austin City Council approved the construction of the fishing pier on October 14, 2010 by a unanimous vote of 7-0 following recommendations by the Mayors Committee for People with Disabilities and the Austin Parks and Recreation Board.

The NPP joins Austin Mobility, Vantage Mobility International, Austin Parks Foundation, Asian American Cultural Center, Dripping Springs Pharmacy & Lamar Plaza Drugstore, Superior Healthplan, Amerigroup, Seton Healthcare Family, EZ Corp, HEB, Austin Woods & Waters, Ranch Road Printing, Careflash, Scott & White Healthcare and other donors in sponsoring the Pier however there is still a great need for support to complete the project.

Donations can be made at There are multiple marketing opportunities available and individuals/corporations can show their support for the project by adding their names to a commemorative piece of the pier.

For more information about supporting this fishing pier, call 512-968-0080 or email

About the CORE Health Foundation
The CORE Health Foundation is an Austin based non-profit, established in 2006, by leading experts in the field of brain injury rehabilitation and disability advocacy. The organization seeks to eliminate barriers for children and adults with disabilities in novel ways through research, education, creation of public works and awareness projects. The vision is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to interact with the general public on equal terms and free of stereotypes.