Rosewood Park (Austin, Texas)

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Rosewood Neighborhood Park
Rosewood Park baseball field and Rec Center.png
Rosewood Park baseball field and Rec Center
Location2300 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, Texas, USA
Coordinates30°16′20″N 97°42′51″W / 30.272153°N 97.7141712°W / 30.272153; -97.7141712Coordinates: 30°16′20″N 97°42′51″W / 30.272153°N 97.7141712°W / 30.272153; -97.7141712[1]
Created1929

Rosewood Neighborhood Park is a public park in East Austin, Texas. The park features tennis courts, playscapes, swimming pool, splash pad, as well as the Delores Duffie Recreation Center and the Doris "Dorie" Miller Auditorium. Combined, they comprise a 31,500 square feet facility with a gymnasium.[2] They offer year round classes, workshops, special events, tournaments, performances, and demonstrations.[3]

History[edit]

The 17 acre property in East Austin was originally the home site of Rudolph Bertram, a local store owner and namesake for the town of Bertram. In 1875, Bertram built the 14-room limestone block house on the property, which now functions as the Recreation Center.[4] The house passed to his daughter Emmie and her husband, Charles Huppertz. Upon their passing, the city of Austin purchased the Bertram-Huppertz house and land in 1928 for the purpose of creating a segregated park for the African American community.[4][5] In 1929, a playground and after-school program was established at the site.[2] Throughout the 1930s, the city added tennis courts, a swimming pool, a bandstand, and baseball fields to the park. The Bertram-Huppertz house was at that time used as the athletic clubhouse and bath house.[4] In 1944, the city started construction on Doris Miller Auditorium, named for Doris "Dorie" Miller, a native Texan and the first African American awarded the Navy Cross.[5]

In 1973, the historic Henry Green Madison cabin was re-assembled on the park property, after having been discovered on its original site on East 11th Street, framed within a larger house that was being demolished.[5] In 1974 the cabin was named a State Historical Site by the Texas Historical Commission.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rosewood Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Rosewood Rec Site". City of Austin. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Austin Parks & Rec: Rosewood Park". City of Austin. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Main Building: Bertram-Huppertz". Portal to Texas History. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Cabin in the park". Austin 360. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Henry G. Madison Cabin". The Historical Marker Database. Retrieved 5 September 2014.

External links[edit]

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