Our Achievements

The Mayfield Park Community Project group has been active since 1986. We’re proud of what we have been able to accomplish with the helps of our volunteers and partners.

With the help of our partners and benefactors, MPCP recently completed a much-needed erosion control and wall stabilization project near the stone archway. The site of wedding ceremonies and more casual outings, the walkway to the arched gazebo, dating from the Mayfield-Gutsch era, was eroding.

Mayfield Park/Community Project (MP/CP) contracted with historic landscape architect Catherine O’Connor to correct erosion, landscape to protect the soil and live oak trees, reconstruct part of the low stone ledge that had crumbled over time, and create a walkway that was no longer a safety hazard to those who could easily twist their ankles.

Austin Parks Foundation, along with community support and oversight from PARD providing substantial help with erosion control, the stabilization project has been completed. Large irregular limestone steppingstones form a new walkway, with sturdy sedge landscaping leading from the limestone patio and ponds, creating a similar look to the Gutsch era. The area by the arch gets a lot of foot traffic as it is a popular place for pictures and ceremonies. The Mayfield Council arranged to have the area repaired with flat pavers and sedge ground cover.

Cottage Restoration Projects:

  • Development of the Preservation Master Plan
  • Replaced all cedar posts with concrete piers
  • Replaced all plumbing
  • Restored original roof line and replaced roof
  • Replaced/repaired all exterior carpentry
  • Restored living room, dining room, parlor, bridal changing rooms, kitchen, two bathrooms
  • Painted cottage exterior
  • Restored chimney
  • Installed HVAC throughout the cottage, except for sunporch

Outbuilding Restoration Projects:

  • Restored two outbuildings for volunteers
  • Replaced garage
  • Restored pigeon cote

Garden Areas Restoration Projects:

  • Installed/restored waterfall fountain
  • Resealed, repaired, and repainted five ponds
  • Installed irrigation system throughout 2 acres inside walls
  • Installed landscape lighting throughout 2 acres inside walls
  • Removed all ball moss and dead limbs from 116 live oaks, elms, and junipers within walls and immediately outside entry gate
  • Planted 40 oleanders outside walls along W. 35th Street, since diseased
  • Planted 15 Mexican plums, flowering peach, and crape myrtles
  • Planted 10 Sabal Texan palms
  • Supervised ongoing coordination of 30 garden plots adopted by community gardeners
  • Replaced three single wrought iron gates
  • Replaced one double wrought iron gate
  • Replaced finials for two sets of double-entry gates
  • Installed accessible sidewalk lined with palms leading to the cottage and former front driveway

Our Partners are Key

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