The Neighborhood Around Givens

Ada Harden stands at the new development at the location of her home. Photo by Miriam Conner.


In 1928, the City of Austin passed an ordinance requiring African American and Hispanic residents to move East of I-35. Since then, the neighborhoods surrounding Givens Pool have constituted the center of East Austin cultural life. As Central East Austin gentrifies rapidly, there is a threat of losing its important cultural history. Longtime residents carry a rich history, and we are eager to hear and share these stories.

Have a story about Givens Pool or Park, or the surrounding area? Call 512-222-5287 or email to connect with us. We can’t wait to hear from you!