CONTACT: Andrea Depwe, 512-327-9004
Little Piece of Austin History
West Lake Beach Celebrates 50th Anniversary
WHO: West Lake Beach, owners Andrea & David Depwe
WHAT: Austin landmark is celebrating its 50th Anniversary
WHEN: Saturday, May 8; 1-6 p.m.
WHERE: At West Lake Beach on Lake Austin
(AUSTIN, Tex) Fifty years ago, Dorothy Depwe, along with
her husband Stanley, brother and sister-in-law, Dan and
Sadie McRae, founded West Lake Beach in Austin. Having
also helped create the Eanes History Center, Dorothy
Depwe was adamant about keeping Austins history
preserved. Dorothy passed the beach on to her son, David
Depwe and his wife, Andrea. On May 8, 2004,West Lake
Beach will host their 50th Anniversary celebration.
Admission for the day will be free and all who come are
ensured a wonderful day on the lake. Families are welcome
to experience West Lake Beach and celebrate its success
over the past half-century. The days festivities
will include a face painter, a clown and other special
activities for kids.
Were trying to preserve a little piece of
what Austin used to be, says Andrea Depwe. We
have people who have been coming here for several decades
and now we want to celebrate with the entire city.
As the notorious Texas temperature rises, more and more
people are searching for ways to enjoy the outdoors. A
secluded area located on the shores of Lake Austin, West
Lake Beach is the ideal day getaway or location for a
group event. Its quiet enough to relax and listen
to the water lap against the dock and shore; yet,
theres enough to keep young children active. West
Lake Beach features picnic tables and pavilions, which
makes it a hot spot for group outings. Visitors to West
Lake Beach can swim, fish, play volleyball, or just relax
under the shade of a large Cypress tree. Businesses like
Harte Hanks and Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church have
held their gatherings here year after year. Schools come
to the beach for fieldtrips and outings. Families also
come to enjoy the peacefulness of a day on the lake.
The Depwes are proud to have connected to the community
for so long. Weve hosted birthday parties for
children whose parents had celebrated their own birthdays
at the beach when they were kids, Andrea Depwe
laughs. Its nice to be part of a family
tradition, and we invite Austinites to take part in a
true Austin landmark.
As a guest, Andrea Depwe can discuss a number of topics,
The history of West Lake Beach
How West Lake Beach preserves Austins uniqueness
The struggle of maintaining a private park in Austin
How West Lake Beach is an ideal day getaway
For more information, visit www.WestLakeBeach.com
or contact Andrea Depwe, (512) 327-9004, WestLakeBeach@austin.rr.com
. **On May 8, the event is first come, first served, as
the maximum occupancy is 300.