A 2-acre recreational environment within Butler Park, the Alliance Children’s Garden represents the fulfillment of a multiyear master plan effort to provide Austin citizens with a multi-purpose cultural park. The garden design is intended to be tailored for children while providing a variety of play and recreational experiences -- including promotion of wellness and education for families and visitors of all ages and abilities. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be completed by January 2020.
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is a major contributor to the high quality of life that Austinites and visitors enjoy. It is important that PARD facilities, as well as programs and services, be accessible, inclusionary, and welcoming to all. To reach the goal of having all PARD facilities eventually become fully accessible, the Department has created a “Transition Plan.” This document will help the Department and elected officials prioritize investments in upgrading current park spaces and facilities to align with federal accessibility standards.
The master plan for the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, as it lands on the Southeast Shore of Lady Bird Lake from the Boardwalk, and continues eastward to Longhorn Dam, was completed and approved in 2014. The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department received input from the community on creating the vision for this underutilized part of the Trail.
In 2016, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) completed the Aquatic Master Plan. The Aquatic Master Plan is used to guide pool improvements and assessments for the municipal aquatic system across Austin. The Master Plan guides PARD on decisions regarding management of aging pools and guide pool improvements and installation of new pools where they are most needed.
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is developing a new vision and Master Plan for the Asian American Resource Center (AARC). The process relied on community input on programming, the existing building, new facilities, parking, access and circulation, landscaping, and other potential design elements for the entire 15 acre site. The 12-month process aims to prepare design options that meet the current and future needs of the center.
The new trail improvements at Bartholomew District Park are in the initial phase for the implementation of the Bartholomew Master Plan. The main focus will be a trail starting at the intersection of Berkman Drive and East 51st Street, crossing Tannehill Branch Creek and terminating at the intersection of Berkman Drive and Greenbrook Parkway.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of designing a restroom to serve users of the Barton Creek Trail and other amenities near to the trailhead, located on the north side of Barton Creek, near the west end of Barton Springs Pool. The Parks and Recreation Department is looking to add a facility to serve park and trail users that will fit in with the character of the unique Barton Springs environment. To aid in this process, the Department is seeking input from the public as to what materials, colors and shape will best complement the Zilker Park setting.
The Barton Springs Bathhouse Rehabilitation is a major task identified in the Barton Springs Master Plan (completed in 2009) and further outlined in the Zilker Bathhouse Zone Feasibility Study (and completed in 2016). Major elements of work will include access improvements, replacement of the plumbing systems, structural repairs and restoration of critical parts of the entry rotunda and the changing rooms. Improvements to the Aquatic facilities and the Sheffield/Splash facilities are also under consideration.
A renovation of the children’s play area at Battle Bend Neighborhood Park is being proposed in order to address the outdated playscape while exploring opportunities for other site enhancements for family play, picnicking, walking, nature contact and other beneficial park uses. The project will also address the need for improved ADA access and pedestrian connectivity within the park.
The Parks and Recreation Department finalized the Brownie Neighborhood Park Master Plan for the newly enlarged Brownie Neighborhood Park in 2018 in conjunction with the North Lamar/Georgian Acres Neighborhood Planning Contact Team and Kristine Stiphany Architecture and Urb
The Brush Square Master Plan was adopted by the Austin City Council on March 28, 2019. The master plan envisions Brush Square as a unique park for downtown Austin that is distinct yet complementary to other downtown squares and public spaces. Existing heritage trees will be protected and an array of native or adapted plantings will be added to provide visual delight and habitat. Shaded, small gathering spaces will be abundant as places of respite for nearby residents, workers, transit users, and event attendees. The square will also comfortably support larger events, such as the annual O.
Bull Creek District Parks is one of the city’s most popular and visited parks. Known for its unique limestone outcropping and popular swimming opportunities, Bull Creek District Park is the anchor for Bull Creek Greenbelt. Many hikers enjoy the space year round, but the high-use experienced in the summer months call for improved park amenities to ensure the space is enjoyed for generations to come.
With passage of the 2012 GO Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department received two million dollars in funding for improvements within the five municipal cemeteries. Community engagement for associated projects was completed in 2014 in conjunction with the Cemetery Master Plan outreach.
Following a lengthy review by the community and key city boards and commissions, the Historic Cemeteries Master Plan was approved by the Austin City Council September 17, 2015. Links to the final plan are provided below. Select Cemetery Master Plan process for more information about the process, including the review by city boards and commissions.
The purpose of Circle C Playground replacement is to provide an inclusive, accessible playground equipment that meets today’s playground safety standards. Our goal is to improve the quality of play experiences while providing environmental stewardship in the sensitive area.
The Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) initiative helps city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from urban parks and community gardens to the great outdoors. In October 2016, the City of Austin was awarded an additional $50,000 to execute the plan. View the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Implementation Plan.
This phase of the Colony Park District Park - General Park Improvements project develops approximately 9 acres and provides the following: a baseball field, soccer/multi sports field, a large play area with elements of nature based play, fitness equipment, two pavilions, picnic tables, drinking fountains, and a portion of the hike and bike trails network to connect the adjacent communities from the west to the park facilities and elementary school.
Comal Pocket Park is located between Comal Street and Onion Street along East 3rd Street, two blocks south of Plaza Saltillo. With beautiful old trees, an open lawn, basketball court, and playground, Comal Pocket Park -- or "Parque Comal" as it is known by many residents -- has a little something for everyone. The renovation process is looking at ways to maximize the space of this centrally located park and update the structures.
The first phase of improvements at Dove Springs District Park is a playscape replacement. The park was originally built in the 1990s and the playscape component has aged, become obsolete by current standards, and identified for replacement. Included in this scope are nature pathways with nodes of discovery along the pathway.
The Dove Springs Recreation Center (DSRC) opened its doors on March 28, 1998 to provide citizens of the Dove Springs community recreational and educational resources. The 18,000 square foot center contains a full court gymnasium, weight room, arts and crafts room/computer lab, class room, dance studio, and meeting rooms.
As of September 2016, the beginning stage of site analysis and public engagement for improving Duncan Park is underway. In partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department and the Shoal Creek Conservancy, the design team will work alongside the community to identify site opportunities, and define a landscape vision for Duncan Park. Through surveying the public and researching past master plan efforts, the design team seeks to understand desired uses, refine program needs and develop design concepts into a preliminary plan.
The master plan for Earl J. Pomerleau Pocket Park has been adopted by the Parks and Recreation Department. The master planning process received input from the surrounding community to provide a long range vision and amenity prioritization for future development of the park.
PARD recognizes the potential of Eilers Park as a family-oriented experience, in conjunction with the Deep Eddy aquatic facility, due to its proximity and history. The existing amenities on the park site include a play structure, barbecue grills, picnic tables and small contained open space areas.
Emma Long Park is a large metropolitan park with a diverse user-base and a variety of amenities and recreational opportunities. Situated along Lake Austin, the park offers woodland trails, boating and water activities, camping, a motorcycle course, an archery range, and camping facilities. This Vision Plan will identify Phase 1 Improvements that can be implemented with funding from the 2012 GO Bond.
The Austin City Council adopted the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) Master Plan on May 24, 2018. The plan presents design recommendations to better meet the current and future needs of the center. The process sought public input on programming to guide the expansion of the existing facility, new facilities, new shade structures, parking, landscaping and the potential redesign of the plaza.
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation recieved a one time allocation of funding from Council through the 2015-16 budget cycle to develop Georgian Acres Park. This park was identified for need of development to fill a recreation gap in the area. There is $500,000 allotted for design, engineering, and development of the park. The planning process was conducted in partnership with the District 4 Council Office, the area neighborhood association, and community leaders.
With funding provided from the 2012 General Obligation Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department is developing a Park Master Plan for Givens District Park, which is located in East Austin at 3811 E. 12th Street.
The findings of the completed Aquatic Assessment identified Govalle Pool as a Critical Pool. The term ‘critical pool’ refers to an aquatic facility that has the potential to functionally fail within the next 5 swim seasons. The classification was determined per the condition of the 60 year old facility. In September of 2014, Austin City Council awarded a onetime allocation for refurbishment of Govalle Pool in the amount of $3,100,000.
On July 1, 2014 City Council approved the transfer of 7.46 acres of City owned land located at 401 W. St. Johns Ave. from the Watershed Protection Department to the Parks and Recreation Department for the development of the park. Since 1970, the property has been utilized by the University Hills Optimist Club for youth sports activities. The site currently contains two youth ball fields, a multi-use field, parking area, a concession building, storage and maintenance buildings.
In September 2009, City Council passed a resolution that reallocated funds from the Holly Good Neighbor Program to develop a Master Plan for Edward Rendon Sr Park at Festival Beach, Fiesta Gardens and the Holly Power Plant Site Park, which provides an additional 9 acres of parkland.
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation is developing a master plan for the largely undeveloped John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park at Morrison Ranch. John Treviño Jr. was the first Mexican-American elected to City Council who went on to serve 14 years. This metropolitan park was named to honor his work for the East Austin community and Austin as a whole.
In June, 2014 the City Council passed Resolution No. 20140612-060 to initiate the master planning process for Lamar Beach at Town Lake Metro Park. For more information on this process, contact Charles Mabry at (512) 974-9481 or by email.
The Latino Arts Residency Program (LARP) is a City of Austin Parks and Recreation program that began in 2013 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC). LARP fosters the development of Austin-area Latino arts organizations and artists in all disciplines in an effort to build and enhance quality, sustainable community arts, and cultural programming. LARP is completing a shift to the Latino Arts Residency Program after a review in 2019.
The 6.73-acre neighborhood park serves the Travis Heights-Fairview Park Neighborhood. Little Stacy is sited at a distinctive horseshoe bend of Blunn Creek. Existing park amenities include a shelter house with restrooms constructed in the 1930s along with a wading pool. Other existing amenities include lighted tennis courts, volleyball court, half-court basketball, playground and picnic area.
The Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt encompasses over two hundred acres of largely undeveloped land near the intersection of 51st Street and US-183 in East Austin. Its vistas, natural features, and proximity to residential areas lend it tremendous potential to become a recreational space for all Austinites. The Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt master plan initiative is a community-driven effort to increase awareness of the greenbelt and develop a plan for future improvements.
Liz Carpenter Fountain is located at 1000 Barton Springs Rd. in Austin, Texas. View all City of Austin pools and splash pads.
The Parks and Recreation Department is working with the Public Works Department and City Hall to bring needed improvement to Margret Hofmann Oaks Park. As a gateway to downtown, the park will be updated to increase pedestrian safety, prevent tree damage, and compliment the city hall campus landscape.
The Montopolis Recreation + Community Center will jointly replace two aging facilities and be co-operated by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Public Health Department. This building will be rebuilt to provide over 33,000 square feet of new space, including a commercial kitchen, gymnasium, fitness room, computer lab, conference rooms and educational programming areas. The building’s design seeks to support the initiatives of each partnering department by fostering mental and physical well-being through community recreation and the pursuit of healthy lifestyles.
In 2011, the Parks and Recreation Department completed a feasibility study to assess the condition of an existing Arts and Crafts wood frame bungalow house dating to 1922, on approximately 9 acres of the Norwood Tract at Town Lake Metropolitan Park at 1012 Edgecliff Terrace, Austin Texas. This area of parkland lies along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake just west of IH-35 and north of Riverside Drive. At the conclusion of the assessment and public engagement Council approved the staff recommended option for rehabilitation of the house and grounds.
Through historical tours, exhibits, events and memorial services, the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel provides a place to connect, heal and reflect, that is open to all.
The Onion Creek Metropolitan Park is a 555-acre regional park located in southeast Travis County, just south of Onion Creek. The land – flat, woody and pond-filled – is undeveloped and used by area residents. The Onion Creek Greenbelt is north of the creek. Onion Creek travels approximately 79 miles.
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On November 7, 2006, Austin voters approved an $84.7 million bond program in tax-supported General Obligation bonds and notes for constructing, renovating, improving and equipping public parks, recreation centers, natural areas and other related facilities, including, without limitation, playgrounds, hike and bike trails, sport courts and swimming pools; and acquiring land and interests in land and property necessary to do so; and the levy of a tax sufficient to pay for the bonds and notes.
The Public Parks Master Plan for The Grove at Shoal Creek is being developed by the property owner in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) with input from the community. The project goal is to develop a Master Plan for the public parks at The Grove at Shoal Creek including the 16.25-acre Signature Park and the Pocket Park in compliance with City Parkland Improvement and Operations Agreement for The Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development (PUD).
The Austin City Council adopted the Pease Park Master Plan at its October 16, 2014 regular meeting. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) appreciates the contributions of the Pease Park Conservancy (PPC) and all the community members who participated in the development of the master plan. With a focus on enhancing and preserving the naturalistic feel of the park, opportunities were identified for improving gateways, sensitively adapting the historic Tudor Cottage restroom building and enhancing the playscape area.
The 1.91-acre neighborhood park serves the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood. Ricky Guerrero Pocket Park is sited by Bouldin Creek on its west boundary and the park is wooded on the northeast corner.
In 2015, the Parks and Recreation Department hired a Landscape Architect consultant, MWN Design Group, to initiate the research and preliminary project design phase that included community involvement to develop a final site plan with named elements. Two public engagement opportunities were held for community feedback and participation.
Rosewood Park dates back to the last quarter of the nineteenth century as a family homestead. The park has been a part of the Austin community since the 1930’s. Different amenities were added to the park over the years with the last pool expansion occurring in the 1950’s. The expansion consisted of adding a bathhouse, concession stand and BBQ pit. The current Bathhouse is a large concrete structure located on the east side of the pool that is accessed via steps.
During the 2015 Memorial Day rain event and flooding, the concrete bridge at Country Club Creek sustained major structural damage and collapsed when the concrete footings supporting the bridge sections were undermined by flood waters surging downstream through the channel. The City has begun contract negotiations for evaluation and design services for a replacement bridge.
Austin Parks Foundation (APF), The Trail Foundation (TTF), and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) have completed the planning study for the future of Seaholm Waterfront, the historic Seaholm Intake structure and its surrounding parkland.
The completed 2014 Aquatic Assessment identified Shipe Pool as a Critical Pool. The term ‘critical pool’ refers to an aquatic facility that has the potential to functionally fail within the next 5 swim seasons. The classification was determined per the condition of the 60 year old facility. In September of 2014, City of Austin City Council awarded a onetime allocation for refurbishment of Shipe Pool in the amount of $3,100,000.
Sparky Pocket Park is the site of the former North Austin Electric Substation at 3701 Grooms Street, which was rededicated as a public park in 2009. The North University Neighborhood Association has been working diligently to help transform the site into a neighborhood pocket park. The first phase of Sparky Pocket Park’s redevelopment included the installation of an award-winning public art piece, the Grotto Wall at Sparky Park, as well as landscape improvements to the site.
Tanglewood Neighborhood Park was constructed as part of a Municipal Utility District (MUD) back in the 1990’s. The City annexed the park and PARD now has responsibility for the park and its amenities. The park is used by nearby residents for its wooded trails, Tai Chi, playscape, picnics, basketball, and volleyball.
The focus of the Veterans Park project is to relocate and enhance the exhibition of three war memorials, originally located at Waterloo Park, to the existing Veterans Park at the intersection of Atlanta and Veterans Drive, adjacent to the American Legion. The intent of the proposed design will create a setting for the monuments that expresses a respectful and peaceful sense of place.
In 2006 the Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) began planning a regional trail system originally named the Walk for a Day Trail with the aim of creating the first regional trail system in Central Texas. The goal of the project was to provide a unique recreational experience through urban wildlands, greenbelts, parkland, public rights of ways and water quality lands. Along its route the trail will connect scenic natural areas to neighborhoods, shopping centers, a library, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Walsh Boat Landing is a concrete boat ramp on Lake Austin, operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. Capacity issues at the dock have created the need to look at how access at the dock can be safely and efficiently managed for all dock users. The Department is currently holding a series of community engagement meetings to look at the issues and possible solutions.
The City of Austin and Travis County conducted a Market Study for the Travis County Expo Center. The study recommended potential future facility improvements and uses of the Expo Center to meet community needs and regional demand.
The Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park Master Plan will help determine the long-range vision for the entirety of the park, including areas currently used by other organizations.
The Westenfield Park tennis court surface is failing due to an unknown condition causing the settling of the subsurface and slab. Currently, one court is unsafe and has been temporarily closed to the public. Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding for this project will provide engineer services to determine the cause and the required work to provide a long-term solution that restores the courts to a playable condition.
City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) recently launched Phase 1 of the Zilker Botanical Garden Master Plan, in collaboration with the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, Austin Area Garden Council, and a planning team led by the Austin-based firm Asakura Robinson.
Zilker Café plays a significant role as an ancillary recreational amenity for the comfort and enjoyment of visitors to Zilker Park. The provision of food and beverage services promotes extended use of the many recreational opportunities at the park including swimming, hiking, picnicking and canoeing. The concession also has historic ties to the community, holding a cherished place in the memory of generations of park visitors.
In recognition of the most intensively used parkland within the City of Austin (COA) the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has begun preliminary work to identify park improvements that build upon the recent renovations at Barton Springs Pool.