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.

Final Plan

Project Overview

In early 2015 the Austin City Council authorized the creation of an ADA Transition Plan. The primary aim of the plan is to provide a framework towards providing facilities that are accessible and welcoming for all citizens.

The transition plan supports the following objectives:

  • Identify best practices that can help to make PARD facilities accessible;
  • Review of most current, applicable, and enforceable accessibility regulations at the federal, state, and local levels;
  • Evaluation of all major PARD properties;
  • Establish goals and priorities with the community.

Community Engagement

In 2016, the project team held a series of community meetings in order to gather input on the development of the ADA Self-Assessment & System-Wide Transition Plan. These small group meetings provided the opportunity to introduce the broader project goals, presented details about the project’s activities and estimated timeline and gathered input from attendees about community priorities for the facilities assessment process. Meeting were held at: 

  • Lamar Senior Center on (1/25/16);
  • Northwest Recreation Center (1/27/16);
  • McBeth Recreation Center (1/28/16);
  • Mary Lee Foundation Office (1/30/16);
  • Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (2/1/16)

Review Final Draft

Open House Community Meeting
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM
Austin Recreation Center- 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd. Enrichment Room

For additional project information, please call the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, at 512-974-9463, or email the project team at TTY users route through Relay Texas at 7-1-1.