Emma Long Metropolitan 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, motorcycle course, archery range, and camping facilities. Phase 1 Improvements based on the Vision Plan has begun.

In Fall of 2016, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) completed a robust community engagement phase which culminated in a comprehensive planning document.

Vision Plan

Phase 1 Implementation Project Scope

The scope includes both architectural and site improvements through a phased approach to construction of Phase I. The main portion of work will occur in the central bathhouse and plaza area. Additional work includes extension of walking trails through the central lawn, provisions for landscaping, new volleyball courts, group camping areas, additional reservable picnic area, nature-based discovery area, infrastructure for mobile food trucks, and associated code and accessibility improvements.

Overhead drawing of Emma Long Metro Park. Shows areas of park that will be improved over 3 phases.

Project Schedule

Construction Start – September 14, 2020

Grove Area – October/November 2020

Bathhouse and Parking – November 2020/March 2021

Sidewalk – March/April 2021

Volleyball Court/Shelter – April/July 2021

Construction Completion – July 2021

Funding Source

Texas Parks & Wildlife Urban Outdoor Recreation Program Grant, 2012 and 2018 G.O. Bond funding, and Parkland Dedication.

Construction Updates

Notice Proceed

  • Issued for September 14, 2020

Environmental Mitigation

  • Installation of environmental mitigation measures
  • Approval of installation

1st Phase – Grove Campground Area

  • Begins first week of October
  • Sidewalk, parking and tent pads are mostly complete. 
  • Area north of restroom is under demolition.
  • Sidewalk connection to boat dock is complete.

2nd Phase

  • Restroom buildings are closed through July 2021.
  • Asbestos removed January 26, 2021.
  • Demolition of plaza area and restrooms begins first week of February.


3rd Phase

  • Layout and demolition of over 2000’ lineal feet of sidewalk.
  • Over 1,000 lineal feet has been completed.




The final planning documents are viewable here:

Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Framework for the Vision

Chapter 3: Park Vision and Recommendations

Chapter 4: Implementation

Appendix A: Business Plan

Appendix B: Public Meeting No. 1 Report

Appendix C: Public Meeting No. 2 Report

Appendix D: Public Meeting No. 3 Report

Appendix E: Lake Austin Task Force Report and Recommendations

Community Engagement

Community engagement for the planning phase of this project has closed, but will resume during future design phases. A summary of the meetings and materials to date is shown below:

Public Meeting #3

Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:30-11:30 AM, at Emma Long Park 1600 City Park Rd.

View Public Input Report

Meeting Materials:

Park Vision Plan English Park Vision Plan Spanish Boat Ramp and Water Access Central Lawn, Swimming, and Day Use Secondary Lawn and Passive Shoreline Circulation and Camping Areas Public Involvement, Comparisons, and Staff Recommendations


Focus Group Meeting

January 12, 2016, 6:00-8:30 PM, at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church

View the Focus Group Meeting Report

Public Meeting #1

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM, at Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Meeting Materials:

Handout Station Boards Presentation Boards Meeting and Input Report

Proposed Concepts:

Preliminary Park Plan Boat Ramp and Water Access Central Lawn, Swimming and Day Use Circulation, Tent and RV Camping Use Secondary Lawn and Passive Shoreline City Park Road Traffic Improvements

Public Meeting #2

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM, at Canyon View Event Center - Austin Board of Realtors, 4800 Spicewood Springs

View Public Input Report

Meeting Materials:

Presentation: Public Involvement and Input Demographic, Outdoor Recreation and Camping Trends Meeting Station Boards

Project Contact Information

Scott Sinn, Landscape Architect II: email, phone 512-974-9474