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.

PROJECT PURPOSE

It is the goal of the Parks and Recreation Department provide recreation opportunities that respond to the needs of the neighborhood, providing connections and recreation for the multiple cultures and age groups particular to this area. We will strive to preserve the beautiful mature trees and provide a sustainable, recreational park and green space that provides a place for people to meet their neighbors and brings the community together. 

PROJECT SCOPE

The development of the five acre, wooded park will include a granite loop trail, a youth playscape, a net climber, a tot playscape, swings, picnic shelter with picnic tables and grills, stand alone picnic tables, benches, water fountain, bike racks and basketball court.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

PARD has received approval from the City of Austin Development Services on our park improvement site plan. We have chosen a contractor from an existing master agreement for the installation and have a ground breaking celebration scheduled at the park on September 21st , 2019 at 10am. The work is anticipated to be completed in early Summer 2020.

FUNDING SOURCE(S)

This project is funded through the general fund, parkland development fees, Austin Park Foundation funding, an Austin Parks Foundation Impact Grant, Dell Match Play grant and funding from developers JCI and Artisua.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Public engagement and input is an important element of planning a new park.  For Georgian Acres, PARD worked with Councilmember Casar's office and the Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association to engage our neighbors in new and unique ways.  Public engagement activites were held in 2016, and included the following events and presentations:

  • July 30th- Community Block Walking and Survey
  • August 13th- Community Block Walking and Survey
  • August 27th- Community Block Walking and Survey
  • September 25-28th- James Rojas- Urban Planner/Community Activist; Small Interactive Workshops
  • Nov 2nd- Community Meeting- "What we Heard"
  • January- Draft Master Plan Completed

Community Conversations

Vision Workshop

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS MEETINGS

Presentation to Parks and Recreation Board

Presentation

Approved Master Plan

PROJECT CONTACT

D'Anne Williams, Project Manager, 512-974-9456