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A 2-acre recreational environment within Butler Park, the Alliance Children’s Garden represents the fulfillment of a multiyear master plan effort, which included extensive public input, to provide Austin citizens with a multi-purpose cultural park. The current effort to program the Alliance Children’s Garden prioritizes the needs and desires of Austin’s citizens; your input is greatly appreciated and will help shape the look, feel, and experiential quality of this important piece of Butler Park.

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.

Help us create a 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. This area is rapidly changing, with thousands of new residents nearby on Riverside Drive and Lakeshore Boulevard, so The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department need your help in the renaissance of this previously underutilized part of the Trail.

In 2013, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department began an Aquatic Assessment with the help of a Consultant, Brandstetter Carroll Inc., and the community. Based upon the assessment results and in an effort  to determine the most desirable aquatic system for the City of Austin, the Parks and Recreation Department embarked on a phased approach to aquatic master planning.  August through December of 2015 marked the SWIM 512 Engagement Phase II. SWIM 512 Aquatic Master Plan Phase III began in January 2016.

On August 25, 2011, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s grant proposal to renovate and further develop the Auditorium Shores (now known as Vic Mathias Shores) Trailhead within Town Lake Metro Park with funding from the 2006 G.O. Bond and 2012 G.O. Bond programs as the City Match.

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is working actively with C3 Presents (C3), the organizer of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and with the Austin Parks Foundation (APF) on a coordinated effort to develop a facilities and operational plan for PARD’s major outdoor events venues, with emphasis upon Auditorium Shores (now known as Vic Mathias Shores). With the assistance of outside consultants, the team of C3, APF and PARD shall collaborate on improvements to Auditorium Shores.

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.

On January 15, 2009, City Council passed a Resolution adopting the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan: Concepts for Preservation and Improvement. Learn more about the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan.

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.

With funding provided from the 2012 General Obligation Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department is creating a Park Master Plan for Bull Creek District Park, which is located in northwest Austin on the banks of Bull Creek.

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 Austin Parks and Recreation Department has received a citizen proposal to establish a new fenced in off leash area in Circle C Metropolitan Park located at 6301 W. Slaughter Lane.  To explore the proposal the Department is seeking community input through a series of community workshops.

In March of 2016 The City of Austin was one of six cities nationwide selected to receive a $25,000 planning grant from the project partners for Cities Connecting Children to Nature.

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.

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. 

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 masterplan efforts, the design team seeks to understand desired uses, refine program needs and develop design concepts into a preliminary plan.

Eilers Neighborhood Park Improvement project is in the community input stage where community stakeholders will be able to share their thoughts and ideas regarding improvements to park areas like the picnic and play areas, pathway and landscape features.

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 original Mexican American Cultural Center Master Plan was developed in 2000 by CasaBella Architects, Del Campo & Maru, and Teodoro González de León. The team provided master planning services with detailed construction drawings for the first phase, which was completed in 2007. The site was renamed the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) in 2011. 

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 will be conducted in partnership with the District 4 Council Office, the area neighborhood association, and community leaders.

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.

In 1998, a Bond Election was passed to develop Austin’s parks and Green belts. The Gus Garcia Recreation Center and park located the North/Northeast community were chosen to be part of the 1998 bond election package and became a reality with its Grand Opening on April 26, 2008.

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. 

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is in the process of restoring the historic Covert monument at the top of Covert Park at Mount Bonnell. The restoration team will be on-site starting June 10 and restoration is expected to take approximately four weeks.

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.

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.

Little Stacy Park Improvement project is in the community input stage where community stakeholders will be able to share their thoughts and ideas regarding improvements to park areas like the tennis courts, wading pool, and playground. With public input the project will create a preliminary design and being phase one of 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 (PARD) will soon embark upon a long-range planning effort to guide the development and growth of the park system. PARD's Long Range Plan (LRP) for Land, Facilities and Programs is developed every 5-10 years, and provides a blueprint to guide land acquisition, capital improvements and the development of new amenities and programs.

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 and Community Center Project was approved by Austin voters in the November 2012 bond election. This proposed facility is aligned with Imagine Austin priorities as well as policy recommendations from the Bond Election Advisory Task Force (BEATF) provided to City Council. Upon completion, the Montopolis Recreation and Community Center will be a joint‐use facility between City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) and Health and Human Services Department (HHSD).

On July 21, 2014 the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) in partnership with the Balcones Canyon Land Preserve (BCP) provided information to local stakeholders in regards to potential improvements to Mt. Bonnell at Covert Park. The majority of improvements are being proposed by the West Point Society of Central Texas with the support of PARD and BCP.

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.

Palm Park once represented an important common ground between East Austin and downtown. This gathering place was lost with the construction of IH-35. As the Waller Creek district evolves, the urban fabric surrounding Palm Park will be marked by extremes of architectural scale: the Convention Center to the west, the proposed Fairmont Austin Hotel to the southwest, and Waller Park Place on Red River and Cesar Chavez will loom over smaller structures from earlier eras, such as Iron Works BBQ and the historic Castleman-Bull House.

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 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.

Located at the convergence of Guadalupe St, West 5th St, San Antonio St and West 4th St, adjacent to the new Federal Courthouse, Republic Square is one of three remaining Downtown Historical Squares. The City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Austin Parks Foundation and a team of consultants led by Design Workshop are planning for the future of this important public space. 

The Seaholm Intake facility is an iconic Art Deco design and once was the pump house for the Seaholm Power Plant. The Seaholm Power Plant, a City-owned retired power generation facility, was designed by Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. and built of cast concrete in two phases in 1950 and 1955 by Odom Construction. Seaholm Intake is part of that overall structure. The Seaholm Power Plant represents a strong civic presence in the cityscape of downtown Austin and showcases a unique period of American Art Deco municipal architecture and Public Works engineering.

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.

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 Parks and Recreation Department has enlisted the Landscape Architecture design firm DWG to develop a Preliminary Plan for Wooldridge Square.  The proposed plan will seek to improve that park with intentional programming to support current stakeholder recommendations, as well as those outlined in the Downtown Parks and Open Space Master Plan and the Downtown Austin Plan of 2010.  It will consider the context and the historical status of this downtown square and input with the leadership of Downtown Austin Alliance, Travis County, Friends of Wooldridge Square, Preservation Austin, Texas H

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a highly qualified vendor to operate the Zilker Café (located adjacent to the entrance to Barton Springs Pool). To aid in this process, the Department is seeking input from the public to better understand the community’s desire for menu options, services, and other considerations for the future operations of Zilker Café.

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.