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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.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is currently performing an Aquatic Assessment with the help of a Consultant, Brandstetter Carroll Inc., and the community. Here you will find information about the assessment and how to provide input concerning the future of Austin’s aquatic facilities and programs.

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. With the assistance of outside consultants, the team of C3, APF and PARD shall collaborate on improvements to Auditorium Shores.

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is proceeding with substantial improvements to the Auditorium Shores Trailhead located at 800 W. Riverside Dr. Austin TX 78704. 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 Trailhead within Town Lake Metro Park.

Replacement of the former pool was needed due to structural failure. The newly designed Bartholomew Pool provides a high-level aquatic facility, reflecting community input, while meeting aquatic programming needs. Construction of the pools is in progress with a completion date of May 2014.

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.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will kick-off the Cemetery Master Plan process at the first meeting on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Carver Branch Library. The City of Austin recently selected AmaTerra Environmental, Inc. to develop the master plan, which is expected to take a year to complete. This will be the first planning effort for the city’s five historic municipal cemeteries. 


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. 

Work anticipated in the Playscape and pathway areas includes;

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is working with the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA), the Austin Parks Foundation (APF), and various community and stakeholder groups to improve Duncan Neighborhood Park. The project will focus environmental restoration alongside improved infrastructure to build upon a unique urban park and promote the future enjoyment for all patrons.

Project Background

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 New Montopolis Recreation and Community Center is a project that the voters of Austin approved in the Nov. 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.  The Montopolis Recreation and Community Center is a joint‐use facility with Parks and Recreation and Health and Human Services Department.  The joint‐use facility went through a public vetting process in order to develop the 2012 Bond Program and election ballots. 

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.

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 City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) held the second Pease Park Master Plan meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The Pease Park Master Plan is being developed by WRT (Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC) with the support of the Pease Park Conservancy and includes an adjacent portion of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt north of the park. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide the further restoration, preservation, and development of this historic green space located in Central Austin. The next Pease Park Master plan meeting will take place this summer.

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 project phases include the following:

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 Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is finalizing construction documents for the rehabilitation of the 1930 North Austin Electric Substation Building at Sparky Pocket Park in the North University Neighborhood. The project began with a schematic design phase in 2013 to determine appropriate uses and will generate ideas about how the historic landmark building can better relate to the surrounding pocket park. PARD is working with the architecture firm, hatch + ulland owen architects, to develop concepts for adaptive reuse.