The project was originally composed of the renovation of the bath house and replacement of the pool shell. The City hosted neighborhood meetings on February 6 and March 6 to inform the community of the construction delays, including the removal of buried pool pipes and asbestos insulation. These obstacles were discovered after the pool shell had been removed. In addition, while prepping the site for the new pool, the contractor encountered ground water seeping up through the ground and filling the area where the new pool was to be built.
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 Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will soon address long-term planning for the City's municipal cemeteries. PARD will solicit Request for Proposals for a Cemetery Master Plan in September 2013 for all five City of Austin cemeteries. Once a contract has been successfully awarded, the master planning process is projected to begin in January 2014.
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.
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.
Located at the convergence of Guadalupe Street, West 5th Street, San Antonio Street and West 4th Street, 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) will begin the design process for the rehabilitation of the 1930 North Austin Electric Substation at Sparky Pocket Park in the North University Neighborhood. The rehabilitation project will begin with a schematic design phase to determine appropriate uses and will generate ideas about how the historic landmark building can better relate to the surrounding pocket park. PARD will work with the architecture firm, hatch + ulland owen architects, to develop concepts for adaptive reuse.