The playground at Walnut Creek Metro Park will soon be renovated to provide a leading, accessible playground for children of all ages and abilities in North Austin. The design features a loop exploration path through a sensory garden, rubber safety surface with a variety of ground-level play opportunities, and an iconic platform structure that thematically aligns with the natural areas surrounding the playground. The playground will be closed beginning Monday, December 7 through May 2021. This nature-play expansion is supported by a grant from St. David's Foundation.

View video of preliminary design

Playground equipment at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

Park History

Walnut Creek Metro Park is a 293-acre public park in Northeast Austin. The park was mostly developed in the 1960s and '70s, with the current playground installed in the early 2000s. The metropolitan park serves citizens across Austin.

Project Description

This project will focus on providing a new, enjoyable playground in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park that meets and exceeds accessibility and playground standards, while providing improved play opportunities for park visitors. The playground will likely remain in its current location, but the new design will be expanded to incorporate nature discovery opportunities throughout the space.

The park project is expected to be complete by late 2020. We believe this park will create a more inclusive, comfortable space for many years to come.

Project Objectives

  • Improve accessibility and inclusivity for children of all ages and abilities
  • Limit risk to playground safety hazards including low branches and nearby parking lot
  • Provide new play features to allow maximum enjoyment of the area
  • Provide nature play opportunities

Anticipated Schedule

December 2020: Construction Begins

  • The playground will be closed beginning Monday, December 7 through May 2021.

May 2021: New Playground Opens

New playground components

Overview of playground layout area and materials used for play area

Play tower for kids

Play structure for ages 2-5

Community Engagement

Throughout the project, PARD staff will provide several opportunities for citizen input on the type and style of proposed playground equipment.

    Community Meeting #1
    Walnut Creek Metro Park at the Playground
    12138 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78753
    January 18, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon

    Online Survey #1 - closed June 9, 2020

    Online Survey #2 - closed July 17, 2020

    Funding and Resources

    The playground replacement project is funded through the 2018 Bond. The nature play expansion is funded through the St. David’s Foundation Parks with Purpose grant.


    For questions regarding this project, please contact Patrick Beyer at (512) 974-9476.