This project will open up a portion of the Williams School Park to the neighborhood during school hours with a separately-fenced tot lot, or play area for children under 5 years old.

Background

Williams School Park is a 9.8 acre park in South Austin that is jointly managed by Austin Independent School District and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The site is the home of Williams Elementary School, and is used by the school during school hours.

Project Description

This project will create a small play space that is open to the neighboring community during school hours. It includes a new playground with climbing and pretend-play opportunities for children in the 0-5 year-old age range. Seating, a shade structure, a ping-pong table, and an outdoor classroom for older children are also part of the design. Trees and low-maintenance native plants will add shade and habitat opportunities to the space.

Objectives:

  • Create useable space for the community during school hours
  • Provide play opportunities for preschool-aged children
  • Add shade and nature-play to the park

Rendering of tot lot at Williams Elementary School showing nature play

Anticipated Schedule

  • October – December 2019: Conduct community engagement opportunities and board meetings. Gather input through community survey.
  • January – March 2020: Develop and design a park plan
  • June 2020: Construction begins
  • August 2020: Park opens to public

Schedule may change due to Covid19 situation.

Funding and Resources

This project will be funded by Parkland Dedication funds.

Community Engagement

The Parks and Recreation Department has been communicating with the school principal, who has shared information throughout the design process with school staff and the campus CAC. Additionally, community members have provided input to the PARD partner Austin Parks Foundation.

Contact

For questions regarding community engagement, contact Darcy Nuffer at (512) 974-9460 or by email.