The Parks and Recreation Department is in Phase 2 of the concept plan implementation. The concept plan for Highland Neighborhood Park was completed in 2017 through input from community members- and provides a vision for future development. Phase 1 of implementation was completed in 2019 and included the installation of a new playground. Phase 2 of implementation began with community input to further the park design and prioritize the improvements of the next phase. 

The project is moving into 90% construction document development and will soon be bid out for construction pricing.  The park renovation is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2022.

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Phase 2 Project Description

Highland Phase 2 Anticipated Scope Plan

The proposed scope for phase 2 of concept plan implementation will include: two 125’ ball fields with lighting, a new site irrigation system, a loop walking trail, benches, a new drinking fountain, parking lot improvements, utilities for a future restroom/community building and 25 additional trees. The design will reflect sensitivity for the Waller Creek watershed and provide green infrastructure opportunities in collaboration with the Austin’s Watershed Protection Department. The project will participate in the City of Austin Arts in Public Places (AIPP) program thatwill commission a permanent art installation within the park.

Phase 2 Funding and Resources 

This project construction budget is $1,300,000 funded through 2018 GO Bond and Park Land Dedication funding.  Additionally, an Urban Forestry Grant through City of Austin Development Services was awarded for the planting of 25 additional trees.   The Highland Park Neighborhood Association has also applied for an Austin Parks Foundation grant for additional funding.

Phase 2 Anticipated Schedule

  • Community Engagement start: April 2021
  • Permitting and Construction Documents: Summer 2021
  • Construction Start: Summer 2022
  • Construction Completion: Summer 2023


Phase 2 Community Engagement

PARD held two virtual meetings in the spring of 2021. The purposes of the meetings was to develop the design of the concept plan further and to prioritize the scope of phase 2 A summary of the two community meetings can be found below.

Virtual Community Meeting #1
March 31, 5:30 p.m.

VirtualCommunity Meeting #2
June 24, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Community Survey: March 31 to April 25, 2021 (view summary of results)

Community members identified preferences between variations of park designs.

Variation A (click image for more info) Variation B (click image for more info)
Highland Concept Plan variation A Highland Concept Plan variation B

View Highland Concept Plan

Phase 2 Contact Information

For more information or project questions, contact Patrick Beyer at (512) 974-9476 or by email.

Concept Planning Process and Phase 1 Implementation

2019 Phase 1 ribbon cutting