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 for the next phase. As of Spring 2024, construction on Phase 2 is nearing completion. District 4

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Concept Planning Process and Phase 1 Implementation

Project Description

Highland Phase 2 Anticipated Scope Plan

The proposed scope for phase 2 of the 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 Austin’s Watershed Protection Department. The project will participate in the City of Austin Arts in Public Places (AIPP) program that will commission a permanent art installation within the park.

Anticipated Schedule

Please note that as in any construction project, schedules are projected as accurately as possible. All dates are subject to change due to the nature of construction and the weather.

  • April 2021: Community Engagement (Complete)
  • Summer 2021: Permitting and Construction Documents (Complete)
  • Fall 2022: Construction Start (began Dec. 12, ongoing)
  • Spring 2024: Construction Completion

Community Engagement

PARD held two virtual meetings in 2021. The purpose 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, 2021

Virtual Community Meeting #2
June 24, 2021

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

Community members identified preferences between variations of park designs.

Funding and Resources 

This project construction is funded through the 2018 GO Bond and Parkland Dedication funding.  Additionally, an Urban Forestry Grant through the 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.

Contact Information

For more information or project questions, contact Patrick Beyer, Project Manager, Parks and Recreation Department by phone at (512) 974-9476 or by email.

2019 Phase 1 ribbon cutting