Oertli Neighborhood Park is an undeveloped six-acre park located at 1238 Pearl Retreat Lane, near the intersection of Dessau Road and E. Parmer Lane in Northeast Austin. Construction is anticipated in late 2022. District 1

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Project Update

Concept design plans for Oertli Neighborhood Park are now complete and under permit review. The proposed plan includes a loop trail connecting the two entrances of the park with new shade trees throughout. At the north entrance, near Blaine Road, the park includes playground equipment with built-in shade canopies and a large pavilion for groups and parties. The middle of the park has ample space for open play. An off-leash dog area with fencing located opposite the play zones is also proposed. At the south entrance, near Pearl Retreat Lane, a new fitness area with shade trees and a lush lawn will welcome people to the park.

Oertli Park Proposed Concept Plan showing amenities such as pavilions, walking paths, fitness area, and playground

Birds Eye view of proposed playground

Background

The six-acre property is currently a vacant field divided by a fence row of trees. The park is surrounded by single-family homes and apartments with access from Blaine Road and Pearl Retreat Drive. The neighborhood park was acquired through parkland dedication funding and will focus on providing park space to the community within a half-mile radius.

The property was historically a pasture, owned by the Oertli Family, who operated local dairy farms in Austin and Travis County from 1923-2001. A Texas Historical Marker is located on-site, adjacent to Pearl Retreat Drive.

Project Description

The neighborhood park is expected to include a loop trail, picnic tables and benches, shade trees, play features, and additional amenities in line with the needs of the community. The project will provide ADA-accessible open space and amenities to the adjacent neighborhoods. The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) anticipates installing shade trees, walking paths, and identifying what active recreation is preferred by anticipated community park visitors.

Anticipated Schedule

  • Spring 2021: Community engagement and park concept design - Complete!
  • Fall 2021: Site plan design and permit submission - In Progress
  • Spring 2022: Bid solicitation, award, and contract execution
  • Fall 2022: Project construction
  • Fall 2023: Tentative Park opening

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

Community Engagement

For Community Engagement related to the park concept design, PARD reached out to community members and stakeholder groups within a half-mile radius of the park to participate in community engagement events. Mailed flyers were distributed to engage the adjacent neighborhoods. Recordings of the meetings can be viewed below.

Community Meeting #1 (Virtual), March 17, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Community Survey #1: View results

Community Meeting #2 (Virtual), May 19, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Community Survey #2: Concept Development Survey: View results

 

Funding and Resources

This park development project is funded by 2018 Parkland Improvements Bonds and Parkland Dedication Fees.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, please contact James Wheeler at 512-974-9413 or by email.