The Parks and Recreation Department will implement the next phase of the Brownie Neighborhood Park Concept Plan. In 2018, the concept plan process received input from surrounding residents who provided the vision for the future development of the park. In 2020, the Parks Department installed a new irrigated sports field and in 2021 the Parks Department revisited the plan to prioritize the improvements for the next phase. The project is currently in the bid, award, and execution phase. District 4

Background

Final Concept Plan
Concept Plan Background

Brownie Neighborhood Park is an approximately 7.8-acre park located at 10000 Brownie Drive in the North Lamar Neighborhood. In 2014, approximately 5 acres of additional parkland were acquired to expand the existing 2-acre Brownie Park. The park currently contains a playscape on the original park site and undeveloped land in the recently acquired portion of the park.

Goals and Timeline:

The concept planning process aimed to develop a park plan that responds to the needs of the area's diverse cultures and many age groups. The phased project occurred in three phases and the outcomes addressed were: (1) recreation and play space zones; (2) covered and open seating and eating areas; and (3) access to green space and beauty.

  • The Community Engagement Phase (October 1, 2017 – December 14, 2017): data collection from municipal sources, public engagement, and field observations. It also includes the prioritization of key challenges and opportunities.
  • The Analysis Phase (December 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018): data synthesis into a set of strategies that respond to key challenges and opportunities.
  • The Framework Plan (January 16, 2018 – March 3, 2018): sharing a design that incorporates community- and city-approved strategies for the improvement of Brownie Park. The plan can be used by stakeholders to garner resources for park improvements and to structure detailed planning. 
Concept Plan Community Engagement

Community Meetings

Community meetings assisted in guiding the concept planning process as follows:

Meeting #1: Park Planning Workshop: Imagine the future. November 18, 1:30-3:30, North Austin YMCA, 1000 W Rundberg Ln.

Meeting #2: Analysis Workshop: Make decisions. January 15, 3:00 – 5:00, Brownie Neighborhood Park, 10000 Brownie Dr. - View the framework plan.

Meeting #3: Framework Plan Presentation: New Plan Celebration. March 3, 10:00 – 12:00, Brownie Neighborhood Park, 10000 Brownie Dr.- View the meeting packet with a summary of public input and survey results. 

Project Description

Brownie Phase 2 anticipated scope

The next phase of implementation at Brownie Neighborhood Park will include a picnic pavilion, irrigation system expansion, a loop walking trail, solar security lighting, benches, picnic tables, a new playground, a new drinking fountain, and a vehicular turnaround with ADA parking spaces. The design will reflect sensitivity to the nearby creek and provide green infrastructure opportunities in collaboration with Austin’s Watershed Protection Department.

Anticipated Timeline

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)
  • Winter 2023: Construction Start
  • Fall 2023: Construction Completion

Community Engagement

PARD held two virtual meetings and two park pop-up events in the spring of 2021. The purpose of the meetings was to develop the design of the concept plan further and to prioritize the scope of the next phase. A summary of the two virtual community meetings can be found below.

Community Meeting #1 (Virtual)
April 22, 2021

Community Survey (closed May 13): View results here

Community Meeting #2 (Virtual)
July 15, 2021

Funding and Resources

This project’s construction budget is funded through the 2018 GO Bond.  Additionally, an Urban Forestry Grant through the City of Austin Development Services was awarded for the planting of 30 additional trees and the installation of a nature exploration area. 

Contact

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