The Parks and Recreation Department finalized the Brownie Neighborhood Park Concept Plan for the newly enlarged Brownie Neighborhood Park in 2018 in conjunction with the North Lamar/Georgian Acres Neighborhood Planning Contact Team and Kristine Stiphany Architecture and Urbanism (pro-bono). The concept plan process received input from surrounding residents who provided the vision for the future development of the park. Implementation of the 2018 plan will begin in 2021.

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Project Background

Brownie Neighborhood Park is an approximately 7.8 acre park located at 10000 Brownie Drive in the North Lamar Neighborhood. In 2018 the Parks Department (PARD) completed a Concept Plan with input from the surrounding residents and the Neighborhood Planning Contact Team to guide the future improvements at the mostly undeveloped park.  In 2020, the Parks Department installed a new irrigated sports field, and in 2021 PARD will begin the next stage of the concept plan implementation. The park enhancements will focus on the priorities outlined in the concept plan that include but are not limited to: recreation and play zones, covered and open seating and eating areas and access to greenspace and beauty.  The intent is to provide the new parkland with amenities and infrastructure needed to connect and gather the community.

 

Concept Plan Implementation

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, a vehicular turnaround with parallel parking spaces. The design will reflect sensitivity for the nearby creek and provide green infrastructure opportunities in collaboration with Austin’s Watershed Protection Department. Two community meetings will be held to further the park design and gather community feedback on proposed details.

Anticipated Timeline

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

Community Engagement

PARD plans to hold two virtual meetings in the spring of 2021. The purposes of the meetings will be to develop the design of the concept plan further and to prioritize the scope of the next phase.

Community Meeting #2 (Virtual)
July 15, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Community Survey (closed May 13): View results here

Community Meeting #1 (Virtual)
April 22, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

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Phase 2 Funding and Resources

This project will have a $750,000 construction budget funded through 2018 GO Bond. 

Concept Plan (completed)

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 was 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.

Concept Plan 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 summary of public input and survey results. 

Contact

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