In 2016, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) completed the Aquatic Vision Plan. The Aquatic Vision Plan is used to guide pool improvements and assessments for the municipal aquatic system across Austin. The Vision Plan guides PARD on decisions regarding management of aging pools and guide pool improvements and installation of new pools where they are most needed.


Phase I Aquatic Assessment A conditional assessment of facility structures, mechanics, and infrastructure COMPLETED
Phase II SWIM 512 Public Engagement

Comprised of a variety of community engagement activities designed to gather information and capture the voices of Austin residents.

Phase III Aquatic Vision Plan Development Utilizing information and data from Phases I and II to develop criteria and planning tools for a future community-supported  aquatic system COMPLETED


Vision Plan

Community Engagement

Kick-Off Meetings

March 7, 2016 4:30-8:00 PM
Dove Springs Community Recreation Center
5801 Ainez Dr.
March 8, 2016 4:30-8:00 PM
Turner-Roberts Recreation Center
7201 Colony Loop Dr.

Focus Group Meetings

June 30, 2016 11:30-1:00 PM
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest Ave.
June 30, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.

Alternatives Workshops

Flyer English

Flyer Spanish

July 12, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM
Circle C Community Center
7817 La Crosse Ave.

July 13, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM
Montopolis Recreation Center

July 19, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM
Spicewood Springs Branch Library
8637 Spicewood Springs Road

July 20, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM
Asian American Resource Center

Meeting Presentation

Development Update Community Meetings

Flyer English

Flyer Spanish

June 10, 2017 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Oswaldo A.B. Cantu / Pan American Recreation Center
2100 E. 3rd Street

June 13, 2017 6:30-8:30 PM
Spicewood Springs Library
8637 Spicewood Springs Rd

The Vision Plan will help the Parks and Recreation Department decide how to manage aging pools and guide installation of new pools where they are most needed. Community input guided theteam of architects, pool industry experts, and city staff as they laid out a 20-year vision for Austin's pools and waterplay areas. There are 51 public pool facilities, which include 29 neighborhood pools, 3 wading pools, 6 municipal pools, 11 splash pads, 1 rental facility, and the Barton Springs Pool. The plan addresses ADA accessibility, amenities and features, improvements to existing pools, programs, the latest aquatic technology, public and environmental safety, costs for maintenance and new pools, and the best methods and locations to build new pool facilities.

The SWIM 512 Vision Plan builds on the findings from the Aquatic Needs Assessment (Phase I) and the SWIM 512 Public Engagement (Phase II). For more information on the Aquatic Assessment please see the Aquatic Assessment Synopsis page. For more information on the SWIM 512 Engagement please see the SWIM 512 Synopsis page.