Bull Creek District Parks is one of the city’s most popular and visited parks. Known for its unique limestone outcropping and popular swimming opportunities, Bull Creek District Park is the anchor for Bull Creek Greenbelt. Many hikers enjoy the space year round, but the high-use experienced in the summer months call for improved park amenities to ensure the space is enjoyed for generations to come.

Project Description

The park enhancements will be focused on the park trail, restroom, and picnic areas in the southwest corner of the district park. The intent is to preserve the park’s natural beauty and characteristics while providing long term solutions to connectivity, wayfinding, creek access and waste management.

The 48 acre district park was acquired in 1971 with federal funding and has three parking areas, restrooms, a water fountain, picnic tables, and a sand volleyball court.

Project Scope

The majority of the proposed amenities and site improvements are focused near the existing parking lot and restroom which anchor the district park. An ADA walking path will connect several picnic tables and provide access to other park amenities. Wayfinding and access points will be provided to Bull Creek.  In addition to the site improvements, the restroom building will be improved to provide ADA access and better opportunities for community gathering.

Image of the plan for Bull Creek District Park: Identifying improvements throughout the park

Project Schedule

The park master plan was completed in 2016 after holding three public input meetings. The Master Plan is being used as a guide to complete design development and permitting. Construction is expected to begin in sum 2020.

Current Phases and Updates

  • concept/master plan: September 2016 - December 2016
  • schematic design: January 2017 - September 2018
  • design development: October 2018 - May 2019
  • construction documents: Summer 2019
  • construction: Summer 2020

Community Engagement

  • Park Outreach and Survey, Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Bull Creek Park (near the parking lot and restrooms)
  • Online Survey
  • Public Workshop – Design concepts were presented for public feedback
    • October 27, 2016, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      November 17, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Huffman Hall
      St. Matthew’s Church
      8134 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas
    • View Public Meeting Summary
  • Final Public Meeting – preliminary Master Plan was presented
    • December 13, 2016, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Northwest Recreation Center
    • 2913 Northland Drive, Austin, Texas 78757
  • Bull Creek District Park – Design Development Meeting

Project Contacts

Patrick Beyer, Project Manager, 512-974-9476

Boards and Commissions Meetings

Parks Board, January 24, 2017 - Bull Creek Master Plan recommended for approval