The initial Concept Phase for the new Colony Park Aquatic Facility took place from January to July 2021. The project is currently in the Design Phase before preparing to submit for permitting in 2022. This project is a result of the Aquatic Master Plan, which identified the northeast area of Austin as geographically underserved by aquatic facilities. This will be a historic moment for the Colony Park neighborhood. Thank you to all the community members for being a part of the process and providing their feedback.

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Colony Park Pool with image of pool in background

Background

The Colony Park and Lakeside communities are the neighborhoods that the new pool facility will primarily serve; however, this central location will draw from surrounding neighborhoods. Based on input received during the development of the Aquatic Master Plan and the Colony Park District Park Master Plan, the pool classification has been identified as a Community Pool.

The 93-acre Colony Park District Park is in northeast Austin and currently includes Overton Elementary School and the Turner Roberts Recreation Center and Multi-Use Facility. The Colony Park area was developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  In 2015, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) completed the development of the master plan for the Colony Park District Park.

By working together with the community, a vision for one of Austin’s last undeveloped district parks was set in motion. With an overall focus on providing improved access to the Turner Roberts Recreation Center, Multi-Purpose Facility and Overton Elementary School, new recreational opportunities for the park were proposed including an Aquatic facility.

With the efforts of community leaders, the City of Austin 2018 G.O. Bonds included funding for the construction of an aquatic facility for the Colony Park neighborhood. This new aquatic facility will complement the recently completed Colony Park District Park that provides a baseball field, soccer/multi sports field, a large play area with elements of nature based play, fitness equipment, two pavilions, picnic tables, drinking fountains, and a hike and bike trail that connects the adjacent communities.

Project Description

The community classification provides for the following aquatic characteristics and amenities: lap lane pool, zero-entry activity pool (tot pool), water slide, spray ground feature, diving board, gender-neutral bathhouse, family restrooms, deck space, training/party room, and aquatic office space. The project will also participate in the City of Austin Arts in Public Places (AIPP) program, which will commission a permanent art installation at the pool facility. As documented in the aquatic master plan, a robust public engagement process will be conducted to gather feedback on the amenities and assist in identifying the character for the Colony Park aquatic facility.

Anticipated Timeline

Image of timeline showing Design Stage, all within 2021 before 2022 and submit permit

  • Community Engagement start: January 2021
  • Construction begins: Spring 2023
  • Construction end: Winter 2023

Concept Phase

From January through July 2021, PARD worked with community members to develop the final concept for the Colony Park Aquatic Facility. To review the process and input that shaped the concept, please review the information in the tabs.

Concepts

Below are the images for the new aquatic facility that were developed based on community input during the Concept Phase. Click on the images to see larger versions.

Image of site plan concept for new Colony Park Pool, images shows pool, new parking, surrounding trails

Colony Park Concept image of Leisure Pool showing infinity edge feature, underwater bench alcove, shade sale pavilion, underwater bench, underwater ledge, open swim area, zero entry beach, interactive play structure, and low planter surrounded by pool deck

Colony Park Pool concept image of Lap Pool area showing diving board and diving well, open swim/lap swimming, underwater ledge, pool stair, water slide, surrounding pool decking and shaded areas

Concept Phase Community Engagement, part 1

Community Engagement Phase I Summary (PDF, 4 MB), March 2021

  • Summary includes: Virtual Public Meeting #1 Summary Survey #1 Report Student Feedback Poll Results

Colony Park Aquatic Facility Virtual Community Meeting #1
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Colony Park Pool Survey #1 (open January 27 to February 22, 2021)

Concept Phase Community Engagement, part 2

Colony Park Pool Community Survey #2: Review Pool Concepts (April 28 to May 19)

Survey Summary Reports:

English Responses (PDF); Spanish Responses (PDF)

 

Colony Park Pool Community Meeting #2 (virtual)
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Presentation (PDF, 16 MB) View Meeting Recording (junta en español)

 

Concept Phase Community Engagement, part 3

Community Meeting #3
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

View the Presentation (PDF, 20 MB)
View Meeting Recording

Colony Park Pool Community Survey #3 - Encuesta Comunitaria #3 de la Piscina de Colony Park (en español)

Survey was open June 30 to July 15
View input here (PDF)

Funding and Resources

This project has a $13.1 million total budget funded through 2018 GO Bond.

Contact Information

For more information or questions, contact Scott Sinn by email or phone at (512) 974-9474.