Donde Corre El Agua, or Where the Water Runs, is a community-initiated proposal to improve parkland in the Williamson Creek Greenbelt. Community members reached out to Go Austin, Vamos Austin (GAVA), Urban Roots, and the Community and Regional Planning program at the University of Texas at Austin. Together they initiated an imaginative and collaborative project. Read more about the community proposed project below or visit the plan webpage. District 2
The site is a forested area along the creek where homes stood until a major flooding event in the 90’s. Elders in the Dove Springs neighborhood hold memories of the flood, but also of strolls in the park, candying pecans and maintaining the forested area with their families. In 2001, the City of Austin acquired the land and constructed a floodwall to protect the rest of the neighborhood. Since then, residents have utilized the sites for natural trails and gathering areas. Today, partners from across the city are working together to develop a park that will be meaningful for members of the Dove Springs Community.
The project began when three long-time residents, Blanca Ortíz, Elena Rodríguez and Enedina Sánchez, adopted a section of Williamson Creek in the Dove Springs neighborhood. In 2020, seeing that the park was in need of improvement, the Creek Adopters initiated a project to transform the natural area. After building partnerships, community members began to share their personal memories and knowledge of Dove Springs and channeled those ideas to develop the park design alongside planning professionals and students. Interviews and structured walks through the park provided opportunities for community members to share their experiences of the space, and photography, mental mapping, drawing and participatory design methods helped facilitate the community activated park project proposal. Throughout the process, community members of Dove Springs mapped the area, documented residents’ perspectives on the park, engaged in multi-generational dialogue, and designed prototypes for murals and interpretive signs. ViPartnerssit the plan webpage for more information.
- East Williamson Creek Park Adopters
- Go Austin, Vamos Austin (GAVA)
- Urban Roots
- University of Texas at Austin’s Community & Regional Planning Program
- City of Austin’s Watershed Department
- City of Austin Public Works Department
- City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department
The Dove Springs neighborhood was engaged through a series of collaborative processes from July to November 2020, including a series of meetings to develop the research and design process, site visits, an amenity preference survey, mural design and interpretive sign drawing sessions, and workshops to analyze the information that was collected. An important aspect was that youth and elders worked together to share their hopes for the space and their memories of experiences there. After a discussion of the area’s history with elders, local youth designed murals and incorporated themes that felt important for their neighborhood. These drawings are included in the final report.
The project is currently under review for feasibility, and funds are being sought from the Neighborhood Partnering program. It is anticipated that construction will start in late 2023 and be complete in 2024.
- July - November 2020: Community based research and outreach
- January - May 2021: Synthesis of findings and generation of report
- July 2022: Final report presented to the Parks and Recreation Board
- Through the Public Works Department, community groups and members can propose changes to the public spaces where people live, work, and play.
- CAPP provides an opportunity for neighbors, non-profits, and community groups to raise funds and in-kind contributions to implement park improvement projects that align to Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) goals and meet community priorities.
- The Adopt-A-Park Program helps citizens like you become park stewards through a partnership between the Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and Austin Parks Foundation (APF).
For additional information or assistance, please get in touch with the following contacts:
Parks and Recreation: Rachel Morris, Landscape Architect, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 974-9460.
Go Austin Vamos Austin!: Frances Acuña, email@example.com