The Preliminary Plan for Duncan Neighborhood Park was completed in May 2017 in partnership with Shoal Creek Conservancy. The Implementation phase is currently underway with the development of the construction documents.

Report on Feedback to Implementation Plan (closed August 16, 2020)

Preliminary Plan (PDF)

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Duncan Neighborhood Park is located northwest of downtown along the Shoal Creek Greenbelt and is largely surrounded by residential and commercial spaces. For over 75 years, Duncan Park has served the local community. Defined by its riparian habitat, nature trail, and panoramic views of the skyline, the Duncan Park Improvement Project seeks to enhance these unique amenities with infrastructure and programmatic upgrades to meet the current and future needs of the community. The implementation effort underway is led by community voices, which have expressed what amenities should be enhanced, which ones should be added, and how the park can best serve its public.

In 2010, the Downtown Parks and Open Space Master Plan (PDF, 25 MB) was published which included program ideas for Duncan Park. In the summer of 2014, an engineering survey was performed at Duncan Park as an inventory of existing conditions. The Preliminary Plan builds on this base information to create a detailed, obtainable plan for future development.

Project Description

The Implementation Phase proposes a green retreat in the city by preserving the multi-use lawn as the highlight of the park. The grading and soil will be adjusted to improve turf growth and drainage and the sidewalk will loop around it, connecting the new park entry plazas at 9th and 10th Streets with the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail. An alternate entrance on 9th street utilizes the proposed boardwalk that will extend over the wetland. The current wetland collects water from two ephemeral seeps as well as stormwater from the park and adjacent office buildings offsite. The wetland naturally holds and filters the water of pollutants before it travels through the soil to the creek. The wetland will be regraded and planted to improve ecological function and wildlife habitat. A bat house will be installed in the wetland to contribute to wildlife habitat, keep local insect populations in check, and provide educational experiences to park visitors.  

The entry on 9th Street will be moved to align directly with the entry to the bike area across the street, providing safer pedestrian access. The entry on 10th Street will include a water fountain and both entries will feature bike racks, waste and recycling receptacles, and places to gather or rest, including picnic tables, seat walls, and benches. A set of limestone blocks will be set into the grassy slope in the northeast corner to provide views of the park and large seating for any future functions. Two wildflower meadows will separate the lawn from the creek trail while also providing a pollinator habitat and seasonally changing visual interest.

A restroom is not proposed at this time, however, space for it to be built in the future is set aside on land that is out of the floodplain and out of the critical root zones of the heritage trees. The heritage trees on-site, including ancient live oaks, will be preserved and highlighted with the design. Invasive plants will be removed and replaced with plants that would historically have been part of the Blackland Prairie, particularly a riparian edge or ephemeral wetland. The sidewalks leading up to the entrance will be widened and planted with street trees to provide shade to pedestrians. Other shade and ornamental trees will be planted throughout the site to provide views, visual interest, and wildlife habitat, and contribute to the overall landscape of the park.

Community Engagement for Planning Phase

The community engagement process leading up to the final Preliminary Plan included online surveys, on-site canvassing, and two public workshops. PARD worked closely with Shoal Creek Conservancy and the community to ensure that the preliminary plan implements the goals and objectives envisioned by the community.

Concept Workshop

  • April 12, 2017, 12:00-1:30 PM, Duncan Neighborhood Park, 900 W 9th Street
  • Survey Results (PDF)

Preliminary Plan (PDF) It's My Park Day Survey, March 15, 2016, Visioning Workshop

Implementation Phase

Duncan Neighborhood Park Implementation Plan. Image shows added trash receptacles, bike racks, ADA accessibility, picnic tables, access to wetland

During the Implementation Phase, PARD will rely on the Preliminary Plan for guidance. PARD will keep the community informed at key stages of the process and listen to any concerns community members might have. Please sign up for email updates if you would like to stay informed.

View feedback on the implementation phase (closed August 16, 2020)

Anticipated Implementation Phase Schedule

Project Initiation: October 1, 2016

Preliminary Plan: May 2017          

Implementation Phase Time Line:

  • June 2020 through late August 2020

Construction Documents:

  • To be completed in late Summer 2022

Anticipated Permitting and Bid Phase: 

  • Late Summer through Fall 2022

Anticipated Construction:

  • Early Winter 2022
  • Construction time frame – 180 days
  • Park will be closed during construction
Funding and Resources

2012 Prop 14 Park Bond 

2018 Prop C Park Bond

The project construction budget is anticipated at 1.5 million.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact Reynaldo Hernandez by email or phone at (512) 974-9464.