Emma Long Park is a large metropolitan park with a diverse user-base and a variety of amenities and recreational opportunities. Situated along Lake Austin, the park offers woodland trails, boating and water activities, camping, a motorcycle course, an archery range, and camping facilities. This Vision Plan will identify Phase 1 Improvements that can be implemented with funding from the 2012 GO Bond. 

In Fall of 2016, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) completed a robust community engagement phase which culminated in a comprehensive planning document. This report provides an analysis of existing site conditions, and provides prioritized, incremental improvement recommendations that support future uses and programming opportunities.

Proposed Illustrative Plan:

The final planning documents are viewable here:

Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Framework for the Vision

Chapter 3: Park Vision and Recommendations

Chapter 4: Implementation

Appendix A: Business Plan

Appendix B: Public Meeting No. 1 Report

Appendix C: Public Meeting No. 2 Report

Appendix D: Public Meeting No. 3 Report

Appendix E: Lake Austin Task Force Report and Recommendations



Public engagement for the planning phase of this project has closed, but will resume during future design phases. A summary of the meetings and materials to date is shown below:

Public Meeting #3-

Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:30-11:30 AM, at Emma Long Park 1600 City Park Rd.

View Public Input Report

Meeting Materials

Public Meeting #2-

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM, at Canyon View Event Center - Austin Board of Realtors, 4800 Spicewood Springs

View Public Input Report

Meeting Materials


Proposed Concepts

Focus Group Meeting-

January 12, 2016, 6:00-8:30 PM, at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church

View the Focus Group Meeting Report

Public Meeting #1

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM, at Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Meeting Materials

Next Steps

PARD will keep the community updated as the implementation phase begins. For any questions or comments, please email us.