Givens District Park is a 40-acre park acquired by the City in 1957 and named after Dr. Everrett H. Givens, dentist, World War I veteran, and beloved civic leader in 1962. Since 1979, the recreation center has served this vibrant and historic community of East Austin. The Givens District Park Vision Plan was approved in January 2019 to provide a framework for improvements to the park. Using 2018 bond funding, the first phase of implementing the plan has begun. Additional information on the implementation and other active park projects is provided below. Council District 1

Project Updates: June 2022

Vision Plan, Phase I Implementation

  • Phase I implementation includes three projects, resurfacing the tennis and basketball courts, replacing and improving the playscape and a new, accessible restroom, multi-purpose field with lighting, two picnic shelters, accessible walkway, landscaping, and a plaza area. Construction on the restroom and multi-purpose field will began in late July with an anticipated completion in late Spring/early Summer 2023.

Other Park Improvement Projects

  • Pool Renovation: Permitting is underway. Additional information and updates can be found at Givens Aquatic Facility Renovation
  • Interpretive signage: In design.
  • Security Lights: Complete early 2022.
  • Water Quality improvements through Watershed Protection Department: In design.
  • Replacement of the North Ballfield lighting: Completed March 2021.
  • Recreation Center Roof and HVAC unit replacement: Staff is working on contract negotiations for the proposed work. Work is anticipated to begin in the Fall of 2022.
  • Recreation Center Interior Improvements: Complete early 2022.

More detailed information on the scope of the projects listed above can be found below in the Park Projects Scope section.

Background

Givens District Park is a 40-acre park acquired by the City in 1957 and named after Dr. Everett H. Givens in 1962. Tannehill Creek runs north to south through the entire park and provides a source of water for many of the large shade trees located along its banks. Park amenities in the park include a recreation center, a swimming pool with a bathhouse, two covered pavilions, one stage, restrooms, a playscape and swingset, 2 basketball courts, 2 tennis courts, and picnic tables, grills, and two ballfields with bleacher seating. The recreation center opened to the community in 1979. More information on the center and the programs provided can be found at Givens Recreation Center | AustinTexas.gov

Park Projects Scope

Playground Replacement

 Replacement and upgrade of the playscape in the northeast corner of the park, adding recreation value including music games, improvements to accessibility with new seating, and a sidewalk connection to 12th Street. Work was completed in April of 2021.

Image of new Givens Park playground equipment

Resurfacing and Repair of Sports Courts

 Resurfacing and striping of existing Basketball and Tennis Courts in the southeast area of the park. Work includes fencing and basketball backstop repairs, new striping, and added fencing to accommodate Futsal as a new use to one of the tennis courts.  Work was completed in March 2020 with the assistance of Austin Parks Foundation funding.

Givens Basketball and Tennis courts

 

New Restroom, Multi-use Field, Field Lighting, and Plaza

 Replacement of a small restroom south of the recreation center with a new, larger, accessible restroom, adjacent to a new plaza with shaded picnic seating and an accessible walkway that will connect to the recreation center. The project will also replace an under-utilized ballfield with a multi-purpose field including new fencing and field lighting. Work began in late July and is anticipated to be completed late spring or early summer of 2023.

Givens restroom and multi-use field concept

 

North Ballfield Lighting Improvements

 The upgrade and replacement of existing ballfield lights to reduce utility and maintenance cost and extend the life of the fixtures. Improvements include a remote control and monitoring system and an extended warranty that leads to faster response time to address repairs or other issues. Completed March 2021.

Givens ballfield lighting aerial

 

Security Lights

 The Parks Department will replace lights in the Martin Banks Pavilion and add three solar, LED lights on poles within the park. Completed early 2022.

Solar Light fixture

Interpretive Signage

The PARD Historic Preservation and Tourism Program (HPT) team will prepare an interpretive sign package for the park. HPT consulted with members of the community about the topics and, utilized the Ambassador Program to attain better information from the community regarding the topics chosen. One marquee sign will celebrate Dr. Givens for whom the park is named. Three interpretive signs about topics chosen through a community survey will be placed in three locations within the park. The bronze plaque for Martin Banks near the pavilion named for him will be replaced with an identical bronze plaque set in limestone rock. The signs are anticipated to be installed as part of the restroom, multi-use, and plaza project.

Water Quality

The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department will prepare a design for the water quality/wildflower meadow proposed in the approved Vision Plan, south of the Recreation Center and north of the proposed multi-use field. The proposal includes a series of shallow terraces and a small infiltration pond. The Watershed Department will maintain the pond within the park. Installation is anticipated to be part of the restroom, multi-use field, and plaza project depending on when permits are obtained. 

Givens Recreation Center Interior Improvements

The Parks Department recreation programming staff placed new laminate flooring in the front lobby and staff offices. They recently completed the repainting of the interior giving it a fresh new look. They are also purchased and installed a new entry reception desk to complete the interior improvements.

Interior Recreation Center Floor Improvements

 

Park Vision Plan Implementation Community Engagement

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Community input was instrumental in the planning process and has guided the first phase of vision plan implementation to reflect the desires of the community.

Community Meetings

Givens Working Group Meetings

  • October 9, 2019
  • November 6, 2019
  • December 18, 2019
  • March 11, 2020

Community Meeting, November 13, 2019

 

Givens community meeting on November 13, 2019 Givens Community meeting on November 13, 2019

 

Project Timelines

Implementation of Phase I of the Givens District Park Vision Plan. Community engagement began on November 13, 2019. Phase I addresses the following aspects of the vision plan:

Vision Plan Phase I Implementation Anticipated Timeline

  • Spring 2020: Sports Courts Resurfacing (complete)
  • Summer 2020 through Spring 2021: Construction of playscape (complete)
  • Spring 2021 to Spring 2022: Design and Permitting for Phase I Implementation -Restrooms, plaza, and Multi-use Field (complete)
  • Summer 2022: Construction of Phase I Implementation Restrooms and Multi-use Field, Interpretive Signage, and Water Quality Improvements
  • Spring/Summer 2023: Phase I Implementation complete

Other Park Projects Anticipated Timeline

  • Spring 2021: North Ballfield lighting replacement (complete)
  • Summer 2022: Security Lights (complete)
  • Fall 2022: Recreation Center roof and HVAC repair/replacement

Vision Plan 

The park vision plan was approved in January 2019.

Givens Park Vision Plan Image

Community Engagement for Vision Plan

The Parks and Recreation Department hosted four community meetings and corresponding surveys in 2018 to create opportunities for community members to share their visions for the park. 

  • Community Meeting #1: July 14, 2018
  • Community Meeting #2: July 28, 2018
  • Community Meeting #3: October 9, 2018
  • Community Meeting #4: December 4, 2018

Review the summary of engagement here (PDF).

Contact

For more information, email D'Anne Williams, project manager.