The master plan for this new park was completed in through input from stakeholders will provide a vision and plan for the future development of the park.  Norris Design, a local landscape architecture and planning firm, was selected through a Request for Proposal process to lead this planning effort.

Project Background

On July 1, 2014 City Council approved the transfer of 7.46 acres of City-owned land located at 401 W. St. Johns Ave. from the Watershed Protection Department to the Parks and Recreation Department for the development of the park. Since 1970, the property has been utilized by the University Hills Optimist Club for youth sports activities.  The site currently contains two youth ball fields, a multi-use field, parking area, a concession building, storage and maintenance buildings. 

Council provided funding in the FY 2015 budget for master planning efforts for the property. The master plan through input from stakeholders created a vision and plan for the future development of the park.

Highland Neighborhood Park and Reznicek Fields

Council Resolution and Recommendations

Council Resolution directed community solicitation for ideas on the future use of the property.  Through stakeholder meetings and community needs, eight recommendations were made with support of Parks and Recreation Board (PARB) and proposed to City Council on July 1, 2014. View the recommendations.

Community Engagement

The master plan addressed the following elements:  Site Analysis and Data Collection that will result in an Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Challenges Report; Public Outreach to develop the plans, including preliminary design concept options, a final master plan, implementation strategy, budget estimates and funding strategies.

Community Meeting Schedule:

Master Plan Report

Highland Master Plan Graphic

For more information, contact Patrick Beyer at (512) 974-9476 or by email.