The Mary Frances Baylor Clarksville Pocket Park's existing play equipment and play surface were nearing their useful life and have been replaced with new play equipment and a new accessible safety surface for a range of ages. This project is substantially complete. District 9

Aerial view with outline of MFB Clarksville Pocket Park with arrow identifying where playground sits

Update

New playscape, court resurfacing, and accessibility improvements have been completed!

Background

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) regularly performs playground evaluations to determine if a playscape or the play surface has reached its useful life. The typical life of play equipment within the City of Austin park system is 15-20 years. The Mary Frances Baylor Clarksville Pocket Park play equipment was over 20 years old and showed wear and tear, and PARD identified this playground as a candidate for replacement.

Project Description

The Mary Frances Baylor Clarksville Pocket Park playground replacement consists of a complete replacement of the play equipment, shade, and play surface area. PARD sought community input on the playground design through online surveys. The new playground includes a new swing set, a new 5-12 age play structure, a new 2-5 age play structure, and new wood mulch surfacing. The existing digger and boulder seating areas were retained. The new playground provides a safe and accessible amenity for the Mary Frances Baylor Clarksville Pocket Park users.

Anticipated Schedule

  • November 2020 to February 2021: Playground Design and Community Feedback (Complete)
  • February to March 2021: Final Design and Bidding (Complete)
  • April to June 2021: New Playground Installation (Complete)
  • Fall 2021: Playground Opening (Complete)
  • April/May 2022: Accessibility Improvement Construction (Complete)

Community Engagement

Community Survey Report (February 1 to March 2, 2021)

Community engagement began in February 2021 with the online community survey. Community members provided feedback on two options:

Funding and Resources

This project is funded by 2018 Park Bond Playground Funds.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this project, please contact Charles Mabry, Associate Project Manager, by email or phone, (512) 974-9481.