Ortega School Park is a 4.2 acre park jointly managed by Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD). The park is the site of Ortega Elementary School, and is used by the school during school hours. With this project, PARD will be installing a fenced tot lot that will be open during school hours, and will include themed play features appropriate for children ages 0-5.

Project Description

This project will create a small play space that is open to the neighboring community during school hours. It includes a new playground with climbing and pretend-play opportunities for children in the 0-5 year-old age range. Seating and shade will be incorporated into the design. Trees and low-maintenance native plants will add shade and habitat opportunities to the space.

"Map of proposed tot lot location along Chico Street


  • Create useable space for the community during school hours
  • Provide play opportunities for preschool-aged children
  • Add shade and nature-play to the park

Anticipated Schedule

  • October 2019 - February 2020: Conduct community engagement
  • March 2020 – September 2020: Develop and design a park plan
  • Summer 2021 Construction begins*
  • Fall 2021: New features available for public use*

*Due to COVID-19, construction timeline may be modified.

Funding & Resources

This project will be funded through Parkland Dedication Funds.

Community Engagement

Design themes have been shared with Ortega Elementary’s school principal and Campus Advisory Council. A survey was shared for community members to weigh in on their preferred design. Survey was open February 4 through March 15, 2021.


Darcy Nuffer, RLA, Landscape Architect, Darcy.Nuffer@austintexas.gov or 512-974-9460

Information on this page is subject to change.