The PARD planning process includes collaboration with community members to identify desired park or facility uses. These plans (formerly called "master plans") include District and Metropolitan Vision Plans, Concept Plans, Facily Plans, and Facility Expansion Plans (Terms and Definitions). PARD staff also reviews other adopted or recognized plans for consistency with the proposed plans.

Help us create a master plan for the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, as it lands on the Southeast Shore of Lady Bird Lake from the Boardwalk, and continues eastward to Longhorn Dam. This area is rapidly changing, with thousands of new residents nearby on Riverside Drive and Lakeshore Boulevard, so The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department need your help in the renaissance of this previously underutilized part of the Trail.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is developing a new vision and Master Plan for the Asian American Resource Center (AARC).  The process will seek public input on programming, the existing building, new facilities, parking, access and circulation, landscaping, and other potential design elements for the entire 15 acre site. The 12-month process is being led by RVI a Landscape Architect firm and a team of sub-consultants whose goal it is to prepare design options that meet the current and future needs of the center.

Aquatic Master Plan

In 2016, the department completed the Aquatic Master Plan. The Aquatic Master Plan will be used to guide pool improvements and assessments for the municipal aquatic system across Austin. The Master Plan guides the department on decisions regarding management of aging pools and guide pool improvements and installation of new pools where they are most needed.

On January 15, 2009, City Council passed a Resolution adopting the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan. Concepts for Preservation and Improvements.

The Parks and Recreation Department is developing a master plan for the newly enlarged Brownie Neighborhood Park in conjunction with the North Lamar/Georgian Acres Neighborhood Planning Contact Team and Kristine Stiphany Architecture and Urbanism (pro-bono). The master plan process will seek input from surrounding residents to provide a vision for the future development of the park.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has finalized the Brush Square Master Plan after a final round of community engagement in late 2018. The master plan envisions Brush Square as a unique park for downtown Austin that is distinct yet complementary to other downtown squares and public spaces. Existing heritage trees will be protected and an array of native or adapted plantings will be added to provide visual delight and habitat. Shaded, small gathering spaces will be abundant as places of respite for nearby residents, workers, transit users, and event attendees.

Following a lengthy review by the community and key city boards and commissions, the Historic Cemeteries Master Plan was approved by the Austin City Council September 17, 2015. Links to the final plan are provided below. Select Cemetery Master Plan process for more information about the process, including the review by city boards and commissions.

Austin Parks Foundation, in coordination with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has awarded design services to Pomerleau Pocket Park for Park Master Planning.  The master planning process will seek input from the surrounding community to provide a long range vision and amenity prioritization for future development of the park.

The Austin City Council adopted the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) Master Plan on May 24, 2018. The plan presents design recommendations to better meet the current and future needs of the center. The process sought public input on programming to guide the expansion of the existing facility, new facilities, new shade structures, parking, landscaping and the potential redesign of the plaza.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation recieved a one time allocation of funding from Council through the 2015-16 budget cycle  to develop Georgian Acres Park.  This park was identified for need of development to fill a recreation gap in the area.  There is $500,000 allotted for design, engineering, and development of the park.  The planning process was conducted in partnership with the District 4 Council Office, the area neighborhood association, and community leaders.

With funding provided from the 2012 General Obligation Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department is developing a Park Master Plan for Givens District Park, which is located in East Austin at 3811 E. 12th Street.

Highland Neighborhood Park and Reznicek Fields Master Plan

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.

Holly Shores/Edward Rendon St. Park at Festival Beach Master Plan

In September 2009, City Council passes a resolution that reallocated funds from the Holly Good Neighbor Program to develop a Master Plan for Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach, Fiesta Gardens and the Holly Power Plant Site Park, which provides an additional 9 acres of parkland.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation is developing a master plan for the largely undeveloped John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park at Morrison Ranch. John Treviño Jr. was the first Mexican-American elected to City Council who went on to serve 14 years. This metropolitan park was named to honor his work for the East Austin community and Austin as a whole.

In June, 2014 the City Council passed Resolution No. 20140612-060 to initiate the master planning process for Lamar Beach at Town Lake Metro Park.  For more information on this process, contact Charles Mabry at (512) 974-9481 or by email.

The Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt encompasses over two hundred acres of largely undeveloped land near the intersection of 51st Street and US-183 in East Austin. Its vistas, natural features, and proximity to residential areas lend it tremendous potential to become a recreational space for all Austinites. The Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt master plan initiative is a community-driven effort to increase awareness of the greenbelt and develop a plan for future improvements.

The Public Parks Master Plan for The Grove at Shoal Creek is being developed by the property owner in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) with input from the community.  The project goal is to develop a Master Plan for the public parks at The Grove at Shoal Creek including the 16.25-acre Signature Park and the Pocket Park in compliance with City Parkland Improvement and Operations Agreement for The Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development (PUD).

The Austin City Council adopted the Pease Park Master Plan at its October 16, 2014 regular meeting. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) appreciates the contributions of the Pease Park Conservancy (PPC) and all the community members who participated in the development of the master plan. With a focus on enhancing and preserving the naturalistic feel of the park, opportunities were identified for improving gateways, sensitively adapting the historic Tudor Cottage restroom building and enhancing the playscape area.

The Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park Master Plan will help determine the long-range vision for the entirety of the park, including areas currently used by other organizations.

City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) recently launched Phase 1 of the Zilker Botanical Garden Master Plan, in collaboration with the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, Austin Area Garden Council, and a planning team led by the Austin-based firm Asakura Robinson.