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Alderbrook Pocket Park is an undeveloped park, which has received funding from PARD and Austin Parks Foundation to develop a playground area which will include a traditional playcape, boulders, a pavilion, and nature play features.

A two-acre recreational environment within Butler Park, the Alliance Children’s Garden represents the fulfillment of a multiyear planning effort to provide Austin residents with a multi-purpose cultural park. The garden design is tailored for children while providing a variety of play and recreational experiences, including promotion of wellness and education for families and visitors of all ages and abilities. Alliance Children's Garden is completed and open to the public.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is a major contributor to the high quality of life that Austinites and visitors enjoy. PARD strives to ensure its facilities, programs, and services are accessible, inclusionary, and welcoming to all. This webpage provides information on the Austin Parks and Recreation Department's ADA Transition Plan.

In 2016, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) completed the Aquatic Master Plan. The Aquatic Master Plan is used to guide pool improvements and assessments for the municipal aquatic system across Austin. The Master Plan guides PARD on decisions regarding management of aging pools and guide pool improvements and installation of new pools where they are most needed.

In partnership with community partners, PARD will be installing nature play features across the parks system in an effort to increase the opportunity for children and families to engage with the natural world. The first round of parks to have this installation in 2020 focus on areas of Austin that are considered “nature deficient,” including Armadillo Neighborhood Park.

In 2019, the Phase 2 Plan for the Asian American Resource Center (2019 Plan) was adopted by the Austin City Council. This Phase 2 project seeks to implement aspects of the plan through the addition of a live performance theater and associated programming as well as parking to increase programmatic possibilities for the popular AARC. The facility expansion will provide a place for Austin's diverse Asian communities to share culture and life-enhancing opportunities.  

The restroom service tower at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery will be renovated to provide updated services and ADA compliance to the over 90 year old structure. The renovation includes a fully accessible restroom and will preserve the historic architecture and features. Access to the park road, administration building, and entry will not be impacted during the renovation. The restroom tower will be closed during construction.

The Barton Springs Bathhouse Rehabilitation is a major task identified in the Barton Springs Master Plan (completed in 2009) and further outlined in the Zilker Bathhouse Zone Feasibility Study (and completed in 2016). Major elements of work will include access improvements, replacement of the plumbing systems, structural repairs and restoration of critical parts of the entry rotunda and the changing rooms.

A renovation of the children’s play area at Battle Bend Neighborhood Park is being proposed in order to address the outdated playscape while exploring opportunities for other site enhancements for family play, picnicking, walking, nature contact and other beneficial park uses. The project will also address the need for improved ADA access and pedestrian connectivity within the park.

As a continuation of the Barton Springs Bathhouse Rehabilitation project, the education center will be receiving a facelift. The main entrance to Barton Springs Pool will be moved into rotunda and the Beverly Sheffield Education Center and Splash! Exhibit, creating an opportunity to educate everyone who visits the pool about the importance of protecting water and preserving salamander habitat. The mission of Sheffield Education Center and Splash!

The City of Austin 2018 General Obligation Bond included funding for the renovation of this beloved aquatic facility in Northwest Austin. The community engagement process for the renovation project will begin in early 2022. The aquatic facility at Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District park will continue to be a gem of the community and complement the future vision of Northwest District Park.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is working with the community to create a new vision for Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park. View the draft Vision Plan below. Take a virtual tour of the park here.

The Parks and Recreation Department is planning to implement the next phase of the Brownie Neighborhood Park Concept Plan. In 2018, the concept plan process received input from surrounding residents who provided the vision for the future development of the park.

Brush Square is one of three remaining historic public squares from the 1839 Waller Plan for the City of Austin. The Brush Square Plan was adopted by City Council in 2019. Phase I implementation of the plan began in November 2019.

Buford Tower originally served as a training facility for Austin firefighters between 1930 and 1970.  In 1978, the tower was restored and dedicated to Austin Fire Department Captain James Buford. The structure is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the Kitchen Memorial Chimes.

Bull Creek District Parks is one of the city’s most popular and visited parks. Known for its unique limestone outcropping and popular swimming opportunities, Bull Creek District Park is the anchor for Bull Creek Greenbelt. Many hikers enjoy the space year round, but the high-use experienced in the summer months call for improved park amenities to ensure the space is enjoyed for generations to come.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is partnering with The Trail Foundation and the Public Works Department for a Safety and Mobility Study for the Trail to focus on how recent growth in Austin and increased use of the Trail has impacted the Trail experience for residents and visitors.

The Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) is partnering with The Trail Foundation (TTF) to replace and enhance the existing exercise equipment that sits adjacent to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail near the PARD headquarters on West Riverside Drive.

The CarverMuseumATX facility expansion planning process continued the previous planning efforts of the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center with an eye towards future development aligning with the community’s values, needs, and priorities. On June 10, 2021, the Facility Expansion Plan was unanimously approved by City Council.

With passage of the 2012 GO Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department received two million dollars in funding for improvements within the five municipal cemeteries. Community engagement for associated projects was completed in 2014 in conjunction with the Cemetery Vision Plan outreach.

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 Vision Plan process for more information about the process, including the review by city boards and commissions.

Through engagement activities, community members reimagined and shaped a vision for a resilient, healthy, and connected area along Central Williamson Creek Greenway between Menchaca Road and Congress Avenue. The nearly 58 acres of parkland and 17 acres of residential floodplain buyout properties form almost two miles of connected publicly owned green space.

The purpose of Circle C Playground replacement is to provide an inclusive, accessible playground equipment that meets today’s playground safety standards. Our goal is to improve the quality of play experiences while providing environmental stewardship in the sensitive area.

In partnership with Austin FC and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) proposes creating a new soccer mini-pitch for the Austin community at Civitan Neighborhood Park. The project is through the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program.

The initial Concept Phase for the new Colony Park Aquatic Facility took place from January to July 2021. The project is currently in the Design Phase before preparing to submit for permitting in 2022. This project is a result of the Aquatic Master Plan, which identified the northeast area of Austin as geographically underserved by aquatic facilities. This will be a historic moment for the Colony Park neighborhood. Thank you to all the community members for being a part of the process and providing their feedback.

Parque Comal or Comal Park is nestled in central east Austin on the corner of Comal and 3rd Street. Originally home to Comal School in 1925, the small park was established around 1955 after the building of the AB Cantu/Pan American Center. In 2002, the colorful archway was built as a community project by neighborhood volunteers.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is taking the next steps toward moving the Dougherty Arts Center out of the beloved naval center and into a newly envisioned building to be constructed on Butler Shores Park.

The first phase of improvements at Dove Springs District Park is a playscape replacement. The park was originally built in the 1990s and the playscape component has aged, become obsolete by current standards, and identified for replacement. Included in this scope are nature pathways with nodes of discovery along the pathway. 

The Dove Springs Recreation Center (DSRC) opened its doors on March 28, 1998 to provide citizens of the Dove Springs community recreational and educational resources. The 18,000 square foot center contains a full court gymnasium, weight room, arts and crafts room/computer lab, class room, dance studio, and meeting rooms.

The Preliminary Plan for Duncan Neighborhood Park was completed in May 2017 in partnership with Shoal Creek Conservancy. The Implementation phase is currently underway with the development of the construction documents.

In 2019, the vision plan for Earl J. Pomerleau Pocket Park was adopted by the Parks and Recreation Department. The vision planning process received input from the surrounding community to provide a long range vision and amenity prioritization for future development of the park. Austin Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department, will begin the Phase 1 development of the park starting in late 2021.

EastLink is an existing five-mil, urban trail from Bartholomew District Park to Lady Bird Lake. The trail connects residents to parks and pools, schools and recreation centers, grocery stores and community gardens, cultural and historic sites, local merchant districts, public transportation, and bike lanes. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Austin Parks Foundation to create an interpretive placemaking plan for the trail.

PARD recognizes the potential of Eilers Park as a family-oriented experience, in conjunction with the Deep Eddy aquatic facility, due to its proximity and history. The existing amenities on the park site include a play structure, barbecue grills, picnic tables and small contained open space areas.

The Elisabet Ney Museum located at 304 E. 44th Street will be receiving much needed equipment and building improvement upgrades in addition to a new pedestrian bridge crossing Waller Creek.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a large metropolitan park with a diverse user-base and a variety of amenities and recreational opportunities. Situated along Lake Austin, the park offers woodland trails, boating and water activities, camping, motorcycle course, archery range, and camping facilities. Phase 1 Improvements based on the Vision Plan have begun.

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC), located at 600 River Street on Lady Bird Lake, in the Rainey Street Historical District, has entered Phase 2 of the 2018 Facility Expansion Plan (2018 Plan) approved by Austin City Council. Phase 2 includes expansion and renovation of the facility in addition to site improvements to meet the growing needs of the community. The completed project will support programs which foster meaningful understanding and appreciation of Mexican American, Native American, Chicano and other Latinx Cultures.

The Fiesta Gardens Complex Rehabilitation project scope will focus primarily on preserving and restoring the character-defining architectural features of the historic buildings and structures, while providing rehabilitation to meet current codes and enhance the use of the site. Programmatically the focus will remain unchanged: Fiesta Gardens will continue to provide a special events rental venue for family celebrations such as reunions, fiestas de quinceañera, parties and weddings. The complex will also continue to serve the festival area to the west during festival events.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation received 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.

Givens District Park is located east of Downtown Austin. After more than 50 years serving the community, the pool ended its tenure in 2019 and is due to be replaced. The project for the new aquatic facility is underway. Initial concepts were completed in August 2021. The final design and development processes continue.

The Givens District Park Vision Plan was approved in January 2019. Using 2018 bond funds, the first phase of implementing the park plan has begun. A new playground has been installed, the tennis and basketball courts have been resurfaced, and the north ballfield lighting is completed. Find more information below.

In collaboration with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) and the surrounding community, Austin Parks Foundation (APF) plans to improve Govalle Neighborhood Park, emphasizing the playground area by focusing on accessibility, ADA compliance, and maintaining the character and history of the park.

The findings of the completed Aquatic Assessment identified Govalle Pool as a Critical Pool. The term ‘critical pool’ refers to an aquatic facility that has the potential to functionally fail within the next 5 swim seasons. The classification was determined per the condition of the 60 year old facility. In September of 2014, Austin City Council awarded a onetime allocation for refurbishment of Govalle Pool in the amount of $3,100,000.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Ecology Action of Texas to convert an old road into an accessible trail at Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metropolitan Park. Ecology Action owns the adjacent Circle Acres Nature Preserve, a former City of Austin landfill, illegal dump, and brownfield. The organization has spent 15 years converting Montopolis' most polluted tract to one of Austin's most biodiverse 10 acres of land.

Founded in 1899 by Lewis Hancock, former mayor of Austin, Hancock Golf Course stands today as one of the oldest golf courses in Texas. However, financial challenges at Hancock Golf Course have created a need for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) to reexamine the sustainability of the golf course as it is today.

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is currently receiving feedback on the renaming of Payton Gin Pocket Park to Heron Hollow Pocket Park. The park is located at 801 Payton Gin Road.

The Parks and Recreation Department is in Phase 2 of the concept plan implementation. The concept plan for Highland Neighborhood Park was completed in 2017 through input from community members- and provides a vision for future development. Phase 1 of implementation was completed in 2019 and included the installation of a new playground. Phase 2 of implementation began with community input to further the park design and prioritize the improvements of the next phase. 

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with The Trail Foundation (TTF) to implement elements proposed in the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach Master Plan.

In September 2009, City Council passed a resolution that reallocated funds from the Holly Good Neighbor Program to develop a Vision 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 vision plan for John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park at Morrison Ranch was adopted by Austin City Council on October 15, 2020. 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.

Pease District Park is an 84-acre public park that runs along North Lamar Blvd, bounded by Kingsbury Street to the south and 31st Street to the north. Most of the park's recreational infrastructure is located in Kingsbury Commons at the southern end of the park. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the Pease Park Conservancy to implement the Pease District Park Vision Plan.

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.

The Latino Arts Residency Program (LARP) is a City of Austin Parks and Recreation program that began in 2013 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC). LARP fosters the development of Austin-area Latino arts organizations and artists in all disciplines in an effort to build and enhance quality, sustainable community arts, and cultural programming. LARP is completing a shift to the Latino Arts Residency Program after a review in 2019.

The 6.73-acre neighborhood park serves the Travis Heights-Fairview Park Neighborhood. Little Stacy is sited at a distinctive horseshoe bend of Blunn Creek.  Existing park amenities include a shelter house with restrooms constructed in the 1930s along with a wading pool.  Other existing amenities include lighted tennis courts, volleyball court, half-court basketball, playground and picnic area.

Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt is an undeveloped park in East Austin that went through a significant vision planning process in 2018, which was approved in January of 2019. Through that planning process, priority projects were identified, with trails and play space being high on the list of community desired amenities. Austin Parks Foundation will partner with PARD to develop a trailhead and improve existing trails.

Liz Carpenter Fountain is located at 201 Dawson Rd. in Austin, Texas. View all City of Austin pools and splash pads.

The Parks and Recreation Department is working with the Public Works Department and City Hall to bring needed improvement to Margret Hofmann Oaks Park. As a gateway to downtown, the park will be updated to increase pedestrian safety, prevent tree damage, and compliment the city hall campus landscape. 

The Mary Frances Baylor Clarksville Pocket Park existing play equipment and play surface is nearing its useful life and is scheduled to be replaced with new play equipment and new accessible safety surface for a range of ages. Community engagement will begin in January 2021 to identify preferred future equipment.

On Dec. 5, 2019, the Austin City Council passed Resolution No. 20191205-117, initiating the process for renaming Metz Recreation Center to Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez Recreation Center. Community members provided feedback in support of the name change, PARD director and the Parks and Recreation Board endorsed the renaming, and on July 29, 2020, Austin City Council approved the renaming of the facility. Continue reading to learn more about the background, process for renaming, and information about Mr.

In partnership with community partners, PARD will be installing nature play features across the parks system in an effort to increase the opportunity for children and families to engage with the natural world. The first round of parks to have this installation focus on areas of Austin that are considered “nature deficient,” including MLK Station Neighborhood Park.

After the City of Austin acquired the Montopolis Negro School in 2019, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) initiated formal protective efforts and completed a hazardous material abatement in preparation for a visioning efforts for the historic school building.

In 2018 City of Austin voters approved a General Obligation Bond that included funding for the renovation of this beloved aquatic facility in Southeast Austin. The community engagement process for the renovation project will begin in early 2022. The aquatic facility at Montopolis Neighborhood Park will continue to provide a special community gathering place in Southeast Austin.

The Montopolis Recreation + Community Center jointly replaces two aging facilities and is co-operated by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Public Health Department. This building provides over 33,000 square feet of new space, including a commercial kitchen, gymnasium, fitness room, computer lab, conference rooms and educational programming areas. The building’s design seeks to support the initiatives of each partnering department by fostering mental and physical well-being through community recreation and the pursuit of healthy lifestyles.

The Nash Hernandez Building is in the heart of the Holly Shores / Edward Rendon Sr. Metropolitan Park at Festival Beach. The building was built in 1966 and formerly housed the AFD Arson Division and a museum. It has been empty since 2009 when AFD moved locations. The Nash Hernandez Building is a part of the Holly Shores / Edward Rendon Sr. Metropolitan Park at Festival Beach Master Plan.

In 2011, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) completed a feasibility study to assess the condition of an existing Arts and Crafts wood frame bungalow house dating to 1922, on approximately 9 acres of the Norwood Tract at Town Lake Metropolitan Park at 1012 Edgecliff Terrace, Austin Texas. This area of parkland lies along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, just west of IH-35 and north of Riverside Drive. At the conclusion of the assessment and public engagement, Council approved the staff recommended option for rehabilitation of the house and grounds.

The historic Oakwood Cemetery Chapel was constructed in 1914 to function as a mortuary chapel. Designed by Austin architect, Charles Page, the historic Gothic-revival chapel is located within Oakwood Cemetery, a City of Austin Historic Landmark, registered Historic Texas Cemetery, and National Register of Historic Places site. In the subsequent 103 years since its construction, the historic building suffered from uneven foundation settlement and deferred maintenance.

Oertli Neighborhood Park is an undeveloped six-acre park located at 1238 Pearl Retreat Lane, near the intersection of Dessau Road and E Parmer Lane in Northeast Austin. Construction is anticipated in late 2022.

Onion Creek Metropolitan Park is a 517-acre regional park located in Southeast Travis County. The park is divided into north and south sections which are connected through the 250-acre Onion Creek Greenbelt which primarily lies on the north side of Onion Creek. The southern section of Onion Creek was purchased by the City of Austin in the late 1990’s while the northern section, which is part of the Lower Onion Creek Flood Buyout, was added in 2019. The Metro Park is mostly undeveloped but does contain nature and groomed trails, pavilions, restroom and open play fields.

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.

Conditional Use Permits (CUP) amend zoning classifications on a discretionary and conditional basis. A conditional use permit is governed by Section 25 of the Austin Land Development Code (LDC). According to the LDC, a CUP is required to allow the sale of beer and wine on land zoned as Public (P). When concerning parks and recreation services, the CUP Application process usually takes about 6 months and undergoes a full review within the Development Services Department culminating in review and approval by both the Parks and Recreation Board (PARB) and the Planning Commission.

The Park Security Lighting Project addresses safety and security priorities at park locations through the city through the installation of LED lighting with an emphasis on solar-powered lights in areas without grid-supplied power.

On November 7, 2006, Austin voters approved an $84.7 million bond program in tax-supported General Obligation bonds and notes for constructing, renovating, improving and equipping public parks, recreation centers, natural areas and other related facilities, including, without limitation, playgrounds, hike and bike trails, sport courts and swimming pools; and acquiring land and interests in land and property necessary to do so; and the levy of a tax sufficient to pay for the bonds and notes.

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 Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center project will focus on the restoration of the existing masonry building to support the existing pool facility and the Parks and Recreation Aquatic Division needs. The existing building currently includes gender specific restrooms and enclosed recreational and office spaces.  

The Austin City Council adopted the Pease Park Vision Plan at its October 16, 2014 regular meeting. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) appreciates the contributions of Pease Park Conservancy (PPC) and all the community members who participated in the development of the vision plan. The plan focuses on enhancing and preserving the natural feel of the park and restoring the historic features within the space. Phase 1 of the implementation of this plan, which included the restoration and renovation of Kingsbury Commons, is now complete.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will renovate the Burnett “Blondie” Pharr Tennis Center. The tennis courts have reached the end of their service life and need to be modernized.  The Pro shop building is to be brought to current codes with compliant restrooms.

Exposure to nature improves social cohesion, enhances mental wellness, and improves physical health. By leveraging existing amenities and community-driven design, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, Megan O’Connell, and Jade Florence, PhD will create an ecologically-sound neighborhood park that fosters well-being and belonging.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is constantly working to maintain and improve the parks system. Much of this happens through planning and development projects. Below are common terms and definitions PARD uses on various projects.

With the growth of the Rainey Street District, the connection between the Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake and Rainey Street is becoming more vital for transportation and access to nature. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with The Trail Foundation to identify park improvements south of Cummings Street between Rainey and East Ave.

The Reed Neighborhood Park existing play equipment and play surface is nearing its useful life and is scheduled to be replaced with new play equipment for a range of ages and new accessible safety surface.

In partnership with the Austin Independent School District and the Parks & Recreation Department, we designed and built Social Emotional Learning gardens at Reilly Elementary School Park. The gardens are a sustainable, meditative space and wildlife habitat that encourages children’s healthy self-esteem, curiosity, cooperation and mental well-being through gardening and intergenerational gardening programs.

Ricky Guerrero Neighborhood Park reopened on Saturday, November 9, 2018. The 1.91-acre now complies with ADA standards and has addressed existing drainage issues which caused erosion problems to the park grounds.

Ridgeline Neighborhood Park is currently in the planning and design stages of development. The goal of this project is to provide visible and safe access to the park and install amenities that align with community needs and environmental constraints. The park was previously named Lakeline Neighborhood Park and had been renamed to  relate to the nearby collector street, Ridgeline Blvd. 

Rosewood Park dates back to the last quarter of the nineteenth century as a family homestead. The park has been a part of the Austin community since the 1930’s. Different amenities were added to the park over the years with the last pool expansion occurring in the 1950’s. The expansion consisted of adding a bathhouse, concession stand and BBQ pit. The current Bathhouse is a large concrete structure located on the east side of the pool that is accessed via steps.

During the 2015 Memorial Day rain event and flooding, the concrete bridge at Country Club Creek sustained major structural damage and collapsed when the concrete footings supporting the bridge sections were undermined by flood waters surging downstream through the channel. The City has begun contract negotiations for evaluation and design services for a replacement bridge.

As part of Austin’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative and the Green School Park program, PARD will be installing nature-based features and general park amenities at Sanchez Elementary Park in the fall 2022.

Scenic Brook Pocket Park is a small neighborhood park in southwest Austin. The park received a concept plan in 2019, and the first phase of development is currently in the design phase.

The Seaholm Intake Facility is located on the banks of Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The Seaholm Intake facility was once the pump house for the Seaholm Power Plant complex and is an iconic Art Deco design. The Seaholm Intake Facility requires extensive renovations after sitting vacant and decommissioned as a power plant building for decades.

Austin Parks Foundation (APF), The Trail Foundation (TTF), and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) have completed the planning study for the future of Seaholm Waterfront, the historic Seaholm Intake structure and its surrounding parkland.

The completed 2014 Aquatic Assessment identified Shipe Pool as a Critical Pool. The term ‘critical pool’ refers to an aquatic facility that has the potential to functionally fail within the next 5 swim seasons. The classification was determined per the condition of the 60 year old facility. In September of 2014, City of Austin City Council awarded a onetime allocation for refurbishment of Shipe Pool in the amount of $3,100,000.

The Silk Oak Neighborhood Park existing play equipment and play surface on the west side of the park is nearing its useful life and is scheduled to be replaced with new play equipment for a range of ages and new accessible safety surface.

The Slaughter Creek Greenbelt Multi-Use Trail and Equestrian Trailhead Improvements Project includes construction of a 2.4-mile trail that connects the existing equestrian and multi-purpose trail at Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park to newly acquired parkland along the Slaughter Creek Greenbelt.

Sparky Pocket Park is the site of the former North Austin Electric Substation at 3701 Grooms Street, which was rededicated as a public park in 2009. The North University Neighborhood Association has been working diligently to help transform the site into a neighborhood pocket park. The first phase of Sparky Pocket Park’s redevelopment included the installation of an award-winning public art piece, the Grotto Wall at Sparky Park, as well as landscape improvements to the site.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is partnering with Austin Parks Foundation (APF) to create a new playground at Springdale Neighborhood Park.

Tanglewood Neighborhood Park was constructed as part of a Municipal Utility District (MUD) back in the 1990’s. The City annexed the park and PARD now has responsibility for the park and its amenities. The park is used by nearby residents for its wooded trails, Tai Chi, playscape, picnics, basketball, and volleyball.

The Turner Roberts Recreation Center was damaged during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021 due to frozen pipes that burst. Since Winter Storm Uri has been designated as a Federal Disaster, the repairs to the Recreation Center fall under Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines.

The Veterans Pocket Park and Plaza opened to the public in January 2021. The park provides a new park space celebrating our veterans. This 2.0-acre park is located near Deep Eddy Pool and Community Gardens, adjacent to the Charles Johnson House American Legion Post 76. The park features monuments commemorating the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Beirut Conflict, as well as space for future memorials. All monuments and plaques were relocated from Waterloo Park.

In 2006 Hill Country Conservancy began planning a regional trail system, originally called the Walk for a Day Trail, with the aim of creating the first regional trail system in Central Texas. The goal of the project was to provide a unique recreational experience through urban wildlands, greenbelts, parkland, public right-of-ways and water quality lands. Along its route the trail will connect scenic natural areas to neighborhoods, shopping centers, a library, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

The playground at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is now opened after being renovated to provide a leading, accessible playground for children of all ages and abilities in North Austin. The design features a loop exploration path through a sensory garden, rubber safety surface with a variety of ground-level play opportunities, and an iconic platform structure that thematically aligns with the natural areas surrounding the playground. An area of the park has also been transformed into the Parks and Recreation Department’s first official Nature Play Space.

The Walnut Creek Regional Trail system was proposed by the Parks Department in the late 1990’s as the city’s first regional trail system. The trail will be approximately 20 miles long once complete with starting trailheads at Balcones District Park in northwest Austin and at Govalle Park in southeast Austin. Implementation of the trail system has been divided into multiple phases/sections for planning and construction. More information on the phases completed and those under design or construction can be found below.

Walsh Boat Landing is a concrete boat ramp on Lake Austin, operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. Capacity issues at the dock have created the need to look at how access at the dock can be safely and efficiently managed for all dock users. After a significant community engagement, the Department began construction to address issues at the boat landing.

Austin Parks and Recreation Department will remodel the existing park restrooms at Walsh Boat Landing, to provide full ADA compliance with updated fixtures and accessories. Access to the park road, boat ramp, and entry will not be impacted during the renovation.

The City of Austin and Travis County conducted a Market Study for the Travis County Expo Center. The study recommended potential future facility improvements and uses of the Expo Center to meet community needs and regional demand.  

The Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park Vision Plan will help determine the long-range vision for the entirety of the park, including areas currently used by other organizations. On October 15, 2020, the Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park Vision Plan was unanimously approved by City Council. 

The Westenfield Park tennis court surface is failing due to an unknown condition causing the settling of the subsurface and slab.  Currently, one court is unsafe and has been temporarily closed to the public.  Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding for this project will provide engineer services to determine the cause and the required work to provide a long-term solution that restores the courts to a playable condition.

This project will open up a portion of the Williams School Park to the neighborhood during school hours with a separately-fenced tot lot, or play area for children under 5 years old.

In partnership with Austin Independent School District (AISD), 4ATX, the charitable arm of Austin FC, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has created a new soccer mini-pitch for the Austin community at Wooldridge School Park.

Volunteers from Austin Parks & Recreation, Austin Parks Foundation and the community will join KaBOOM! on Wednesday, November 6th to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Wooten Neighborhood Park. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Austin.

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.

Zilker Café plays a significant role as an ancillary recreational amenity for the comfort and enjoyment of visitors to Zilker Park. The provision of food and beverage services promotes extended use of the many recreational opportunities at the park including swimming, hiking, picnicking and canoeing. The concession also has historic ties to the community, holding a cherished place in the memory of generations of park visitors.

The overall scope of the Zilker Metro Park Clubhouse Rehabilitation project will be to focus on general preservation and restoration of the building’s character defining features, keeping in mind the topmost programmatic priority will be the flexibility of the site to host many types of groups and events, from weddings and parties to corporate or non-profit group events/retreats.  And, included as a possible future-phased portion of the work, are plans to restore the historic structural elements framing the view from nearby Lookout Point.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s (PARD) existing maintenance barn is undersized and in extremely poor condition for Zilker Metropolitan Park maintenance staff’s current needs. The existing facility is also located within the Barton Creek Watershed in very close proximity to Barton Springs Pool.

The Zilker Metropolitan Tour is a virtual guide that offers highlights of spots around the park. Some of these points of interest are well-known and some you may have not even known existed. You are invited to enjoy this guide as you explore the park or in preparation of your journey. This guide is also provided as a part of the Zilker Park Vision Plan process.

The Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan is a community-driven planning process to establish a guiding framework for the restoration and future development of Zilker Metropolitan Park. It is the first comprehensive planning initiative to encompass the park’s 350 acres and associated facilities.

In recognition of the most intensively used parkland within the City of Austin (COA) the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has begun preliminary work to identify park improvements that build upon the recent renovations at Barton Springs Pool.

The Zilker Park Working Group was established in September 2018 in response to City Council Resolution No. 20180628-072 passed by Austin City Council on June 28, 2018.

The Zilker train has been chugging along at Zilker Metropolitan Park since 1961. PARD has contracted with Austin Parks Foundation to repair the tracks and restart the train, which closed in May 2019 due to erosion around the tracks.