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The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Endeavor Real Estate Group are partnering to present a new vision for a dynamic and inclusive destination that builds upon the South Central Waterfront Plan. 305 S.

As the City of Austin system continues to grow, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) creates and updates plans across the city by engaging the community to identify needs and preferences. Once the plan is completed, the PARD Development divisions are guided by the plan as the park or facility is turned from a plan into a reality. The plans on this page have been completed and are in the process of being developed.

The Alamo Pocket Park Playground Renovation project is focused on providing a new, enjoyable playground in Alamo Pocket Park that meets and exceeds accessibility and playground standards. The project will bring additional shade to the playground and provide an accessible walkway from the Recreation Center to the playground for all visitors. This project is in the procurement phase. District 1

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 Vision Plan. The Aquatic Vision Plan is used to guide pool improvements and assessments for the municipal aquatic system across Austin. The Vision 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. The project will begin construction this fall. District 2

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. District 1

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 (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. Improvements to the Aquatic facilities and the Sheffield Education Center are also a part of this project. This project is in the Bidding and Permitting phase. District 8

Barton Springs Pool contains two principal infrastructure elements that address creek flow from Barton Creek. These elements are known as ‘by-pass’ features. One is the 1940’s by-pass and the other is the more robust by-pass installed in 1975. The 1940’s by-pass was decommissioned after the completion of the 1975 by-pass, but the original infrastructure remains in the pool. Due to decades of flood events impacting the flow of Barton Creek, the 1940’s by-pass infrastructure has been continually undermined.

In May 2018, a slope failure occurred during a flooding event on a section of the Barton Creek streambank adjacent to the Ann and Roy Butler Trail, opposite from Lou Neff Point. Approximately 230 lineal feet of the streambank slope was affected. The Watershed Protection, and Parks and Recreation Departments and The Trail Conservancy are working together to provide solutions to stabilize the slope and protect the Ann and Roy Butler Trail at this location. The Watershed Protection Department is managing and funding the project.

The City of Austin 2018 General Obligation Bond included funding for the renovation of this beloved aquatic facility in Northwest Austin. 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 project is in the design development and permitting phase. District 7

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) worked with the community to create a new vision for Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park. The Vision Plan was adopted in February 2022. View the final adopted Vision Plan below. Take a virtual tour of the park here. District 7

Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is starting the process of developing the Bolm District Park Vision Plan. PARD staff will work with community members to create a future vision for the park. The project is set to begin in Fall 2023. District 3

The Parks and Recreation Department will 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. In 2020, the Parks Department installed a new irrigated sports field and in 2021 the Parks Department revisited the plan to prioritize the improvements for the next phase. The project is currently in the construction phase. District 4

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. Construction on Phase I is complete and Brush Square is now open to the public. District 9

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. The Buford Tower incurred fire damage in 2021 and will be undergoing repairs. The project is in the construction phase. District 9

Known for its unique limestone outcropping and popular swimming opportunities, Bull Creek District Park is the anchor for Bull Creek Greenbelt. In continuation of recently completed park improvements, the restrooms at Bull Creek District Park will be renovated.  Improvements focus on facility repair and ADA access. This project is in the construction phase. District 10

The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) is exploring the creation of a Cultural and Climate Innovation District (CCID) for the South Shore/Barton Springs area including Butler Shores and surrounding South Austin cultural assets. The goal for the proposed District is to leverage the cultural and park/ecological assets to coordinate activities, educate and entertain visitors, advance climate change resilience, and protect and preserve the district’s assets.

The Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) is partnering with The Trail Conservancy (TTC) 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. This project is in the construction phase and nearing completion. District 9

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.


Colony Park Pool began construction in May 2023 with an aim to open by pool season 2024. This new aquatic facility's pool classification has been identified as a Community Pool. It will complement the recently completed Colony Park District Park with its extensive amenities. This project is in the construction phase. District 1

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department plans to replace the aging fitness equipment located along the looping trail in Davis/White Northeast Neighborhood Park. District 1

Donde Corre El Agua, or Where the Water Runs, is a community-initiated proposal to improve parkland in the Williamson Creek Greenbelt.

The Dottie Jordan Neighborhood Park Playground Renovation project will focus on providing a new, enjoyable playground in Dottie Jordan Park that meets and exceeds accessibility and playground standards while providing play opportunities for children of all abilities. This project is complete. District 1

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. This project is in the construction document phase. District 9

The Preliminary Plan for Duncan Neighborhood Park was completed in May 2017 in partnership with Shoal Creek Conservancy. This project is in the construction phase. District 9

In 2019, the concept plan for Earl J. Pomerleau Pocket Park was adopted developed in partnership by the Austin Parks Foundation and the Parks and Recreation Department. The first phase of construction began in Fall 2022. This park is now open to the public. District 4

The Elisabet Ney Museum located at 304 E. 44th Street is in the process of equipment and building improvement upgrades in addition to a new pedestrian bridge crossing Waller Creek. In addition, the Department is partnering with the Friends of the Elisabet Ney Museum to develop a new interpretive plan for the museum grounds. District 9

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.

Phase 1 improvements are identified in the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center Facility Expansion Plan approved by Council in 2021. Phase 1a will explore relocating the administrative area to a new upper level to expand the available area for community-centric programming near the main entry. Phase 1b focuses on outdoor spaces and site improvements that include outdoor classrooms, renovations of existing public restrooms, and a new flexible event lawn with a covered pavilion. This project kicked off in the Summer of 2022.

The Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is currently being renovated. The Carver will remain open during construction while the Theatre wing is closed. In addition to the Theatre renovation, the facility will also have its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning controls replaced, restroom plumbing fixture replacement, and improved lighting in certain areas. The Carver will be closed during these periods.

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. This project is in the construction phase. District 1

Givens District Park has a long history of serving the community for gatherings of families and friends for sports, picnics, and having fun outside. As a place of great joy for generations of East Austin residents, Givens Park also faces challenges.

Givens District Park is a 40-acre park acquired by the City in 1957 and named after Dr. Everrett H. Givens, dentist, World War I veteran, and beloved civic leader in 1962. Since 1979, the recreation center has served this vibrant and historic community of East Austin. The Givens District Park Vision Plan was approved in January 2019 to provide a framework for improvements to the park. Using 2018 bond funding, the first phase of implementing the plan is underway. District 1

In collaboration with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the surrounding community, Austin Parks Foundation is improving Govalle Neighborhood Park through the renovation of the playground and the installation of a new multipurpose field. The project is complete as of the fall of 2022 and in the warranty phase. District 3

Grand Meadow is an undeveloped neighborhood park in southeast Austin. Eager to develop this park, a local stewardship organization applied for and was awarded a design grant by Austin Parks Foundation. This project is in the community engagement phase. District 2

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. District 3

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 Henry G. Madison Cabin was built in approximately 1863 by pioneering Austin civic leader Henry Green Madison (1843-1912), who is notable for being Austin’s first African American City Council member. The cabin was relocated to historic Rosewood Park in the early 1970s and was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1974 and a City of Austin Landmark in 1976.

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 for the next phase. The project is in the construction phase. District 4

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with The Trail Conservancy (TTC) to implement elements proposed in the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach Master PlanDistrict 3

The Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach Vision Plan was approved by City Council on August 28, 2014. Improvements to the park based on the vision plan continue to be phased in. District 3

The City of Austin is in the process of exploring the possibility of programming across generations (older adults and younger children) called intergenerational programming. Intergenerational programs can enhance the mental and physical health of older adults and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. The programs can also increase social development of youth and their perceptions of older adults. City Council Resolution No.

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. Phase 1 Implementation of the vision plan is in the preliminary design phase. District 1

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 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 is partnering with PARD to develop a trailhead and improve existing trails. Construction on a new play space is anticipated to begin in 2024. District 1

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is exploring future options for the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex (MYEC). The current contract between the City of Austin, Austin Rosewood Community Development Corporation (ARCDC), and ASM Global, the company managing MYEC is set to expire in 2024. PARD is seeking to break down barriers and build trust among the various stakeholders and community members around MYEC as PARD explores how to proceed beyond 2023. District 1

After the City of Austin acquired the Montopolis Negro School in 2019, the Parks and Recreation Department initiated formal protective efforts and completed a hazardous material abatement in preparation for visioning efforts for the historic school building. The Montopolis community spearheaded the advocacy efforts that led to the City’s acquisition of the building and PARD recognizes and commends the community’s efforts to ensure that this significant historic site is preserved and looks forward to collaboration on the future of the site. This project is in the preliminary planning phase.

In 2018 City of Austin voters approved a General Obligation Bond that included funding for the renovation of the beloved Montopolis Pool in Southeast Austin. The aquatic facility at Montopolis Neighborhood Park will continue to provide a special community gathering place in Southeast Austin. The project is in the design development and permitting phase. District 3

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. District 3

The Northwest Recreation Center’s playground improvements will focus on ADA accessibility and the installation of a new accessible play equipment. In addition to the play equipment, the surrounding landscape will also benefit from the new solar lighting, nature playscape, seating blocks, improved site drainage, mulch, and other site amenities such as recycling trash cans and a bench. This project is complete. District 7

The historic Oakwood Cemetery Chapel suffered from uneven foundation settlement and deferred maintenance. During the rehabilitation of the Chapel in 2016, archeologists monitoring construction discovered human remains below where the chapel was built. The rehabilitation of the Chapel is complete, reinterment of the displaced remains was completed in the fall of 2021, and further DNA and isotopic analysis of the remains is ongoing. District 1

Oertli Neighborhood Park is an undeveloped six-acre park located at 1238 Pearl Retreat Lane, near the intersection of Dessau Road and East Parmer Lane in Northeast Austin. The neighborhood park will include a loop trail, picnic tables and benches, shade trees, play features, and additional amenities in line with the community's needs. The project will provide ADA-accessible open space and amenities to the adjacent neighborhoods. Construction is now anticipated to begin in Fall 2023District 1

The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department's Old Bakery & Artisan Emporium is partnering with the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation to transform Old Bakery Park.

Onion Creek Metropolitan Park is a 517-acre regional park located in Southeast Austin. 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 1990s, while the northern section, which is part of the Lower Onion Creek Flood Buyout, was added in 2019. The metropolitan 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 the Austin Independent School District and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The park is the site of Ortega Elementary School and is used by the school during school hours. The planned fenced tot lot will be open during school hours and will include themed play features appropriate for children ages 0-5. This project is complete. District 3

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 (DSD) 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.

Parkland is an essential city service that affords economic, recreational, physical, and mental health benefits to its users. Parks provide recreational opportunities, create community, preserve the city’s character and natural resources, contribute to economic growth and tourism, increase transportation opportunities, and keep Austin beautiful.

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's needs. The existing building currently includes gender-specific restrooms and enclosed recreational and office spaces. This project is in the permitting and bidding phase. District 3 

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. This project is substantially complete and will soon be open to the public. District 9

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 in planning projects. For more information and approval processes, please see the Memorandum to City Council from August 3, 2020.

The Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Texas A&M to understand the historical Plummers Cemetery. The project will use ground penetrating radar to locate unknown burials that students will then record. This will lead to a more significant effort of restoring the cemetery as much as possible. District 1

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 Conservancy to identify park improvements south of Cummings Street between Rainey and East Ave. This project is in the bidding phase.

The concept plan for Ridgeline Neighborhood Park was formally adopted by the Parks Department on August 30th, 2022. To begin the next phase of design, staff will work with engineering consultants to complete flood modeling and permit drawings before construction. The purpose of this project stands to provide visible and safe access to the park and install amenities that align with community needs and environmental constraints. Ridgeline Neighborhood Park is in the design and permitting phase. District 6

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. Severe erosion occurred all along the drainage channel. The Parks Department has been working closely with the Watershed Protection Department to provide a permanent solution to stabilizing the channel and replacing the bridge crossing of the creek.

As part of Austin’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative and the Green School Park program, PARD installed nature-based features and general park amenities at Sanchez Elementary Park. This project is complete and open to the public. District 3

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 permitting phase. District 8

On May 4, 2018, there was a landslide on a cliff overlooking Shoal Creek just south of the park parking lot on Shoal Creek Boulevard and north of 24th street. The debris from the landslide took out a portion of the greenbelt trail and a section of a wastewater line located under the trail. The area affected has been closed for public safety. The slope has stabilized but is not in a condition that supports public access.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is working in parternship with the Waterloo Greenway to restore Sir Swante Palm Neighborhood Park, located at 200 N. IH-35. This project is in the community engagement phase. District 9

Play equipment and portions of the park sidewalk will be closed for construction starting July 10 through September 2023. The goal of this project is to provide new playground equipment and surfacing within the existing concrete curbs and sidewalk layout. Improvements will also be made to bring all existing and proposed amenities into ADA compliance. District 10

The UMLAUF Historic Preservation, Expansion, and Unification Plan is a project to improve access to and expand the use of UMLAUF’s sculpture garden, museum, and grounds, while preserving and incorporating an adjacent site that includes the home of Angeline and Charles Umlauf, their private sculpture garden, and the artist’s studio. The plan will also address the environmental issues affecting the site and its surroundings.

The City of Austin and the Hill Country Conservancy are working together to develop the Violet Crown Trail system. Violet Crown Trail begins at the Barton Creek Greenbelt entrance at Zilker Park and, once complete, will extend 30 miles south into Hays County. In early October, work will begin to extend the trail 1.7 miles in Circle C Metropolitan Park, east of Mopac. Work is anticipated to be complete in late summer of 2024. District 8

The Walnut Creek Regional Trail system was originally proposed by the Parks Department in the late 1990s as the city’s first regional trail system. The trail once complete will be approximately 20 miles long with bookend trailheads at Balcones District Park in northwest Austin and Govalle Park in southeast Austin. Implementation of the trail system has been divided into multiple phases/sections for planning and construction. District 7

The Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park improvements will center on the existing Lakeside Park area and emphasize the rehabilitation of the site's infrastructure. These improvements will help sustain park operations until implementation of vision plan elements can begin in the future. This project kicked off in April 2023. District 1

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. This project is in the construction document phase.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s 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 renovation is pursuing LEED Silver Certification. This project is on hold. District 8

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 process was suspended prior to the final Austin City Council presentations.

This project restored much of the tracks of the previous train and replaced the train with a new electric model. The track was shortened with a turnaround near Lou Neff Point in order to avoid some higher erosion areas near Lady Bird Lake. The train depot building and area were also restored for greater accessibility. For the latest on the Zilker train operation, please visit the Austin Parks Foundation website. District 8