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.


Aerial view of Silk Oak Neighborhood Park, including playground area

Project Background

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department 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 Silk Oak Neighborhood Park play equipment and safety surface on the west side of the park are showing wear and tear making this playground a candidate for replacement.

Project Description

The Silk Oak Neighborhood Park playground replacement will consist of a complete replacement and expansion of the west side play equipment and play surface area. The Parks and Recreation Department will seek community input on the playground design through online surveys. The new playground is anticipated to include a new swing set,  new 5-12 age play structure, new 2-5 age play structure  and new wood mulch surfacing. The new playground will provide a safe and accessible amenity for the Silk Oak Neighborhood Park users. The playground on the east side of the park is not part of this project and will remain in place for future evaluation by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Anticipated Schedule

  • August to November 2020: Playground Design and Community Feedback
  • November to December 2020: Final Design and Bidding
  • January to April 2021: New Playground Installation
  • May 2021: Playground Opening

Community Engagement

Currently, all community engagement is happening online.

View the community survey results (closed November 3, 2020)

Playground 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.