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. 

View the Final Vision Plan

Project Background

Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park is a regional park located in east Austin, situated just west of State Highway 130. The park is accessed via Blue Bluff Road (see map below). The property includes 3,695 acres of parkland and the 1,165 acre Lake Walter E. Long. The park also includes approximately 765 acres of preserved habitats and the Travis County Expo Center grounds. Some of the existing facilities in the park include hike and bike trails, picnic areas, volleyball courts, boat ramps, and fishing piers. A skeet shooting range and model airplane area are also operated by organizations within the park.Walter E Long Map

Project Goals and Timeline

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department worked with industry professionals, a technical advisory board, and you to create the long-range vision for the park. The community contributed to the vision by participating in various forms of public engagement below. The plan was presented to Austin City Council and approved for adoption on October 15, 2020.

View the Final Vision Plan

Community Engagement

The vision planning process included numerous opportunities for the public to voice their opinions and desires. Community engagement elements included stakeholder meetings, surveys, multiple open houses, and more. 

Presentation to City Council
October 13, 2020 Work Session, 9 AM
October 15, 2020 Regular Meeting, 10 AM
via Videoconference

Presentation to Parks and Recreation Board
June 25, 2019, 6:00 PM
City Hall, Boards & Commission, Room 1101
301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Open House #4
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Decker Middle School

Open House #3
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Decker Middle School

Open House #2
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Decker Middle School

Open House #1
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Decker Middle School