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.

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Splashing water in the pool at Givens Swims, 2019, photo by Forklift Danceworks


Givens District Park is located east of Downtown Austin. This historically African American community was established in the beginning of the twentieth century. The 40-acre district park was acquired in 1957 and named after Dr. Everett H. Givens in 1962. The pool was developed in 1958.

Givens District Park is a highly valued open space in East Austin. The Givens Recreation Center serves the greater community with youth and adult programming. The park contains a playground, two ball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, a pavilion and numerous open lawn areas for passive recreation and numerous small trails through tree and vegetated areas. The park site is characterized by the Tannehill Branch Creek, which bisects the park site. The surrounding community gains access to the park site and existing pool through E. 12th Street from the north, Oak Springs Drive from the south and Springdale Road from the east.

Project Description

Givens Pool is classified as a Community Pool based on the 2018 Council approved Aquatic Master Plan. This scope of work includes the demolition of the existing pools and bathhouses. The Aquatic Master Plan classification of a Community Pool provides for the following aquatic characteristics and amenities: lap lane pool, zero-entry activity pool (tot pool), water slide, spray ground feature, diving board with well, gender-neutral bathhouse, family restrooms, training/party room, deck space, and aquatic office space. The project will also participate in the City of Austin Arts in Public Places (AIPP) program, which will commission a permanent art installation at the pool facility. As documented in the aquatic master plan, a robust community engagement process will be conducted to gather feedback on the amenities and to assist in identifying the character of the Givens aquatic facility. The community engagement process will inform the design team of stakeholder input related to the development and design features of the new pool.

Anticipated Timeline

  • Community Engagement start: January 2021
  • Construction start: Early 2023
  • Construction end: Early 2024

Community Engagement

Givens Pool Concept

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Aerial image of new Givens Pool Concept

Overhead view of Givens Pool concept showing features: diving, zero entry, lap lanes, multipurpose building

Community Survey #3: Reactions to New Pool Concept

Community Meeting #3
July 1, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Givens Pool Community Survey #2: Review the Concepts

Givens Pool Community Meeting #2 (virtual)
Monday, April 26, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Community Survey #1 (closed February 22, 2021): view results (PDF)

Community Meeting #1
January 26, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Givens Swims Community Feedback
In July 2019, Givens Swims by Forklift Danceworks highlighted the history of Givens Pool and the community members who have enjoyed the pool since it opened. Below are two documents with input on the pool and the performances.

Funding and Resources

This project will have a $6 million total budget funded through 2018 GO Bond.

Contact Information

For more information or questions, email or contact Scott Sinn by email or phone at (512) 974-9474.

Givens Bathhouse, 1962, Austin History Center, PICA 22087

Photo credit:  PICA 22087, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library