The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is working in partnership 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


Palm Park Virtual Survey is now live! Community members are invited to share ideas for a transformed Palm Park.

Image of historic restroom structure at Palm Neighborhood Park with picnic bench and bike rack


Waterloo Greenway is restarting the Community Conversations around the redesign of Sir Swante Palm Neighborhood Park as part of Phase 3 of the Waterloo Greenway Project. Since 2015, the project team has been listening to community members who have shared their input on the future of Palm Park, as well as memories and experiences, particularly the Mexican-American history where generations have gathered to enjoy nature, culture, and play. For more information on the history of the park, view Waterloo Greenway's History page. For information about Sir Swante Palm, visit the Oakwood Cemetery StoryMaps page.

Project Description

The third phase of Waterloo Greenway’s park system is currently in design and anticipated to break ground in 2026. This phase will include a new park design that continues to celebrate the history and create new spaces for gathering, playing, and celebrating nature.

Anticipated Schedule

  • Community Engagement: August through December 2023
  • Design, Permitting and Bidding: Early 2024 to 2025
  • Construction begins: Early 2026

Please note that as in any construction project, schedules are projected as accurately as possible. All dates are subject to change due to the nature of construction and the weather.

Community Engagement

For information on future events, please visit Waterloo Greenway's Events page.

Virtual Survey

The Palm Park Virtual Survey is now live! Community members are invited to share ideas for a transformed Palm Park.

Previous Engagement

  • Palm Park Community Conversations
    • Thursday, August 24, Juan in a Million
    • Saturday, August 26, Juan in a Million
    • Tuesday, October 17, Palm Elementary School
    • Thursday, October 19, at Palm Elementary School
    • Saturday, October 21, at Chalmers East Community Room
    • Wednesday, October 25, at Rodolfo "Rudy" Mendez Recreation Center

Additional engagement opportunities will take place through December 2023.

Funding and Resources

This project is supported by funding from Waterloo Greenway and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact Lana Denkeler, Waller Creek District Program Project Manager, by email or phone at (512) 974-9414