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A 2-acre recreational environment within Butler Park, the Alliance Children’s Garden represents the fulfillment of a multiyear master plan effort to provide Austin citizens with a multi-purpose cultural park. The garden design is intended to be tailored for children while providing a variety of play and recreational experiences - including promotion of wellness, and education for families and visitors of all ages and abilities. The design team is using information learned through the community engagement phase to further the design and complete permitting for the proposed garden.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is a major contributor to the high quality of life that Austinites and visitors enjoy.  It is important that PARD facilities, as well as programs and services, be accessible, inclusionary, and welcoming to all.  To reach the goal of having all PARD facilities eventually become fully accessible, the Department has created a “Transition Plan”. This document will help the Department and elected officials prioritize investments in upgrading current park spaces and facilities to align with federal accessibility standards.

Help us create a master plan for the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, as it lands on the Southeast Shore of Lady Bird Lake from the Boardwalk, and continues eastward to Longhorn Dam. This area is rapidly changing, with thousands of new residents nearby on Riverside Drive and Lakeshore Boulevard, so The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department need your help in the renaissance of this previously underutilized part of the Trail.

In 2013, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department began an Aquatic Assessment with the help of a Consultant, Brandstetter Carroll Inc., and the community. Based upon the assessment results and in an effort  to determine the most desirable aquatic system for the City of Austin, the Parks and Recreation Department embarked on a phased approach to aquatic master planning.  August through December of 2015 marked the SWIM 512 Engagement Phase II. SWIM 512 Aquatic Master Plan Phase III began in January 2016.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is developing a new vision and Master Plan for the Asian American Resource Center (AARC).  The process will seek public input on programming, the existing building, new facilities, parking, access and circulation, landscaping, and other potential design elements for the entire 15 acre site. The 12-month process is being led by RVI a Landscape Architect firm and a team of sub-consultants whose goal it is to prepare design options that meet the current and future needs of the center.

On August 25, 2011, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s grant proposal to renovate and further develop the Auditorium Shores (now known as Vic Mathias Shores) Trailhead within Town Lake Metro Park with funding from the 2006 G.O. Bond and 2012 G.O. Bond programs as the City Match.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of designing a restroom to serve users of the Barton Creek Trail and other amenities near to the trailhead, located on the north side of Barton Creek, near the west end of Barton Springs Pool. The Parks and Recreation Department is looking to add a facility to serve park and trail users  that will fit in with the character of the unique Barton Springs environment. To aid in this process, the Department is seeking input from the public as to what materials, colors and shape will best complement the Zilker Park setting.

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 (and completed in 2016).  Major elements of work will include reconfiguration of the adjacent parking lot, access/egress 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/Splash facilities are also under consideration.

On January 15, 2009, City Council passed a Resolution adopting the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan: Concepts for Preservation and Improvement. Learn more about the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan.

A renovation of the children’s play area at Battle Bend Neighborhood Park is being proposed in order to address the outdated playscape while exploring opportunities for other site enhancements for family play, picnicking, walking, nature contact and other beneficial park uses. The project will also address the need for improved ADA access and pedestrian connectivity within the park.

The Parks and Recreation Department is developing a master plan for the newly enlarged Brownie Neighborhood Park in conjunction with the North Lamar/Georgian Acres Neighborhood Planning Contact Team and Kristine Stiphany Architecture and Urbanism (pro-bono). The master plan process will seek input from surrounding residents to provide a vision for the future development of the park.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is leading a master planning effort for Brush Square and seeks community feedback on the preferred concept and draft master plan report. Brush Square was one of three original public squares in the 1839 Waller Plan for the City of Austin. The square is located in the southeast quadrant of downtown and is the home of the historic Brush Square Museums, which include the Dickinson Museum, the O. Henry Museum, and the Austin Fire Museum. Austin Fire Station #1 is also located on the square and actively serves the surrounding downtown area.

With funding provided from the 2012 General Obligation Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department is creating a Park Master Plan for Bull Creek District Park, which is located in northwest Austin on the banks of Bull Creek.

With passage of the 2012 GO Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department received two million dollars in funding for improvements within the five municipal cemeteries. Community engagement for associated projects was completed in 2014 in conjunction with the Cemetery Master Plan outreach.

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. Select Cemetery Master Plan process for more information about the process, including the review by city boards and commissions.


The Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) initiative helps city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from urban parks and community gardens to the great outdoors. In October 2016, the City of Austin was awarded an additional $50,000 to execute the plan. View the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Implementation Plan.

Comal Pocket Park is located between Comal Street and Onion Street along East 3rd Street, two blocks south of Plaza Saltillo. With beautiful old trees, an open lawn, basketball court, and playground, Comal Pocket Park -- or "Parque Comal" as it is known by many residents -- has a little something for everyone. The renovation process is looking at ways to maximize the space of this centrally located park and update the structures.

The Dove Springs Recreation Center (DSRC) opened its doors on March 28, 1998 to provide citizens of the Dove Springs community recreational and educational resources. The 18,000 square foot center contains a full court gymnasium, weight room, arts and crafts room/computer lab, class room, dance studio, and meeting rooms.

The first phase of improvements at Dove Springs District Park is a playscape replacement. The park was originally built in the 1990s and the playscape component has aged, become obsolete by current standards, and identified for replacement. Included in this scope are nature pathways with nodes of discovery along the pathway. 

As of September 2016, the beginning stage of site analysis and public engagement for improving Duncan Park is underway. In partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department and the Shoal Creek Conservancy, the design team will work alongside the community to identify site opportunities, and define a landscape vision for Duncan Park.  Through surveying the public and researching past masterplan efforts, the design team seeks to understand desired uses, refine program needs and develop design concepts into a preliminary plan.

Austin Parks Foundation, in coordination with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has awarded design services to Pomerleau Pocket Park for Park Master Planning.  The master planning process will seek input from the surrounding community to provide a long range vision and amenity prioritization for future development of the park.

Eilers Neighborhood Park Improvement project is being implemented through Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Capital Improvement Program and anticipates renovations to picnic, play, pathway and landscape features within this popular waterfront neighborhood park.

Emma Long Park is a large metropolitan park with a diverse user-base and a variety of amenities and recreational opportunities. Situated along Lake Austin, the park offers woodland trails, boating and water activities, camping, a motorcycle course, an archery range, and camping facilities. This Vision Plan will identify Phase 1 Improvements that can be implemented with funding from the 2012 GO Bond. 

The Austin City Council adopted the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) Master Plan on May 24, 2018. The plan presents design recommendations to better meet the current and future needs of the center. The process sought public input on programming to guide the expansion of the existing facility, new facilities, new shade structures, parking, landscaping and the potential redesign of the plaza.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation recieved a one time allocation of funding from Council through the 2015-16 budget cycle  to develop Georgian Acres Park.  This park was identified for need of development to fill a recreation gap in the area.  There is $500,000 allotted for design, engineering, and development of the park.  The planning process will be conducted in partnership with the District 4 Council Office, the area neighborhood association, and community leaders.

With funding provided from the 2012 General Obligation Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department is developing a Park Master Plan for Givens District Park, which is located in East Austin at 3811 E. 12th Street.

The findings of the completed Aquatic Assessment identified Govalle Pool as a Critical Pool. The term ‘critical pool’ refers to an aquatic facility that has the potential to functionally fail within the next 5 swim seasons. The classification was determined per the condition of the 60 year old facility.  In September of 2014, Austin City Council awarded a onetime allocation for refurbishment of Govalle Pool in the amount of $3,100,000.

In 1998, a Bond Election was passed to develop Austin’s parks and Green belts. The Gus Garcia Recreation Center and park located the North/Northeast community were chosen to be part of the 1998 bond election package and became a reality with its Grand Opening on April 26, 2008.

On July 1, 2014 City Council approved the transfer of 7.46 acres of City owned land located at 401 W. St. Johns Ave. from the Watershed Protection Department to the Parks and Recreation Department for the development of the park.  Since 1970, the property has been utilized by the University Hills Optimist Club for youth sports activities.  The site currently contains two youth ball fields, a multi-use field, parking area, a concession building, storage and maintenance buildings. 

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is in the process of restoring the historic Covert monument at the top of Covert Park at Mount Bonnell. The restoration team will be on-site starting June 10 and restoration is expected to take approximately four weeks.

In September 2009, City Council passed a resolution that reallocated funds from the Holly Good Neighbor Program to develop a Master Plan for Edward Rendon Sr Park at Festival Beach, Fiesta Gardens and the Holly Power Plant Site Park, which provides an additional 9 acres of parkland.

In June, 2014 the City Council passed Resolution No. 20140612-060 to initiate the master planning process for Lamar Beach at Town Lake Metro Park.  For more information on this process, contact Charles Mabry at (512) 974-9481 or by email.

On November 1, 2018, the Austin City Council approved the construction award bid to ASD Consultants, Inc., as the successful bidder for the improvements at Little Stacy Neighborhood Park.  The Notice to Proceed (NTP) for ASD Consultants to begin work on the park improvements will be issued in late December 2018.

The Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt encompasses over two hundred acres of largely undeveloped land near the intersection of 51st Street and US-183 in East Austin. Its vistas, natural features, and proximity to residential areas lend it tremendous potential to become a recreational space for all Austinites. The Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt master plan initiative is a community-driven effort to increase awareness of the greenbelt and develop a plan for future improvements.

Liz Carpenter Fountain is located at 1000 Barton Springs Rd. in Austin, Texas. View all City of Austin pools and splash pads.

The Parks and Recreation Department is working with the Public Works Department and City Hall to bring needed improvement to Margret Hofmann Oaks Park. As a gateway to downtown, the park will be updated to increase pedestrian safety, prevent tree damage, and compliment the city hall campus landscape. 

The Montopolis Recreation + Community Center will jointly replace two aging facilities and be co-operated by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Public Health Department. This building will be rebuilt to provide over 33,000 square feet of new space, including a commercial kitchen, gymnasium, fitness room, computer lab, conference rooms and educational programming areas. The building’s design seeks to support the initiatives of each partnering department by fostering mental and physical well-being through community recreation and the pursuit of healthy lifestyles.

Covert Park at Mount Bonnell is 5.1 acre historic linear park with a prominent overlook that is one of the most visited sites in Austin. Mount Bonnell is a 775-foot-high outcrop along the eastern shore of Lake Austin. The peak of the overlook is a craggy limestone outcropping surrounded by a forested area of live oak, ash juniper, persimmon and mountain laurel that spans the slope between Mount Bonnell Road and the trails at the top of the park.

Project Background

The Onion Creek Metropolitan Park is a 555-acre regional park located in southeast Travis County, just south of Onion Creek. The land – flat, woody and pond-filled – is undeveloped and used by area residents. The Onion Creek Greenbelt is north of the creek. Onion Creek travels approximately 79 miles.

Palm Park once represented an important common ground between East Austin and downtown. This gathering place was lost with the construction of IH-35. As the Waller Creek district evolves, the urban fabric surrounding Palm Park will be marked by extremes of architectural scale: the Convention Center to the west, the proposed Fairmont Austin Hotel to the southwest, and Waller Park Place on Red River and Cesar Chavez will loom over smaller structures from earlier eras, such as Iron Works BBQ and the historic Castleman-Bull House.

On November 7, 2006, Austin voters approved an $84.7 million bond program in tax-supported General Obligation bonds and notes for constructing, renovating, improving and equipping public parks, recreation centers, natural areas and other related facilities, including, without limitation, playgrounds, hike and bike trails, sport courts and swimming pools; and acquiring land and interests in land and property necessary to do so; and the levy of a tax sufficient to pay for the bonds and notes.

The Public Parks Master Plan for The Grove at Shoal Creek is being developed by the property owner in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) with input from the community.  The project goal is to develop a Master Plan for the public parks at The Grove at Shoal Creek including the 16.25-acre Signature Park and the Pocket Park in compliance with City Parkland Improvement and Operations Agreement for The Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development (PUD).

The Austin City Council adopted the Pease Park Master Plan at its October 16, 2014 regular meeting. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) appreciates the contributions of the Pease Park Conservancy (PPC) and all the community members who participated in the development of the master plan. With a focus on enhancing and preserving the naturalistic feel of the park, opportunities were identified for improving gateways, sensitively adapting the historic Tudor Cottage restroom building and enhancing the playscape area.

Located at the convergence of Guadalupe St, West 5th St, San Antonio St and West 4th St, adjacent to the new Federal Courthouse, Republic Square is one of three remaining Downtown Historical Squares. The City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Austin Parks Foundation and a team of consultants led by Design Workshop are planning for the future of this important public space. 

Austin Parks Foundation (APF), The Trail Foundation (TTF), and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) have completed the planning study for the future of Seaholm Waterfront, the historic Seaholm Intake structure and its surrounding parkland.

The completed 2014 Aquatic Assessment identified Shipe Pool as a Critical Pool. The term ‘critical pool’ refers to an aquatic facility that has the potential to functionally fail within the next 5 swim seasons. The classification was determined per the condition of the 60 year old facility.  In September of 2014, City of Austin City Council awarded a onetime allocation for refurbishment of Shipe Pool in the amount of $3,100,000.

Sparky Pocket Park is the site of the former North Austin Electric Substation at 3701 Grooms Street, which was rededicated as a public park in 2009. The North University Neighborhood Association has been working diligently to help transform the site into a neighborhood pocket park. The first phase of Sparky Pocket Park’s redevelopment included the installation of an award-winning public art piece, the Grotto Wall at Sparky Park, as well as landscape improvements to the site.

The focus of the Veterans Park project is to relocate and enhance the exhibition of three war memorials, originaly located at Waterloo Park, to the existing Veterans Park at the intersection of Atlanta and Veterans Drive, adjacent to the American Legion. The intent of the proposed design will create a setting for the monuments that expresses a respectful and peaceful sense of place.

In 2006 the Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) began planning a regional trail system originally named the Walk for a Day Trail with the aim of creating the first regional trail system in Central Texas. The goal of the project was to provide a unique recreational experience through urban wildlands, greenbelts, parkland, public rights of ways and water quality lands. Along its route the trail will connect scenic natural areas to neighborhoods, shopping centers, a library, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Walsh Boat Landing is a concrete boat ramp on Lake Austin, operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. Capacity issues at the dock have created the need to look at how access at the dock can be safely and efficiently managed for all dock users.The Department is currently holding a series of community engagement meetings to look at the issues and possible solutions.

The City of Austin and Travis County conducted a Market Study for the Travis County Expo Center. The study recommended potential future facility improvements and uses of the Expo Center to meet community needs and regional demand.  

The Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park Master Plan will help determine the long-range vision for the entirety of the park, including areas currently used by other organizations. Potential improvements in the park could include elements such as enhanced trails, additional water-related recreation, fitness opportunities, camping, special event venues, and educational and cultural exhibits.

The Parks and Recreation Department has enlisted the Landscape Architecture design firm DWG to develop a Preliminary Plan for Wooldridge Square.  The proposed plan will seek to improve that park with intentional programming to support current stakeholder recommendations, as well as those outlined in the Downtown Parks and Open Space Master Plan and the Downtown Austin Plan of 2010.  It will consider the context and the historical status of this downtown square and input with the leadership of Downtown Austin Alliance, Travis County, Friends of Wooldridge Square, Preservation Austin, Texas H

City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) recently launched Phase 1 of the Zilker Botanical Garden Master Plan, in collaboration with the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, Austin Area Garden Council, and a planning team led by the Austin-based firm Asakura Robinson.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a highly qualified vendor to operate the Zilker Café (located adjacent to the entrance to Barton Springs Pool). To aid in this process, the Department is seeking input from the public to better understand the community’s desire for menu options, services, and other considerations for the future operations of Zilker Café.

In recognition of the most intensively used parkland within the City of Austin (COA) the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has begun preliminary work to identify park improvements that build upon the recent renovations at Barton Springs Pool.