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.

Images from Givens Swims event in 2019

Background

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

Construction start: Summer 2022

Construction end: Winter 2023

Community Engagement

Community engagement will begin this winter. Stay tuned for the upcoming schedule.

Funding and Resources

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

Contact Information

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