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.

Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt

Approved Master Plan

The proposed master plan was approved by the Parks and Recreation Board on January 22, 2019. View the Final Master Plan here (PDF).

Project Background

The Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt consists of 206 acres of hilly wooded areas cut by creeks and ravines. Over four miles of informal trails stretch across the greenbelt, but there are currently no parking areas or other major improvements to the property.  The greenbelt, parts of which were formerly zoned commercial and residential, was entirely rezoned to public use in 2017.

The Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt master plan effort was initiated by area residents and will be facilitated by the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program (RTCA). Asakura Robinson, an Austin-based urban planning firm, will develop the park plan.

Project Goals and Timeline

The initiative aims to gather public input throughout the master planning process, starting in February and creating a master plan by fall 2018.

Project Overview

Little Walnut Creek Timeline

Public Engagement

Public Input and Survey Summary
Public Input Summary

First Public Meeting
February 25, 2018
Givens Recreation Center
Public Engagement Summary

Second Public Meeting
April 3, 2018
Pecan Springs Elementary School Library, 3100 Rogge Lane
Summary of Second Public Meeting

Third Public Meeting
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 6pm – 8pm
Education Service Center Region 13, State Capitol Room
5701 Springdale Rd, Austin
Public Meeting 3 - Presentation