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.
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is currently performing an Aquatic Assessment with the help of a Consultant, Brandstetter Carroll Inc., and the community. Here you will find information about the assessment and how to provide input concerning the future of Austin’s aquatic facilities and programs.
The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is working actively with C3 Presents (C3), the organizer of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and with the Austin Parks Foundation (APF) on a coordinated effort to develop a facilities and operational plan for PARD’s major outdoor events venues, with emphasis upon Auditorium Shores. With the assistance of outside consultants, the team of C3, APF and PARD shall collaborate on improvements to Auditorium Shores.
The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is proceeding with substantial improvements to the Auditorium Shores Trailhead located at 800 W. Riverside Dr. Austin TX 78704. 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 Trailhead within Town Lake Metro Park.
Replacement of the former pool was needed due to structural failure. The newly designed Bartholomew Pool provides a high-level aquatic facility, reflecting community input, while meeting aquatic programming needs. Construction of the pools is in progress with a completion date of May 2014.
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.
The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will soon address long-term planning for the City's municipal cemeteries. PARD issued a Requests for Proposals for a Cemetery Master Plan in September 2013 for all five City of Austin cemeteries. Once a contract has been successfully awarded, the master planning process is projected to begin in early 2014. PARD has developed a draft Scope of Work for the master plan, which is informed by both community input and departmental goals for the cemeteries.
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.
Work anticipated in the Playscape and pathway areas includes;
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.
The Montopolis Recreation Center has served as a center for recreation and community events for over four decades. The building, while providing a facility for sports and recreation, is in poor condition and can no longer meet the needs of a growing and vibrant community. The City of Austin is beginning the process to pave the way for a brand new facility to be constructed on the existing site. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite the community to discuss the overall project goals including: site planning, building planning, and programing.
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 City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Pease Park Conservancy will hold the next public input meeting for the Pease Park Master Plan on February 27, 2014. WRT (Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC) was selected to develop the Master Plan for Pease Park and an adjacent portion of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt north of the park. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide the further restoration and preservation of this historic green space located in central Austin.
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.
The project phases include the following:
The Seaholm Intake facility is an iconic Art Deco design and once was the pump house for the Seaholm Power Plant. The Seaholm Power Plant, a City-owned retired power generation facility, was designed by Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. and built of cast concrete in two phases in 1950 and 1955 by Odom Construction. Seaholm Intake is part of that overall structure. The Seaholm Power Plant represents a strong civic presence in the cityscape of downtown Austin and showcases a unique period of American Art Deco municipal architecture and Public Works engineering.
The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will begin the design process for the rehabilitation of the 1930 North Austin Electric Substation at Sparky Pocket Park in the North University Neighborhood. The rehabilitation project will begin with a schematic design phase to determine appropriate uses and will generate ideas about how the historic landmark building can better relate to the surrounding pocket park. PARD will work with the architecture firm, hatch + ulland owen architects, to develop concepts for adaptive reuse.