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. Alliance Children's Garden is completed and open to the public.

The Skyline Garden with the Palmer Events Center beyond

Project Background

Austin’s natural environment is an integral part of the city’s vibrancy and allure, distinguishing it as truly unique for its abundance and diversity of outdoor settings. Many cherished recreational environments exist within this landscape and, situated along the southern shores of Lady Bird Lake near downtown, Butler Park has long been a focal point of recreation.

The development of Butler Park and Auditorium Shores within Town Lake Metropolitan Park has been an ongoing effort since the completion of the original park master plan in 1999. Previous phases of the project, completed between 1999 and 2007 were focused upon parkland south of Riverside Drive, generally referred to as Butler Park.

The addition of the Alliance Children’s Garden to this beloved parkland will further establish Butler Park as the crown jewel of Austin’s public spaces.

Project Description and Design Concept

The Hill Country Garden and Rock and Slide Valley, looking West

The Alliance Children's Garden represents the unique culture of Austin through contextual forms, imaginative play, playful elements and strong aesthetics. The goal is the creation of a multigenerational play venue that is comfortable, inviting, imaginative, engaging and visually striking.

The children’s garden is divided into four thematic rooms that reflect Austin’s unique culture and environment, including the hill country garden, the skyline garden, the art and culture garden, and the rock and slide valley garden. Though the garden rooms will feature traditional play pieces, the majority of play amenities will be integrated into the landscape and will be unlike other play opportunities offered in Austin.

Project Schedule

Image of new play equipment at Alliance Children's Garden with city skyline in the background

The site is now open, but please adhere to COVID-19 precautions.

  • Community Engagement: December 2015 to March 2016
  • Design Development: March 2016 to May 2016
  • CM@R Solicitation: June 2016 to January 2018
  • Design Development (continues with CMR): June 2018 to February 2019
  • Site Plan Revision Permitting: August 2018 to February 2019
  • Begin Construction: February 2019

Funding

In November of 1998, Austin voters approved a motor vehicle rental tax to fund development of the Palmer Events Center Venue which includes the Alliance Children’s Garden. The project is not funded through a traditional city bond election.

Community Engagement

The community input phase of this project has closed. Community engagement included:

Community Meeting #1
Dec. 5, 2015 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Palmer Events Center
Presentation (PDF)

Community Meeting #2
Jan. 7, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Location: Palmer Events Center
Presentation (PDF)

Open House to share the final concept
Date: March 9, 2016 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall Atrium
Presentation (PDF)

Boards and Commissions Meetings

  • Design Commission Meeting: October 22, 2018
  • Planning Commission: January 22, 2019

Project Contacts

  • Riley Triggs, Public Works Project Manager
    512-974-7747 or email
  • Patrick Beyer, PARD Project Coordinator
    512-974-9476 or email