The construction of a new ADA-compliant restroom near the trailhead will serve trail and park users, as well as patrons of the Zilker Hillside Theater during the production season. In addition to the restroom facility, environmental enhancements will be implemented to improve drainage in the trailhead area and a water line and fire hydrant will be installed to improve the safety of the park users, structures and parkland

PROJECT UPDATE

Structural steel and exterior walls are in place. Scaffolding has been erected for framing of post-tensioned concrete roof. Once roof work is finished, plumbing and electrical work will continue with installation of fixtures. All concrete flatwork and ADA ramps surrounding the restroom are complete.

Construction photo Barton Creek Trailhead Restroom

PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • November 2019: Contract awarded to bidder.
  • February 2020: Notice to proceed and project commencement.
  • October 2020 – November 2020: Substantial completion
  • November 2020 -December 2020: Project open to public

 

Image of Zilker Park Toilet

Concept image of Barton Creek Trailhead Restroom

Project Goals

Barton Creek Trail is one of the most popular and heavily used trails in the central part of Austin and will be integrated into the Violet Crown Trail, as part of the Walk For A Day program, a collaboration between the City of Austin, Hill Country Conservancy and several other partner organizations. Currently, visitors to the trailhead on William Barton Drive have no nearby restroom facilities that are open year-round, with the nearest being inside the Barton Springs Pool facility. The construction of a new ADA-compliant restroom near the trailhead will serve trail and park users, as well as patrons of the Zilker Hillside Theater during the production season. In addition to the restroom facility, environmental enhancements will be implemented to improve drainage in the trailhead area and a water line and fire hydrant will be installed to improve the safety of the park users, structures and parkland.

Description

Click on the image below to download the site plan.

Site Plan

Graphic and description link

 

Zilker Park Background

In 1917, Andrew Jackson Zilker gave the City of Austin 35 acres surrounding Barton Springs. In 1931, Zilker gave another 300 acres. Soon afterward, the City of Austin created a municipal park with help from the Civilian Conservation Corps and federal funding. Nine miles of footpaths, bridle trails, and winding interior roads were constructed. The northern and western portions of the park were kept naturalistic, with live oak and elm groves and expansive lawns overlaid atop rugged terrain. The more developed, southeastern portion of the park held playgrounds, sports fields, a dance pavilion, and the Barton Pools. In 1997, Zilker Metropolitan Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Public Involvement Opportunity

As part of its review process, the Parks and Recreation Department is soliciting feedback on the look of the proposed restroom. The conceptual drawing has features to reflect the Austin area, but PARD would like your ideas and comments.

An online survey is available starting May of 2015 to collect comments and ideas for the look of the restroom. Information gathered will be used to frame a final design.

 

CONTACT

PARD Project Manager: D’Anne Williams, danne.williams@austintexas.gov, 512-974-9456

PARD Project Coordinator : James Wheeler, james.wheeler@austintexas.gov , 512-974-9413