In 2016, Austin Parks Foundation, the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department and St. David’s Foundation partnered to develop a premiere park space known as Colony District Park in Northeast Austin.
With a $700,000 Healthy Living grant from St. David’s Foundation, APF broke ground on Phase 1 of the new park in 2016. The 93-acre site (in conjunction with an adjacent 208 acre plot of land) underwent a year-long process to create a Master Plan that integrates and reflects the needs and interests of the surrounding community, while also incorporating best practices for sustainable development. Colony District Park, adjacent to Turner Roberts Recreation Center, will be the heart of the neighborhood, uniting surrounding areas and creating outdoor recreation opportunities that promote physical activity and healthy living.
A central element of the plan is to transform this currently vacant and underutilized space to encourage recreation for all ages and abilities. When complete, the park will host multi-use trails, an all-inclusive children’s play environment that is integrated into the existing landscape, two sports fields, a pavilion, benches, drinking fountains and a playscape.
Each phase will be completed in stages, and Phase 1, including the walking trail, opened to the public in the Spring of 2017.
Through the incredible generosity of St. David’s Foundation and additional donors like Dell Technologies Match Play, we’re able to create a park that truly serves the diverse needs of the Colony Park neighborhood while also improving the community’s overall health and well being with a completely new park space.