The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is hosting the first virtual meeting for the Zilker Park Vision Plan and invites all Austin residents to participate and share their thoughts.
The Vision Plan process is the first planning effort in the park's 104-year history to cover the entire 350 acres and the wide variety of natural features, programs, landmarks, and services. All residents of Austin are encouraged to join the planning process to share their current and future hopes, desires, and ideas for Austin's beloved park.
A recording will be available on AustinTexas.gov/ZilkerVision
and community members are encouraged to share stories or feedback at SpeakUp Austin
The first Community Meeting will be fun and interactive with live-polling activities and discussion. Participants will review the input that has been received from the survey and learn about the Guiding Principles and Goals Draft as well as the Site Analysis and Existing Needs Report.
Since December of 2020, more than 3,000 community members took surveys and had small group discussions to help the draft goals and guiding principles for the Zilker Vision Plan
. About the Vision Plan
The Zilker Park Vision Plan is a community-driven planning process to establish a guiding framework for the restoration and future development of Zilker Metropolitan Park. It is the first comprehensive planning initiative to encompass the park's 350 acres and associated facilities.
Zilker Park is Austin's oldest metropolitan park. In 1997, the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the park includes many resources of historical, architectural, and archeological significance.
Today, the park serves as a hub for many recreational activities and includes major facilities and amenities including, but not limited to, Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin Nature and Science Center, Zilker Clubhouse, Girl Scout Lodge, Sunshine Camp, Zilker Hillside Theater, Zilker Caretaker Lodge, Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, McBeth Recreation Center, the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, and Barton Creek Trail. The park is home to large-scale events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Trail of Lights, and ABC Kite Fest.