FLOODPLAIN TO PARK
The park is a planned 19 acre private development in Austin’s south neighborhood; known for musician residences and the “Keep Austin Weird” hippy culture. Originally plotted as floodplain in the Saddlewood Estates, the live oak meadow was a natural open area where neighbors would meet, play and dream of turning the land into an accessible park with connecting trails to Slaughter Creek Trail. In 2017 the Watershed Protection Department remapped the floodplain for the planned community, releasing this pristine plot for park use and light structures, making the neighbors’ dream a tangible reality.
The park design introduces a music loop path that gently winds down a grassy slope, around an open play field, under the canopy of magnificent heritage live oaks and connects with Slaughter Creek trail. Custom play features are integrated into the natural twists, turns, mounds and swales, encouraging self-guided play, independence, risk taking, discovery and music.
LONG RANGE PLANNING
Funded by 30 years of Homeowner Association dues, the Saddlewood Estates residents are thrilled to see the open land transformed into a neighborhood park. The Park Master Plan is broken into phased construction based on neighborhood priorities and available funds. The location is a crucial link to several bike trails in Austin. The HOA is in current negotiations with the City of Austin to create a partnership to develop the missing trail links in exchange for city funding for public restrooms and funding for additional play features.