Project Playback: New Playscape at Edward Rendon Sr. Metro Park

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In 2007, the park along the north east side shore of the river was renamed Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach, after a neighborhood activist who was known for his efforts to clean up the park and reduce the noise pollution on the lake. Now Austinites know Edward Rendon as a great place to enjoy the Anne and Roy Butler hike and bike trail, take a dip in Martin Neighborhood Pool, or have a picnic by the Colorado River. Take a look at the playground renovation:

Edward Rendon Sr. Metro Parks old playscape needed a facelift

The old playground and safety surfacing at Edward Rendon far outlived it's designed life and lacked any shade structures.

Edward Rendon Sr. Metro Park's new playscape thanks to Austin Parks Foundation and St. David's Foundation

The brand new playground features swings, climbing activities, roller slide, plenty of shade, and the original turtles, a community favorite.

A New Playscape Built for the Community

The previous playscape, which had been installed in 2002, as well as its safety surfacing, had far outlived its designed life and was in dire need of replacement. Austin Parks Foundation contributed $100,000 and St. David's Foundation generously provided $30,000 towards an entirely new playground.

The renovation includes lots of shade, swings, a variety of climbing activities, and a very popular roller slide! Park users will be happy to know that the original turtles which children love climbing are still in place. This project is a part of our efforts to partner with the Austin community to enhance people’s lives by making our public parks better.

Edward Rendon Sr. Metro Park's new playscape thanks to Austin Parks Foundation and St. David's Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of St. David's Foundation, the Martin Neighborhood Pool received a much needed shade structure.

Improvements to Martin Neighborhood Pool

Additionally, thanks to St David's Foundation, the adjacent Martin Pool has received a large shade structure to provide some relief from the summer sun. Pool users will be able to enjoy the shade cover while relaxing outside the pool as well as while in the shallow end. Our hope is that these improvements will increase the safety and enjoyment of the playground and pool, encouraging more children and adults to get active in our parks!


About Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with Austin community to enhance people’s lives. We make our public parks, trails, and green spaces better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy, and financial support. APF works diligently to fill Austin’s funding and resource gap to maintain the area’s 300+ parks, trails, and green spaces.

We foster innovative public/private partnerships and have given over $3 million in community-initiated grants to the Austin community. We’re known for our annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and are a presenting partner and beneficiary of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. You may donate here if you’d like to support our mission of People Plus Parks!