Park Design Services
Austin Parks Foundation is thrilled to offer Park Design services for Adopt-A-Park groups that are looking to make improvements to their parks. Whether you are looking for a little guidance with an on-site consultant or you need help you with long range planning, we are now offering a range of design resources that will help you with your favorite park’s design needs.
Park Design services are intended to provide design options to Adopt-A-Park groups at every scale, and are in complete coordination with the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department.
General Park Consultation
General on-site consultation to provide Adopt-A-Park groups with guidance for next steps on any park project. General Park Consultations give park adopters the chance to consult with our in-house landscape architect. The APF Park Developer will schedule an on-site consultation to provide general guidance for any of your park improvement projects or ideas.
When should I apply for Park Design services?
Due to COVID-19, our Park Design services deadline has been moved from April 30th to September 30th! We're now accepting applications from Adopt-A-Park groups looking for help with their park's design needs. Click below to apply!
General Park Consultation FAQ's
Detailed Park Design
Intended to help park adopters prepare their park improvement project for grant applications and to be shovel ready for construction. Detailed Park Design gives Adopt-A-Park groups access to a professional landscape architect for a specific park improvement project. Design work includes feasibility, design refinement and cost estimating.
Detailed Park Design FAQs
A: Preference will be given to park projects that:
- show group has limited access to design professional as resource to get their project implemented
- encourage positive use of the park
- have broad community support for improvement project
- have support from PARD for improvement project
A: Applications are accepted April 30th each year. APF staff is available to pre-screen applications one month in advance of the deadline. Due to increased demand, APF has adjusted our application cycle to once a year. Thank you for your understanding!
Overall Park Planning
Led by a professional Landscape Architect, this planning process guides Adopt-A-Park groups through visioning and creating an official park concept plan. The park planning and visioning process gives Adopt-A-Park groups access to a professional Landscape Architect. By working together and committing to meaningful public engagement, APF and the project team will encourage park users and community members to express the hopes and needs for their park. The community will form a consensus to drive the design of the plan and phasing. The overall park plan will be a useful tool for raising funds and providing next steps for implementation.
The design offering will include all documentation for the plan to be submitted to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, in hopes of official adoption as a “Concept Plan”, which can lead directly into development of the park or portion of the park if funding is available. (Previously offered as Park Master Planning. Name of design offering has been changed to match terminology that the City of Austin - Parks and Recreation Department implemented on August 3, 2020)
Overall Park Planning FAQs
A: Preference will be given to parks that:
- Do not have an adopted Concept Plan (previously known as Park Master Plan)
- Demonstrate that the lack of a concept plan has been a roadblock when proposing amenities at their park
- Shows potential to attract a diverse user group and encourage positive use of the park
- Parks that are in historically underserved areas are prioritized
- Have broad community support for park and master planning process
- Have support from PARD
Applications are due April 30th. APF staff is available to pre-screen applications one month in advance of the deadline.