Sparky Park is a former Austin Energy substation that has been converted to a pocket park. The North University Neighborhood Association began work over three years ago to develop concepts for the makeover, which removed all of the towers and equipment, but left the really cool substation building (to be redone in a future phase). Then several wireless phone companies wanted to put some towers there on one corner of the park and were willing to help fund the development of the park and beautify the wall around the wireless towers.
The result is a magnificent wall created by Berthold Haas, funding in part by the City of Austin’s Art In Public Places and in part by the donations held from the wireless companies donated to the Austin Parks Foundation and earmarked for this project. The result, nearly complete, is fantastic! Our Flickr collection has even more photos of this park and the wall.