The open field and ball diamond comprises the largest area of the park. In addition to being a potentially wonderful recreation and relaxation spot, you can think of this area as the largest water filtration system in our neighborhood. The field is essentially at the bottom of a bowl and all runoff from other areas of the park, including the dog park, flow down to this low spot . In heavy rains, it often floods and for these reasons it needs an overhaul.
We need to improve drainage and determine future uses.
Working closely with the Austin Watershed Protection Department, it is our goal to improve the drainage and filtration in this area of the park, and reimagine how it might be used. Baseball diamond? Soccer field for kids? Open meadow? The uses are yet to be determined so we want to hear from you. One idea we are excited to pursue is the addition of "rain gardens" along 9th Street. The purpose of rain gardens is to slow down and filter runoff water. These gardens can also be quite beautiful!
This is a very large project and while the City has been supportive of this in concept, it is likely a project that will not start until 2025. Much planning remains to be done and the Friends of West Austin Park continues to work with several City departments to keep this important project top of mind.