The city of Bee Cave has chosen Rialto Studio to transform the Brown Property into a public amenity for area residents. The 44-acre parcel, which the city purchased in 2017, is just off Great Divide Trail near SH 71.

Now that a firm has been selected, the next step is to negotiate and execute a contract between Rialto and the city.

The city received seven proposals and interviewed four firms last week with Rialto moving forward as staff’s recommendation.

Robert Deegan, a principal at Rialto, addressed council and said this is the type of project landscape architecture students are excited to work on.

“Thinking about what makes Bee Cave a special place, it has always been an incredible place to live with close contact with the Texas Hill Country and the natural splendor of the landscape,” he said.

Council Member Andrea Willette said she has seen some of the firm's projects in San Antonio and is impressed.

Some projects the firm is known for include Confluence Park and the Robert L.B. Tobin Lane Bridge in San Antonio and the Grove at Shoal Creek in Austin.

City staff and council both put public engagement as a priority in the execution of this project. City manager Clint Garza expects the contract, which would finalize the scope and timeline of the project, to be negotiated in four to five weeks with a kickoff meeting in late September where a timeline for public engagement should be set. He said that could push discussions into the holiday season, so the public engagement might not happen until January.