An inclusive, all-abilities play area will be added to Bee Cave Central Park as part of the city’s Park Master Plan that was adopted by City Council at a Sept. 12 meeting. Several other amenities and additions, including new sports courts, a community stage and a splash pad, are also part of the city’s approved plan.

The gist

Although the city will not be acquiring any additional land for the project, numerous amenities and upgrades are slated for the 50-acre park, said Lindsey Oskoui, Bee Cave assistant city manager.

In addition to the existing playgrounds, the plan calls for the addition of an inclusive, all-abilities playground, which will be located at the southwest corner of the park on approximately 2.3 acres.

The play area will feature inclusive playground equipment as well as ample open play space in addition to accessible parking, restrooms and pavilions, according to city documents.

“The goal is to have a play space that is accessible to people of all ages and all abilities,” Oskoui said.

Diving deeper

Oskoui said a splash pad might be added in the general vicinity of the inclusive play area as well. She said it, too, would be inclusive and for all abilities.

“There was a large degree of interest from the community in having the splash pad, so it’s our goal to provide that,” Oskoui said.

The city has not yet firmed up all the details for the splash pad, but staff are looking into the total long-term cost of the construction, operation and maintenance, Oskoui said.

The master plan also calls for the addition of five pickleball courts and five tennis courts, Oskoui said.

Two new spaces have been allocated north of the existing basketball court and multipurpose field for the additional courts, according to city documents.

Oskoui said another addition to the park will be a community stage, which will be centrally located south of the multipurpose field.

What they’re saying

“We are so excited to be able to offer our residents a new and improved Central Park,” Bee Cave Mayor Kara King said. “We know that our residents as well as people from all the surrounding areas love to come to Bee Cave Central Park. And now with the adoption of the Bee Cave master plan for our parks, we’re going to be doing such offerings as pickleball courts, a splash pad and other new amenities for our residents. It is time to bring our park into the 21st century.”

What’s next?

The projects in the master plan will be funded by multiple sources, Oskoui said.

For the infrastructure, Oskoui said the city will likely use bond funding in partnership with the Bee Cave Economic Development Corporation.

According to city documents, infrastructure will include:
  • Circulation drives
  • Parking
  • Paths and trails
  • Utilities: potable water, irrigation, waste water and electricity
  • Support structures: landscaping, signage, fencing and benches
  • Maintenance building
Oskoui said the use areas, on the other hand, will be funded through a combination of grants and fundraising through the Bee Cave Economic Development Corp., which can receive donations.

According to city documents, use areas include:
  • Dog park
  • Pavilions
  • Sport courts
  • Community stage
  • Inclusive playground
  • Splash pad
According to city documents, there is no precise timeline for the total project build-out, but the design of all park improvements should be underway within six months of the plan’s adoption. Construction of infrastructure should be underway within 18-24 months, and the goal for construction of the use areas is between three and 10 years, depending on the success of grant procurement and fundraising.