Editor’s note: This story was updated to clarify the community survey and potential bond election.

A $28.7 million plan to revamp Lakeway City Park, Lakeway Swim Center and several major greenbelts is picking up speed at Lakeway City Council.

The project could appear on a May or November bond election.

City Council is seeking feedback from Lakeway residents on the park projects and other city amenities. The survey is available here and open until Nov. 17.

The details

Lakeway’s plan includes the following possible major projects:
  • City Park: add activity center, kayak launch, community garden, bike and skate park for kids, basketball court, playscape, new restrooms, and new trails
  • Swim Center: add surf simulator, lazy river, splash pad, obstacle course, shade structures, renovated office and lifeguard spaces, picnic tables, and yard games
  • Butler/ Rough Hollow Park: add playground
  • Lakeway Activity Center: add additional tennis courts, pickleball courts and parking spaces
  • Smith Greenbelt: improve trails, add open lawn space for outdoor exercise, add artwork under Lohman’s Crossing Bridge
  • Hurst Creek Greenbelt: general improvements
  • North Lakeway Greenbelt: add signage, improve parking, construct boardwalk
What’s next

Going forward, Lakeway City Council members say they need to consider how they will mix and match different funding options—including calling a bond election, issuing certificates of obligation, applying for grants, pulling from capital reserves or using hotel occupancy tax—to fund the projects.

At a Nov. 6 meeting, Mayor Thomas Kilgore said council will need to prioritize certain projects based on the results of the community survey.

“We’re in the position of having to say no to things. Everything is wanted, but you can’t afford it all. Lesson one on economics,” Kilgore said. “You can build a great park without building something that looks world class on the backs of the taxpayers."

Lakeway's public survey is due Nov. 17. City Council will hold a public meeting to discuss the projects Dec. 7.