Burditt Consulting Co. unveiled a refined concept for the future of Fritz Park during a work session with Hutto City Council on Sept. 21.

The overview

This is the latest step in the development of a master plan for Fritz Park as officials have dedicated around $10 million to bring improvements to the property. Now, the city will look to the community to provide input on possible renovations.

The new concept could include:
  • New restrooms
  • A pump park
  • Small stage and lawn
  • A splash pad
  • A pond
  • A walking trail
  • A shaded barbecue area
  • Additional parking
  • Potential food truck parking
Looking back

The Fritz Park renovations will be funded by the $125 million voter-approved bond from 2018, $50 million of which was intended for parks and recreation. In July, City Council approved an agreement with Burditt to redesign the site.

Sorting out the details

As ongoing drought conditions have kept water conservation at the forefront of discussions in Central Texas, the consulting company outlined plans to use treated well water for the splash pad, which would be recycled to irrigate the park.

Council also discussed some concerns about the inclusion of fun-for-all playground features compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Next steps

The city plans to poll residents at upcoming community events, such Hutto’s Olde Tyme Days Festival on Oct. 14.

Once community surveys are completed, the city still needs a comprehensive tree preservation plan before advancing to the project's bidding stage. If these plans progress swiftly, the bidding process could commence by the end of 2023.