Round Rock residents may have a new downtown-area park to visit, pending the results of a bond election.

The Lawn at Brushy Creek was approved for design by officials March 9. The project could extend an existing trail down Sheppard Street/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way toward central downtown as an expansion to the Brushy Creek hike and bike trail, and solve stormwater issues by providing options for water detention and water-quality management.

Officials awarded a $277,834 contract to design firm Dream Workshop to begin creating the schematic master plan for the park. City documents state the design will help plan out the use of greenspaces owned by the city for the park, as well as land required for Heritage Trail, which would run through the park. The firm will also seek opportunities to collaborate and coordinate with other downtown projects, such as the paseo slated to replace the Palm House.

While funds for the contract will come from the city's general self-financed construction fund, the construction of the project is tied to the city's $230 million 2023 bond Proposition A, which includes improvements for several parks and other city facilities characterized as quality-of-life enhancements. Round Rock citizens will vote on the bond in the May 6 election.