Aligning with City Council’s ongoing commitment to fostering a family-friendly atmosphere in downtown Round Rock, residents can anticipate the addition of a new downtown city park.

What’s happening?

Round Rock City Council’s approval of a $1.8 million contract with Design Workshop on Feb. 8 moves forward plans for a public park along Brushy Creek.

Design Workshop will now begin drawing construction documents for over 20 acres of land to be known as the Lawn at Brushy Creek. The scope of work will also include renovations for the existing property surrounding the downtown water tower.

“I think you'll see spaces that we'll be able to gather here in the downtown area—social spaces for our residents. It’s to really take advantage of the beautiful creek corridor,” Director of Parks and Recreation Rick Atkins said.

The Lawn project includes a pedestrian bridge connection from Heritage Trail West to Veterans Park, which connects the west side of Round Rock to the downtown area. Other items proposed for the park include:
  • A canoe launch
  • A boardwalk
  • Extended sidewalk for possible craft fairs and farmers markets
  • 6 acres of green space along Pecan Street and Georgetown Street
Renovations at Water Tower Park will include enhancements to the landscaping, the addition of table and chair seating, and the possible creation of a food truck lane. The old gas station, or Johnson Building, will also receive a facelift, including the addition of public restrooms and storage space for city-held event equipment.

In an effort to maintain cohesive design in the downtown area, plans for both the Lawn at Brushy Creek and Water Tower Park will draw inspiration from the Griffith Building renovations and paseo project.

Some context

The master plan for downtown park land was approved by council members in March 2023. The city has also conducted several public engagement opportunities over the past year.

Funding for the downtown park project comes from the $230 million voter-approved bond from 2023, intended for projects that enhance quality of life for Round Rock residents.

The design phase of the project is funded by the city's general self-financed construction fund.