Bee Cave council to purchase land for open space

Image showing about 44 acres of land the City of Bee Cave will purchase from William Lamar. There is no current planned use for the tracts.

Image showing about 44 acres of land the City of Bee Cave will purchase from William Lamar. There is no current planned use for the tracts.

The city of Bee Cave has begun the process of purchasing about 44 acres of undeveloped land on Great Divide Drive south of the Field of Dreams sports complex, city staff confirmed to the Community Impact Newspaper.

Council approved the deal during its Sept. 26 meeting and Council Member Monty Parker posted about the deal afterward on his Facebook page.

“This represents a terrific opportunity for our City to preserve open space, counter future dense development, and create options for our connectivity plan along Little Barton Creek,” he stated

However, the city has no current plan for this property, which takes in a section of Little Barton Creek, other than to preserve the land as open space, Parker said.

Property records show the land, which is made up of two parcels, is currently owned by Lamar Williams. Together, both are appraised at about $790,000, according to the Travis County Appraisal District website. But council will consider a final purchase price and other details at a future meeting, City Manager Travis Askey said in an email.

Askey said Bee Cave already owns or manages other parcels of green space including:

  • about 22 acres known as the Skaggs property located between Bee Cave Parkway and Hwy. 71 West

  • the 50-acre Central Park on Bee Cave Parkway west of RM 620

  • Sculpture Park near the police department at 13333-A Hwy. 71 West

  • 114 acres that is leased for Primitive Park off Vail Divide near the Falconhead West subdivision

  • about 48 acres off Rawhide Trail near the Austin Zoo