Wow! Moms listen up to this big news: the Austin Parks and Recreation Board reportedly endorsed a plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for improvements at Walter E. Long Park Metropolitan Park!
This master plan calls for investing more than $800 million to transform the undeveloped 3,700-acre park. Dozens of features that are laid out in the plan reportedly include a marina, an event lawn, a planetarium, an equestrian facility, camping, cabins, a boardwalk, and a Ferris wheel.
If this master plan is approved by the city, phase one would cover around 300 acres at the southern end of the park. The estimated cost for this section is expected to cost $144 million, and that includes $26 million from private funders.
Walter E. Long park is roughly 10 times the size of Zilker, making it the largest park in Austin. Since the park is largely undeveloped, the master plan is meant to be a blueprint for the park’s potential.
According to KUT, those in favor of the improvements to Walter E. Long would make it a destination park. Critics argue it would turn the area into more of an amusement park than a green space.
Austin City Council is expected to make the final approval on the master plan in August or September.