- July 12, 2012

Shady Parks in and Around Austin


playgroundOnce again, we asked on our Facebook page, and you guys answered: Where are the best shady parks in and around Austin? And if we missed one of your favorites, please let us know in the comments!


  • Springwoods Park — Very large park with tons and tons of trees, as well as a huge new playscape installed in 2011 I believe, and lots of places to explore. (9117 Anderson Mill Rd)
  • Robinson Playground Park — Smaller park with lots of trees. The large playscape is not shaded, but the smaller one is, as are most of the benches and tables. (13300 Humphrey Dr)
  • Rattan Creek Park — New covers on the playscapes, as well as the surrounding trees, provide lots of shade. There’s even a trail that winds behind the Rattan Creek Neighborhood. (Tamayo Dr & Elkhorn Mountain Trail)
  • Katherine Fleischer Park — Heavily shaded with 2 playscapes and trails that navigate through the neighborhood, leading to nearby Mills Pond (where you can feed the ducks) and the Wells Branch Community Library. (2106 Klattenhoff Dr)
  • Northwest District Park — Set along Shoal Creek, in the Allandale neighborhood, this is a favorite spot for picnics, sports, and family gatherings. (7000 Ardath St)
  • Northwest Greenway — Part of the Mueller community, man made shades keep this playscape and benches cool. (on Robert Browning St, behind the Dell Children’s Medical Center)
  • Central Market Lamar — The large playscape behind Central Market is very shady, as are most of the tables and benches where parents can sit and observe. (4001 N Lamar Blvd)
  • Little Stacy Park — A shady park along Blunn Creek. The park is a great place to bring your kids because there is a free wading pool, a nice playground, and restrooms. Check out our feature on Little Stacy Pool as well. (1400 Alameda Dr)
  • Ricky Guerrero Park — located in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, this park has a playscape and a shaded splash pad. (2006 S 6th St, at Johanna St)
  • Dittmar Park and Recreation Center — Playground and covered basketball courts, all adjacent to the recreation center. (1009 W Dittmar Rd)
  • Garrison Park — This wonderfully shaded park offers a jogging trail along with plenty of sand and grass for running. (6001 Manchaca Rd)
  • The Grove at Southpark Meadows — Within Southpark Meadows sits an oak tree-filled central gathering place where visitors in South Austin gather to enjoy live music, let the kids have fun on the large playscape, cool off in the interactive water fountain and grab a bite to eat. (IH-35 South at Slaughter Ln)
  • Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park — Lots of trails, piles of soccer fields, and a very shady playground make this park special. (6301 W Slaughter Ln)

Round Rock

  • Round Rock Memorial Park — This linear shaped park runs along Brushy Creek and is home to geese and ducks that love to be fed from the park benches. The picnic tables and benches are well shaded by large oak trees. (600 Lee St)
  • Play for All Abilities Park — 51,000 square feet of outdoor fun for children of all abilities! Large trees provide shade in some areas of the park and man made shade cover several of the large play areas, including the sand pit. (151 N AW Grimes)


  • Pfluger Park — The 30-acre community park has a gazebo and nicely shaded playground area. Splashing in the nearby Gilleland Creek is also fun for cooling off. (515 City Park Rd)
  • Creekside Park — A neighborhood park located on Settlers Valley Drive in the Creekside Subdivision, one reader described Creekside Park as a great alternative to the sometimes busy Pfluger Park. (418 Settlers Valley Dr)
  • Geneva’s Park — Shade canopy over the playground, provided by the MOMS Club of Pflugerville last summer. (1624 Royal Ascot)
  • Windermere — Shade canopy over the playground, provided by the MOMS Club of Pflugerville last summer.  (16800 Gower)
  • Heritage Park — Shade canopy over the playground, provided by the MOMS Club of Pflugerville last summer.  (901 Old Austin Hutto Road)
  • Bohls Park — Shade canopy over the playground, provided by the MOMS Club of Pflugerville last summer. (200 Immanuel Road)

Cedar Park

  • Elizabeth Milburn Park — Offers a playground, picnic tables, a large picnic shelter, small picnic shelters, and more. (1901 Sun Chase Blvd)
  • Olsen Meadows Park — A stop along the Brushy Creek Trail, this park has a shaded playground and benches under a huge tree. (4200 Brushy Creek Rd)
  • Champion Park — Huge shade over the sand pit where kids can dig for dino bones.  Be sure to bring bathing suits for the small water play area! (3830 Brushy Creek Road)


  • San Gabriel Park — San Gabriel Park is graced with 200 year-old oak trees that offer shady spots for family picnics and the playground. (445 E Morrow St)
So tell us…which ones need to be added to our list?