Mabel Davis District Park

Mabel Davis District Park

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Mabel Davis District Park is near Hwy 71 and I-35, in the Parker Lane neighborhood in southeast Austin.
Price:
FREE
Best time of day:
Anytime

What everyone knows

This park has overcome a shutdown due to environmental hazards and become a gem to residents in southeast Austin.

What they don't tell you

The namesake of the park lived less than three miles away from it, on Alta Vista Ave. with her husband Alden. Mabel Davis was well known in Austin for her civic leadership and her passion for nature and gardening. She headed Red Cross volunteers in World War II. Mabel Davis was also president to the Violet Crown Garden Club, the Humane Society, and the Austin’s Women’s Club. The rose garden at Zilker Park’s Botanical Garden is also named after her.

Do it like a local

If you haven’t been to Mabel Davis District Park, you might want to add it to your to-do list. It offers numerous recreational activities and has one of the largest public pools in the city.

For the History Buffs

Do you get stoked when your board has a good pop? Do you get big air when you Ollie? If you answered yes to these questions you will want to carve out some tricks with your board in the concrete bowl, as well as shred the rest of the 12,000 square foot fenced in skate park at Mabel Davis District Park. Austin's first public skate park. Can’t shred. No worries, there’s a grass seating area for interested onlookers. Skaters love to carve out some tricks with their boards in the concrete bowl. Although it is half the size of the one at House Park, it is geared toward advanced riders. In addition to skate boarding, you can swim in the park’s olympic-size pool with diving board, play basketball & softball, go fishing, hike the trails, or have a family barbecues at the pavillions. Mabel Davis Park was originally leased and operated as a landfill by the City of Austin from 1944-1955. The City purchased the land in 1974 and completed the required land remediation to meet the environmental standards of that time. The park was ultimately developed and opened to the public in 1979. However, because a portion of the park is over an old landfill where trash was dumped in the 1940's and 1950's, and the fact that pesticides were released in the area during its construction in 1979, the city voluntarily closed the park in 2000. The park reopened in the fall of 2005.
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