On Tuesday we put out a call on our Facebook Page for fenced-in playgrounds around Austin. A Free Fun in Austin friend is in the process of adopting three siblings, 3-year-old twins and a 4-year-old, and wants to know where she can take all of her children to play safely and without too much stress. As a fellow twin mom (Leigh Ann here), I can totally see her plight! Wide open spaces are a nightmare for twin parents.
You guys came up with some great ideas. If for some reason we didn’t include yours, it may be because it wasn’t really what we were looking for as a fenced-in playground, or we couldn’t find any info based on the descriptions given. Feel free to let us know if we missed any!
- Lost Creek Park — Located about a mile west of 360 in the Lost Creek neighborhood, this park was popular among those who responded to our question. (1305 Quaker Ridge Dr)
- Play for All Abilities Park — This park is fully enclosed, with double gates at the exit and restrooms. It’s long and hard to see the entire park, but if you are able to keep an eye on the exits, you should be fine. (151 N A.W. Grimes, Round Rock)
- Ella Wooten Park at Mueller — A 2.5 acre park with a 4 foot high fence surrounding the playscape area. (McCloskey St at Mendez St)
- Mueller Lake Park — A fully enclosed playground with 2 gates. Bathrooms are just outside of the fenced-in play area. (Simond Ave)
- West Austin Park — West Austin Park is home to one of Austin’s few fenced off-leash dog areas, now newly revamped (August 07). There’s plenty for non-dog owners to enjoy, too, including a playscape. (1317 W 10th St)
- The Grove at Southpark Meadows — not “fenced” in, but a rock wall creates a barrier around the playscape that may discourage runners. (9600 S IH-35)
- Windmill Run Park — also not really fenced in, but readers say this playground is surrounded by woods and set off from the road. (7306 Kirkham Ln)
- KOMPAN Playground near IKEA — This playground is enclosed on 3 sides, so kids can run off into the parking lot. Entrance is from decks with picnic tables on the rear side of restaurants, including Mighty Fine. (1 Ikea Way, Round Rock) 2013 Update: This playground has been removed.
- Waterloo Icehouse in Escarpment Village (9600 Escarpment Blvd)
- Waterloo Icehouse 360 (6203 N Capital of Texas Hwy)
- Hat Creek Burgers on 360 (5902 Bee Caves Rd)
- Phil’s Ice House/Amy’s Ice Cream (5620 Burnet Rd) — Mostly enclosed, but with no gates at exits.
- Freddie’s Place (1703 S 1st St)
- El Mercado – Brand new playscape with hula hoops and giant jenga games. It’s completely fenced in. Dog friendly. (1302 S. 1st St)
- Garrison District Park — This playground not enclosed, but is set well inside the park. Playscapes close to parking lots stress me out! (6001 Manchaca Rd)
- Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park — Turns out this one is NOT fenced in and has a lof ot wide open space, but it’s a popular park among readers. (6301 W Slaughter Ln)
- Riverbend Church — One reader told us that she used to take her kids to Riverbend Church to play in their fenced in playgrounds, as they didn’t require her to be a church member to do so! (4214 N Capital of Texas Hwy)
- First Evangelical Church — One reader tells us that this church has 2 fenced in playgrounds that are open to the public during the week, and they also have a coffee shop that is open to the public and serves lunch! (4220 Monterrey Oaks Blvd)
- Public school playgrounds — A few readers reminded us that public school playgrounds are open to the public outside of school hours. No restrooms available, but fenced in!